GREAT SHOW! I loved the mixture of the bands that appeared on the same show. As they say.........ECLECTIC.
It was also a way to get me to see artists I had heard of but never saw either in person or on film.
My #1 performance was Maria McKee singing an acoustic version of "Breathe". Made me...
After playing for 35 years I generally don't get nervous when there are people in the crowd I know. Including those way better than me.
The one time I was REALLY nervous was when a drum teacher I recommend to all my customers showed up to watch me.
My Craviotto snare drums. I have four. 6.5" Maple, 6.5" Birdseye Maple, 6.5" Euro Beech and 5.5" Mahogany. All 14" in diameter.
If I had to narrow it down I'd say:
#1 5.5 Mahogany [with my name on the inside!]
#2 6.5 Euro Beech or Birdseye Maple
I have a large collection of mostly used drum sticks, most are signed by the drummer after the show. Sometimes it was a random stick found behind the riser so it did't get signed. And sometimes I knew who the drummer was but didn't get a signature directly. I would attach a note with their name...
Although I didn't get a chance to post the item here, I sold a double bass drum pedal to Slippy. One I bought off of DFO. Great transaction, smooth, no problems, great communication. Everyone's happy!
Not everyone has the money for a nicer name brand beginner kit. Sometimes you have to get an off brand and fix it up to make it playable.
But it's one reason that drummers shouldn't completely downtalk cheap kits.
Just wanted to add how great old Yamaha drums are.
I scored a 1987 Recording Custom in 8x12, 9x13, 16x16 and 14x22 (with a newer steel 6.5x14 snare). Stupidly cheap. Standard cherry lacquer finish.
It's got a really nice sound.
While not as thorough as what you did, I've had a lot of success cleaning any brand coated head with Simple Green. Spray it on, wipe it off while scrubbing a little. Does a pretty decent fast job.
Time for me to get crucified. I used to own a Gretsch Blackhawk kit. With new heads and my tuning skills it sounded pretty darn good.
But yeah, sell it for $100 to $150 tops if it includes extras.
I'm currently using Los Cabos Seconds, which are $3.99 a pair to the public but a lot less than that price to me...as I work at a music store. The red hickory 5B's are a little thin for B's, but they feel great and last a real long time. Only issue I've noticed is slightly out of round. So I...