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  1. gra7

    Jazz Drummers

    Art Blakey, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Peter Erskine, Dave Garibaldi, Cindy Blackman, and Steve Gadd
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    My Favorite Drum Company Would Be Perfect, If Only They...?

    I’d just wish both Yamaha and Tama made all their higher quality drums in Japan again. There is just something not right about a Recording Custom or Starclassic made in China regardless of how good they get the build quality.
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    How much does bass drum size really matter now?

    Yes, this. I edited my post in this thread because you raised a very valid point. While I love the feel of playing a 24" kick, I can't get comfortable behind it without compromising my throne height and rack tom position.
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    How much does bass drum size really matter now?

    Shallower kick drums define my sound, responsive and punchy. I use a 14x22” for rock and 8x18” for smaller venues and no-mic lower volume stuff. EDIT: While I do enjoy playing larger 24" kick drums, I can't seem to get comfortable behind them without compromising my rack tom and throne height.
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    Are your small gigs worth it anymore?

    I am not in it for the money either as this is my hobby not my primary source of income. When I played a few cafe shows with less than 50 people seated, we were paid with great coffee and a sandwich - and they were some of the best gigs ever because the band was great and we all had a great...
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    Facebook and Messenger - I am done

    i Just entirely deleted FB (and Twitter) as well. I only had it for messenger and the marketplace but the people you don’t know are either toxic or think FB is the new Ashley Maddison and friends means with benefits. I still have Instagram like the OP because many drum companies market to here now.
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    How do you get a quickie in?

    I have a similar approach except it’s two ply mesh heads on a Tama kit, with an EAD10 and low volume cymbals - in a room that has sound proofed walls and ceiling - playing from 10pm to 11pm.
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    I switched back to 2Bs (again)

    I find 2B sticks way too big for kit play but just right for playing on the practise pad. I prefer to use 8A sticks on the kit. I guess that is weird such a big step down in size.
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    What's the Best Artist Signature Snare Drum?

    Others have already said it but the Yamaha Akira Jimbo 7x13 is the only one I can think of for me
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    Drum hacks

    Some of the "drum hacks" I have used have already been mentioned here - but I will contribute a few more: Before the "Big Fat Snare" was a thing, I used to cut old drumheads around the hoop edge and place them on top of drums to change the sound - also cutting old drum heads to make a muffle...
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    Minimalism?

    I feel there are varying degrees of gear reduction - including just having one small kit with 2 cymbals and hi-hats - but I am quite happy with two kits (22/12/14/16 and an 18/10/14) and 2 snare drums (brass and walnut). My real "addiction" is probably cymbals - I have many, but my "excuse" is...
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    What's your favorite drum ad image?

    For me it is easily this Tama drum ad:
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    Let’s see your Band’s bass drum logo head

    I just tend to go with art designs I like, regardless of the band. Here is a rough interpretation of what I mean.
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    How do you learn songs?

    For a song I am not familiar with, I first search online for the BPM of the song and then listen to the song at least twice, looking for key sections of the song - important fills, breakdowns, vocal hooks etc - and make notes for that. I will next see if the original band (or maybe other...
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    Drum Confessions Thread

    My confession is I threw out the George Lawrence Stone "Stick Control" book in the late 1980s. I was at that time very frustrated with different drum teachers interpretations of it and not owning it removed that issue. I still don't own the book, but instead have two Joel Rothman books which I...
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    10” snares

    Not quite a snare in the true sense, but I have one of these and when tuned high and the snares are very tight I can get an almost clap like drum and bass snare sound which works with some pop music: https://www.tama.com/usa/products/snare_drums/metalworks310.html
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    Beginner Drum Sets

    Brand wise, Yamaha or Tama in my opinion. While budget is indeed a factor, the height and age of the player is not often considered. I don't see a point getting a kit with a bass drum bigger than 18" for a learner if they are quite young or and/or shorter than 4 and a bit feet tall. The Tama...
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    Nothing sounds like a black beauty…

    This snare is the closest to a Black Beauty in my opinion, and to an extent I prefer it because you can get it in a 7x13" size - http://www.dwdrums.com/showroom/snares.asp?sKITNAME=snare-stnblknklbrass
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    Cymbals for smaller gig stages

    I'd probably use a 16" crash instead of an 18" but thinner sticks or rods are the way to go in my opinion.
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    What do you hear in a higher quality snare drum that you don't hear in one of lower quality?

    I'm down to having only two snares now - a Yamaha Recording Custom Brass and a Noble and Cooley SS Classic Walnut - but I am also looking for a Gretsch snare and I may swop the Yamaha for something else, but I will settle on having only three snares. Comparing to all other snare drums I...
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