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    6/8 vs 12/8 Time

    So am I the only one that thinks 12/8 is a little on the busy side. I work with a gal vocalist who does a great jib of Etta James "At Last" The time signature on the chart is 12/8 so the Hat work is all those triplets as it was on the recording. To me it's a Torch/Bluesbballad and a quieter 6/8...
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    When Bass drums were king.

    When I started playing in the early 50s there weren't many if any, Bass fiddle players. The electric Bass was a brand new invention and I had never seen or heard one. So the drummer had to carry Bass lines. In Swing or Pop music the Kick drum played straight 4s right through the number. Early Be...
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    Evans UV1 pitting

    So a year ago I tried a UV1 on my Jazz snare and really liked the sound and it was great for brushes. In one month of average playing the surface pitted. I contacted Dadarrio and the put me in touch with their Canadian distributor. I sent photos of the surface and serial number and they sent me...
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    Why Zilit Pro

    I admit never being aware of this product until Sweetwater ad on my phone. I watched the video there and on other YouTube sites and I don't get it. i know many Rockers will have a 10in snare beside their 14 and from what I've seen, it is used mainly for accents. So, what is the advantage of the...
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    Right Cymbal combo

    Ok I'm 81 and played since 14 less some time out to raise a family. In the 60s I bought a Star (now Tama) MIJ kit for $100 and I was only making $600 month and had 2 kids, a stay at home Bride and a mortgage. The I blew the budget and bought a Zilco 18 med to heavy ride for $45 Canadian. I had...
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    Basswood, poplar, and lauan shells

    It seems that many here are convinced that Basswood and Poplar are used on only the very low end kits. While I'm sure that they are in many cases, in my experience they are superior to Lauan/Asian Mahogany. Having been in "the commercial wood business" for 40 years plus being a drummer I have a...
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    Samba Bass drum pattern for old drummers

    I have an artificial knee and a not so great ankle so keeping the standard two beat kick pattern is exhausting unless played very slow which is silly for Samba. I saw a post awhile ago by a member who said he played with a noted Jazz musician and the Jazz man said to play the kick on 1 & 3 using...
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    Evans heads still failing

    So I've posted that I've had 2 14in UV1s and a 10in Calftone all with surface problems. As mentioned Evans replaced the first two but the replacement UV1 did the same thing.. pitted within the first month. I haven't gone back for warranty as I'm guessing the Canadian distributor has a bunch of...
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    Stainless Steel Brushes

    So, has anybody used stainless steel brushes ? I do a lot if brush work using conventional Promark TB5’s for Jazz and Vic Firth for Classic Soft Rock. Both of course leave a lot of residue on the drum heads.. Remo Ambassador coated and Remo Diplomat Fibreskyn. Granted it’s easy to clean off with...
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    Zilco - Zildjian Canada

    So in forum cymbal talk there is a reference to Zildjian Canada. In 1969 I bought an 18 in Zilco ride for $45 new. I had to hide it from my dear Bride as had two kids, a mortgage and salary of $600 month. I did thank heavens have a company car. She told me after she knew it was new but didn’t...
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