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  1. paul

    I swear it was talking to me

    Playing my Sunday brunch gig this past weekend on a brutally hot day in Fort Worth. I don't think the heat had an effect here, though. I forget the song we were playing, but something fairly up tempo, and as I was playing my solo I hit my first floor tom, and it simply sounded perfect. So...
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    Vic Firth supply chain problems?

    Some time back I placed an order with Lone Star Percussion in Dallas for some Firth SD10 sticks with the understanding that it might take a while. Now LSP tells me the sticks won't be available any time soon, and probably not till next year. There's no mention of problems on the VF website...
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    Tough choice, but one I love to make

    For the 20 years I've owned it, a 6.5x14 DW Craviotto has been my go to snare drum for gigs. About 10-15 years ago I acquired a Ridgeland Radio King similarly sized. After a time it became the snare I kept at the bandleader's house for big band rehearsals. Both drums have diecast hoops, a Trick...
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    Baby kick gig report - sorry, no pics

    I played the 16" today in a very brief performance with a trio plus flute. I used it very sparingly, and the other three liked it well. Bassist asked me how I got it tuned so low. The secret is that I really hadn't tried to go very low, just to hit a good sound. It seemed to work. To help...
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    My new baby kick

    I'm generally not a big fan of tiny bass drums, but for various reasons I decided I need that option. So I found a Danmar riser on ebay at a great price, but when it arrived I discovered that it wouldn't work on my 16x13 tom, which started life as a marching snare drum. Took the riser to a local...
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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...
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    Welcome, Sub (Update)

    My rock band has rehearsal scheduled every Monday night here at my house. Works well for me, since everybody else lives a long way from me, and it saves me moving drums. Also, everyone's a long way from everyone else, so my place is relatively central, and it's just a good compromise. As it...
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    Gig video

    In mid-September I played a trio gig I thought was a one-shot but was actually the start of six weeks playing every Sunday. 5 1/2 months later we're still going, and have experienced temperatures from 25 to 90 degrees F. This video was shot on February 20, when the temp hit 65. Lovely day. If...
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    Today at Guitar Center - update

    I have an older Roc 'n Soc Nitro throne with stripped threads on one of the bolts that secure the seat to the spindle. I found the mounting bracket I need on another store's website, but it warned of a delay of 5-7 months to get it. So I stopped in GC today. Naturally, nobody was in the drum...
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    Pics from jazz brunch.

    A drummer friend who's also a retired professional photographer came out last week and took some pictures of our brunch gig. Normally we're a trio, but that day we had a pedal steel player sitting in with us. Really good player. It made for some interesting jazz.
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    Accessory trays

    I've been taking a small p/a to my weekly trio gig and setting up the amp on a chair next to me. That works, but in other venues might be a problem. I've also used a music stand, but would really like something I could clamp to my mic stand. Searching the usual places has been unhelpful, as...
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    Never heard that before

    Tonight I subbed with a tenor sax/bass/drums/guitar quartet. Got the call from the drummer, and didn't know anyone in the band. They didn't throw anything too odd at me, but I learned some new songs. As you'd expect, the first set involved getting a feel for each other and I was pleasantly...
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    Hot fun on a 'wallpaper' gig

    The guitar/bass/drums jazz trio I play with did a gig yesterday where we were the background music for a company Christmas party at an upscale restaurant. It was one of those gigs where you almost expect to be told to turn down regardless of where you start volume-wise. As it happens, we...
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    I rule!

    I picked up some new batters for my main snares recently, and put one on my RK tonight. I was almost afraid to, because it's been sounding really good lately (I've gotten compliments from other musicians), but the coating is mostly gone and I don't get the brush response I want. I use brushes...
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    Won't that extra gear make you louder?

    I started with a straight ahead jazz septet in September, and usually bring a four piece with a ride and two crashes or ride and china to gigs. Saturday night. because I knew there was room on stage and had another gig the next day, I brought my preferred set, a six piece with ride, three...
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    Playing with unvaccinated musicians

    For the record, I'm 74 and have heart disease, so am in a vulnerable demographic. I've also had all three Pfizer shots, so feel fairly well protected. I'm playing or jamming with multiple groups lately, mostly jazz, and one thing that's consistent is that everyone is vaccinated. That's...
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    Big band clip from Sunday

    Last week was big band week, with three shows with different bands, culminating on Sunday. That night I subbed with the Texins jazz band and guest artist Eric Marienthal. I had two rehearsals with them before the show. This tune was one of several Tom Kubis arrangements.
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    Back to high school, at my age

    My big band bassist, with whom I also play in other bands, has a daughter who's a senior in high school and plays in the school's jazz band. Through her Chris heard about another high school jazz band that's been rehearsing without a rhythm section due to various reasons I don't fully...
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    Gigging with my bassist...

    I met Chris about three years ago when he joined our big band, and he just slid right in like he'd always been there. Very good player, and VERY easy to play with. So we're also in a group derived from the big band of guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. A couple of months ago he referred me to...
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    Brushes - wide spread or narrowed down?

    Like the question says, how do you like your brushes? Do you leave them at the original amount of spread, or do you narrow it down, and why or why not? I like non-retractable models, and also like to narrow the spread. I do that with black electrical tape, and am very anal about matching the...
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