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New kit! A&F Single-Tension Brass

Robdrum4

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I just picked these up from Drum Center of Portsmouth.

A&F Single Tension. The shells are THIN brass. So thin in fact that if you take both heads off, the shell isn't rigid, it collapses, which is actually a great thing because it means out of round shells are never an issue. The tension of the heads pull it into round.

They are LIGHT. I can hold the bass drum in the palm of my hand. But, despite that and their shallow size, they sound HUGE. Warm, fat, punchy. I've always been a huge Levon Helm fan and it fits that vibe entirely.

The single tension design actually makes head changes extremely quick, though I need to mark the tension rod positions for quick reference. Tuning the top head of course raises the pitch of the bottom head, but I've found that, perhaps due to the fact that you tension the top side, the bottom head is actually slightly higher in pitch than the batter, the way that I'd tune it anyway.

I'll probably throw a felt strip on the front head, and actually I want to take the Pearl Air-Ride feet off of the floor tom. It causes a lot of wobble in the legs, and perhaps the floor tom is TOO resonant. I could cut it a little bit.

The snare drum is a 4x14 Crockett Tubs maple that I've had for about 8 years. It fits really well with this kit though I'm going to throw some single flanged hoops on it on Monday.

The whole kit (the drums of course) fit in two bags. The floor tom and snare go in a 16x16 bag (though I actually put it in a 14x14 bag at first and it fit). The bass drum and tom are in a 14x22 bag. Even with two drums in each bag, they're still a little lighter than a traditional ply double tension drum.

Unique retro looks. Light weight. Big sound. This kit is awesome.

The cymbals are all Paiste. 15" Giant Beat, 20" Giant Beat, 10" 602 Splash, 22" Prototype Ride, 19" Big Beat, 20" 2000 China.

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Beautiful. Interesting concept. Look very much like Levon's (also a fan)
 

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I love the way the kit looks. I don't think I could live with those BD spurs, but who knows?
 

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Jordan Blue said:
I love the way the kit looks. I don't think I could live with those BD spurs, but who knows?

I don't play overly hard, so they hold fine for me. They're sharp. The only thing I'm not used to is not having a fixed position, so I'll have to put them where I want them and then mark them with a sharpie. I do that on my cymbal stands anyway.
 

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ron pangborn said:
Lovely drums. Is this kit featured on any of A&F's vids?

Not this kit, but they have a video with a single tension 10x22 bass, and 3x12 and 6x16 "SNOMS" which are toms that have snare assemblies. Also the 3x13 Rude Boy brass snare which is next on my list. Gives a rough idea, though not the exact same of course. I'll have to see if I can get video at some point if I can borrow a decent camera.

 
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Last time we had Ramy in the shop he dialed this kit in and it sounded monstrous. Pumps out a ton of low end for being so small!
 

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Too bad you guys didn't get a video of it :)

Chicago.Drum.Exchange said:
Last time we had Ramy in the shop he dialed this kit in and it sounded monstrous. Pumps out a ton of low end for being so small!
 


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