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  1. drummer5359

    Sometimes a band heads in a direction you didn't expect, but it just makes sense...

    Last year I stepped into a new band. They had just gotten a new lead singer, at the same time that their long time drummer passed away from cancer. The band covered Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, The Outfield Fleetwood Mac... Shortly after I joined the new singer was having...
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    Auditions, how to nail it. (Or not.)

    There is another thread which mentioned auditioning. I thought that it might be a serious discussion of how to handle auditions. Maybe this can be. I'm thinking that the pandemic has done more to mess up live music performance than any other event in my lifetime. (Karaoke and disco would come...
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    How and why I got interested in being a musician. I'm sure that you each have your own stories...

    When I was a kid My father always had more than one job, even though his primary job was as a department head at a rail road. When I was young, his second job was as a cab driver at night. When I was about six years old (1965) a cab driver that my father worked with was stabbed. My mother...
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    I'm curious how many drummers on here belong to this club...

    When I was learning to print (and write) I drove my teachers nuts because I would sit the pencil down and later resume with the other hand. I did the same thing with my fork at the dinner table. Eventually, I mostly settled on being right handed. When I had a major stroke in 2008 and lost use...
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    I really need to gig again...

    I was expecting a call from someone named John about a gig. It was mid afternoon. I decided to take a short nap, I let my wife Jackie know that I was expecting an important call. The phone rang. I threw the covers back, threw my legs over the side of the bed, and was preparing to run to grab...
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    I bought a 1959 Super Radio King.

    I bought my first Radio King snare drum about ten years ago, it is blue sparkle, made in 1958. It's a great drum. But... I have been looking to pick up a silver sparkle Radio King to match my kits. Call me shallow, but I thought that it would be sort of cool. I've been looking for a clean, yet...
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    I'm headed to Drum Center of Portsmouth on Tuesday!

    Monday I'm driving up to Long Island from Pittsburgh to pick up a friend of mine. Tuesday we are headed to Portsmouth. We tried to do this in January of 2019 and winter weather interfered. We were planning to try again this past May, and everything got shut down. We are going to try again. We...
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    Rusty at setting up and tearing down.

    From 2013 through 2019 I averaged about a hundred gigs a year. I would stage whatever gear I needed for a particular gig the night before. I had load in, set up, tear down , and load out down to a science. After this long without a gig just the thought of set up and tear down sounds foreign...
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    There is some type of cyber attack happening to the site right now.

    There is Chinese script appearing on multiple threads.
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    Let's talk about PA systems...

    First of all, I'm old. Old enough to remember when I aspired to own a really good PA, like a Shure Vocalmaster, or a Kustom! I thought that I'd start the discussion by making the other old guys laugh, and the young guys roll their eyes. Yes kids, that used to be a "good" PA system. Later...
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    I had an audition tonight, I'm in a new band.

    I was in two bands for years, one was very busy, and the other was busy enough. Near the end of last year both bands fizzled. Honestly, one I was glad was done. I took a few months and was ready to audition for this new band in March when the world shut down. We just reconnected this past week...
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    Six degrees of Separation. (Drum edition.)

    I thought that could be a fun game... On the left is my 1958 Leedy snare drum, from the era during which Leedy was owned by Slingerland. In the center is my 2006 DW/Craviotto solid maple. DW is the new owner of Slingerland. On the right is my 2018 Gretsch USA Steve Ferrone Signature. Gretsch...
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    My birthday is in nine days...

    My birthday is in nine days, I'd been staring at this on Reverb for a while. This emptied my gear fund, but what the hell... Happy Birthday to me.
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    Crazy idea for a big, tall portable riser...

    When you have a lot of spare time, crazy ideas pop into your head. Well, they pop into my head. I saw an ad for a Bora Centipede portable workbench, and thought, that would make a hellava base for a riser. Now I'm trying to figure out how to engineer a portable top to marry two of these...
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    Tama has a new badge that they are using on some snare drums.

    Tama has a new badge that they are using on some snare drums. It looks sort of familiar from a distance.
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    "Quarantime"

    I came up with a new word to use to denote this time of quarantine and social distancing. "How are you spending your quarantime?"
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    Mel and Max Brooks PSA, "Go Home!"

    Max Brooks and his father Mel Brooks made a PSA being shared by the CDC. I think that it is an important message.
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    I had too much to dream last night " the Electric Prunes " cover by: The Surfrajettes

    With everything currently going on in the world today, I figured that we could use some to hear something completely unexpected. I've always liked the original song by The Electric Prunes, to me it was custom made to be a surf instrumental.
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    Our gear when we are gone...

    The "So this guy..." thread is a vivid reminder that no one gets out alive. I've told my story here before, but it bears repeating. I was married to a woman for almost fourteen years. We both had good jobs and no children. I believe that the term for us was "DINK", duel income, no kids. I admit...
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    Gretsch snare drum family photo

    Tonight I gathered all of my Gretsch USA snare drums together for a family photo. Front row, left to right: USA Custom Stanton Moore Signature. 4.5" deep solid Birdseye maple, 42 strand wires. 2011 USA Custom Solid maple, (single ply) 6.5" 42 strand wires 2019 USA Custom 6 ply maple/gum...
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