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    Paiste flat ride

    I have 16", 18", and 20" Paiste 602 flats - I love them all and they get used a lot. But the 2002s are just as good, in some ways better because of a little added sparkle. The 20" 2002 flats, at least the old black labels, are also very consistent and can be found at a reasonable price.
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    The strangest sounding Ziljdian Hollow Block "Mystery" ride cymbal ever.

    Now that's something you don't hear every day. I would go so far as to say it isn't even a cymbal anymore. The woodblock kicks a** though.
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    (Good) news about Regal Tip!!(?)

    Regarding their brushes, just a few weeks ago I was at a local music store and glimpsed a virtually unused pair in a misc sticks bin. They sold the pair to me for $10. The black rubber retractable ones. Mine were getting ratty after 30 years, but now I have a new pair! Haven't seen anything...
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    Well, now I've seen everything

    Looks like it was made pre-keyholed at the factory.
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    What is the best tip/video/resource to improve my double stroke speed? I feel like I've been capped at the same speed for a long time.

    Getting that 2nd (bounced) stroke to be strong is key. Rudiment #1, in fact, with the accents as noted on the 2nd hit, at the fastest speed you can. Alongside that is playing doubles on a soft pillow, or with brushes. Building up that technique of grabbing the back of the stick with the...
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    Ole K, Japan, Kingston 22

    Those can be cool. I used to have a really nice one when I was a kid that I wish I still had. Didn't appreciate it and replaced it with a rather lousy A. The recordings I have of it sound really good, much better than the cymbal I replaced it with.
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    Brushes: Snares On Or Off?

    The perennial question. It's really a matter of taste. I tend to prefer on, but apparently it's unhip and it can cost you brownie points with the cool cats.
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    Anyone Play(ed) 12” hats!?

    I have a set of 12" old Italian Uzuiriopes that I use a lot, especially for trio work. They are on both of the Dave Bass trio CDs. They are fairly heavy, but still have a fairly dark sound.
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    Nica's Dream

    The left hand plays whatever clave pattern you want. Could be with a brush on the head, or with a stick crossed on the rim.
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    Nica's Dream

    Sounds like the fairly standard side-to-side brush bossa. At start he might be going faster than eighths... triplets or sixteenth, hard to tell, but ultimately settles into the bossa. Sounds wonderful, thanks for posting, I'd never heard that version.
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    Trio Volume 2 CD is #28 on the jazz charts (now #21)

    We're still hanging on, at #40 now. Been on the chart for 10 weeks, not too bad. We benefitted from the presence of Barry Finnerty.
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    Your Favorite 13" Hats

    I have a pair of 13" medium-weight Canadian Ks that I use for pretty much everything. The only exception is that for very light trio stuff, I have a pair of 12" Italian Uzuiriopes.
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    Anyone Use Evapo-Rust?

    I used evapo-rust in cleaning up an old Gretsch kit, and an old Camco kit. It worked fantastic.
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    Are these played differently?

    Finally, a clear explanation!!