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  1. varatrodder

    Gretsch Renown or Tama Superstar Classic 2022

    So I LOVE Tama drums, but the Gretsch kit is a solid step above the Tama kit. The Superstar Classic is more on the same level as Gretsch Catalina Maple.
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    Drum Hardware Backpack?

    Me too. I had my dad’s bag from when he was in the service.
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    Why was the 18” Turkish K the most common size?

    My guess is 1) it’s a common size so a lot of them were produced, and 2) more of them survived compared to all the 20’s and 22’s that have been broken over the years.
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    OT - Song Link Game

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    Cymbal:You can only have one choice. Right now, which is your favorite ride you own?

    Yeah, it has quite the key hole, so I added a grommet for extra protection.
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    Grosgrain Ribbon on your Snares. Let's discuss...

    Depending on the end plate of the snare wires, ribbon can prevent the snares from laying perfectly flat against the head. I've noticed that on a few brands of snares. Also, cord allows the snares to self align, so they will always end up straight. With cord, you have to get everything straight...
  7. varatrodder

    Your favorite Stones song because of Charlie’s playing?

    It’s hard to pick just one. I’m gonna go with the entire Exile on Main Street album.
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    Cymbal:You can only have one choice. Right now, which is your favorite ride you own?

    I gig with my 24. Just gotta get a bigger bag!
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    Cymbal:You can only have one choice. Right now, which is your favorite ride you own?

    24” Avedis Zildjian block stamp. It’s 3600 grams of 1950’s perfection.
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    OT - Song Link Game

    I couldn’t help it.
  11. varatrodder

    OT - Song Link Game

    This monster has taken on a life of it’s own. Just go with it and “Let it Ride”.
  12. varatrodder

    New Sweetwater Marketplace

    This is cool. Previously their used gear section was just links to Reverb. I'm going to try this out next time I sell gear online. I would rather work with SW than eBay or Etsy (Reverb).
  13. varatrodder

    OT - Song Link Game

  14. varatrodder

    Vic Firth - Carter Beauford Sticks Old vs New

    There is a wide range of weights within the same model of stick. There are some YouTube videos of the VF factory showing them sorting by weight, and you can see the range that is within tolerance.
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    OT - Song Link Game

  16. varatrodder

    Gretsch Starlight ??

    That's looking great!
  17. varatrodder

    Gretsch Starlight ??

    It would probably wreck the finish.
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    OT - Song Link Game

    Different Railroad Blues
  19. varatrodder

    Gretsch Starlight ??

    I would try gentle heat - as in a hair dryer as opposed to a heat gun.
  20. varatrodder

    How to Choose the Right Drumsticks. Length Matters?

    Length absolutely matters, but for me a lot of it is based on the diameter and profile of the stick. I'm most comfortable in the 16"-16.25" range for a 5A-5B diameter stick, and 16.25"-16.5" for a 2B diameter stick. I've tried the Vic Firth 7A, and it is too short for me at 15.5". But the Vic...
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