a) Drumming is not a sporting event. Physical demands don´t mean anything. If it fits the music, it is good.
b) Calling Keltner and especially Gadd and Colaiuta "folk music drummers" is like calling Stevie Wonder "a guy who wrote a birthday song".
c) Those guys are regarded as legends because...
For me, the cost of sticks is negligible. I play lightly and quietly most of the time, and a pair usually lasts me years. So I gladly spend 10 bucks for a pair of Vaters (Manhattan 7A Hickory or 8A Sugar Maple) and know that I get sticks that are matched in pitch and weight and sound great. If...
"Good condition with wear from use" - Uh... no. :)
This definitely didn´t come from the factory like this. I´ve seen 404s that were completely inverted - like a Novo China - but never one with a, to quote Zildjian, "volcano bell". The 404s were very malleable due to the alloy, the lathing and...
I think you´re spot on. The lugs are definitely not intended to be used as doubles and I wouldn´t be surprised if the tuning rods bottom out on each other at higher tension. The vertical grain inside the shell means Made in Germany.
I have a pair, great hats. I use them for jazz along with a 18" pre-serial Formula 602 Medium and a 20" Signature Rough Ride. Like all my other Paiste HHs they are extremely responsive and sensitive. I particulary like the slight trashiness they have, a perfect fit for the strange beast that is...
Used A Medium Ride or A Custom Ride should be easy to find within your budget. Very good all purpose rides.
Personally, I´d stay away from the Z line, especially the Mega Bell. These are designed for high volume situations and will be too much for anything else.
Bought my first pair three years ago - some 35 years after I started playing. New, redesigned and simply wonderful. Stupidly sold them when GASsing for something more exotic and bought another pair last year (14" both times).
I currently play my Paistes more than my Zildjians, but the New Beats...
14" Hi Hats. Never got on with them, too trashy and undefined
20" Medium. Lovely cymbal, but, for lack of a better word, too "pretty". Got bored with it after a while and sold it.
22" Bounce. Now that was a great cymbal but, like Tracktuary said, too much of a good thing.
Those Budget Tama snares can be superb.
Never played the Artwood but had a go at one of the new Superstar Classics recently and it was great.
I picked up a steel Rockstar some time ago for 30 €, gave it a bit of TLC and new heads - fabulous drum! If the strainer bothers you, Tama´s linear...
Gosh, that was awful. The singing, the song, the Oktoberfest choreography...
Maybe Sonor didn´t want to have anything to do with them and got a court order for them to stay away from their products.
Of couse, Vistalite got it right. ;-)
I´ve used that Yamaha clutch for years (I´m guessing it´s the same as on their single-braced stand) and never felt comfortable with it because of the threading.
I recently replaced it with a Sonor 200 series - 6 mm like the Yamaha, not threaded, same weight and less than ten bucks. Highly...
Do you worry about your gear or do you enjoy buying gear? There´s a difference, you know. :-)
I love cymbals, and I love getting new stuff. Shopping won´t make me a better player but great instruments do inspire me to play more and sometimes even differently (in a good way). So - win-win for me.
I dunno… not my cup of tea.
I wouldn´t mod it though. Sell it on, get a used Paiste Sig Full or Dark Energy ride for a similar (but better IMHO) sound and have some money left (and no keyhole either). Then again, I´m not particularly crazy about vintage cymbals.
I have one (from 2016) and it is fabulous. They really nailed the classic A sound with the redesign. I use mine for jazz (as a main ride) but I bet it would work very well in a pop/rock setting. Great bell, full crash and very nice ping.