Yep. Mom on Jan 1st and my Dad on Feb 8th. It all started mid Dec 2021 and it seemed to drag on forever. I was at the hospital almost every day for 5 weeks. The first holiday season in my life that I didn't enjoy.
So I bought some drum gear to fill the void.
Maybe it will light a fire under their asses and they'll start building their own shells like they once did many moons ago. It would defiantly boost their credibility in the drum community by making their own shells again.
Or maybe they'll have DW make their shells.
My biggest acquisition of 2022 was an 18" florr tom for my Tama Starclassic Bubinga Elite kit. I found out Tama wouldn't make it anymore so when one showed up in Reverb I JUMPED on it even though it was more than I wanted to spend. I started off 2022 doing very well. I acquired one splash cymbal...
I own the Tama Starphonic Aluminum and I'm also a Tama diehard. However if you're considering an Aluminum model go for the Yamaha Recording Custom. #1 you have 2 depth choices. #2 they come with aluminum diecast hoops which are a very rare piece of harware. You get the benefits of diecast hoops...
If you're a keys player stay away from the high end $1000 + snares. A Tama SLP snare is more than most drummers will ever need. Especially if you're on a budget.
I will put a vote in for a Ludwig Supraphonic and a Yamaha Recording Custom Aluminum model. Both models in 14 x 6.5 are sublime.
Ok add the Sabian HH 14" Medium Hats to my list. This is a new record for me. I usually but Hihats 2 pairs at a time. It just always worked out that way.
So far I'm enjoying my HHX Complex and HH Dark Hats. Its early Christmas for me.
I'm waiting on a pair of new/floor model HHX 14" Complex Medium Hihats and a pair of HH 14" Dark Hats I found in MINT condition on Reverb.
There's also another pair of Hihats I have my eye on. Maybe this will be a three pointer for me. Well it WAS my Birthday last month.
I received a promo email from Zildjian. What's the point with budget cymbals. Most drummers looking for darker sounds will go for Pro line cymbals. I guess it fills a niche. Or it's a reminder to Paiste and Meinl that Zildjian COULD cut into their sales if they chose to do so.
You call the bell obnoxious. I call it BEAUTIFUL! This ride pushes MY buttons to the Nth degree. Not paying $900 as it's possible to find one of the Raw Bell Dry Rides that is very similar. But this is an amazing cymbal that I hope goes onto production along with the Todd Sucherman 22" Sessions...
I found a 14" Coated Vintage Emperor on Amazon last week "used" for $5 off the new price and way less expensive than the Coated Controlled Sounds. I took the chance and it looked new to me and I had no issues with the head fitting the snare. I figure I'd try something new. On a 14 x6.5" steel...
You could also simply tune them like a regular drum. That what I did when I had my threaded rods attached to a cymbal boom eyelet. It worked great. I wrapped the lower threaded rod with electrical tape and it held with no issues. But I do like the RIMS mount solution.