> > > BeatIt Vintage Test: Premier Soundwave Drum Kit

Some time ago, we locked ourselves away at Perlazza Studio (based in Poznań, Poland), where we tested quite a number of vintage drum kits and snares provided by Mateusz Wysocki and his MW-Vintage company, which (as the name suggests) specializes in vintage drums. We performed the test under the sonic supervision of musician, award-winning producer, studio owner and, most of all, a drum maniac, Przemysław Wejmann. To be more exact, it was drummer Max Psuja, who tested all the gear while the beatit.tv team recorded the video and the sound engineer/producer took care of the sonic side of things.

Max Psuja, as an utter vintage drum maniac, a former employee of a drum shop, and a great drummer, who has collaborated with a host of popular acts in Poland, such as Kumka Olik, Holak, Lilly Hates Roses or Yoachim, was perfect for the role of ’lab tester’. Needless to say, he was more than eager to do the job.

We have been publishing the results of our tests successively in the last few months, and there’s lots more to come. Today, it is time for a…

Premier Soundwave Drum Kit

  • Manufacturer: Premier
  • Year of production: 1978
  • Material:birch with beech reinforcement hoops
  • Configuration: : BD22″ x 14″, TT 13″ x 9″, FT16″ x 15″
  • Finish: BW/RW/BW

Test and sound

When testing the Premier Soundwave drum kit, we also used a Premier 1006 14″ x 6.5″ snare, Impression Cymbals and Aquarian drumheads.

Max first presented the sound of the toms and the kick drum produced by single strokes at different levels of dynamics, then the kick drum together with the toms only to add the snare after a while. The whole thing was finished off with a rhythm figure using all the kit elements as well as performing a groove.

The bass drum of Premier Soundwave that we tested has a powerful and very spatial attack. Toms sound great in low tune, they are characterized by a large amount of low frequencies and the same attack as the bass drum. We think that it should be vintage drums designed to play heavy rock!

Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the 22″, 13″, 16″ Premier Soundwave drum kit to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Max Psuja!