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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by nickg, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. nickg

    nickg

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    c'mon fellow skinbashers. let's here about your gear, what products you use, like/dislike, experience, experiences, etc!!

    "what do you call a drummer with no girlfriend?"

    "homeless"

    ;f ;f ;f
     
  2. Big Sexy Glock

    Big Sexy Glock

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    What do you call a drummer with no drums ?






    Married


    ;f



    Seriously , thats what happened to me.

    Got married. Didnt have room for the drums so they stayed at my Grandfathers for a few years. Hardly got played any more because it was over 50 miles away.

    Broke down and sold my set about 3 years ago.

    Miss them now.

    Wished I hadnt done that.

    BSG
     

  3. Burrito

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    I got married AND kept my drums. I just rarely play them. I used to play in a band that did a little traveling and gigging. But now I have a lot of responsibilities that don't allow me to do so: full time student, full time job, full time husband. I love to play though.

    I have a Yamaha Stage Custom in cranberry red. They're not top end or anything, but I never wanted to spend $5000 on a kit for weekend gigging. I did upgrade my snare to a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute. Cymbals: A Custom 20" ride, A Custom 18" crash, A 15" thin crash, A Custom 12" splash, A/Z Custom 14" hihat. Humes and Berg enduro cases. That's my gear. Lets hear some others.
     
  4. nickg

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    the biggest mistake i learned is never sell ANYTHING. somewhere down the line you will regret it.

    i've had few kits in my time.

    first kit was a 1965 Ludwig Champagne Sparkle kit with Paiste Cymbals i got for my 11th birthday. still wish i had that setup.

    of course i sold the kit so i could get enough money to buy my Rogers circa 1978 kit. I still have that set.

    i had a set of Tama Superstar and Tama Granstars during the 80's. sold both of those as well.

    my current setup is my Mapex kit which i got when i got an endorsement with them back in '91. i was actually one of the FIRST Mapex endorsers so that was pretty cool.

    i also had an endorsement with Vic Firth Drumsticks as well.

    since i am pretty much retired from the biz now i don't really have those endorsements anymore. but man, it was great getting gear at about 70% off of cost!!!

    originally i had an endorsement with Aquarian Heads as well but switched to Attack Heads. my friends own the company and asked me to try them and i think they are the best heads out there. i still get them at endorsers costs.

    i never had a cymbal deal though. wish i did. i've been using Paiste cymbals exclusively since about the mid 80's. they are THE BEST in my opinon. i'm not a fan of Zildjian these days though i have owned them in the past. Sabian makes ok stuff as well.

    if i were to switch cymbals today i would definitely look into Meinl. they make some great sounding cymbals and have a good line variety. but i'm stuck on my Paistes and see NO reason to change.

    there are a LOT of great drum conpanies out there today. a lot more than even 10 years ago, so there's no reason NOT to have a good sounding kit. OR a good looking one.

    if there is one pet peeve of mine it's going to see a band and the drummer's set looks like he bought it at Goodwill AFTER it's been through a flood, tornado, and earthquake.

    i hate seeing heads all taped up and look like they haven't been changed in about 10 years, and dirty filthy look drums and cymbals. jeez...take some time to take the kit apart, make sure everything is in good working order and properly maintained, and CLEAN the damn things!!!!

    plus i've had my share of electronics too. pearl synth drums, alesis and roland drum machines and sequencers, roland synths and sound modules.

    now they pretty much sit in my basement as they are outdated technology wise, not to mention i really don't have time to play around with them anymore. though i would LOVE to get a new workstation then i'd MAKE time to play with it!!
     
  5. rappa29

    rappa29 JAFO

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    Not a drummer, but a keyboard player with very good rythm and who is a drummer wannabe! ;f

    Took up drums a few years ago and just play along with CD's. Jammed a couple of times w\some friends.

    I have a Yamaha electric kit. ;P (getting out of here before the real drummers flame me!) ^3
     
  6. nickg

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    i won't flame ya. heck, i'd love to have one of those Roland setups. just another "tool" as far as i'm concerned.
     
  7. goldflounder

    goldflounder death ray

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    I play a Tama Granstar Custom 6 piece, plus a Ludwig Supraphonic snare or a DW snare to make it a 7 or 8 piece, with Zildjian A custom cymbals and a Gibraltar rack. I usually use Promark 5A or 747 Rock and Remo Ambassadors/Diplomats. I also use Vicfirth SD4 Combo sticks for lighter applications. I play Toca congas and bongos. I also have a homemade African Marimba that looks and sounds beautiful. I have a big *** Remo synthetic djembe and a synthetic darbuka, too. Of course, I also have the random, assorted percussion that collects dust more than it gets used.
     
  8. glock2901

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    Tama Starclassic Maple-14/16/18; 16x24 bass drum. Bell brass piccolo and an old chrome-plated brass Ludwig 5". Primarily A-Zildjians, some Ks, a couple Sabians which seem, to me, to be pretty much the same as the As. Shure and Sennheiser mics.

    Still have the old Ludwigs (74) that I bought as a pup, (for the same price as my 18" floor tom!) Also some nice OLD Ludwig wood snares. Of course I also have a pretty good pile-o-spare-stuff too.

    I did, at a casino gig, have to play some Roland V-drums. As electronics go they're fine but its a mistake to compare any electronics to acoustics from a players standpoint. (sitpoint!)

    Y'all have a great day!:cool:
     
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    I have a 1960's Ludwig jazz kit, Nickg would be mad at me if he saw it. It has duct tape repair all over it and is not very clean. There is still BBQ sauce stained on my bass drum from a party I played in 1997 where ribs were being served. My friends thought it would be funny to throw their bones at me in between songs. I kept on spitting beer on them when they got close enough. Those were the days;g
     
  10. Clyde in CO

    Clyde in CO LOL WUT?

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    I think I'd win the award for crappiest kit.

    I have a "percussion plus" brand 5 piece.

    Well, at least they look nice.. electric blue.

    Had to tweak the heck out of them just to get them to sound ok. The cymbals were absolute crap.... just ran out of money trying to keep up with drums, computers, guns and movies as a hobby. I hope to get a better kit someday, once I have my own basement to put in it.

    I've learned that with drums, it's better to save up and buy quality hardware. I bought a bargan basement double pedal that was a POS. I sould have saved and gotten the tamas.

    I did have a roland electric kit, but I sold it. I don't really regret it either. It was my first kit, bought while living in an apartment so I could play and not anger the neighbors. I sold it becuase I hated hearing the TACK TACK TACK of the sticks on those rubber heads.

    I'd like to get an elecric kit again someday, but definatley one with those fabric heads.
     
  11. nickg

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    yeah i have a good pile-o-spare parts and stands layin' around too!!

    as far as snares, i have a couple of Ludwigs: a 6 1/2" hammered bronze with die cast hoops, a 8" maple snare circa 1980, and an old circa 1966 or so gold sparkle 6 1/2" wood snare that needs some work.

    my main snare though is my Mapex 6 1/2" maple snare with die cast hoops. that is THE best sounding snare i've ever owned. a crackin' sound that would kill ya!!
     
  12. rappa29

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    While we're at it, can any of you suggest a decent kit for beginners? Nothing serious like recording or gigging. Just something to jam w\friends that isn't too expensive, relatively small (4 or 5 piece) and doesn't sound like poop! Which manufacturers do you guys rely on?
     
  13. nickg

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    all of the major companies these days have very good kits without having to spend a lot of money for "top of the line" stuff.

    check out the websites of the companies, compare, and see what your local music store or drum shop has to offer.

    Mapex
    Tama
    Ludwig
    Pearl
    Gretsch
    Premier
    Pacific
    Remo
    Peace
    Taye
    Slingerland
    Cannon

    just remember, there is a fine line between "cheap" and "inexpensive"!! if it LOOKS cheap then it IS cheap, but inexpensive can still mean quality.
     
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    My kit is a low end Pearl Forum which is perfect for me since I play with the enthusiasm of Keith Moon, but the skill of Tommy Ramone.
     
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    The best way to go is to buy used. You can always replace worn heads and snares, etc. Look for maple or birch and a steel snare drum. Listen for that warm, full tone from the toms and bass, try muffling the bottom side head to better read the tone. Buy the components seperately if you have to, sometimes you can assemble the best kits that way.

    Spend the bulk of your money on cymbals. Don't cheap out in the bronze department, you'll be sorry if you do, especially with regards to your hi-hats and ride. Plus, when you eventually upgrade from a cheap starter kit, you'll have some quality gear to go with your new drums!

    Good luck! :cool:
     
  16. nickg

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    i agree. an inexpensive kit can be made to sound very good, but crappy cymbals are STILL crappy cymbals!!
     
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    My kit is a Yamaha Beech Custom. Tom sizes are 8/10/12/13/14/16 and 18x22 kick. The cymbals i own are various A custom and K custom zildjians.
     
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    I play a Hart Dynamics (A company based out of Florida) Mega Pro Electracoustic with Roland TD-8 module. Played acoustic for 13 yrs before going electronic because of excessive volume problems in church. But....

    Am buying the young son a Tama Stagestar and dad gets to try them out from time to time! Reviews on this entry level kit are very good--probably better than the Yamaha Rydeen kits.