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Anyone else dislike black drums?

RBagg454

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Full disclosure, my dislike of black drums probably comes from my first set being a used Ludwig set covered in black contact paper. Ever since, I've correlated black drums with cheap drums. I know that's not right, but I just don't like them.

That said, as much as I dislike them, I have a black Remo bass drum I love.

I really love wood finishes followed WMP & BMP.

Anyone have a bias against a certain color like I do?
 

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I auditioned for Toby Kieth with my Wine Red Exports , he wasn’t popular just yet .
He commented that he liked that my drums weren’t black ….

I have no issue with Black drums .

Like Bob , I don’t like green or blue sparkle .
 

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Sparkle reminds me of cheap dive bars and the aroma of stale beer and cigarettes.
I think silver sparkle is beautiful, and turquoise sparkle is sexy!

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Then there’s Blue Oyster Pearl:
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One of my 16 kits is an ‘80’s Yamaha Recording Custom in Piano Black, just coz in my head, if you’re gonna have any RC kits, at least one of ‘em needs to be their classic color, just like a Les Paul Special in TV yellow and a Rickenbacker in Fireglo.

Just me, of course.

(Closed front head off for this session)
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Not a fan of black drums, don't care for green either.
I think black guitars are cool.

Don't get me wrong, black drums look good on other people, just not me.
 
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Depends on the kit.

Yamaha Live Custom Hybrid Oaks come in a super cool looking black fade

Oriollo has some really amazing looking black finishes and their charcoal is incredible.

I just sold a Sonor Vintage Series kit and snare in the beautiful and sadly discontinued black onyx finish.

And I’d pick up a black Sonor SQ1 kit in a New York minute if the price and config were right for me.
 

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I don't like black drums because on stage they tend to become a single large black entity that has few visual cues that help define the individual elements for a viewer. And offstage they disappear into the background (unless the background is pure white). The same is true for oyster black pearl, black diamond pearl, black galaxy, etc.

I know whereof I speak — I played these for 23 years:

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I don't like black drums because on stage they tend to become a single large black entity that has few visual cues that help define the individual elements for a viewer. And offstage they disappear into the background (unless the background is pure white). The same is true for oyster black pearl, black diamond pearl, black galaxy, etc.

I know whereof I speak — I played these for 23 years:

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Yeah , after finally obtaining some BDP drums . I realized they won’t look that great on stage …
 

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Love black because it looks good under lights and looks sleek.

I’m not a fan of white marine pearl or oyster black. Too overdone to the point of being boring.
 

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i had all black wrapped drums and was indifferent to the make as long as i had the diameters (Which i still do) Mapex. Ludwig. Juggs. Pearl. Peace. Rogers 18 (sounds like kettle drum).
Two stacks as i high as my tip toes would allow me to stack.
now im into vintage.
Collecting and preserving american made works of (he)art, by people who took pride in putting out something of quality that will resonate their name with every flam, para diddle, blushta, and fill.
Will not purchase black again. Smudges and dirt and grime show blatently.
Not a fan of grey or gun metal either.
Love green and orange sparkle.
Love psych red.
Love WMP
Not fan of BDP
“Black diamond” by KiSS-yes.
The wrap- not so much.
 

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If it's a nicely done paint job with an equally nice lacquer, then yes. Black can easily look cheap, it's not easy to get that high end piano black result. A friend of mine had a beautiful 90's Ayotte wood hoop kit with the most gorgeous Piano black/lacquer finish. I remember seeing a Chris Heuer IG post talking about doing a proper Piano black high gloss finish. It should be like a mirror.
 
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