BY AJ DONAHUE

In addition to all of the fresh gear from our favorite builders and a few standout newbies, 2019’s NAMM show also brought with it news about the reemergence of two beloved brands that were thought to have moved on to collectors’ heaven.

First, the rebirth of Rogers Drums continues to gain steam. In addition to an increased presence of the Dyna-Sonic snare drums (new finishes appear to be on the way) and Dyno-Matic pedal we saw last year, the company also brought out a full spread of Dyno-Matic drum set hardware. The classically styled lightweight stands all feature those iconic Swan leg bases as well as Deco-Grip feet, but are built with modern techniques for improved reliability.

As if that weren’t enough, the Rogers booth also had a prototype blue sparkle kit on display. The company’s distributor, Big Bang Distribution, isn’t ready to divulge any details just yet, but even the sight of a drum set bearing that beautiful metal Rogers badge is more than enough to get us all riled up.


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And second, it appears that Sakae Drums won’t be gone for long. Just last year, we saw the official notice of Sakae’s cessation of production. The people behind Sakae Drums were previously responsible for producing Yamaha’s high-end drums for more than 40 years until an amicable end to the partnership gave way to the Sakae launch.

The company had been quiet for some time when a press release in May of 2018 seemed to seal the deal. It was a sad sign for the brand’s enthusiastic supporters. But just as this year’s NAMM show was kicking off, news leaked of Korg (Sakae’s most recent U.S. distributor) acquiring the Sakae name. On top of that, Korg’s NAMM booth included a few prototypes, including a full new drum set line. Information is still light for now, but it’s clear that we’ll be seeing more from the celebrated Japanese drum makers soon.

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