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  1. paul

    GAS temptation

    I could easily be wrong about the sizes. Obviously didn't examine very closely or I'd have noticed the floor tom sizes. Besides, I really don't need another set and don't care much for white marine pearl.
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    GAS temptation

    Went to my local GC today for a small item and spotted a used Gretsch Renown in WMP. I didn't examine them closely, but they look great and I believe it's 10/12/14/16 with an 18" kick. They're asking $1449 for it, and I'm really tempted. Don't really need them, but I covet that bass drum. I...
  3. paul

    Nothin' like a great shuffle...

    Leaving aside the question of whether you're the designated "shuffle judge," yes, I did listen to it, and am pretty sure my opinion is at least as definitive as yours.
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    What are your favorite splash cymbal brands, sizes and types?

    I have 3 that I like: an 8" Paiste Dimensions, an 8" A Zildjian, and a 10" A I've had for over 40 years. The 8" A was bought used, IIRC, and the others were bought new. I don't mind buying used, but only if I can hear the cymbal before buying.
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    Nothin' like a great shuffle...

    IMHO, if it needs to be qualified it's not a great shuffle.
  6. paul

    Max Weinberg Explains How You’re Doing It Wrong

    I got my first set almost 60 years ago, and the throne had a backrest. Since then, with about a two year exception, I've always had a backrest, and they have gotten better over the years. For me a backrest reduces fatigue, promotes good posture, and I'd hate to play more than 30 minutes without one.
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    Latest Gig

    Geezers rule!
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    Thoughts on DW Ultralight snare stand?

    I have a couple of older Yamaha snare stands for home and gigging with ball and socket adjustments. After more than 20 years of using them I could never go back to a stand that only adjusts the drum angle in one dimension. I'm too spoiled by the ability to quickly and easily change the tilt of...
  9. paul

    The merits of multiple snare drums

    I've had my go to snare for over 20 years, and it's been number one since I got it. That said, I have a few other drums that I like for one reason or another, and often use one of them when the urge hits. (a deeper snare than my go to gets to do all the rock gigs) Been playing these drums since...
  10. paul

    Favorite jazz trio albums

    Pat Metheny Trio Live (Bill Stewart) Metheny - Question and Answer (Roy Haynes) Larry Goldings Trio (Bill Stewart) Joey DeFrancesco (Byron Landham) Michel Camilo (various) John Scofield En Route (Bill Stewart)
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    Learning and re-learning

    I think a lot about my age (74), and what it means for drumming. I'm not unaffected by getting older, but I'm still getting calls to play and more importantly, calls back. It occurred to me recently that after gigs I often find myself thinking about what I just did, and thinking about what I...
  12. paul

    Looking for cowbell mounting ideas

    I like my cowbell near my snare drum, and on my racks I use the upper section of a cymbal boom with an L-rod instead of the normal rod. The other end clamps to the rack. On a 2 up/2 down setup the mount comes between the rack toms, and usually the bell is angled to fit it in. With fewer toms...
  13. paul

    Learning and re-learning

    As has been noted above, any tool you add to your box is beneficial, whether you realize it now or not. During my 13 months of self-quarantine, I practiced about twice as much with brushes with sticks, mainly because it was late at night and I didn't want to disturb the neighbors. Now, a year...
  14. paul

    “Bonding” with drumkits…

    In 2000 I bought some single Gretsch drums with an eye toward building a set. Wound up with seven toms and two kicks of different sizes. A local drum guy rewrapped them for me, and I took possession on July 3, 2001, I bought them and had them finished to use as my gigging set, and more than 20...
  15. paul

    Tempus shell bank almost complete

    Congratulations! That's a nice setup. My own shell pack is only 7 toms and 2 bass drums, but lets me set up multiple configurations depending on the musical situation. I love it, and hope it works for you as well.
  16. paul

    Big band?

    Not a big band. Nice horn section, though.
  17. paul

    What NOT to do with duct tape

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    Fred Armisen on Spotting Hobbyist Drummers: Expensive New Kits with Lots of Stuff

    One more thought triggered by OZJazzer's comments about jazz players. I also play jazz mostly, and like a 2 up/2 down with two of my groups that play pretty wide open. In a third group (that happened to perform tonight) the music is mostly 30s and 40s swing and show tunes, and a four piece...
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    Fred Armisen on Spotting Hobbyist Drummers: Expensive New Kits with Lots of Stuff

    You're hardly the worst "offender" in that respect. But you came at me, so I responded.
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    Fred Armisen on Spotting Hobbyist Drummers: Expensive New Kits with Lots of Stuff

    Why would one assume that having 3 splashes would keep a drummer from playing a groove? Is there some rule those splashes would break? I'm using two splashes at the moment, but this makes me want to add another one. One other thing. Elsewhere you bragged that having to make a second trip to get...