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  1. royal ace

    SOLD! Istanbul Agop 21" Special Edition Jazz Ride

    Very nice ensemble blend and feel on your part. I have an earlier 21' SE, 1903g, and, for what it's worth, I don't think I'd ever sell or trade it! Nor would I remove the logo!
  2. royal ace

    Teardrop Sonor 18/12/14 sets, anyone?

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    Teardrop Sonor 18/12/14 sets, anyone?

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    Teardrop Sonor 18/12/14 sets, anyone?

    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)
  5. royal ace

    Premier Snare with a small "P" Logo

    the 2000 is what you want!
  6. royal ace

    Gene Krupa Looks at Today’s Drummers (1958)

    Scott, Thank you. Ron My father, The drummer in this photo (my first teacher), like Gene, was born in 1909.
  7. royal ace

    Pete LaRoca: The Classic Drum Solo

    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...
  8. royal ace

    The Day Jimmy Madison Rescued Joe Morello

    You could try Google.... it usually works. http://www.jakefeinbergshow.com/2011/10/the-jimmy-madison-interview/
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    Going for the RB record on Ebay?

    Excellent point... thanks Joe.
  10. royal ace

    Sonor decision time!

    Standard coated Ambs work just fine. I converted to calf one drum at a time. Now all the batter sides of my Phonics sport calf.
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    Sonor decision time!

    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...
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    Going for the RB record on Ebay?

    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. Ron
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    Stu Martin

    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...
  14. royal ace

    Traditional Grip for Left-Handed Drummer

    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. Ron
  15. royal ace

    Traditional Grip for Left-Handed Drummer

    In the course of researching KEROPE Zs, I came across this Steve Smith demo and thought of this thread and this disdainful dismissal of trad grip.
  16. royal ace

    Gretsch Floor tom Gladstone mounts an FT legs reproduction parts now pre-ordering at Maxwells

    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. Ron
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    Gretsch Floor tom Gladstone mounts an FT legs reproduction parts now pre-ordering at Maxwells

    Replica is not identical to original.... perhaps a good thing, as it preserves the integrity of the original mount.
  18. royal ace

    Traditional Grip for Left-Handed Drummer

    Gee, when I grow up I want to be as full of authoritarian CERTITUDE as you, PERIOD. As in... case closed because I SAY SO!
  19. royal ace

    18" ZILDJIAN TRANS STAMP crash ride.. SOLD

    Any offers?
  20. royal ace

    A 1963 6ply Gretsch bop kit...

    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...
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