It vexes me when young gentlemen still green to the trade refer to their charlestons as 'lo-boys.' Terribly undignified and destined to leave us bound to our role as trap artists and noisemakers indefinitely.
1 - Using Atlanta as an example, a large percentage of the in-town interstate is 50mph speed limit. Actually driving slower than 70mph is prohibitively dangerous and during peak hours there is no enforcement - they just clear wrecks and keep traffic moving. Not unusual, but I particularly dislike that it systemically creates a situation where police can pull over absolutely any car they want because they are all driving 15-25 mph over the speed limit. By not enforcing the speed limits they avoid having to bother with things like probable cause and profiling violations. I don't particularly notice ATL police abusing it, but I've been places where traffic is a main source of revenue and local PDs do abuse it and feast on the interstates. I spend a lot of time in NC near where I-77 and I-40 converge and the local PD are flat out pirates. And no, it's not about enforcing traffic laws, they are using it for entree for search and seizures. Again, not focusing on enforcing the laws but rather looking to seize cash, weapons, drugs, cars, boats etc.
2 - Our interstate design is foolish. Multi-lane highway should have appropriate speed limits for each lane. Slow on the right for school buses, bread trucks and merging. Progressively faster in the middle lanes for cruising and top speed on the left for passing only. The only way this works is if these limits are consistently and strictly enforced because the brilliant, new (duh/obvious) concept here is that you get in the correct lane, drive the correct speed and freaking stay there until your reach your exit.
For real, like triple duh. Almost all accidents are caused by simple disparity of speed. If we could somehow stop pretending it's a race - mindlessly passing every car for no reason and driving like water runs down hill - and just drive the same (and appropriate) speed...
Posted by FloydZKing
on 11 October 2017 - 03:10 PM
^^^ You're both right. Everything TDM wrote above is true, yet my 14x20 does indeed produce the lower tones expected from a 14x22. OK, mine's an original Blaemire and not a J/M, but Scott is correct that these shells do sound bigger than their actual sizes. Similarly, the toms range lower than expected, so much so that I can't even fathom adding a 16x18 FT. The 16x16 is already subsonic. My concert tom row stops at 9x13, which should be somewhat unsatisfying - you'd think a 10x14 at least to make a convincing end to the row, but the 13" delivers adequate whompus that belies its dimensions.
Posted by FloydZKing
on 11 October 2017 - 12:44 PM
Bronze, and not necessarily seamless. I've had both regular and hammered bronze Supras and loved them but they didn't beat out the lowly LM306 which has a seamed, imported shell. (People call them Rockers because of the B/W badge. Is an blacro a Rocker too? No.)
I'm a huge fan of the seamless, beaded Ludwig shells and fully expected the LM306 to disappoint by comparison, but it has soundly defeated the last few supra variants to come through my hands. I duded mine up with tube lugs, a P-83, diecast hoops and 42-strand wires.
I think CTs are sort of like china cymbals. Wonky and wild, probably not the best thing to use exclusively. Chinas are best when mixed with regular cymbals. Same for CTs, but they were usually sold by the 4-pack and that didn't leave much space for regular toms. Too bad - they are as apt as tympani in the right application. Just keep the regular stuff nearby...
Cobbling old marchers together into a precision instrument is a fair bit of work. Fun for me, so yeah I wouldn't pay someone else to do it, but it's not as simple as buying old snares and setting them up like Levon. You gotta fill the snare beds if you're even remotely serious about tuning them and while single-tension sounds great to me, those stock alignment studs and the claws can rattle like crazy at lower tunings. The hoops are almost always warped and if you want separate tension you need to buy lugs and new rods. Rattles everywhere.
Fun for me (I just got a 40s WFL 14x16 with a solid maple shell) but no walk in the park if you are wanting a quality instrument.