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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    Typically, I'm playing singer-songwriter kinds of things, or folky/rock stuff. With my 30th Anniversary or my Mel Lewis rides, anytime things get even to a medium volume level, the ping is instantly gone and all I get is wash. I have also had trouble with the crashes keeping up (30th...
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    Thank you for that explanation. I do agree with you, and the Mantra ride is one I have been meaning to check out. And I do agree with your comments about the Traditional line crashes. I love the Dark version of those crashes.
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    Thank you very much for the suggestion. I’m seriously considering it.
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    I have tried acorn 5a and barrel-tipped 5a (or close to 5a) from Vater. I have a 30th Anniversary 22" ride from Istanbul Agop that weighs just about 2400. I also have a Mel Lewis that is close to 2500 grams. Even the Traditional 22" Medium ride that I had from Istanbul Agop was too washy though.
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    The KCon Medium ride was recommended a while back, but you are right in that they vary quite a bit. Some are too washy, others too clangy. It's a crap shoot when I'm buying online.
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    Thank you very much for your thoughts. Do you find the Dark Energy to ever be a bit overpowering? I have heard a couple of other people make that comment, so I'm just wondering if it is a common issue.
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    I have been playing Istanbul Agop for a bit and have been frustrated in my search for all-around rides/crashes. I love the dark, complex sounds that I get from most of the Istanbul Agop lines, but it is nearly impossible to find a ride from them, for example, that has enough stick clarity to...
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    Your favourite rack tom size

    12x8
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    That might be worth a shot. I did try the Remo Classic Fit Ambassador which is supposed to be the same idea. Unfortunately, it didn't really help.
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    Sorry, no.
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    Burgundy sparkle
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    Thank you very much. I have to be fair and say, it sounds better than it previously did, but it isn't what I'm looking for. I was fortunate to find another drum that is a nearly perfect replacement.
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    Yeah, it was a disappointing outcome overall, but I’m happy with my new drum. I try to focus on the fact that I have a set of drums I love to play.
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    I’ll probably strip the hardware off and sell everything. It’s the only way I can make some of my money back. It sucks.
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    Moeller technique videos

    The Jim Chapin ones are great!
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