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Forum: Drums Yesterday, 02:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 405
Posted By alparrott
Re: Ideal 2 Floor Tom Sizes?

I've been using a 14" for some years now but only between a 12" and a 16". I dislike them on their own with anything larger than an 18" kick.

I have never owned an 18", and would love to try a 15"...
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2015, 10:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 340
Posted By alparrott
Re: "The World's Greatest Drummer is Louis Bellson"

Could not honestly tell you. I don't remember much about the original show other than that segment, and obviously there's no mention of it in the clip.
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 340
Posted By alparrott
Re: "The World's Greatest Drummer is Louis Bellson"

Great piece there, Scott. It was particularly relevant to read that for me, seeing as how Mr. Bellson was one of my drumming heroes growing up, which I still think is somewhat unusual for a kid who...
Forum: Drums 07-26-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 227
Posted By alparrott
Re: Odd Tom Set-Up, Help!

One solution would be to fly your larger rack tom off the bass drum, but centered; then use a tom clamp on your left-side cymbal stand to mount your smaller rack tom.

You could also get a double...
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2015, 07:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 689
Posted By alparrott
Re: would you buy a ludwig accent drum set...

For $85 you get a decent beater kit that you can schlep around to practices or whatever and not worry about, then flip for more than $85. Most days you can't get an Acrolite for $85.
Forum: Drums 07-16-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By alparrott
Re: help me decide on vintage drums?

I have greatly enjoyed playing a vintage player's kit where it's been okay to redrill for modern hardware and mounts. The original stuff isn't always up to snuff in terms of moving around, loading in...
Forum: Drums 07-15-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 412
Posted By alparrott
Re: Any thoughts on Ludwig Supralite steel snare?

They are definitely contenders if you would like a quality, good-sounding metal snare for not much money. I personally thought Ludwig did a great job of channeling the Supra mojo into an import steel...
Forum: Drums 07-15-2015, 06:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,138
Posted By alparrott
Re: The ubiquity of smaller kits

In my opinion, many drummers go through the following phases:

1) I can only afford four drums and three cymbals.
2) I'm an adult! I can afford all the drums and cymbals I want!
3) [if drummer...
Forum: Drums 07-13-2015, 04:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 755
Posted By alparrott
Re: 12x8 or 13x9 for single rack tom??

If I only have a 16" floor tom, then 13". If I have a 14", it's 12". I never do two toms within an inch of each other if I can help it.
Forum: Drums 07-11-2015, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 516
Posted By alparrott
Re: Steel Snares???

Start with the heads. What are you using?

I have an Evans HD Dry head on that really does a great job of controlling ring while still letting the character of the drum speak.
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2015, 11:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By alparrott
Re: Do you accept every gig you're offered or are you picky?

Once you get your name and your reputation out there, you can definitely start picking and choosing gigs. When I was starting out, the only reason I'd turn something down is if I was already booked...
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 836
Posted By alparrott
Re: What's your favorite drumset category? Drums, cymbals or hardware

Short answer: yes.

I love the complexity of what makes a drum sound good. I love the physical response of cymbal playing. And hardware is the adult version of an Erector set to me.
Forum: General Discussion 07-07-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 875
Views: 51,796
Posted By alparrott
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Good heavens, that's a sexy beast right there.

I just wore through an Evans Power Center Reverse Dot on my Mapex Sledgehammer snare and when I stopped by the local shop, decided to give an HD Dry...
Forum: Drummers 07-07-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By alparrott
Re: Happy Birthday Ringo

Ringo's Wikipedia entry has the front page today. Unbelievably, I hadn't ever read it through... well written and with a lot of good tidbits. Happy birthday!
Forum: General Discussion 07-05-2015, 11:58 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,186
Posted By alparrott
Re: Drinking and Drumming

Depending on the gig I may have a beer prior and a beer at break, but never any more than that. If it's a fairly athletic outdoors gig, I tend to skip the drinks and keep on water or sports drinks to...
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 721
Posted By alparrott
Re: When disaster strikes: Your opinion

Thanks for your insights, guys. As it happens, a friend of mine lives in the neighborhood in the north end of town that burned down. He was not at home at the time, and was keeping track of the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 09:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 721
Posted By alparrott
Re: When disaster strikes: Your opinion

Let's assume it's whatever you (as a thread respondent) owns. I mean, that's the basis for what you decide to do, isn't it?

I'm using my coincidental day off as an information clearinghouse for...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 721
Posted By alparrott
When disaster strikes: Your opinion

Here in northcentral Washington state, we're once again making our bugout bags and planning our escape routes. A quick-spreading grass fire burned across 3,000 acres and destroyed almost 30 homes on...
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 1,768
Views: 506,421
Posted By alparrott
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

Not mine, but heads up in SoCal: Pearl birch 5-piece shells for $100 at Goodwill as of 11pm Friday PST.

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/auctions/Pearl-All-Birch-Series-Drum-Set-5pc-22491561.html
...
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2015, 02:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
Posted By alparrott
Re: 12" wood hoops? Is there such a thing?

Drum Factory Direct to the rescue: http://www.drumfactorydirect.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6_7_358
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2015, 01:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 724
Posted By alparrott
Re: Unreliable band members

If the band member is holding up their own weight but can't make rehearsals due to a crazy work schedule, that's one thing. You say that she has to be shown the songs over and over, which indicates a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By alparrott
Re: What's your process for coming up with drum grooves for songs?

If the drum part is done correctly it's not random. The kick should be locking in with rhythmic parts or accents that at least one other voice in the band is matching. Usually this is the bass, but...
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2015, 12:05 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,575
Posted By alparrott
Re: Let down by a drummer with chops but no ability

This one? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx3Pzv3xJd4)
Forum: General Discussion 06-24-2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 676
Posted By alparrott
Re: Your approach to supporting a solo.

In addition to all the excellent comments about why to vary approach between a) and b), I'd also throw in the "gel factor" - how long has the band played together, and how much? Is it easy to read...
Forum: General Discussion 06-24-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,575
Posted By alparrott
Re: Let down by a drummer with chops but no ability

Imma have to put it in the closet with all the other Internets I won over the years. Thanks.

I agree with Larry -- if at all possible, keep the sound check from the crowd. Let the first notes be...
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