I'm a native Texan and I have found the Florida Emerald Coast beaches are better than the Padre Island sand (and anywhere else in the USA).
We prefer to go to Fort Walton but I have also been to the Alabama beach -- almost as good.
FloriBama is a real dive but you can find some fun music...
I completely agree with Sgt. Barnes..........I do not go into our local GC any more..........a total joke for percussionists.
We need to ask ourselves -- why would any sane and logical drummer deal with a vendor that has "guitar" in the business name ?
I played them in college and actually took private lessons for one semester.
Tymps are a very different animal.
First of all, I was instructed to use the French grip; in addition you have to be able to tune on the fly.
Usually, you will have three drums and they are generally tuned to 1/4/5.
"Brand New" and "Never Sold" are descriptions that carry two different meanings.
It may have "Never Sold" but it looks like it was a demo on some music shop sales floor for a long time.
I've got a 1973 Zildjian heavy ride that is in better shape.
Jeez..............what a wild series of events..............sorry to hear all the bad news.
Under the circumstances, I think it is great to be strong enough to go see and support your friend...........good for you.
We all hope he will regain his strength and walk away from this in due time.