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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    I have tried acorn 5a and barrel-tipped 5a (or close to 5a) from Vater. I have a 30th Anniversary 22" ride from Istanbul Agop that weighs just about 2400. I also have a Mel Lewis that is close to 2500 grams. Even the Traditional 22" Medium ride that I had from Istanbul Agop was too washy though.
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    The KCon Medium ride was recommended a while back, but you are right in that they vary quite a bit. Some are too washy, others too clangy. It's a crap shoot when I'm buying online.
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    Thank you very much for your thoughts. Do you find the Dark Energy to ever be a bit overpowering? I have heard a couple of other people make that comment, so I'm just wondering if it is a common issue.
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    Dark Paiste vs. Dark Zildjian vs. Istanbul Agop

    I have been playing Istanbul Agop for a bit and have been frustrated in my search for all-around rides/crashes. I love the dark, complex sounds that I get from most of the Istanbul Agop lines, but it is nearly impossible to find a ride from them, for example, that has enough stick clarity to...
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    Your favourite rack tom size

    12x8
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    That might be worth a shot. I did try the Remo Classic Fit Ambassador which is supposed to be the same idea. Unfortunately, it didn't really help.
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    Sorry, no.
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    Burgundy sparkle
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    Thank you very much. I have to be fair and say, it sounds better than it previously did, but it isn't what I'm looking for. I was fortunate to find another drum that is a nearly perfect replacement.
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    Yeah, it was a disappointing outcome overall, but I’m happy with my new drum. I try to focus on the fact that I have a set of drums I love to play.
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    I’ll probably strip the hardware off and sell everything. It’s the only way I can make some of my money back. It sucks.
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    Moeller technique videos

    The Jim Chapin ones are great!
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    Dead Vintage Ludwig Tom

    UPDATE- I had the edges recut and the wrap worked on a bit. it still sucks. Totally dead with a terrible tuning range. I bought another rack tom to replace it. And that’s it.
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    The orphanage - drums to complete your set

    FOUND!
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    Rogers 20/14/12 With Beavertail Lugs

    Found! Thank you
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    Do you prefer Lacquer or Wrap for your kits and why?

    Wrap. It’s more durable and there is no loss of tone.
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    Signature Agop Rides

    Hmm...never even heard of these. I’ll check them out. Thank you for the suggestion.
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    Famous Drummer's View

    Jo Jones
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    Rogers 20/14/12 With Beavertail Lugs

    Thank you. Definitely am needing a 14” floor tom though.
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    Famous Drummer's View

    Love these! Definitely would like to see more of these shots.
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