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Forum: Drums Yesterday, 10:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 272
Posted By alparrott
Re: Got my Gretsch Brookyln today. But...

I personally would not set them up. If you ordered XYZ and got ABC (or in this case, AXC), send them back. It's not your job to accommodate bad business practices, it's their job to get your order...
Forum: Drum Technique Yesterday, 10:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 356
Posted By alparrott
Re: Balance point for playing heel up...

I learned back in the day without the internet, in a small town with no accomplished adult drummers. I started with heel-up, burying the beater, a lot of the things that as an older drummer I am...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 07:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 719
Posted By alparrott
Re: I know - this is a real first world problem.

Well, I'm not gigging right now (see my thread), but I don't think we should pick a kit for a gig based on its worth. We should pick it for the sound we want at that gig. I actually ditched the...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 07:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 71
Posted By alparrott
Dealing with spine problems - experiences, advice

I had the privilege of serving 20 years in the Army, during which time I also had the privilege of carrying what amounts to a medium-sized refrigerator on my back for untold miles and jumping out of...
Forum: Drums 12-15-2014, 01:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,037
Posted By alparrott
Re: No love for 20" bassdrums?

My first kick was a 20". I currently own a 20" and a 22", and they do different things. The 20" is my go-to for a tight, clicky, articulate sound. I keep the 22" wide open for a boomy classic rock...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 692
Posted By alparrott
Re: DrumMaker.com/Andy Foote - Experience in dealing with them??

Couple of threads for your viewing pleasure:

Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,067
Posted By alparrott
Re: Who uses Moongel?

I use pieces of the dollar store sticky hands. Same stuff, more material for less money. Bermuda clued me in to this.
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,004
Posted By alparrott
Re: Drum Etiquette at Open Jams

I find the one-up, one-down, two-cymbal, horribly tuned kits at an open mike or jam night to be a challenge and not a limiter. How can I get up there and just through touch and feel alone make this...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,178
Posted By alparrott
Re: Discouraging & deterring theft on gigs

I've been pretty lucky in that even when I was playing in towns like Santa Cruz, San Jose, etc. in some pretty crazy bars, nobody ever made a move on my gear. I attribute that to always having...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 566
Posted By alparrott
Re: Is it safe to play songs that require a double kick pedal with just a single pedal?

This question is going to be like a self-licking ice cream cone. If you can learn how to play the song with a single pedal and it still feels and sounds like the original, then I figure it's...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By alparrott
Re: Giving bandmates rides to gigs!

In most bands I've been in, if there was a carpooling, the folks who drove would get a little extra payout if the distance was significant.

You're going to the gig anyways, so it's up to you to...
Forum: Drums 12-07-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 632
Posted By alparrott
Re: Which Snare Wires to Get

I've never used anything other than stock snares on my snare drums, or whatever comes off the shelf - Gibraltar or Pearl being the two major choices at my local shop. I've never had reason to...
Forum: Drums 12-04-2014, 05:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 873
Posted By alparrott
Re: Pearl Reference Pure drum porn ;)

You're doing a very good job of imitating Bo, whoever you are. But the lack of Black Dot heads was your fatal error.
Forum: Drums 12-02-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 768
Posted By alparrott
Re: Anyone else dislike suspension mounts?

Their spacing is adjustable. The website confirms they will fit Mini Classic spacing.
Forum: General Discussion 11-28-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 358
Posted By alparrott
Re: Better after time off?

I dunno. I've recently had a lot of stress and late nights at work, plus a new dog, and that has led to zero practice. The times I have played at church as scheduled, I've felt like a total novice,...
Forum: Drums 11-28-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 798
Posted By alparrott
Re: My 1st post: Help with Ludwig Snare.

Looks more like a 5" shell. You're counting the rims. But if the badge is legit, you got a smoking deal. And of course, it's all about how it sounds.
Forum: Drums 11-27-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 798
Posted By alparrott
Re: My 1st post: Help with Ludwig Snare.

Do I need new glasses? Good spot!

OP, do you have a picture of the badge? This might not even be a Ludwig shell...!
Forum: Drums 11-27-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 798
Posted By alparrott
Re: My 1st post: Help with Ludwig Snare.

Yeah, OK, maybe a removed muffler. I saw the hoop and guesstimated.

Now maybe what you have is a Supra shell and hardware, an after factory hoop with open snare channels, and some pitting.
Forum: General Discussion 11-27-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 972
Posted By alparrott
Re: Mary O- Update

So glad to hear all is well! You've been missed, as I'm sure you've gathered...
Forum: Drums 11-27-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 798
Posted By alparrott
Re: My 1st post: Help with Ludwig Snare.

What you have is a Super-Sensitive that was converted to a Supra by taking off the SS strainer and butt and throwing on a P85 and P32. Clues: no rim over the snares on the bottom, extra holes on the...
Forum: Drum Technique 11-18-2014, 11:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,286
Posted By alparrott
Re: Band members with bad timing

Agreed with the majority here - individual practice with a metronome (with or without music) will greatly help your timing. Don't get discouraged if the first time you are really ragged, keep at it....
Forum: General Discussion 11-09-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,019
Posted By alparrott
Re: Great car for a drummer

I live in central Washington state, so I own a Subaru Outback. It's actually my second one, my first one got totaled when I hit a moose. (Seriously.) As you might expect, it can swallow an awful lot...
Forum: General Discussion 11-08-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,254
Posted By alparrott
Re: When soundmen attack

Sounds vaguely familiar...

Forum: Drums 11-08-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By alparrott
Re: Stupid Invention



Forum: Drums 11-07-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 535
Posted By alparrott
Re: Help me ID this Pearl kit?

With all of that, I finally feel like you did too.
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