2 Fluid Audio FX50 coaxial studio monitors. I needed monitors to start recording & mixing and I chose these. Fluid has an interesting story that you can read about on their website. They are a small & young US company that's up and coming. They make nice & unique quality stuff that works and at a decent price. They are the type of company (for now) in which you can actually talk to if you have a problem. I like giving small companies like that a chance if they stand behind the products. These seem better than anything else out there in their price range:
Koss Pro-4AA Headphones! I wanted some over ear headphones with better isolation for playing than my Audio Technica's (I'll be using those for monitoring). I read a thread here where some people swear by them. $68 on Amazon so I figured, why not? All I can say is that I can't believe these things have been around forever and I had never tried one. The isolation is incredible, the sound quality is great and it's built like a tank. Very heavy but that doesn't bother me. I'm used to using David Clark aviation headsets in the past for hours and those are super heavy. I used the Koss for a 2 hour session yesterday and 2 hours today and no fatigue. I looked at the GK Ultraphones which I know people say are the best for isolation but as good as they may be, I personally didn't want to pay $240. The Koss weighs 1.5 lbs. and has a lifetime warranty. All I know is that for $68, you can't beat these for what they are!
The singer I play for told me bright cymbals really bother her and there I was with a bunch of A's .
I had thought of getting a set of the meinls that everyone is playing these days , but when I heard the video of these cymbals
I heard a bit more "musicality" . She and I are very happy with them . I can lay into them without overpowering things .
I call them " deliciously nasty " They make the dark K crash i already had sound bright ..
I saw one of these 6.5" Acros online and fell in love! Tube lugs, keystone badge, P88AC throw AND P35 butt! I already have a 6.5" B/O badge Acro, so I knew it would sound incredible. Had my Ludwig dealer, Tony at 2112 Percussion, call up Ludwig and he ordered their remaining stock.
I put Gretsch 302 hoops and a coated CS dot on it. Sounds like pure rock and roll. One of my favorite snares.
Got a LB 550 on eBay for a deal, it was dropped on its strainer. Got my local music store (Bellflower Music) to hammer out the dent, and they were even able to salvage the throw off. Got some twin channel hoops from forum members, this drum is incredible.