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  1. bon viesta

    gretsch 20/12/14 for hard rock??

    is such a thing doable? i’m looking to get new drums, and being a bit jazz oriented i’m looking at 12/14/20 configs from gretsch and liking what i see. but my band plays hard rock music, though i’m totally into it and contributing heavily to the heaviness of our sound. granted, i’m not talking...
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    sound difference between a 15x10 and 15x12 tom?

    i’m going to order new drums soon, and i wanna go big. i’m wondering if the sound difference between a shallower 15x10 tom is noticeable when compared to a 15x12. i’m guessing a shallower tom is sharper and more reactive with less emphasis on the low fundamental, considering air moves through...
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    cutting down a shell: how much will leave the spacing even?

    i’m wanting to send precision drums a 15x14 floor tom to cut down into 15x12, but im wondering if that size will lead to the lugs on the reso side being too close to the hoop. if that’s the case, would something like a 15x13 down to a 15x12 leave it even? i think of john bonhams thermogloss...
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    can you remove paiste cymbal logos?

    i think i’ve heard somewhere that removing logos on specifically paiste cymbals will result in terrible tarnishing of the effected area, mainly due to the metal their cymbals use. is this true?? and also, if it is, is there a way to just remove the ink in a clean way that won’t eat into whatever...
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    i want zildjian a avedis, but i would clean off the patina

    i’m wondering if cymbal cleaner would even take the patina off of them, but if it could i would. i like the sound, the look, the whole vibe of avedis cymbals but i absolutely want to take off the patina and logo. has anyone else done this? would it ruin them? structurally i mean, with tarnish...
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    how good are gretsch/ludwig style telescoping spurs?

    my ludwig bass drum is either going to have 2 sets of heavy duty curved spurs, or 2 sets of gretsch vintage style spurs. will 2 sets of the gretsch spurs hold down a bass drum though? last thing i want is to end up with spurs that don’t even work. i have a heavy foot by the way, but even with...
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    classic maple bearing edges: roundover vs standard 45

    i’ve been sort of planning the ins and outs of what i want from ludwig later this year, and after first settling on legacy maples i soon realized that it’s just too expensive for not a good enough reason. so, i’ve now decided that classic maples are just more reasonable and also resemble the...
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    tom mount mania!! slingerland or rogers?

    i was planning to have just a snare stand as tom mount, but there’s something a lot nicer looking about a tom mounted on a bass drum, along with the reduction in choking, that i want to take advantage of. so, maxwell makes a reproduction slingerland tom mount of the setomatic. they look cool...
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    mitch mitchell-esque cymbal sound: giant beats or a avedis??

    washy, prominent, cascading sizzles (as per a few rivets) and just overall “lushness” is the vocabulary i would use to describe the cymbal sound of mitch mitchell, and the cymbal sound i want to be able to get. my idea for sizes are 14, 17-18 crash, a 20 inch ride with rivets, and a nice crashy...
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    13/14/16, or 13/16/18?

    i’m deciding on drum sizes for the ludwig kit i’m ordering later this year, and i’m stuck between 14 and 16 inch floor toms or 16 and 18 inch floor toms. also, ala mitch mitchell, the 14/16 kit would also have a 24x12 bass drum. 16/18 would be 24x14. any experience you have with either set up...
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    special order 60s ludwig drum sizes

    not talked about a whole lot as far as the custom drums they made in the vintage years, but there's a couple pictures floating around of 60s/early 70s era ludwig drum kits in these amazing custom order big sizes. the coolest part, in my opinion, are the cool double club date bass drum spurs that...
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    do round ludwig mufflers fit into the current baseball bat muffler holes?

    been piecing together my conceptual order form that i’d give to the local drum dealer (i’m a very very “i want it exactly this way” kind of person, so you bet i’m thinking of all the little details) and i don’t believe that ludwig offers round mufflers from the factory anymore. they do, however...
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    1965 gold sparkle ludwigs, value?? (very lengthy post)

    it’s a bit of a sad post, and very ramble-y, but i just want to lay it all on the table. i learned drums on these and they’ve been beat up a little bit since i got them but i’m still positive they have some good value. i’m expecting the value to probably be 1500-1800 on these, though i also...
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    might order ludwigs in the future, does ANYONE make a repro rail mount?

    in a year or so, i’m planning to give steve maxwell a call to custom order some ludwig drums and have him do his amazing vintage build set up on the drums. so… ordering a virgin bass drum, tom, and floor tom and having him get the bass drum badge facing out, getting the bracket on the tom in the...
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    how much would you pay for late 50s era zildjian??

    as a bass player now, and also coming of age, i find that i seriously need to find my own ways to make and spend money on things i want. no more mommy and daddy. and the other day i remembered i had a little trove of cymbals i don’t use anymore under my bed, and i've become a little out of touch...
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    how do you deal with noise during practice?

    if i had to say one thing that led me to playing bass much more than drums, it would be the noise. it’s waaaay to loud to comfortably play, even when i take many headphone precautions. i wear over the ear headphones, with noise cancelling headphones overtop. that, in combination with a sometimes...
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    that “help/rubber soul” snare sound from ringo

    how do you achieve that?! it’s not just ringy, but it’s kind of woody and clanky. it almost sounds like a cowbell. example:
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    do you have the same ability as me?????

    the ability to gauge a song’s release date by the drum sound. not the guitar sound, not the bass sound, not the amount of cigarettes you can hear the singer has smoked, the drum sound. even since i picked up bass as my main instrument, every single song has been accurately (by decade, a few year...
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    piano chord/bass octave combinations

    if anyone has a keyboard, or even better an actual piano, go over and play a c major chord with your right hand and a nearby f octave with your left hand. let it ring for a few seconds… why does that sound so good?? and then do an a minor chord with your right hand and a d octave with your left…...
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    urgent help regarding hearing!

    this whole month has seen me dive further and further into bass playing, which as a result has also dried up my activity on this site. but a few minutes ago i just got off the drum set (my playing has gotten sloppy, go figure) and it made me realize the same thing i’ve been realizing the past...
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