Mike, I have to say: I had a '67 all-orig. champagne Jazz Fest for a little while and it did not have near the tone of the WFL. Polar opposite...it was very bright and toppy. It had a maple interior, though, and I think the Ludwig edges were sharper by that point; it sounded that...
K 20" Crash/Ride has been my go-to rock ride most of the last 10 years. Prior to that, it was a couple of 20" A mediums at different times and a 20" Ping for many years.
I recently acquired a 22" K Dark Medium (again) and I'm looking forward to taking that out. It really is a rock ride with a...
A few years ago, I picked a WFL Supreme Concert (6-lugs) snare in the search for a drum with a strong, inherent "woody" tone. Well, this drum did not disappoint. Within the first few hits, I was just amazed at the warm, round, deep tone of this drum.
Eventually, I decided I wanted just a little...
Did Rogers ever make an aluminum snare, something to compete with the Acrolite and similar from Slingerland and Gretsch?
I don't believe I've ever seen one. Seems like they weren't really in the "lower-end" game.
Yes, always. If not two actual "ride" cymbals then two cymbals that are ride-able. Usually 20 or 22 on right and 18 or 20 on left.
Having two ride tones available does wonders in supporting different sections of songs.
I've done enough trumpeting about this on the forum here...but, well, why not some more? It's just a sound in my mind.
From Zildjian K, a crash/ride cymbal that is: Low and dark but NOT real thin and airy. DRY but still open and responsive. Weighty enough to have great depth. Large and...
On brighter drums, the Blasters have sometimes sounded a bit harsh. I've really come around to just sticking with the basic Puresounds or good-quality generic Snappy-type sets on everything. 20-strand. It seems like a fail-safe...always works for a great balance of snare and shell sound.
I have a pair. I must have them now for at least 15 years. Adjustable, as mentioned. Great for low-volume situations. Really nice for fat sounds at low-moderate volume. Great for country/train-beat feels. A good and useful tool to have.
Yes. COB hoops add a brassy, musical overtone to the ring. It's a little softer and more refined compared to the brighter, aggressive ring of steel.
We're not talking HUGE differences here but subtle and, yes, noticeable ones.
Metro-NY and Long Island. Nobody except some absolute elite agency wedding band playing an elite wedding is making $50k around here. What you are talking about is very special circumstances, not typical. The average young-ish, middle-class couple is not spending $50k-$100k on music.
$50k + is in no way a common payout for a wedding around here. To clarify, I'm talking about more average fees that are on the higher side. That tends to run $4k-$7k these days.
Yes, if you happen to get hooked up with wealthy/prominent Manhattan/Hamptons people, you can make some crazy money...