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  1. toddbishop

    Controlling the bass drum with no port.

    Normal, medium pedal tension and work on your technique.
  2. toddbishop

    RIP McCoy Tyner

  3. toddbishop

    Seattle cymbal meet / hang coming up - Cymbal & Gong

    don't get chickenshit on me, chris ;-)
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    Seattle cymbal meet / hang coming up - Cymbal & Gong

    I'll be hosting a little cymbal-related gathering in Seattle later in the month. Cymbal & Gong president, Tim Ennis, and I will be bringing a bunch of new cymbals for people to check out, play around with, and purchase, if so inclined. Come on down, say hi, bring your cymbals— especially...
  5. toddbishop

    Favorite Brush tunes

    Definitely Billy Boy. Also: Have You Met Miss Jones? - McCoy Tyner / Roy Haynes Surrey With The Fringe On Top - Ahmad Jamal / Vernel Fournier Israel - Bill Evans / Paul Motian Ascendant - Elvin Jones Lonely Woman - Pat Metheny / Billy Higgins
  6. toddbishop

    Your latest cymbal purchase.....

    I just got a 20" Cymbal & Gong Holy Grail Jazz Ride @ 1893g replacing a 20" HG I sold to a friend in Germany. This one has a special patina that dries it out slightly. We're doing a meet in Seattle on March 16 if anyone wants to come hang and play a lot of Cymbal & Gong cymbals-- message me for...
  7. toddbishop

    What’s your favorite stick?

    Switched to hickory sticks after many years of using maple-- VF Combos and Slammers-- I liked the tone, but felt I was having definition problems. Lately I use LA Backbeats lightest jazz models, and Bopworks Birdlands. I like the LA Backbeats because I don't notice them. They're quirk-free. The...
  8. toddbishop

    Jazz players? LSR choices?

    The cymbal on the right is your main voice, so I want it to be solid, with the one on the left a little airier. Or I have an 18" medium with some rivets, which is heavier than my main ride. Half the time I don't bother with a second ride, I just put a 17" crash on the left. The one I have is...
  9. toddbishop

    Jon Christensen

    Damn it.
  10. toddbishop

    Cymbal & Gong cymbals?

    What kind of ride did you get? I'm actually a dealer-- you can see what I have available on my site. There are videos of each individual cymbal for sale. My youtube page includes videos of sold cymbals, if you want to get an idea of their range. The company is actually a drummer from Portland...
  11. toddbishop

    Clive 81 Maiden Killers

    Yeah they're solid! They must have just gone in and cut that first record in a day-- it sounds exactly the same. That's great-- I like the Burr/Dianno band best. I like how there's no bullshit-- after this everybody started practicing their moves in front of a mirror.
  12. toddbishop

    Art Blakely's/Tony Williams ride cymbals.

    I saw him play in '85 and he was playing a really heavy 602-- just wailing the crap out of it. At least I remember a 602-- I've seen other pictures from that period and he was playing A. Zildjians. Really a piercing sound though.
  13. toddbishop

    What Relationship Do You Look For Between Right- and Left-Side Cymbals?

    Not the same pitch, or close, hopefully with a nice sounding interval. Similar basic timbre category, one solid, one more airy.
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    Art Blakely's/Tony Williams ride cymbals.

    No idea about the stats or design of those cymbals, and good luck duplicating that sound even if you find something matching them. Cymbal & Gong cymbals are really close to the 50s K/A sound-- the more complex As. I had a 20" ride (now sold) that sounded a lot like Blakey's Big...
  15. toddbishop

    Toms Up - How Flat?

    The principle is that you get a better sound with the stick contacting the head at as flat an angle as possible-- so look at your hand position. You shouldn't have to bend your wrists down or back to come in flat. Usually the higher the toms are positioned, the more angle will be appropriate. A...
  16. toddbishop

    Favorite use of Octobans?

    Billy Cobham on Alivemutherforya
  17. toddbishop

    WTB set of light 13” hi hats

    Hey Edward, if you have any interest in Cymbal & Gong, scroll through my old videos and see if their character agrees with you. They're generally 50s K style, with a few 602-like brighter models. I don't have any 13s in stock, but I could go to their warehouse (ware-basement, actually) and see...
  18. toddbishop

    Rough Ride VS SCDR

    I do like that Rough ride. I need to take out my 22" SCDR and 602 DR more often. The SC is really like getting into a '73 Buick Riviera-- it's a boat. A power jazz cymbal. The 602 is a little friendlier.