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  1. Soulfinger

    Why Do Folk Music Drummers Have Such Great Reputations?

    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...
  2. Soulfinger

    Mystery Sabian Ride

    Reminds me of a (Big & Ugly series) Pandora, only lathed. +1 re. prototype
  3. Soulfinger

    yet ANOTHER laughable greatest list

    Even if you don´t appreciate Wilco (great band IMHO) you can´t deny Glenn Kotche:
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    What are the cheapest sticks you're willing to play (and pay)?

    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...
  5. Soulfinger

    K Cons vs Paiste Trads

    Whoa. So do I. :) Mighty nice sound, and very tasteful playing.
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    Well this one is intriguing

    "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...
  7. Soulfinger

    Help identifying a snare drum

    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.
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    Paiste Sig Trad Medium Light Hats

    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...
  9. Soulfinger

    Ride Recommendations?

    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.
  10. Soulfinger

    New Beats

    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...
  11. Soulfinger

    Zildjian K Constantinople Players Here?

    Had: 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. Still have: 20"...
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    What an underrated snare drum

    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...
  13. Soulfinger

    Can anyone explain to me why this 60's German band did not play Sonors? ;)

    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. ;-)
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    Hi Hat clutch - how to cover the threads to prevent keyholing ?

    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...
  15. Soulfinger

    Elaine Elias w Rafael Barrata Brazilian Jazz

    Simply wonderful, thanks for that. Love the flow. They make it look so easy. :)
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    Confessions of a cymbal gear-head

    So I guess you´re basically telling me to go and buy the 602 SE hats my dealer has on sale? Thanks, just what I needed to hear. :-D
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    Confessions of a cymbal gear-head

    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.
  18. Soulfinger

    Wikipedia Rabbit Hole

    That is some good stuff, thanks! I can totally relate to your Kevin Mahogany guess - I haven´t been fooled by a voice like that since David Clayton-Thomas. :)
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    Matt Decides not to Shave

    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.
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    Opinions on Zildjian A 20 crash/ride (current model)

    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.