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    Nice Winery gig tonight!

    Busted out the Mapex kit for the first time in quite a while!! Beautiful scenery and weather for a change around here.
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    Outdoor gig at the pool last night!

    Busted out the Crystal Beats to help beat the heat yesterday!!
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    Discuss Don Henley strictly as a Drummer....thoughts??

    So my current band has decided to add Hotel California to the set. I'm a pretty big Eagles fan already, so it's just fine by me. But I never really listened THAT closely to everything he does on that song--it's pretty awesome actually. He purposely (I'm betting) leaves LOTS of space between...
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    Odd/Weird songs you have had to play?

    In the spirit of "fave/least fave" cover songs, how about odd/unexpected songs that you would never expect to have to learn/play for a gig? Here's a couple for me... --Safety Dance (Men Without Hats)--for some reason, the guitarist in a past band REALLY liked this tune. It actually didn't...
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    How many of us gig our Beater/Practice kits instead of our "Good" kits?

    Got a gig coming up this weekend where it's a multiple band thing (we play last, luckily), but it involves schlepping gear up steps and moving stuff around quickly without a ton of room to spread out for set-up, so I have decided to bring out my Ludwig Accent (without cases), instead of one of...
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    New Linda Rondstadt album--Live in 1980!!

    Just picked this baby up for 10 bucks at Target--Russ Kunkle is ON big-time!! There is some Youtube footage as well that are from the same gig...4/24/80. He is playing a white Yamaha 1up/2down kit and it sounds awesome. The snare is just perfect--not the expected late 70s mush-fest, or the...
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    What's the largest crowd you ever played for?...

    Just wondering because it seems I always end up playing for a very small amount of people, regardless of the quality of the band I am in. I have to admit it gets a bit disheartening after a while--I always joke that if I joined the Rolling Stones, the next stadium we played would be nearly...
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    Buddy's snare drum prowess...championship level??

    Hey folks, the latest Buddy thread pop-up got me to thinking about this--forget about Buddy on the whole kit for a minute. How would his incredible snare technique match up with world-class snare drummers like Jeff Queen for an example? I've always wondered if Buddy would be considered in...
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    Question for DanRH...

    Dan, I always wish I could play in a band like the Big Jangle and wish you all the success in the world,BUT... Everytime I hear you talk about it, I always wonder--do you prefer the Stan Lynch or Steve Ferrone era? I assume they are both enjoyable, but I am a HUGE Stan guy (no knock on Steve...
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    Blue/Olive or Keystone Badge---which is more iconic?

    I keep going back and forth on this one...at first I was thinking Keystone due to it's long history, but I grew up in the 70s and early 80s, plus my reissue Vistas have B/O, so I'm really drawn to them as well. But...my BB and Classic Maple snares have the keystone......I just can't pick a...
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    For the Gigging Drummers here--anybody solo on a regular basis?

    I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of drum solos, but I don't really mind them either. Some nights I feel really good at a gig & kinda feel like taking a solo at some point in the night, but never want to suggest it or push the issue. I realized it's actually been since 2001 that I was in...
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    Just for the heck of it today...

    Happen to be on vaca the next few days (yay!) & so after I got all my chores done today, I decided to get my Vistalite kit out for some cleaning and general tlc. I'm so busy most of the time that unless I'm gigging one of my kits, I don't even see it--it's resting safely in cases in the...
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    Too much time between songs on stage?

    Sorry, but I need to vent. Anybody else here who plays out regularly have this problem? My band is pretty good & I like everybody well enough, but it drives me INSANE when it takes us what feels like forever to start the next song on the list. I can understand giving the guys a chance to...
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    Black Beauty value question...

    I can't believe I'm actually considering this, but I may be thinking of selling my BB for a whole host of reasons that aren't relevant to this question...what is it worth? It's a 6.5 x 14 bought brand new in Dec. of 2008. Bowtie lugs & the smooth non-hammered shell. 100% stock except for a...
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    OT--Grateful Dead to release 80(!) cd live box set

    Not into posting links, but just heard about this 80-cd box set consisting of 1 complete show from every year between 1966 to 1995. It's actually listed as 1965 thru 1995, but they didn't tour or have any complete shows from '65, so '66 will probably be the first year featured. Supposed to be...
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    2 general questions about DFO itself...

    Maybe the mods could help answer these 2 questions, but I'm just genuinly curious... #1 How many folks actually post here vs the actual number of members? Just a quick look seems to show over a thousand members, yet it seems like the same 50-100 of us post on even a semi-regular basis...
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    Just finished Danny Seraphine's book...Wow!

    I apologize in advance if this has been covered here before--I ran a few searches and came up empty. Just got around to reading Danny Seraphine's book "Street Player" from a few years back. Wow. What a compelling story. I know it was just Danny's side of things, but I feel he got a raw deal...
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    7" Sabian Alu Bell

    Anybody here got one? I just scored one off of CL on the cheap. I already have a 6" Zil-Bell & was looking for a contrasting bell-like tone. I was stunned at how much lighter in weight it is from my Z-bell! Feels like a feather next to it. I figured I could mount it in a normal bell-up...
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    Black Beauty vs Black Magic

    I apologize if this has come up here before, but I already own a BB in a 6.5 x 14. Bowtie lugs, triple-flanged hoops, keystone badge. Have been eyeing up a BM for months now, but am looking at the 14 x 8 size as a "companion" to my Mapex snare I have in that same size. As far as I can tell...
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    Ludwig Accent add-on toms??

    Been kicking around the idea of picking up a set of these. 8 & 10 inch double-headed toms on a very sturdy-looking stand w/nice ball & socket adjustments from what I can gather. Anybody here have any experience w/these particular add-on toms? I've actually never had double-headed drums in...
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