AC/DC Drummer Chris Slade stopped by to check out my Drum Room

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Chris Slade lives in the UK and was in town for a little Vegas vacation. He had heard about my drum room from a mutual friend and asked if he could come by and check it out. Three hours of fantastic conversation and stories followed. Here is a picture of him playing my Rogers Mardi Gras kit. As a young man in the 1960s, he would ride a double decker bus to work, always sitting on the top level. He did this because there was a music store along the way which had a Rogers Margi Gras behind the display window. He looked forward to seeing the kit every time he went to work. Today, he finally got to play a kit just like the one in the music store.
 

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Very cool. Would have liked to hear some of his stories. I am sure he was happy that he finally got to play the kit he wanted long ago.
 

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Excellent! That must have been a fun hang.

And welcome to the forum!
 

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Nice, cool visit! So tell more about your drum room, the others may be familiar but I'm not up to speed and it looks cool in the pic!
 

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Early last year, I began construction of a drum room in my backyard, from the ground up. 1320 sq/ft concrete foundation with a 14 foot ceiling. There is the main area where I store/display snares and 4 kits. I also built a separate small room where I keep spare parts, storage shelving and a workbench to restore vintage drums. Also in the room is a display of vintage drum company banners (Rogers, Buddy Rich, Bellson, Sonor, Trixon, Gretsch, the hard to find Cobham, and others). About 25 kits, 75 snares, cymbals and a host of other odds and ends.

Although I do not work in construction, I was the general contractor (owner/builder). I did all the prime and paint for the ceiling and walls, installed the solid bamboo flooring, painted/installed the baseboards (7 1/4" tall), all trim work, installed fixtures and also painted the exterior stucco. A ton of work, but I'd do it again. What a learning process it was.

I am currently developing a personal website to highlight the build and also my collection, with links to YouTube videos, etc.

I had drums in every room of my house and needed a space to keep everything in one place. Originally, the room was going to be smaller, but my wife suggested I make the drum room bigger, so I did what I was told.

I have attached a few pictures of the work in progress just to give an idea of the layout and color scheme. More to come.....
 

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Cool story/room. How did he hear about this?
 

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Awesome space but I have to ask, isn't it an acoustical nightmare? I don't see any room treatments. Or, is it for display only?
 

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Blisco: Acoustical nightmare? Yes, yes it is. The main purpose of the room is to display, store and also play the drums, teach my kids, a place to hang, etc. I am just now starting to place things in their final, or semi-final places. I still need to build some shelves (better yet, long tables) to stack most of the kits I have on the ground. Once all the banners, posters, etc. are in place, I will begin adding acoustical treatments. None of this happens overnight with a job, kids, family, homework, etc., etc.

DaveinVA: Hi Dave, you and I spoke about 4-5 years ago. I remember seeing pictures of your amazing drum room. In fact, seeing your room is what began the thought process for my room. I recall all the great bass pedals hanging on your wall, your awesome Trixon banner and all the Camco delicacies.

JCCabinets: I have a friend here in Las Vegas who was the drum tech on and off for Foreigner, Asia and also AC/DC, among others. Although he still does drum tech work, he has a business making drum jewelry out of cracked cymbals. His name is Brett Miller and I met him one day to give him a stack of cracked/busted cymbals which is how the relationship started. He contacted me a few days and said that Chris Slade was going to be in town and they wanted to swing by and check out the drum room.
 

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Killa' room... It's the stuff of most drummers dreams I would think :headbang:
 

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Wow, just Wow, that is a fantastic space. That room is more than TWICE the size of our first apartment, and we had a child at that point!
 

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Now this is what I call an introduction thread! I just noticed it after several days, so sorry for the late welcome. That is a great story and pictures for sure. Actually, I suggest that you post a separate introduction thread (with more drum pictures, of course) so more forum members can take notice and give you a proper welcome. It's great to have you here!
 
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Cool room and you have an enviable amount of space!

I believe we met at the Hollywood show - I was appreciating your Tama Bell Brass snares - I'm the guy with the 5" old bell finish one.
 


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