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    AVH Drumming on “Jump” Solo

    AVH mentioned in an old MD interview that he’ll listen to another drummer and play a bit like them. During the 1984 era and in particularly on Jump, I detect a Bozzio phase in his playing ... the Roto toms and his playing during that guitar solo section: displaced backbeats, accents on the bell...
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    Finally received my Renowns!

    Agree! My RN1s came with those heads on the toms and bass drum and they were great. I replaced the toms with Ambassadors when the Emperors wore out but will probably go back to clear Emps for the next head change. The PS3/white coated Gretsch logo head bass drum combo is also as good as it...
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    Tama Rosewood snare vs other rosewood snares

    I have a Pearl Masterworks rosewood snare. It's very dry and articulate sounding, more like a concert snare than a big rock drum sound like the one Alex Van Halen got with his Tama rosewood snare in the 80s. I may need to play around with it more but as set up with standard wires and coated...
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    Discussed before: 14x24 vs. 16x24 bass drum?

    I have a 16x24. Sounds great but would sound better if it was a 14x24. I think 14 is the perfect depth for any bass drum, especially as the diameter increases. My 10x28 marcher is fun and sounds surprisingly good but I prefer my 14x26.
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    Question(s) for gretsch renown owners

    I just did a short tour last week with my RN1s, the last Renowns with the die-cast hoops. They are a bit heavy if you are used to something like vintage 3 ply drums. The drums sound and look terrific and can handle any kind of volume situation. If you can get a deal on them (and it used to be...
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    High on Stress Tour Dates

    The High on Stress “Blonde Ambition” tour starts tonight in Eau Claire! High on Stress Upcoming Shenanigans Tonight!!! - Mousetrap Tavern - Eau Claire, WI w/the Jaggernauts - 8:30 PM June 28th - Tarlton Theatre - Green Bay, WI w/Memphis Star & One Night Standards June 29th - Silvies -...
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    What setup do you bring to club/bar/restaurant gigs?

    My small/light/quick/quiet set up. DW 12/16/20 with Longo Solid maple snare. DW UL hardware.
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    Gig Schizophrenia

    Do not suggest suicide to someone, even jokingly. Not cool or funny or acceptable at all.
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    Outdoor gigs in the Florida heat

    Had the wrap bubble on a black drum kit. Was told we’d be under a roof but it was outdoors and fully exposed. It gets hot in MN is the summer. So hot I could barely touch the cymbals afterward. Melted the wrap on a set of Pearl Exports. Thankfully not my best kit. After that I got some...
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    Do You Change Your Angles/Heights for Different Styles?

    Sometimes when playing smaller, quieter gigs I do angle the drums and cymbals more and bring them in a bit tighter. Makes it hard for me to play hard.
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    (SOLD) FOR SALE: Ludwig B/O Acrolite

    Nice one, Mike!
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    SOLD - DW Collectors 6pc Ruby Red Sparkle

    Nope. Wish I was closer
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    Prayers needed for fellow Drum Brother, Chris Jensen

    Make that cancer rue the day it thought it found a host.
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    What Makes A Snare Drum Good?

    This happens to me a lot. The rod near the rimshot area completely detunes and the drum is sounding great. I check tuning and bring the tension tod back up and now the drum sounds off to me.
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    A first for me - snare reso head broke during a gig.

    It happens. Those heads are so thin and stretched so tight, they can pull right out of the hoop. Or get rubbed the wrong way by your snares and develop a tear.
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    24” bass drum

    I must be built weird. I’m not super tall but have long arms I guess. I rotate between 20, 22, 24 and 26 bass drums without any difficulty in tom positioning. I actually prefer the bigger drums.
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    High on Stress and INDe Drums at First Avenue

    Fully sold out Mainroom!
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    High on Stress and INDe Drums at First Avenue

    Belonged to the headliner’s drummer. I brought my own Ludwigs but took the opportunity to try the INDes. I actually saw the same kit in a local shop and was considering buying it before Billy bought it. They were gone one day and then I saw them again on stage!
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    High on Stress and INDe Drums at First Avenue

    You know it. Prince’s parking spot in the garage is reserved in perpetuity. Hallowed ground ...
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    High on Stress and INDe Drums at First Avenue

    Played this black INDe 13/16/18/24 kit at a sold out First Avenue show last night. FOH guys were digging the sound, especially the bass drum. Lots of fun rocking these for 1500 people!