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    When would you choose a mahogany vs a maple snare?

    I find that a maple snare can cover a lot of situations, of course. But I'm curious: Sizes being equal, when would YOU choose to use a mahogany vs a maple snare? A certain genre? A certain song dynamic (a soft ballad or a rocker?)? Do you prefer a mahogany snare and why/why not? Or do you think...
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    Gretsch 302 hoops on snare drums

    I've been curious about the Gretsch 302 hoops on snare drums, but being a Ludwig player, I've never used them. What are your experiences with them? I'm guessing they sound more focused than 2.3mm triple flanged, but more open than die-cast? What shell material do you like them on? I know Mike...
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    14" Paiste Giant Beat hi-hats - SOLD

    SOLD 14" Paiste Giant Beat hi-hats with serial numbers from 2005 Original owner, rarely played. They've been in my closet for 10 years, in great condition. Light stick marks, NO cracks/dents/keyholes. Medium-thin top/medium-heavy bottom. Perfect for soft rock/pop/jazz/acoustic. Will be...
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    PDP Concept direct-drive pedal - NEW (SOLD)

    SOLD! Thanks! Brand new/mint PDP (by DW) Concept direct-drive bass drum pedal I bought it as a backup, but never need it. Super smooth, fast, very responsive. Comes with drum key attached to baseplate, original beater (never played). Cobalt low-mass cam Retractable spurs XF brushed aluminum...
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    Shure SE215 Isolating Earphones/In-Ear Monitors (SOLD)

    Shure SE215 earphones/in-ear monitors, wraps around the top of your ears. Used only twice. Excellent condition, superb sound, great isolation. Comes with original case and I'll include extra Comply earphone tips (size small). SOLD! Thanks!
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    WTB: 15" Paiste 2002 Heavy/Rock hi-hats

    I'm looking for a relatively nice pair of 15" Paiste 2002 Heavy (sometimes labeled "Rock") hi-hats. No cracks, major dings, or keyholes. Thanks.
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    Beato Pro 1 vs Protection Racket cymbal bag

    I often gig with a 24" ride using the Protection Racket deluxe cymbal bag. While I love its padding, it's an annoyingly tight fit. The zipper is right up against the cymbal. Is anyone using the 24" Beato Pro 1 bag? Is there more space around the edge? How is the padding between the cymbals and...
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    Which in-ear monitor system?

    I'm an IEM newbie, so bear with me. One of the bands I play with only has 2 monitor speakers with their PA, so I'm considering going the IEM route. After searching DFO and researching, I've narrowed it down to a couple choices, but would love some input. My budget is only about $200. Option 1...
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    I'm in DRUMHEAD Magazine!

    I'm featured in a Rich Sticks ad on page 53 of the latest issue (October) of DRUMHEAD Magazine. Subscribers should be receiving it shortly, but it will be available in Barnes & Noble stores soon. Had to keep this under wraps for a couple months, but just wanted to say that, like many of us, as a...
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    DrumDots - a "clear" alternative to other dampeners

    A friend of mine just turned me on to DrumDots, a clear dampener (as opposed to blue Moongels). A bit more expensive than Moongel, but so far I'm loving them on floor toms. They let the drum "speak," but cut out some of the ring. And a BIG bonus is that they aren't ugly! They do smell a little...
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    Flying with gear (pedal, sticks)

    My band is flying up to NY for a gig that's being backlined, but I'm taking my pedal and sticks. It's been a while since I've flown with gear. Can these items be carried on without the TSA thinking they're weapons? LOL! :rolleyes:
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    Heart Brigade (Heart tribute) in NY, NC, SC, FL

    Just a few of our more exciting dates. If you're in the area, stop by and say hi. 7/18 - Fayetteville After Five @ Festival Park, Fayetteville, NC 8/2 - Crazy Jake's Summer Concert Series, N. Tonawanda, NY 8/7 - House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, SC 9/20 - Apex Jazz & Music Festival, Apex, NC 9/29 -...
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    Drum shops around Orlando/St. Pete?

    My band is playing House of Blues Orlando this Friday and Jannus Live in St. Pete on Saturday. I'm thinking we'll have some downtime on Saturday, so I'd like to at least pick up some spare heads or something. Are there any good shops around either city? Thanks!
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    What are these? I never knew.

    Just found a photo of my first real kit. Bought it off my older brother's friend for $100 in 1984. I never paid attention to what brand they were, I was just happy to have some drums. I sold them 2 years later for a brand new set of Pearls. Anyone know what they are? Thanks.
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    New member of the Jojo pedal fanclub, and new Ludwig claws

    Just picked up some goodies. First, the Jojo pedal is fantastic. Smooth, fast, powerful, effortless. It's like my Speed King on crack, and it feels great right out of the box. I haven't made any adjustments. Second, I installed the new Ludwig classic bass drum claws on my Classic Maples. These...
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    E-pad practice pad kneepad

    Does anyone here sell these kneepad practice pads? I placed an order for the "Pro deluxe" directly from the E-pad company 3 weeks ago, paid over $18 in shipping alone, and it still hasn't shipped. I contacted the owner 2 weeks ago and he said it would ship last week. It didn't. So I contacted...
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    Ahead Armor hardware SLED bag

    Silly question, maybe, but the stores around here are out of these. Is anyone using the Ahead Armor SLED hardware bag and can you fit a Pork Pie round throne top in it? Thanks.
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    New Ludwig T-rods

    Anyone know if the new Ludwig T-rods will fit on a Classic Maple bass claw from '06 that has key rods, or would I need different claws? I'd like to switch the keyrods to T-rods and from what I can tell from the Ludwig parts catalog, I'd need the 4 1/8" T-rods (P-3034A), but the type of claw is a...
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    Fixing a Speed King issue

    After rehearsal, I noticed that the cap on the upright post had come off again. I've just been trying to push it on, but it comes right off again. It doesn't seem like it screws on. Is there a trick to fixing this? Thanks.
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    Pearl 1.6mm Fat Tone Hoops

    I just put a Pearl Fat Tone 1.6mm hoop on my 402 Supra (batter side) and WOW! I'm really liking it! Rimshots seem easier (weird, but true) and sound phenomenal. These really open up the drum, even though I was already using the Canon 1.8mm hoops. Granted, the Pearls are a bit pricey compared to...