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4 piece for me since 1965! This is the latest.
 

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What’s up with all these extra crashes you guys have…. Hahaha! Kidding of course.

My practice kit is a seven piece, but i’ve been gigging with 4 pieces for decades. And only a crash, ride and hi-hat. I set up my splash the other day for a gig and found i used it too much!

The current kit at an outdoor gig this past Wednesday:

 
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I think if you have less to hit, it forces you think about your playing more.
And it also nice to carry less to gigs!
How true. Looking through some of the video playlists on my vanity page a 4-piece is a big kit for me. Most of my videos have be behind a snare drum and hats, or a bass drum, snare drum, hats and ride. You are right on both counts - the less you have the more you are forced to listen and think ... and the less stuff you need to drag around.

 

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Most of my kits are one up one down, but I do have a couple of one up two down and a lone two up one down. I like to switch them up when practicing, but when gigging I just play a four piece.
 

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I went from a 12 piece, to a 6 piece, to a 5 piece, and now a 4 piece. Lately, I’ve minimalized my set to work on timing and technique. I think if you have less to hit, it forces you think about your playing more.
And it also nice to carry less to gigs!
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That’s an awesome wrap, what’s it called?
I had a Gretsch Brooklyn kit in a turquoise oyster wrap that I loved and yours looks pretty similar.
 

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That’s an awesome wrap, what’s it called?
I had a Gretsch Brooklyn kit in a turquoise oyster wrap that I loved and yours looks pretty similar.
It’s the blue oyster Pearl from Walopus. You’re right, it does look a lil more turquoise. I was able to do the bass drum and hoop inlays with the pre-cut 16x20 and a full sheet took care of the 12 & 14.
 

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No matter what genre, we should be able to get the job done with a 4 piece!
 

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I am the one club member that joined begrudgingly! I grew up and started playing in the late 60's when a 4 piece was the defacto set up, I could not wait to add more drums! Even from the beginning, I wanted more colors, more voices... MORE DRUMS! Long story short, I got them. Lots of them over the years but like so many before me, I grew old and said, "why in the world am hauling around all these drums? A four piece will work fine for this gig!".

SO I rejoined the club... I STILL prefer more and will use bigger sets as the opportunity warrants, but 65% of my work is not a simple 4 piece with hats , ride and two crashes! After I tell those kids to get off my lawn, I am often heard mumbling if it takes more than one cartload to get my set into the gig then I brought to much stuff!

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I am the one club member that joined begrudgingly! I grew up and started playing in the late 60's when a 4 piece was the defacto set up, I could not wait to add more drums! Even from the beginning, I wanted more colors, more voices... MORE DRUMS! Long story short, I got them. Lots of them over the years but like so many before me, I grew old and said, "why in the world am hauling around all these drums? A four piece will work fine for this gig!".

SO I rejoined the club... I STILL prefer more and will use bigger sets as the opportunity warrants, but 65% of my work is not a simple 4 piece with hats , ride and two crashes! After I tell those kids to get off my lawn, I am often heard mumbling if it takes more than one cartload to get my set into the gig then I brought to much stuff!

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I wanted bigger kits like my heroes until I wanted a kit like Clem Burke. Then cramped stages and vans would only allow for one up, one down. At home, I play big; on the road, little.
 


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