Peace Paragon maple drum set review

Here's a review from MikeDolbear.com in England on the Peace Paragon maple drum set: 

Peace - Just Another Drum Company?

When I first heard of Peace Drums I thought that they would make the bottom of the line cardboard shell and paper headed kits you see in most of the non-specialised music shops throughout the country, but on reading about their history I discovered that I already owned several things made by Peace.   Peace Musical Taiwan has been making drum parts for most of the major drum companies for over 30 years.   They apparently have one of the most advanced self contained drum production facilities in the entire world. They make drums from only two different materials, which are maple and mahogany, and finish the drums in matt, lacquer or wrap finishes. When I’d finished reading about what they have done and what they have in store for the future I was quite looking forward to receiving the kit from King Midas Distribution who distributes Peace Drums throughout the UK.

The Paragon series drums are available in literally any size that you want and in almost any colour that you can think of, from sparkles to satin, from fades to bursts and from gloss lacquer to plain old natural, they do it all. King Midas to keep a good stock of kits in stock –three of each finish I think. They mentioned that they can also have custom orders to you within as little as four weeks, which is quite fast compared to some. 

 The Boxes Arrive

Out of the box the headed tom already sounded pretty good and after thirty minutes of heading and seating the drums I was able to set up the kit.  

The review kit was one of the stock kits from King Midas; it consisted of a 22”x18” undrilled bass drum, a 13”x9” hanging tom, a 16”x15” floor tom and a 14”x6.5” 10 lug snare drum. The first thing that struck me about this kit was the deep rich lacquer of the drum (which was called atomic fireball sparkle which means red sparkle to you and me!).  The lacquer was almost as thick as one of the piles of the shell which gave it an almost 3D look and could possibly stand up to quite a beating.  

 

The Details

The shells are made from 9-ply Canadian maple, that’s right I said 9-ply. On asking why Peace had made the drums from 9-ply instead of the regular 6-ply or 4-ply with reinforcing rings, they said that each ply is thinner than normal and found that the 9-plies gave them a more solid drum in sound and strength. On playing them I found this to be quite true, it makes the drums sound like they have something extra behind them. The toms come fitted with Remo Pinstripes on top and Peace’s 1-ply head on the bottom. The snare came with Remo Ambassador top and bottom and the bass drum came with Remo Powerstroke 3 on the batter side and Remo Ebony Ambassador on the resonant. The lugs on all the drums are Peace’s Deus lugs which look like a very classy style tube lug. The only problem with any tube lug is that if they start to thread the whole of the lug has to be replaced, but with Peace’s pricing policy this doesn’t cause too much duress as they aren’t very costly.  

 Conclusion

The drums not only look the business but sound it too, the only stigma Peace seem to have is that no one knows who they are, even though you quite possibly own something of theirs! Not every drum is perfect though and there are a few negatives to the Paragons:  

Firstly they don’t have an option of putting die cast hoops across all the kit only the snare, which in turn gives the kit an odd feel when playing.  

Secondly Peace would benefit from beefing up its bass drum spurs as next to the drums they look quite weak although they are strong enough for the purpose.  

Finally the bottom heads of the toms just feel completely out of place I’m sure they could have stretched the budget a little way further so the bottom heads quality matches the top. All this said, for the price you won’t be able to get maple shell let alone a professional looking and sounding kit from any other drum company period!