Here you will find a selection of articles about Staccato drums & the designer Pat Townshend taken from various magazines & newspapers..
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The very first review written by Chris Welch the renown music journalist and author. The day the paper came out Pat had a call from Pink Floyd's manager asking if Nick Mason could try them out at Britaina Row studios, London in 1977. From then on the calls kept coming and Staccato drums went into production!
Sounds (weekly music paper) 1977. Review by Nicko McBrain, Now a legend with Iron Maiden. Pat first saw Nicko play with the Streetwalkers in 1976 and was very impressed with his drumming style. Nicko worked with Pat on a deal with the late Keith Moon (The Who) and also did a great deal of valuable road testing in the studio with the band Trust who he played with before joining Maiden. He found by varying the position and the type of microphone in an area in front of the exit ports of the drum shells produced very variable sounds, noticing the sound miked at the head (normal way standard drums are miked) was alot flatter than the sound coming from the front of the drum.
Melody Maker (weekly music paper) 1977. Musician international c1977. Review by Phil Collins (Genesis) before he was really famous at the time he wrote the article he was playing with Brand X Pat met him for the first time early in 1980 in the Rainbow club, Sunset strip Hollywood. He remarked at the time how cutting edge the sound of the drums really was when he played them live at Crystal Palace, London in 1978, when Brand X head-lined.
Musician international c1982. article/review by Bob Henrit (legendary drummer and drum shop owner) in fact the very first man together with his partner in Henrits drum store, Soho, London the late Gerry Evans, to purchase the first Staccato Tom Tom's off the production-line.