- May 28, 2019
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“Mapex Maple Syrup Aeonological Festivus tubs.”I have a friend with a long international jazz drumming resume. He told me he does not dig "boutique" snare drums. He loves the Great Gretsch Sound. He has and can get various endorsements. He likes the matching wood snares that come with his Gretsch kits. " all in the same family" like Billy Higgjns used to say.
This is all subjective stuff. If your high end gear makes you happy and you have the means to acquire it, and fill your home and studio and warehouse with it, that is great. I wish you joy and many hours of fun and happiness.
If I hear you gig on an off the rack kit tonight, I will perceive your strengths and weaknesses and level of musicianship. As you will if you see me play. Tomorrow night, put us each on the costly high end kits. My view? We will still be and sound and play like the same dough heads as last night. If your roll sucks, it will suck on both the acrolite AND the Dave Weckl Signaure snare drums with the 13 strainers. If you swing mildly on your Gretsch Catalinas, you will still sound like a no swingin mofo tonight on your Mapex Maple Syrup Aeonological Festivus tubs . Or you freaking solid shell sunken timber drums that were made from doozinga, tropical Tahitian Tutti Frutti wooden furniture recovered from the freakin Titanic.
You would be better off spending your $20,000 bucks worth of GAS gear, by instead moving to NYC for 10 months and studying with Kenny Washington and John Riley on your vintage Ludwig Downbeat kit with the supraphonic with 20" and 18" old Zildjians and some 14" new beats.
Happy Festivus, everybody!
Just ordered mine. Expected delivery 2026.