Backline Inspired Purchases?

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In recent years, I've been lucky enough to play mostly very good backline kits (theaters, performing arts centers, casinos), and only a clunker or two. I played the backline kit at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City last weekend (with a full set of K Custom Dark cymbals: 20/18/16/14 hats) and immediately bought a Zildjian K Custom 18" Dark crash. A few years ago, I played at the Golden Nugget in A.C. and was given a Beta 56a as my vocal mic, and immediately bought one for myself and use it exclusively.

Have you ever played a backline kit and been inspired to buy something immediately?
 

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In recent years, I've been lucky enough to play mostly very good backline kits (theaters, performing arts centers, casinos), and only a clunker or two. I played the backline kit at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City last weekend (with a full set of K Custom Dark cymbals: 20/18/16/14 hats) and immediately bought a Zildjian K Custom 18" Dark crash. A few years ago, I played at the Golden Nugget in A.C. and was given a Beta 56a as my vocal mic, and immediately bought one for myself and use it exclusively.

Have you ever played a backline kit and been inspired to buy something immediately?
Was playing at One Eyed Jack's in New Orleans and played one of the Stanton Moore Crescent series 22" "Wide Ride" (this was the Sabian version, not the Bosphorous or "Crescent" company). Absolutely loved it, and found one on Reverb while at the airport for the return flight.
 

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K Heavy ride , Pearl 6.5 COS free floater .
 

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The backlined gear I've played has always been on multi-band bills where you bring your own cymbals and snare, so I'd have to have been pretty inspired to buy a whole drum set. And no, I haven't. From pretty much every backline situation I've come away reminded that I like my own drums the best.
 

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Haven’t found them yet, but played Yamaha Club Customs at a festival a few years ago. Maybe it was the tuning, or the overall stage mix, but I’m still chasing that sound and feel.
 

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I bought the backline kit once , Premier Signia .
It was the 1st Maple kit I had ever played .
My band won the Blues Challenge and that was the kit they had rented .

I got an insurance settlement a few months later and bought them from the local store .
 

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I purchased a set of A Customs because they sounded great during a couple of shows.

I went back to my Giant Beats and 2002’s because there were numerous things I missed about big, thin, B8 cymbals.
 

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I purchased a set of A Customs because they sounded great during a couple of shows.
Interesting. I’ve played in two house kit situations where there were full sets of beautiful standard-sized A Customs and I couldn’t wait to stop playing them. I do have a 14” A Custom EFX Brilliant that I actually really like, but I just couldn’t get to where I liked those other sets. Not sure what that’s about - I’m sure it’s me!
 

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I've gotten to experience some cool gear as back lines (505 cymbals, Free floater snare, Mapex Orions) but never motivated to run out and buy.
 

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I once opened for a national act out of Toronto in the late-90's and they specified that I use the drummers kit, including snare [?] but my own cymbals. It was a beautiful green Ayotte kit that sounded killer. I loved the warmness of the wood hoops that was not the norm then. At the time, I had only heard of but never seen the drums in person. The one buzzkill was the bands manger gave me strict instructions that I was not to, under any circumstances, change the way the drums were set up. I had to play them as they sat as the band just got done sound-checking. He told me they were a "$3-$4000k kit" and not damage them. Loved 'em, couldn't afford them then.
 

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I once opened for a national act out of Toronto in the late-90's and they specified that I use the drummers kit, including snare [?] but my own cymbals. It was a beautiful green Ayotte kit that sounded killer. I loved the warmness of the wood hoops that was not the norm then. At the time, I had only heard of but never seen the drums in person. The one buzzkill was the bands manger gave me strict instructions that I was not to, under any circumstances, change the way the drums were set up. I had to play them as they sat as the band just got done sound-checking. He told me they were a "$3-$4000k kit" and not damage them. Loved 'em, couldn't afford them then.
I’m surprised they even let you sit behind that kit as an opener …..
 

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I’m surprised they even let you sit behind that kit as an opener …..
I played in a band that warmed up for the Spin Doctors - they asked me to play Aaron's Brady kit to make the changeover easier... Nice drums :)

Anyway, also back in the 90s, I played a gig at Le Bar Bat in NYC. They had a beat up DW Collector's house kit which sounded great. It tuned up easily, even with old heads, so I was motivated to order a DW kit after that...
 

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In the late 80's I was in a band that opened once for Eddie Rabbit and I played his drummer's kit.

He was using some Paiste cymbals - a mixture of Paiste 3000 and I think 2002's. Up till that point I had always used Zildjian but I went out and bought Paistes after that gig and have been using them ever since.
 

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I did not grow up a Gretsch fan associating them with "jazz" growing up and a competitor with my beloved Slingerland! Then I played a backline kit at a festival in the mid 80's (I remember it was in white satin flame with a 13" rack, 16 & 18" floors and 24" base) and they blew me away!!!! I had never played any drum with that much power and I was hooked! I've had lots of them over the years (do not currently ) and it all started with that backline kit!
 

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I’m surprised they even let you sit behind that kit as an opener …..
They didn’t want to set it up again. The rest of the guys had to set up in front of the headliner bass and guitar rigs too, leaving about 12” of stage in front of them. I had it good! An odd night.
 

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I was impressed by and bought a Beta 56 as well. I a bit tempted to try some coated Pinstripes too.
Got some coated Pins on my old Rogers and they sound glorious. Maybe not for very opend bop stuff, but for rock and affilliated styles I love 'em...
 


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