I must admit. If I had some illicit income stream that boosted my high school income way beyond what my minimum wage job actually paid (I was a good boy. good-n-poor), I would have blown my ill-gotten gains constructing something similar.I built my dream kit. Couldn't afford a Lars signature kit even if I could find one. So, I took my 1989 Japanese made Rockstar kit, stripped it down to the bare shells and rewrapped it in White glass glitter with black nickel hardware. I absolutely love it. No regrets.
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It took a lot of years of owning a scratched up mirror chrome kit, years of adulthood and a pandemic to kick start the project. It took 2 years to procure all the parts!I must admit. If I had some illicit income stream that boosted my high school income way beyond what my minimum wage job actually paid (I was a good boy. good-n-poor), I would have blown my ill-gotten gains constructing something similar.
That's a great story...it's a shame it's gone I sold mine twice before I got it back for real and refurbed it. I know the pain.All right kiddos, settle down. Settle in and listen to this story. I was in sixth or seventh grade Orchestra playing percussion. I worked my way to the snare drum. I was in rehearsal room soundproof practice room. Bored out of my mind practicing all my diddles in the William Tell overture. I remembered I had firecrackers in my pocket. So I think we know where this went. Instructor open the door. OK in the smoke, paper everywhere. Asked me what happened, I told him I don’t know. He asked why so much smoke?
I said I was practicing really fast. After the principals office. Suspended for three days. My dear mother RIP, pick me up take me to the music store to get books, and there was. The most majestic, Beautiful, Slingerland with chrome ram, Beautiful, Slingerland with chrome Wraps. Double bass, 4 Tom Tom’s off the kick drums 16&18 on the floor. Roto toms, and 2 concert toms. All evans hydraulics blue and red opposite tops. Clears on bottoms with reflective bottlms on 16 & 18.
Kevlar batter heads on anare and kicks.
Turns out it was the owner of Champion music in Houston Texas drum set for sale. Strategically placed under all the beautiful blue red and green stage lights above more Zildjian cymbals then I know what to do with then.
Same day after being suspended for three days. God bless her. I kept those and played those until I was 16. Then I read myself of them mistakingly, regrettably, sadly. I’ll be 53 soon or day week month or year that goes by that I don’t think about those drums.
Did you ever scrap the dough together for what you thought was your dream kit ? How did it work out for you ? Do you still have it ?
I have owned a few kits that at one time I would have considered a dream kit , but the one that really sticks out for me was a Yamaha PHX kit . I sold two kits to fund this kit (one being my former well liked Yamaha Club Customs ) . The finish was chosen with input from my partner Marisa.
I had been a huge fan of Yamaha drums at that time and this being the flagship of Yamaha I was excited to get these drums .
9 months later they arrived . I literally took them from the shop to a gig the same day. I was surprised how heavy the shells were . Very thick shells , but the drums did not sound like your typical thick shell kit . Super resonant to the point of almost being too resonant if you could say that . The build quality is incredible , some of the finest bearing edges ever . The drums really projected . The drums were beautiful and very different from any kits I had previously. My local shop had received a Noble and Cooley Horizon kit that after testing out , I just preferred to my Yamaha PHX kit . The N&C shells were lighter and the sound was warmer and I found the drums easier to dial in . The only issue was the finish was not really my favourite but the sound was fantastic . I bought the N&C kit and knew my Yamaha PHX days were numbered .
I assume Senior (DanRH) will have a cool story to relate as well for this thread .
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