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  1. charlesm

    K Custom Medium Ride 22"

    Looking for one of these on the lighter side (for this model), around 2600-2700g. Thanks a lot.
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    Any K Sweet 23 owners?

    From what I hear in demos, I like a lot of the tonal attributes of this model. Does anyone out there own one? I'd love to hear some feedback and impressions. Thanks a lot!
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    SOLD. Zildjian K Custom Dark Crash 16"

    Zildjian K Custom Dark Crash 16" (1100g) A nice dark, shimmery crash with good body. Also great for use with a 16" hi-hat pair. Slight bit of sticker residue under bell but great shape otherwise. $175 + ship PayPal/Lower-48 only. Demo:
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    SOLD. Zildjian Kerope 15" hi hats pair

    Selling a factory set of 15" Kerope Hats. (The 15" K Dark Thin Crash that was previously also listed here has sold separately.) These are at a nice weighting of 942g/1184g. Light enough to feel like thin hats but enough meat on the bone to project. Beautiful warm, sweet tone and very...
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    What are your impressions of this ride cymbal?

    (I'm not posting this under Audio Files because this isn't so much a demo as, hopefully, a topic for some conversation.) I'm very curious to hear some impressions of this cymbal. This is a recording to a drumless backing track, followed by the cymbal by itself. Do you like it? Not? Do you...
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    Vintage A. hats find/stamp ID/green stuff!

    Hi all. I picked up a set of really sweet old A. 14" hats at a local store recently for a nice price. They are roughly 700g/800g. Trying to ID the stamp. This looks like late-'50s small to me. The "Zildjian" measures about 7/8" across. Any thoughts? Thanks a lot.
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    Is Ludwig missing the boat on Acros?

    I see today that Ludwig is apparently releasing a new line of USA "Acro" snares with brass and copper shells...basically, Acrolites with those shells. Not sure how I feel. Kinda cool on paper, even though, to me, Acro means aluminum alloy. Anyway... The 6.5 models have 10 lugs. I've been...
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    Coated Diplomats for vintage Gretsch?

    Hi all, I'm thinking of trying a coated Dip batter over clear Dip on my SSB 12". I've never used Diplomat batters. I'm currently using coated Amb/clear Amb, and it does sound great, of course. Lately, though, I've been wanting to hear a little more sprite and overtones out of that drum. I get...
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    Speaking of Acrolites: Dear Ludwig...

    Ludwig folks, you brought out an 8-lug Black Beauty. Totally took us (well, me, at least) by surprise. What a COOL drum! And so great to see you acknowledge the value of the 8-lug design for a high-end drum. PLEASE now do the right thing and bring out an 8-lug 6.5" Acrolite, and fulfill the...
  10. charlesm

    15" K hats situation

    Just curious about folks' opinions on this matter. Recently picked up a 15" K Dark Thin Crash (883g according to seller) to pair up/use in combo with my 15" Keropes (960g/1120g). I'm basically looking for the option of having a real vibey, splashy, thin-but-dark hat sound for jazz, '70s-ish...
  11. charlesm

    Looking for Zildjian 15" K crashes

    Mainly looking for 15" K Dark Thin or 15" K Custom Dark. Gram weight would be helpful. Thanks a lot!
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    *SOLD* - Gretsch USA Bronze 6.5" x 14" - mint

    I've decided to let my amazing Gretsch USA Bronze 6.5 snare go in the search for a couple of other items. This is an incredible-sounding, real musical bronze drum and it's in mint, original condition (other than some wear on the batter head). I'll take $425 shipped. This is my listing on...
  13. charlesm

    WFL Auditorium magic

    A few years ago, I picked a WFL Supreme Concert (6-lugs) snare in the search for a drum with a strong, inherent "woody" tone. Well, this drum did not disappoint. Within the first few hits, I was just amazed at the warm, round, deep tone of this drum. Eventually, I decided I wanted just a little...
  14. charlesm

    WTB: K Custom Dark Complex Ride 22"

    Anyone have a 22" K Custom Dark Complex Ride for sale? Ideally in the 2600-2700g range. Thanks, Charles
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    Rogers aluminum snares?

    Did Rogers ever make an aluminum snare, something to compete with the Acrolite and similar from Slingerland and Gretsch? I don't believe I've ever seen one. Seems like they weren't really in the "lower-end" game. Just curious. Thanks!
  16. charlesm

    Los Angeles scene?

    Any drummers out there living and working right in L.A.? Can you describe what life is currently like there as a working player? Are there particular "scenes" around specific music in different places? How are audiences? Been curious for a long time. Thanks a lot.
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    Heavy ride + low-pitched??

    Does anyone own a ride (or crash/ride) that is on the heavy side but also legitimately low-pitched and dark? If so, what is the model and what are the design characteristics? Doing some research. Thanks a lot.
  18. charlesm

    Zildjian EAK Crash Ride 22"

    Looking for a 22" EAK Crash Ride in good condition. Thanks, Charles
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    Dear Zildjian: More basic K 22s, please.

    In my search for the 22 sound in my head, I have come up with a few suggestions for Zildjian that might fill some gaps (IMO) in the lineup of regular Ks. This is also based on the premise that 22" is an all-around great, versatile cymbal size. 1. Please bring back the basic 22" K Crash/Ride in...
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    Zildjian 22" K Crash/Ride

    Looking for a 22" K Crash/Ride in traditional finish. I assume this points to EAK or IAK. Others? 2600-2900g range. Thanks!
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