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Forum: Drums Today, 12:55 PM
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Posted By keep it simple
Re: Behind the scenes at Guru Drums - video.

Thank you, & I'm pleased you liked the accompanying audio :) We could use the term hand crafted, but frankly, it's grossly over used in the drum business, & often applied to production that's far...
Forum: Drums Today, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Bearing Edge Dressing

Adding oil to the interior of unsealed open/absorbent woods such as poplar adds mass to the shell. On a ply drum, no matter how much oil you apply, it will only penetrate to the transition between...
Forum: General Discussion Today, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 466
Posted By keep it simple
Re: new floating snare project

What do you intend to do with the dings/voids in the bearing edges?
Forum: Drums Yesterday, 09:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 649
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Behind the scenes at Guru Drums - video.

Thank you :)

Cheers Eric. Now you can see some of the work that went into your snare :)
Forum: Drums Yesterday, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Gretsch walnut maple Zig zag stave snares

I played one a short while back. Thick shell, so focussed & fairly bright. Mixed fundamental offers lots of errant high overtones if that's what you like.
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 08:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By keep it simple
Now this is what I call (linear) grooving!

Something I used to do back in the day. Yes, probably unbelievable to many, but I was delivering linear grooves in a rock setting in the early 80's. It's a personal love of mine, & something I need...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 08:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 562
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Band PA ownership options - thoughts, experiences

the small PA belonging to the singer without fee makes absolute sense. It's their "instrument" reinforcement after all. A bigger rig that all band members use is a different matter IMO. That's...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 562
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Band PA ownership options - thoughts, experiences

That's what I meant by "fee". I charge $90 for gigs up to 200 audience, then $160 for larger gigs. I have to pay increased travelling costs due to higher fuel consumption hauling the rig &...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 809
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Sonor-king of the micro kits?

Understood, & I don't mean to be negative. Hey, you're getting some new drums!!!!!!! :) My only advice is to go the opposite way to most players trying to get a good low sound out of a small bass...
Forum: Drums 09-29-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 649
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Behind the scenes at Guru Drums - video.

Thanks Abe :)

I know, that fairly shocked me :)
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 809
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Sonor-king of the micro kits?

I genuinely don't believe it is the best compromise Bo. 2" decrease in depth saves more useable space than 2" reduction in diameter, & the 20" x 12" (done correctly) can really get the job done...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 405
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Official forum UK meet up/other arrangements/news. London Drum Show!

I know it's a touch early, but please chime in on who's attending. I'm trying to arrange some forum member treats, in addition to Gavin Harrison & Todd Sucherman graciously agreeing to join in the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 809
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Sonor-king of the micro kits?

Andy's favourite compact kit sizes (especially the 12" deep bass drum). 10" x 8" with 14" x 12" completes my ideal picture. A 20" x 12" takes up less stage real estate than an 18" x 16" or 16" x...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 562
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Band PA ownership options - thoughts, experiences

Easiest option is to own the rig outright, then charge a sensible (but not too cheap) fee per gig. Forget "paying it off then it's free". As you pointed out, what if you wish to add to the rig. ...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 809
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Sonor-king of the micro kits?

Apart from highlighting a substantial difference between our & Ludwig's approach, I knew exactly where you were coming from. I just decided to put in a little background detail to place things in...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 809
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Sonor-king of the micro kits?

To get very small sizes truly delivering full tones requires some pretty special design, skill, & materials. Essentially, you're working with less of everything, & the shells are much more difficult...
Forum: Drums 09-29-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 649
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Behind the scenes at Guru Drums - video.

Thanks Harry, but my wife wouldn't agree with you ;)

Hahha, I can imagine that to be more of a PITA than it's worth. Hey, there's always Jeremy Clarkson (warning - painful) ...
Forum: Drums 09-28-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 649
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Behind the scenes at Guru Drums - video.

You wouldn't like the hours or the salary (read zero) :( I've lost count of how many years it needs to keep investing. Hopefully, one day, we'll get there. I'm hoping the new (much easier to...
Forum: Drums 09-28-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 649
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Behind the scenes at Guru Drums - video.

Heart & soul is right on! I know every piece of every drum we've ever made :) The kit you see me finishing there represents a cool 146 hours labour between myself & Dean. Quite silly actually :(
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Forum: Drums 09-28-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Pearl Sensitone phosphor bronze snares available again

Larry, the world prices on all yellow metals have gone through the roof in the last few years, so that would propagate quite an increase. Increases in raw material prices need to be taken in the...
Forum: Drums 09-28-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 649
Posted By keep it simple
Behind the scenes at Guru Drums - video.

This is what I'm doing a lot of the time. We don't show every detail, & many of the processes are repeated lots of times over (makes for a very tedious video). Once shells arrive at our finishing...
Forum: Drums 09-27-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Bearing Edge Dressing

i'm putting up a workshop video tomorrow :)

Lots of variables, but overall, a shellac application will brighten the resolved sound & enhance transient high overtones (an affect usually not...
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 405
Posted By keep it simple
Official forum UK meet up/other arrangements/news. London Drum Show!

London Drum Show 2014 is a big deal this year, for many reasons. Double the size (by far Europe's biggest dedicated drumming event) & a stellar artist lineup are just two highlights I can think of. ...
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By keep it simple
Re: Bo Rants! - follow up

You're a tough taskmaster Bo, but quite right to be so. The act either works for you, or it doesn't. You get to a certain stage in life where tolerance of such behaviour is pretty slim, but you're...
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,507
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Re: Hahahahahahahaha :)

Jim, I missed this first time around, & it's a perfect addition to this thread :) Just wonderful!

Along with 30%+ of the rest of the planet!
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