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Premier Cabria Series

“Strong, Well made, and great value.”

Written on: 03/08/2012 by will9696 (2 reviews written)

The Premier cabria is the perfect kit for any drummer out there looking for a good sounding, solid, gig worthy kit for a reasonable price. I bought the fusion kit just under two years ago, 22 inch bass, 10, 12, and 14 inch toms and the standard 14 snare. I bought the kit for just over £500, including hardware. The kit comes in many different finishes, all of which that i have seen have looked the part of a much more high end kit. My kit in a purple finish, and really does glow under the lights of the stage.

How it sounds:

I really do not think that there are many kits out there in the same price bracket that sound as good as the cabria. On the snare i use a black evans onyx head, and the factory head on the bottom with the original snare wires. Tuned high the snare produces a good solid crack, sharp rimshots, perfect for rock and pop music. I have also experimented with lower tunings, and have never been disapointed with the decent, solid, warm sound the snare provides me with. The snare is one of the best snares i have ever played on a begginer/lower intermediate standard kit, and is supprisingly universal, given that the right head is fitted for the job.

Moving on to the toms, i have them all fitted with evans g2 clear batter heads, and the original factory heads on the resonant side. Tuned high the toms produce a pleasent, warm ring. Tuned low they produce a solid, and supprisingly deep thump. The small 14 inch floor tom, when tuned low, is particularly punchy and has the sound of a larger drum. All in all, the toms sing when tuned high, and are capable of a pretty good deep thud when tuned low. Although i find a healthy midpoint is best.

Finally, the 22 bass drum. On the kick i have the factory resonant, and an evans EQ3 batter head. The kick produces a big, solid sound, and packs a fair amount of power and punch, equating for a pretty decent sound.

How is it on stage?

The kit is extreemely well built, as is the premier 2000 hardware i have with the kit. The kit stands up to regular gigging extrodinarily, and is as solid to play as it is in build. The kit gleams on stage and has the presence of a much higher end kit. The ISO mounting system also provides for very universal tom placement. My only complaints about the kit would be that the factory heads supplied are awful, and really do not sound to good. Plus my everplay head on the snare bust within a month. The only other things would be that the drums seem to go out of tune pretty quick, and that the tension screws on the toms are to close to the shell, meaning that often they scratch against the shell itself.

Good points:
. Brilliant value for money!!
. Well built, solid kit.
. Tone full, sounds more expensive than it is.
. Universal.

Bad points:
. Design flaw in the tension screws on toms.
. Very poor factory heads supplied.

Overall, the perfect kit for a begginer/ intermidiate drummer, or a drummer on a budget looking for a solid kit for regular gigging.

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