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  1. dharma bum

    What is your favourite snare this week

    Great question: favorite snare this week? This one has been on the stand the last few months, Ludwig Rock/Concert snare, die cast top hoop, heavy, lots of sounds I’m learning to use.
  2. dharma bum

    I finally drew a line in the sand re: a gig my R&B/Classic Rock band plays

    That's a good letter, Dan. A line has to be drawn somewhere - and it's often not about bad or evil bar owners/managers, but just our own cost-benefit analysis. Nothing personal, even if it really is personal. Let's see the response...
  3. dharma bum

    Joined the Vista Club

    Totally cool! I’ve got an old clear set that Ive gigged off and on for the last 20 years or so. It is a great addition to your collection. Pics when you get ‘em.
  4. dharma bum

    Thoughts on DW Ultralight snare stand?

    I've been using one for the last 2-3 years for gigs. Light as a feather. No slippage, no real bouncing, and I play rock. I like the spring loaded basket as well. For the past few months I've been playing a REALLY heavy snare, Ludwig 6.5 6-ply Rock/Concert, and surprisingly have had no...
  5. dharma bum

    1980's Ludwig SL drum set..Good deal???

    Sounds like a good deal, Good to see a photo if possible, of course. If it's an SL, it probably is not silver cortex but a cheaper silver or grey plastic wrap - easy to remove if you so choose.
  6. dharma bum

    What is the "hands down" best sounding Ludwig snare?

    I’ve had several now, but I picked up this 6.5 Rock/Concert 6 ply a couple months ago and it has dethroned my Acro.
  7. dharma bum

    Just swapped out my Acrolite P83 for INDe

    Our drums are pretty freaking similar. I got this Acro about 20 years ago at a music go round, it actually had some cheap incorrect throw on it. I replaced that with a P 83, but then at some point after a gig I dropped it on the strainer and it dented the arm, so a couple years ago I put this...
  8. dharma bum

    Would you buy a 6-pc vistalite for $400?

    Do it, can’t go wrong for that price.
  9. dharma bum

    Music Go Round; Saga of the 90 day local hold

    Nice snag. So does that "local hold" mean anyone walking into the store over that 90 day period could have bought it?
  10. dharma bum

    Zildjian " Armand" Series cymbals

    Back in 2012. Craigslist sale. Like new. $250.00.
  11. dharma bum

    Zildjian " Armand" Series cymbals

    About 6-7 years ago I bought a whole set of 21/18/16/14s with bag for a ridiculously low price. I use the 16 crash and hats for gigs - good medium thin sounds. The ride is very nice, and I use it occasionally.
  12. dharma bum

    Your Go-To Crash Thickness and Reason(s)

    For one crash: a 16" Medium Thin of some sort - these days I am using an Armand Zildjian. I use a 22" Paiste 2002 Ride, and it has a few voices depending on where and how it's hit. So the only thing I need from a crash is a quick emphasis. And I like the way 16s do that. p.s. I have never...
  13. dharma bum

    Songs that give you a hard time

    And that's exactly what I did at the gig on Thursday (confession time...). Especially because I was playing the headliner band's drum kit, with a good but different pedal and different ergonomics, I didn't want to risk losing the flow in front of several hundred people. Then the audience would...
  14. dharma bum

    looking for decent congas

    A few years ago I picked up a set of Toca's mid-range congas off Craigslist for a song... Elite or Elite Pro is the line, and other than a few scratches they are as good as new. Very solid. So I'd echo BennyK, try different ones, keep an open mind and keep an eye open for a deal, especially...
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    Songs that give you a hard time

    I know exactly what you mean. I have a big gig coming later this week, one high energy set in front of a lot of people, and right towards the end, when the energy will be a challenge because it will be hot and humid outdoors, “We Got the Beat.” We haven’t played it for a big audience yet, and...
  16. dharma bum

    SOLD Cut down Paiste 2002 19" crash $50

    Cool! PM sent.
  17. dharma bum

    Your Opinion on Ludwig Vistalite?

    I love ‘em. I bought a 12/13/16/22 kit from music go round about 20 years ago for $350. It was missing bottom and front heads and rims, very 70s style. Fixed them up and have Pinstripes on the toms. They are in good shape except that the floor tom has very wonky bearing edges and isn’t in...
  18. dharma bum

    Best vintage set for the buck!?

    Love these drums. When I started high school band in 1978, the senior drummer in jazz band had a set just like this, and I thought it was the coolest thing. All I could afford to get a that time though, was a Big R hi hat stand…
  19. dharma bum

    Best vintage set for the buck!?

    Im impressed with the photos and information they give. I like my local (well, 60 miles away) MGR but they usually only put one photo with their online postings.
  20. dharma bum

    Best vintage set for the buck!?

    All of the kits discussed so far could be real values. A lot of it depends on what just happens to become available when you can jump on it. I’ve been fortunate enough to get two Ludwig Rocker II kits for cheap, and I’ve rewrapped both and used them as solid kits for gigs. So do you research...
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