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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 15:01 PM

We've got a question for you

Seriously, please take a moment and let us know your opinion.

Let's say you want to buy a new piece of equipment. Let's say it is a new cymbal, or snare, or pedal, or anything else in that pricerange or even higher - which source of information do you consult in order to decide which one exactly you are going to buy?

Could it be for example:

- productinfo on the website and social media streams of the manufacturer?

- productinfo on the website of your preferred music store?

- a recommendation from the staff at your preferred music store?

- a recommendation from your music teacher?

- a recommendation from your drum buddies?

- demo videos on youtube?

- comments on common rating websites?

- opinions posted in online forums?

- what your favourite drummer uses?

- or simply a matter of the best price?


Do you still use a printed manufacturer's catalog as an information source? Are those paper printed catalogs still relevant in this day and age? Or do you think an online-only catalog is enough?

We sincerely thank you for your time and response.

- Norbert

Norbert Saemann

Norbert Saemann

With Meinl since 1990. International A&R, Event Management and Marketing

4 responses to "We've got a question for you"

Jazz Cook posted on May 14, 2014 - 15:45 PM

Being a student, best price is one of the biggest reasons, but a lot of my decisions come from online demos/youtube videos. I find when recommendations come from a music clerk or online forum or website ratings their input is opinionated to what they like to hear in a drum/cymbal/head and most of the time, I can't even hear the product they're praising.

Sometimes I do choose cymbals my favourite artists use because I can hear them in their performances and recordings. You can experience what the product sounds like as they play it.

As for cataloguing, an online catalogue has always been my only resource. Not often have I been able to actually see a printed catalogue, and a lot of my music shopping happens online anyway. There may be some relevance with printed cataloguing, but it's nothing an online catalogue can't make up for.

Jeff Alexander posted on May 14, 2014 - 15:52 PM

Funny you ask that as I was just researching a new double bass pedal. What did I use to do that research? --

1. Online product reviews both "expert" and customer ones are big for me.

2. What my favorite drummers are using -- music hardware is still one of the few products areas where endorsements are a key method of recommending products. If drummer X is using it, well gosh-darn it, it's good enough for me!

3. Product info on the manufacturer's page (to get info on what makes one product different from another)

4. Finally, if I'm ready to throw money down, I'll go in a store and try it out or listen to it. If I'm able to hear samples of it online, those are great too (good for cymbals, harder for drums or other equipment).

ian phillips posted on May 14, 2014 - 21:39 PM

Elements that make up a decision to buy a product (whether it be a cymbal, microphone, sticks, headphones, etc):

- Info from the manufacturer's website. If the manufacturer cannot clearly describe the benefits and applications of using their product, there is not much hope instilled in it's usefulness. Definitely not from a music store's site, most of the time they are poor attempts at copying and pasting info from the manufacturers website anyways.

- Recommendation from buddies that have used the product I'm interested in. Even if they use a product in a different application than I plan on, their hand's on experience is always beneficial to my general approach in purchasing a new piece of gear.

- Product demo videos. As more companies are expanding their catalogs, with specialized products, it is becoming harder to expect local shops to be able to carry even one of every product or product line a company makes. With sites like, I can get a much more detailed idea of how these specialized products sound and mix with other cymbals. The same goes for microphones and drums in my opinion.

- Only relatively, but opinions on forums can help to give perspective on how random strangers' have experienced using a product.

- Once again only relatively, but knowing that a certain pro uses/used a product can also help to know that a serious professional chose to use/endorse a certain product. If it is a professional that I respect, I know they use a product for a personal reason, not just financial.

- Using an online catalog has been my primary source of gear information for quite some time now. Here in Canada, most of the music shops get new print catalogs at such a slow rate (6-8 months at times), that there is no point waiting for them to arrive when you can look for catalog/product info online almost immediately after a new product has launched. I do feel printed catalogs have outlived their usefulness to the majority of people working in the "Music Industry".

Alejandro Rey posted on May 16, 2014 - 16:00 PM

Como bien dicen en comentarios anteriores, siendo estudiante lo primordial es el precio pero con el paso del tiempo, tuve la gran suerte de conocer a muchos bateristas y amigos. Tenemos una tienda especializada solo en baterías y cada vez que quiero comprar algo es porque lo he escuchado de primera mano antes o lo he probado.

Hoy en día también uso bastante youtube para sacar muestras de sonido de los platos (aún que no te puedes fiar), ver vídeos de los grandes drummers que son fuente de inspiración para mi y poder escuchar todo su set y variedad de sonidos y para buscar información a cerca de todo el material que necesito.

Por otro lado, siempre te acabas fiando de la trayectoria de las marcas y aún que no conozcas su material, sabes que acabará sonando bien y dando buen resultado.

También miro mucho los catálogos (tengo el de Meinl en casa ;), pero básicamente a la hora de elegir me baso en mis experiencias personales ya sea porque un amigo lo tiene y lo he podido probar antes o porque me lo ponen de backline en un concierto.

Saludos desde Galicia :)

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