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bassanddrum84

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So I was wondering does any of you get lazy from time to time on your setup and use bare minimal. Not because the stage is small or volume but just because you don’t feel like setting up a million cymbals, stands, drums etc. I sometimes find myself not adding effects cymbals or certain things.
 

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sposed to say damn you Joe..
hey 5 drums, hi hat stand (w/2 cymbals) and 3 suspended cymbals on stands..
...any more than that (o cowbell/maybe) and you either a) haven't a gig or b) plan on staying in one spot for months
(or have turned your room into a recording studio circa 2021..
 
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For a couple of gigs I cut back my 2-up/2-down/2-BD/10-cymbal kit to 1-up/2-down/1-BD/5-cymbals and hated it so much I vowed that from then on, if I couldn't use my full rig I wasn't going to do the gig. I can't play the music in my head on a small kit, it's a simple as that. And if I have to spend the whole gig not playing the music I hear in my head, for me there's no point in playing at all.

Do I like hauling that much stuff around? H*ll no, but cutting the hassle in half doesn't come close to making it worth not bringing the full monty.
 

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yes Hoss ; ) we know your ; ) issues...; )
 

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Looks like a Prem 2001 with FloBeam

 
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I don't suppose that I've ever gone with what most people would really consider the bare minimum, but I did steadily downsize from the then fashionable large set to something more sensible. The second bass drum bit the dust early. A tom and a cymbal or two followed.

Where I think I overdid it was not bothering to set up my cowbell. It really wasn't necessary, so I left it in my hardware case for years. I now conclude that this was excessive laziness. Cowbells aren't that much work to set up and are fun to play. I should have at least set up the cowbell.
 

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I'm always thinking of adding an extra floor Tom Tom my 1 up 1 down kit but there's seldom place för it on the cramped stages, and I would probably use it as a tray more than play it.
My gong - that's one thing I'll never get tired of hauling!
 

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Since the 1990s I've been using various two up, two down kits with the high toms mounted on a separate stand.

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A few years back I tired of carrying the heavy DW 9000 series stand and switched to DW ultra light 6000 stands. That meant dropping the second high tom and putting the remaining high tom on a snare stand.

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Eventually, I missed the second high tom. I started using one 9000 stand for the two toms.

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And on occasion I would set up a smaller kit if I was having physical issues. (Because of a motorcycle accident in 1991 I sometimes use a cane.)

It wasn't a matter being lazy, sometimes I just can't carry the heavy gear.

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I rehearse with my current band using my traditional two up, two down setup, but that kit stays put. My intent is to use two up two down again when we return to gigging.

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Mostly uno up/uno down with hats, ride and crash ride.

Also, sometimes, bikini bass and snare with hats and one crashable ride.

Guess I’m just not much of a multi-tasker.
 

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The struggle is real!!!
I begin breaking down my kit over the last few songs of the last set.
Cowbell gets packed up.
Splash gets taken down.
Meh, I don't REALLY need two crashes for 'Friends in Low Places'...probably don't need that rack tom either! :icon_lol:
 

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I did a pick up gig the night before we did this . I set up PA and Lighting and my drums . Geez , I’m currently looking to hire help , seriously. I’m not a fan of 1 up , never again .

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The struggle is real!!!
I begin breaking down my kit over the last few songs of the last set.
Cowbell gets packed up.
Splash gets taken down.
Meh, I don't REALLY need two crashes for 'Friends in Low Places'...probably don't need that rack tom either! :icon_lol:
Been there done that lol
 

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I haven't been able to ( fit, want to fit, know they ain't going to fit)
use, (so why bother) twin floor toms since 1925
wait wait wait wait ..1975
 


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