I bought this as part of a thin/medium/heavy hi hat trio kinda thing so I’d have options, and lately I’ve found myself just using the thin and heavy, so I’m letting this one go. Put it on top of, or below, your existing 15” cymbal for quick and easy hi hat pair! HHX hammering, relatively low...
+1 for the CS Dot. Pair it with an Ambassdor Hazy and some Canopus wires for maximum effectiveness, plus a Snareweight M1 for a bit of control. That's exactly how I set mine up years back, and it's been one of my best sounding snares since.
I hadn't heard this story specifically, but I’d heard a more general version of it, namely that his quick departure had to do with the not-so-consistent quality (read: series) of kits that were available to him when he showed up at different venues around the world.
But as a disclaimer, this is...
Dave Mattacks once told me of trouble he was having with his Yamaha base plate choking his rack tom and that fitting rubber gaskets on the mounting bolts helps alleviate it. I can attest to both: the choking and the fix. Outer mount plate, rubber gasket, shell, rubber gasket, inner plate...
Love my Midtown kit. Those drums are punchy and full, easy to setup/break down, and comfortable to play. I’m sure the Inde is lighter, but the price difference is pretty serious.
My top 3 recommendations for light and easy load-ins would be Midtown, Safari, or Club Jam. (A Catalina jazz kit...
Here's a list for ya!
On Tama's site as of October 2022:
Big Black Steel 14x8
Black Brass 14x6.5
Bold Spotted Gum 14x6.5
Classic Maple 14x5.5 - Super Maple Finish
Dry Aluminum 14x5.5
Duo Birch 14x10
Dynamic Bronze 14x4.5
Dynamic Kapur 14x6.5 - Black Kapur Burst
Fat Spruce 14x6 - Satin Wild...