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  1. SpinaDude

    This is why Gong bass drums are needed for every gig ;-)

    Nah, it's all in how you use it.
  2. SpinaDude

    Sakae hi hat stand from DCP - am I wrong?

    I don't think you're expecting too much. I don;t know if the pictures, at least the ones posted above, are telling the full story. Just want to give them the benefit of the doubt. I recommend taking a picture with someone holding a level pressed to the vertical pipe. The bubble in the level...
  3. SpinaDude

    Looking for set up idea's for a 5 up kit

    Dude, I don't want to keep you from your post... ...but what program did you use for the set-up? I made one on Google Slides, well I fudged one. I'd like to do one like yours.
  4. SpinaDude

    Looking for set up idea's for a 5 up kit

    Looks GREAT!!! How do you keep your cymbals so shiny?
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    Looking for set up idea's for a 5 up kit

    Murat beat me to it. Simon always has a ton of toms and has them perfectly placed. I tried an 8 piece, 4 up and 2 down with a single kick. I could never get them comfortable until I moved the 14" floor to the left of my hi-hat and had only 3 up. Moved the 13" tom down next to the 16" FT...
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    Quality of Recent Mapex Drums

    Again, I saw QC issues with Gretsch on a Broadkaster kit. And for that money, a four piece kit should have been manufactured flawlessly. I have read a lot about QC issues with Ludwig, particularly on their Carl Palmer sig. snare. Did not experience those myself, but had many issues with a...
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    Quality of Recent Mapex Drums

    I've never been disappointed with the build of anything from Mapex. Their Cherry Bomb snare remains one of the best off the shelf wood snares I've ever heard. Their snares use one of the best strainers I've ever seen, and their lugs hold tuning even under prolonged hard hitting. I've never...
  8. SpinaDude

    NAMM 2020 => Mapex

    I agree, the wood figuring lacks the subtlety of the kids from the 2008-2013 era Mapex. To be fair, I don't know if those were veneers too. Like on this Mapa Burl Orion kit... Or on the Blaster Kit: Although looking back at the Velvetone... ...which was issued at the same time as the...
  9. SpinaDude

    Anyone planning/dreaming about a move?

    Being a north Jersey scumbag, allow me to retort. LOL I've lived in north NJ all my life, first in Wayne (Passaic County), then in Cedar Grove (Essex County and now in Green Twp (Sussex County. I can fairly say life out here in Sussex is vastly different than the other areas, even though it's...
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    MAPEX ARMORY SNARES... real wood veneer or contact paper? Can YOU tell the difference?

    About 4 years ago, there was a big scandal about Mapex using veneers and not listing it as such on the website. They then issued a statement explaining they were using Alpi, and included a video on how Alpi makes the veneers. They are all made using quality wood, but they are formed to provide...
  11. SpinaDude

    Chester Thompson on Decade-Long Rift with Crab Apple Phil Collins

    But that's what that gossippy article is about. It doesn't misrepresent what she said. That's my point.
  12. SpinaDude

    Chester Thompson on Decade-Long Rift with Crab Apple Phil Collins

    I don;t disagree with what you're saying...it's out there and now it can be twisted. I'm calling out the awful behavior of the writer who took items out of context and didn't properly reflect the timbre of the conversation. I'm sorry people misrepresented your story in the past. Again, lousy...
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    Chester Thompson on Decade-Long Rift with Crab Apple Phil Collins

    Now this really pisses me off... https://ultimateclassicrock.com/chester-thompson-phil-collins-solo-tour/ I want to give this writer the benefit of the doubt...maybe he just misunderstood what was said in the interview, but c'mon. Totally taking things out of context to make a click-bait...
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    Chester Thompson on Decade-Long Rift with Crab Apple Phil Collins

    As some of the other guys have said, a really great read. Smart interviewer, letting an interesting subject just go. Thompson is a class act. I love the story about the fallout with Phil. He doesn't approach it with vitriol or finger pointing. He says right off the bat it was a...
  15. SpinaDude

    OT - Marilyn Manson dropped by record label over abuse allegations

    Did Winnie Cooper issue a statement yet? She grew up with him.
  16. SpinaDude

    Counting Odd Times

    This is all great info guys, thank you. Does anyone know online sites for sheet music, to help me work through odd times I can't put my finger on?
  17. SpinaDude

    Counting Odd Times

    This is going to sound ignorant, but I never knew Brubeck's Take 5 was in a 5/4 time signature. I've heard it many times, but never really heard it until today. The odd time caught me right off the bat and I started counting in 5, but after a minute or so, I thought I must have been off. The...
  18. SpinaDude

    Drumming's Biggest Great Guys: A Top List in Progress

    I had a couple of brief online chats with Ryan Van Poederooyen when he was with Devin Townsend. Just reached out to him on his Facebook page, not really expecting to hear back. But he answered warmly every time, so gracious, kind and positive. Seemed like a genuinely good guy. There's a...
  19. SpinaDude

    SJC Custom Drums -- World's Fastest-Growing Drum Company?

    Unfortunately, part of running a niche business today involves heavy reliance on social media. I consider this social media. While this forum may not be their audience, they should be on one where they can communicate with their crowd... I'm gonna retract that last part. They're all over...
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    SJC Custom Drums -- World's Fastest-Growing Drum Company?

    My brother-in-law got one of their maple kits last year. Beautiful, wrapped kit. I didn't tear it down to inspect the shell interiors and edges, but on the exterior, the kit seemed very well built with a nice attention to detail. So from what I saw, quality was solid. The kick drum has great...
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