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    How close to the bass drum do you sit, or, does your snare overhang your bass drum?

    When I see photos of drum sets, it seems like the snare is usually behind the bass drum. But I like to set up with the snare an inch or two over the bass drum. The issue isn't the snare; it's the bass drum pedal. If I get too far back, my foot wants to creep toward the heel of the pedal, and...
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    Are Gretsch Renowns Really Better than Catalinas? How?

    Upon getting back into drumming (just as a hobby) a few years ago, I picked up a used set of Gretsch Catalina Maples. I was and remain happy with them. OK, I eventually swapped out the snare for a DW and one of the bass drum spurs tends to come loose, but my Cats look and sound good. I still...
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    Why bother choosing your own drum set when you end up playing backline sets?

    Like many others on this forum, I've put some effort into configuring my drum set the way I like it. It's a 2 up 1 down 5-piece with one small tom tuned high and the rack toms on a floor stand rather than on the bass drum. I've chosen plain coated heads plus one of those vintage bass drum...
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    Where does this cymbal fit in Sabian history?

    Someone is selling this orphan hat, and my orphan hat could use a partner, but I'm having a hard time figuring out where the seller's hat fits in Sabian's lines. The seller says that it's HHX hybrid. I can see that it's got a raw bell (and is therefore "hybrid") but I don't see HHX on the...
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    Is this bass drum technique "correct"?

    While watching hi-hat demos at the Memphis Drum Shop, I noticed a lot of drummers positioning their bass drum foot at a bit of an angle relative to the pedal and not having their toes all the way to the front, like this guy...
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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've spent the last 10 days or so off and on comparing a DW Performance snare drum with a Gretsch Catalina snare drum and am having a devil of a time hearing much difference between them. Both drums are maple 14" x 5.5", and in the interest of do-it-yourself science, I've put the same heads and...
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    Opinions about DW Performance maple snares (made in Mexico)?

    I've been mulling the possibility of buying a snare to replace the one that came with my Gretsch Catalina Maple set, and confess that I'm not an eager buyer. My Cat snare is sounding pretty good. However, it is a little finicky and I'm curious to find out what more a "better" snare can do. I...
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    Why does my snare ring when hit slightly off center and would die cast hoops (or something else) minimize this?

    I've been working with a Gretsch Catalina Maple snare in the hopes of squelching the temptation to buy a replacement, and must say that my labors have been productive. After clipping a few of the center snare wires off and putting a coated Evans UV1 on the batter side, I think the snare sounds...
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    How much does the shell material and construction contribute to a drum's sound?

    Drums are made out of a lot of different woods in different combinations and thicknesses, plus are sometimes made out of materials other than wood (acrylic, aluminum, etc.). If we assume decently made drums without pronounced flaws, what percentage of a drum's sound do you think can be...
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    How to get a bass drum thwack sound?

    While wasting time, I ran across this comparison video of drum sets: Leaping out to me was how much I liked the bass drum sound. I noticed it especially with the second set (around 2:43) but it's similar with the first set (around 1:15). It's just a word, but I consider this almost a thwack...
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    Anybody Ride a 20" Crash for Quieter Tunes?

    My search for a ride with a woody stick sound to use for some kinds of quieter songs has been very frustrating. I just can't find the sound I want. Recently, albeit only based sound files, I've been attracted to some lighter 20" crash/rides weighing in around 1600 grams. Some of those seem...
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    What pitch do you prefer for your snare drum?

    I always thought that I preferred a high tuning for my snare drum, until I bought a TuneBot. When I used the gadget to test my tuning, it read 198 hertz, pretty much in the middle of customary tuning. I do remember tuning the drum when I changed the head, and of course I had lower pitches...
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    Who hardly ever plays their drums at home?

    I'm slowly searching for a new house or apartment, and one of the features I'm looking for is a place where I can play my drums without unduly disturbing others. Of course, this is nearly impossible to find in a city. Short of constructing an in-home studio, there are going to be neighbors...
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    The New Beat Ratio (Almost) Everywhere?

    Although I'm surely only rediscovering one spoke of the music theory wheel, after reading that some people believe that the 2/3 ratio is a general principle in music, I couldn't help remembering that this is the theoretical ratio of weights in New Beat hi-hats. Curiosity got the better of me...
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    Anyone Playing All Older A. Zildjians?

    Although I've run through a dozen or so rides over the last couple of years, I keep coming back to a 22" 60s' A. Zildjian. Admittedly, it's been modified by a smith, but it's still a 60s' A. Also, I have no complaints about my early 70s' New Beats. Yes, you can get this or that different hat...
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    What are the differences between the newer Avedis cymbals and the older A. Zildjians?

    My understanding is that the newer Avedis cymbals are an attempt to replicate the old A. Zildjians (c. 1960). They even have a faux patina that makes them look vintage. This raises the question of if they are different from the cymbals they attempt to replicate, and if so, how? Forgive me if...
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    What's the difference between a 22x14 and a 20x16 bass drum?

    I'm not going to do the math, but these two sizes seem about the same to me, yet they both exist. I therefore wonder what the sonic differences are between them. More broadly, I think I'm wondering about the effects of diameter and depth on drum sounds. I'd guess that larger diameter drums...
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    Weight of Crash/Rides

    I've been wondering how a few of my recently acquired rides will work as crashes, and unfortunately it's hard for me to get more than a rough sense at home. The real test is crashing the cymbals in band contexts during live performances, though the pandemic isn't letting me do this. A...
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    Evaluating Your Drumming Skills by Considering Your Band Mates

    There's a saying that nobody is a good judge of themselves, and I suspect that's true. Although I have opinions about how good or bad a drummer I am, I'm never sure that my opinions are accurate. Sometimes I'm even surprised when the opinions of others deviate sharply from my own...
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    Anybody play two ride cymbals at the same time (more or less)?

    While experimenting with two very different ride cymbals, both or which I like, positioned next to each other, I found myself interspersing taps (not crashes) on the cymbal that wasn't my main ride at the moment. As I thought about it, I realized that I'd always done this to a small extent...
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