My 18,12,14 Premier set, purchased in 2009 from Bill Maley via ebay. In my estimation, they're equal in quality to Sonor teardrops in build as well as tonal quality. I paid $1,650 for 3 drums, (w/o snare)
Scott, thanks for that! That tune was originally titled MINOR MARCH
Pete LaRoca was the real deal!
I saw him at the Jazz Gallery, May 1960, with Trane's first post-Miles quartet; personnel: Steve Kuhn, Steve Davis and Pete.
It was an unforgettable night for me as it surely was for many others...
I've been playing Phonics since 1984.There's nothing better, including my treasured 3-ply RBs.
If you don't mind the heavier weight (the only downside), in my opinion, Phonics are far superior in every respect.... tone, tuning range, dynamic range, design and construction quality.... to both...
How about 3-ply RB as opposed to 6-ply?
That's a real, though subtle "musical distinction" to my ear.
Notwithstanding, I don't believe a serious musician would squander his hard-earned money that way.
Strictly for a vulgar show-off with more $$ than sense.
Good luck with the sale.
Coming across this comment by rondrums51 in another thread had me remembering Stu:
"Also, my old drum teacher Stu Martin told me that Jack DeJohnette demolished that Hollywood kit with Miles."
The only time I saw and heard Stu was at The Crawford Grill in Pittsburgh in, I believe, '60 or '61...
Joe, apparently, for those zealots who cling tediously to the mantra; "MATCHED is BETTER... because I SAY SO... PERIOD!", no amount of evidence demonstrating the benefits of trad will shake their conviction.
Steve is spinning... It's no biggie, however it seems to me he's rationalizing production cost-savings. Speaking as an owner (originally from '59 to '63... and again from 2009 to the present) there's absolutely no advantage to 2 thumbscrews (X three) That's just unnecessary clutter.
I studied jazz at CalArts in California with Albert "Tootie" Heath (and Charlie Haden) - Tootie sent the most amazing substitutes for when he went on tour. A few weeks I had one on one lessons with Billy Higgins.
The great Billy Higgins... back from the grave to give you a one-on-one lesson...