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    older istanbul 30th's! :)

    Hi Lasse, 20", 1932 grams PM me if you're interested. Ron
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    Tosco Cymbals

    An earlier quote from me: "I first became aware of Tosco in the 60s when I was living in Rome. (I was playing Zildjian then)." A supposed memory of over 50 years ago... obviously faulty, from the evidence below. Pinksterboer, Hugo. 1992 The Cymbal Book p172. The start date for Tosco is given as...
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    Tosco Cymbals

    Thanks for correcting my widespread misconception! You demonstrably have knowledge and credibility. Btw, as i remember, John Betsch's 20" Tosco had a nice, K-like vibe.
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    Tosco Cymbals

    I first became aware of Tosco in the 60s when I was living in Rome. (I was playing Zildjian then). In NYC, in the 80s, I became friends with John Betch,(John Betsch - Wikipedia) who had some nice Toscos. He was a Tosco endorser. He spent a lot of time in Europe and subsequently moved to Paris...
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    ANSWERED Vintage Sonor tom tom ID

    Metal rims for volume in large spaces.. wood hoops for warmth in more intimate acoustical context.
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    ANSWERED Vintage Sonor tom tom ID

    I swapped the original b.d. cast metal hoops for maple for sonic reasons.
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    ANSWERED Vintage Sonor tom tom ID

    Original 'Natural Beech' 18,12,14, circa 1980, purchased on consignment in 1984. the immaculate 13x9 tom was acquired in 2012 on Ebay at a price I couldn't resist. The Phonic reissue D-516, 6.5x14 Mahogany snare, reissued in 2001, was acquired later.
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    My Sonor Phonic home kit...

    My number one set for 36 years. I couldn't ask for anything more. (and, yes I'm a lefty)
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    Celebrating Eddie Gladden

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    Celebrating Eddie Gladden

    Eddie was indeed a "beautiful cat" as well as being a great drummer! The rehearsal for LIGHTSEY TO GLADDEN was held in my NYC loft/studio. At the time, Gerry Teekens, the owner/producer of Criss Cross, asked me to photograph the band there and then because of the opportunity presented by the...
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    Bosphorus

    Tom, Bosphorus has a well-deserved reputation for "musicality", which may be a succinct way of saying that they blend in and adapt exceptionally well to a variety of musical genres. Although I consider myself first and foremost an AGOP adherent, I have a few Bos' that I treasure; 20" hammer &...
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    Celebrating Eddie Gladden

    No one does it better than E.G.! Dexter Gordon - It's You Or No One (1979, The Hague) - YouTube Uptempo blues with long solo by Eddie: Dexter Gordon - Backstairs (1979, The Hague) - YouTube
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    The Sublime Al Foster

    Al was 30 in '73. I saw him in '86 at the Vanguard with Joe Henderson and Ron Carter. Al was 43 at the time. The trio was recorded that week, released as THE STATE OF THE TENOR IN 2019 AL turned 76... and Ron Carter is 82! The music keeps you young... if you survive!
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    The Sublime Al Foster

    If anyone else streamed Small's last night, they saw a superb rhythm section: George Cables(b.11/14/44), Ron Carter(b.5/4/37 & Al Foster(b.1/18/43) They were in full control and ageless, as is the music they played! The leader, saxophonist Tim Ries merited their company... as did Gregoire Maret...
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