Beginning today I'm going to work extra hard to burnish my rep with you all and get my rating up to at least a 1
thanks for being there / here for me, guys
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Posted by old_K_ride on 28 September 2009 - 11:45 AM
Posted by singleordoubleheads on 10 May 2015 - 07:56 PM
Maybe the mods could help answer these 2 questions, but I'm just genuinly curious...
#1 How many folks actually post here vs the actual number of members? Just a quick look seems to show over a thousand members, yet it seems like the same 50-100 of us post on even a semi-regular basis. (myself included of course).
#2 What exactly are Reputation Points and how do you accumlate them? Are they randomly given or are they somehow earned? Just have no idea what they actually are and how they are awarded. Some seem to have way more than others.
Thanks in advance for any help with these questions. I don't mean to be a dumb-a$$, but figured I may as well go ahead and ask....
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Posted by florian1 on 31 May 2011 - 02:56 PM
Last week I posted to see if there were any DF members in the Sandusky OH area that might be able to help me purchase some drums. Even though I thought it might me a long-shot, I've read posting of other DFers needing and offering help so I gave it a try. Florian1 (Dave) replied back and stepped up in a MAJOR way to help me out!
After a couple of emails and a brief chat he offered to look at a 9000 series Yamaha kit for me(pre recording series in natural birch finish)that was located about 1/2 hour away from him (but about 11 hours away from me). I offered to wire him the money up front but he declined saying "just let me check it out first to see if it's legit before we talk money". Once he saw the drums he went ahead and bought them on the spot for me with cash out of his own pocket BEFORE he even allowed me to Paypal him the money! A short while later he called me back to say he had the drums in his car and gave me his PP info. I transferred the money into his account plus extra for his time and gas. As if that wasn't enough, it just so happened that Dave was going to be in the general area of my wife's ex-husband's house (ironically he's a drummer too) that Friday and was willing to bring the drums over there and drop them off. AMAZING!
The level of trust and willingness to help out that Dave showed was totally outstanding.
Thanks again Dave, perhaps I can repay the favor to you someday but for now I nominate you for DF member of the year.
Cheers to you!
Posted by Noble&Cooley on 15 August 2016 - 06:59 AM
Sorry for the slow response guys - I was out and about for the weekend.
Thanks for the better photos. This is an anomaly of a shell for sure. I checked out the serial log book (yes, book - we're old school) and drum number 1161 shipped to Guitar Center in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 23, 2002. So, the seller has a couple details a bit off, but the rough timeframe and location are accurate.
Everything about it looks like our drum, but I have never seen a shell come back from being cast that has that large of an imperfection in it. Slight imperfections will happen in the casting process from time to time (that's kind of the beauty of the raw shells), but I would consider that much more than "slight."
Your photos have us stumped! I didn't start here full time until 2006, so this predates anything I would have seen, but I showed it to Jay this morning and he can't figure it out either.
If this is an acceptable solution for you, here is how we'd like to solve the issue: If you are willing to cover round trip shipping to get the drum back here for us to inspect, we will replace the shell with a new one at no charge for you. I will transfer over the hardware to keep our costs to a minimum, but it will leave you with a drum we can guarantee is one of ours, and we'll all sleep better at night having this one off the street.
If that is amicable, you can send your snare back to the factory at:
Noble & Cooley
42 Water Street
Granville, MA 01034
Posted by Titus Pullo on 29 May 2014 - 12:34 PM
Posted by Shane-DCP on 28 October 2016 - 01:06 PM
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I appreciate the insight. The passion you speak of for the craftsmanship of Roberto Spizzichino is akin to the passion I have for creating the best drum store I’m capable of. I’m driven by improving what we do, and I wake up each morning with a tremendous obligation; an obligation to my family, my staff of all drummers whom each of which have obligations to their families, and I have obligations to my customers: I want to bring them unique products and to do so in a way that exceeds their expectations. The amount of pressure I feel as a business owner with a staff of seven is immense. I'm forced to make scores of choices each day, and I'm often not given the opportunity to ponder these choices; I'm forced to push forward and rely on my convictions. If I'm fortunate enough to take a lunch break, I normally have to field a few phone calls during that break.
One of the things I do to make my life easier is align myself with builders and suppliers that I have great relationships with and create the least amount of headaches, and in 17 years of drum retail, I've never had one iota of nonsense from the people at Universal Percussion. They've been a rock solid supplier, and nice people. So imagine me, seeing that they are offering some B25 cymbals that had a lineage to Spizzichino cymbals, well, I got excited at the notion of having an opportunity to have another unique product to sell. Did I fact check the ad copy? No I didn't. Did I bring the authenticity into question? No I didn't. I put my faith in my supplier. I rely on them to deliver a product that is of the pedigree in which it is
claimed. Are they any good? I still don't know yet. I haven’t had a free moment to try them. I know that my co-worker Tom, the one who does the cymbal demos, thinks they are great. I'm writing this note from a hotel room in Canada, as Tom and I are up at Sabian, hand picking a couple of hundred cymbals today, the best sounding ones we can find.
I put a lot of faith (and a lot of money) into this, I've had them photographed, weighed, filmed, and entered into our database. This is very expensive and time consuming. We try to run efficiently, and we work hard, so I’m not surprised to see that we’re the first shop presenting these online. Then I read that the ethics of the product launch are brought into question, and that customers aren't going to patronize my store. The very people I try to appeal to as clients, ones who have spent more time than I accruing the knowledge of the claims put forth by UP are boycotting my store as a result.
I’m very disappointed, but entirely respectful and equally understanding of these convictions. All I want to do is have a really great shop that people want to work at and people want to support.
To get a better hold of the situation, here’s what I think I know.
My loose understanding is this, I’d appreciate it if someone could correct me if I am wrong here:
1.The “Spizz” name was registered by UP.
2.UP went to the source where Roberto went to get the raw material (cymbal blanks)
3. UP is claiming that the hammering and lathing methods Roberto employed are used on the Spizz cymbals by the craftsmen he worked with in Turkey.
4. Since that time, the Spizzichino family has said that they were never contacted on this.
5. This matter is one of ethical, and not legal breaches.
Once again, please let me know if this is not correct.
Running a shop, I’m used to taking lumps on a daily basis from people, I’m used to seeing unethical practices from manufacturers, distributors, retailers, artists, and end users. I’ve seen things that have made me sick to my stomach. I’m suspending my own belief on this until Universal Percussion puts forth a statement regarding this. I’m also suspending any re-orders of the product.
Regardless of the outcome, I appreciate your kind approach, your past support, and your willingness to stand up for what you believe in. You have my respect.
Shane Kinney, Drum Center of Portsmouth
Nominated As One Of The Top 100 Independent Music Stores By Namm For
3 Years in a row!
“A strong relationship with a well respected retailer is one of the most valuable tools a drummer can have in his arsenal"
Posted by Paradiddle on 23 August 2016 - 10:35 AM
I completely disagree with the term "wasted". Steve Smiths drumming on early Journey was exactly what that band needed and his fills and grooves stand up even now as perect 1980's rock drums. And THAT to me is what is important. Rod with the Dixie Dregs wasted - you must mean Winger? Even Bozio with MP had some incredible grooves and rhythms. Was Jeff Porcaro wasted with Toto because he never soloed? Jim Gordon wasted in Delaney Bonny and Friends? Gadd wtih James Taylor? Etc. Etc. Etc.
I guess it comes down to what you want to hear - Swiss triplets or a drummer playing music to a song. Part of the reason why Joe Morello speaks so loudly is his ability to play the song and solo for the SONG and not just to jack off his chops to other drummers.
Play music - not drums.
Posted by dcrigger on 28 May 2014 - 12:10 AM
My best friends Mom spent SEVEN GRAND on an old stray cat that got feline leukemia. She had rescued the poor critter from the pound for God knows what reason, and lovingly took care of it for years. Meanwhile her son lived in near-poverty conditions and, lacking healthcare, died at age 53 from preventable causes related to high blood pressure and heart disease. Later, Mom announced to her other son that he was being cut out of her will, and would get nothing, because his sister was her favorite. Now, I'm just asking, what's really more important? The pound is full of inexpensive pet replacements, and though we think our pet is special and one-of-a-kind, it really isn't. We spend billions in the USA on pets while most of the rest of the world's poor live like neglected dogs. I love cats myself, but I don't get too attached. After all, pets don't live very long, do they? As a result, they always let you down in the end. Just my opinion, not trying to offend. Please accept my aplogy if it happened.
Sorry, but Dan's being way too nice here... "they always let you down in the end??!?!?!?!?" You're kidding, right??
Let's skip over the simple rudeness of interjecting this considering the threads content.... How does the obviously wretched behavior of one poor excuse for a human being (the lady in you story) come to equal an indictment on pet lover's in America on the overall?
Again I'm sorry but the arguments you are making could be applied to almost any act of kindness, charity and most any contribution to arts, sciences or society in general. Heck, the very activity that brings us together here - drumming - could be described as a colossal waste of time. Frittering away millions of hours and countless dollars on what? A self indulgent, almost entirely unnecessary activity. As you point out - there are millions of people that go hungry each and everyday - yet here we sit - most of us fully grown people, yapping away about our tapping - when we could be doing something towards helping with real problems that affect real people in horrible ways...
See... anyone can "express their opinion" in a way that calls out others for their failings, regardless of how rude it may be to do so. The other option would be to aim more for civility - the responsibility part that comes with free speech in a frees society. In other words, choosing not to exercise one's right to "express their opinion" because it would simply be hurtful to do so.
It would be nice to think we could strive to do better than this.
Posted by mariosdrums on 20 August 2016 - 11:08 AM
I am continually seeing sale listings with a price for a given item and then "plus 3%" for fees. Or "plus PP fees".
Stop doing this.
It discourages people from paying normally through Paypal and steers them into using the gift option. This only leads to problems as buyers lose all protection and chance of recouping their money should something go wrong. All in the name of saving a couple bucks.
Sellers - please for the good of community, just factor this into your asking price and stop trying to shift this cost of doing business onto the buyer.
I'm not talking about buying and selling between friends but publicly posted listings, btw.
Posted by Noble&Cooley on 12 August 2016 - 06:17 PM
This thread was just called to my attention by another forum member. I'm very sorry to hear of the trouble you are having with your drum.
If you could please email the serial number on the inside of that shell, I would be very interested in looking up the history of it. The screws and washers all look like ours, and I can confirm that the shells are (and have always been) plated all over - however that bearing edge looks really odd and we have never done a rolled and welded shell.
Our Alloy's have always been cast and when the local company that was casting the shells for us closed their doors a while back we pulled production of the Alloy series for a year and a half while we found a casting company that was up to our standard of manufacturing. No lawyer speak for us - if that is a welded seam, it isn't our drum. I suppose it is possible the the drum cracked at some point in its life and was welded, but in that case it should be visible on the outside as well. I've seen a couple repairs like that done on them and the Zildjian snares in the past.
I would suggest returning the drum and purchasing one from an authorized dealer or a used snare that you can inspect prior to purchasing. We do our best to control the hardware of all our shells to keep it from getting into the hands of people looking to sell knockoffs, but it's a big world and that doesn't always work out.
Please email your serial number and I will look it up when I am in the office on Monday. My direct email is: Nick@noblecooley.com
Thanks, and sorry again for the inconvenience that you've experienced.
Posted by ducodonny on 22 June 2016 - 05:07 PM
Posted by psalty on 19 March 2016 - 12:01 PM
It's hard... um, it's difficult to read this thread. Several things are exposed... folks, I'm just writing, not trying make puns. Anyway, this topic is not about drums or drumming. It is hardly... I mean, barely... I mean, only slightly about drummers.
I won't be writing about transgenderism here, because this is a public forum and not at all an intimate meeting to discuss complex and controversial personal issues. Nor is a it a forum for theological or philosophical views on the meaning of gender, because 1) politics 2) religion 3) lack of portfolio. I'm not really sure why the OP brought transgenderism up, since it is completely irrelevant to anything I can understand about drums and drumming. Surely he knew when he made the decision to start the process that there would be (at least) social consequences, so the decision made by his band members should not have been surprising to him.
One thing becomes quickly apparent: anyone who says that disagreeing with the OP's decision makes that person a bigot or a "hater" is precisely guilty of that very thing. If that's not clear, it's merely a lack of personal assessment. Not adhering to the politically correct response may possibly be an act of hatred, but it is just as easily a statement of principle. The tolerance crowd is rapidly becoming increasingly intolerant of anyone with an "outside" opinion.
Posted by hawker on 17 October 2015 - 07:31 PM
Trixon had that same idea over 50 years ago with the Speedfire kits.
Yea but look at what the weight of the snare did to the BD.
Posted by xsabers on 05 August 2015 - 05:13 PM
Does anyone else find it odd and a bit disconcerting to be publicly discussing a valued forum member's personal business, regardless of how publicized that business may be? Maybe it's just me...
Posted by Drumjinx on 20 December 2014 - 11:30 AM
I wanted to let those who have switched their avatars know just what it means to me...
When I peruse the site checking out threads it is quite unbelievable to see the J-M logo as a lot of members avatars. It is a boost to me ever time I see them. And I am even more surprised to see that some here (Bonzoholic...& you dont stop...Bellbrass) have put my picture as their avatar.
I thank you all! It really makes me realize just how cool this site is.
Seeing this makes my day....everyday!
Today is a good day. I haven't felt this good in a while. I am not nearly as strong as I used to be but I will take it.
Posted by superdrummer on 13 October 2014 - 08:06 PM
Posted by Halldór L on 14 April 2014 - 06:47 PM
Since you guys are so ethical I presume you are not doing business with Coca Cola or Pepsi, McDonalds, GE, Monsanto, GAP, General Mills or using Remo drumheads who uses film made by DuPont which is owned by Monsanto or buying any products from a company you find unethical. Believe me, I would respect that. Sure Mr. Dunnett can be a jerk but so can I and you.
In my naivety I post a review on a drum and all you guys can do is ramble about the builders character? Has he personally stolen your money or done you any personal harm? If so, why don´t you take it up with him personally or call the police or sue him? Why in my thread? You probably don´t realise the disrespect you are showing me and the rest of the rest of us here. The only comments you are making is about his character, not how he cheated someone by not delivering a drum or taking someone´s money or making bad products etc. You are merely voicing your opinions of the man. Just what has that got to do with this friggin´review? Can´t you just make your own (yet another) thread on the guy? As some of you may know, there is no love lost between me and Mr. Dunnett but that´s between me and him and I am here to discuss drums and drumming, not my personal opinion of individual characters in the drum industry.
If you don´t have anything constructive to say why say it?