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    Tuning by ear vs drum dial rant...

    rant start... I had a drummer friend over. We were checking out the differences between tuning by ear and by drum dial. I was the "tune it by ear" guy and he was the "tune it to equal tension" guy. I have to say, I am not a drum dial fan. Maybe it can help those that just don't want to be...
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    Snares with hard to turn tension rods

    I recently picked up a very slightly used Mapex Armory Dillinger. I bought new heads (Amb snare side and Remo CS on top. While replacing the heads and tuning up, I noticed how much stiffer some tension rods were than others. I was tuning up with a key on each side and going in a star pattern...
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    Coated Remo Emperors vs Coated Evans G2

    The title says it all. I currently have coated Ambassadors on my toms (Ludwig Classic Maple). Coated on top and clear on bottom. I like the sound but do find I have to use some muffling when recording. I used to use Pinstripes but I felt they were a little too thuddy and I didn't care for the...
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    Mapex Armory Parts - where?

    I picked up a used Mapex Armory Dillinger snare recently. I found when changing the heads that the butt plate is stripped on one side. It's the outside screws, not the inside mounting screw. I've been trying to find that part but have come up blank. Anyone have any ideas where to get it? I'd...
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    Snare side experts needed - audio example included

    Hey Guys, I've got a couple of snares: Ludwig LM400, Ludwig Classic Maple 6.5x14, Pearl 3x13 brass and a Pearl Sensitone Phosphor Bronze 6.5x14. I am having some issues with the Ludwig snares that maybe you might have an answer for. I kind of set the LM400 off to the side when I got the Pearl...
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    Snares that don't match the kit...

    I've got a Ludwig Classic Maple kit in black oyster. I have a supraphonic that looks good with it. I just picked up a phospohor bronze sensitone that sort of looks ok. Now I'm thinking about a Mapex Exterminator but it will really clash with the kit. Maybe I should have bought a black kit so...
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    Pork Pie Big Black (BOB) vs Pearl Sensitone

    I've got a Ludwig LM400. Very old; I believe from the 70s or possibly late 60s. I was thinking about getting a new 6.5x14" snare. A friend has a Black beauty and it is a great snare but that's way out of what i want to pay for a snare at this point. I'm not even sure I "need" another snare, but...
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    Issues with Ludwig Atlas Mounts - anyone else?

    So, I got a Classic Maple kit and I replaced the heads and tuned it perfect. I double check both rack toms so I know they are in tune with themselves. I put them on the cymbal stand Atlas mounts and that's where the trouble began. The lug that is attached to the Atlas mount pulls the lug sharp...
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    Cymbal stand recommendation to hold toms (Ludwig)

    Hi, I bought a very lightly used Ludwig Classic Maple kit. I have a 10" and a 13" tom I need to mount on cymbal stands with the Atlas clamps. I've got some fairly inexpensive Pearl stands (came with an export kit) but I'm not sure they will be beefy enough for the 13" tom. Do I just go with the...
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    Help me decide - Pearl Masters Maple Complete vs Ludwig Classic Maple Fab 22

    I was all set to buy a new Pearl Masters Maple Complete (22, 10, 12, 16) in Redburst. Then a friend offered me his Ludwig Classic Maple Fab 22 kit with an extra floor tom for about the same price (22, 13, 14, 16). I have a studio in my house so I'm looking at versatility and tone. The Ludwig is...
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