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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 02:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 476
Posted By alparrott
Re: Got called for a Session, YAY! Gear Upgrade?

I agree, go for the ride. If I were you, I'd take all your snares with, play with tuning, and find one that fits. Snares are pretty versatile, but a cymbal does exactly what's on the tin.
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 02:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 555
Posted By alparrott
Re: rare yamaha stage custom ive bought

Hi huangmi, the first picture shows your spurs on your set. You have them set so far forward, your bass drum is resting on the floor.

The second picture shows the angle you should have, so that...
Forum: General Discussion 04-15-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,212
Posted By alparrott
Re: What's your latest purchase?

Haven't purchased much of anything lately (smirk)...

But I got gifted an older-version DW 6000 flat-base hi-hat stand and won a $100 music shop gift card, which I cashed in on a 10-channel Yamaha...
Forum: General Discussion 04-15-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 555
Posted By alparrott
Re: rare yamaha stage custom ive bought

I hate to tell you, friend, but that kit is quite the opposite of rare. I own one, too. It's very simply the first generation of the Stage Custom line, made with a mix of birch and Philippine...
Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2014, 01:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,200
Posted By alparrott
Re: Any information regarding Gretsch Black Hawk drum set

Probably the same "not-Gretsch" Blackhawks I got the year prior. They certainly aren't bad-sounding drums, I played mine for close to 15 years, especially after adding new heads and such. They did...
Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 666
Posted By alparrott
Re: Staining drum heads with coffee

I love coffee. I could see myself trying it just for the aroma I'd get every time I open up my bass drum case.
Forum: General Discussion 04-11-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 820
Posted By alparrott
Re: Reinforcing rings

Stick should never hit bearing edges. Even if you're doing rimshots, that's the rim you're hitting, which doesn't impact the bearing edge at all. The impacts on the head are (ideally) evenly...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-11-2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By alparrott
Re: Songs with fast / tricky single bass drum patterns

You know, I went back and listened to it off the box set CD. You may be right; I have just never clearly heard any of it past the four-on-the-floor. I tend to play it that way to lock in with the...
Forum: Drum Technique 04-09-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 619
Posted By alparrott
Re: Songs with fast / tricky single bass drum patterns

"Trampled Under Foot" is mostly just four-on-the-floor... I would throw in "When the Levee Breaks" and "Achilles Last Stand"... heck, throw in the entire Zeppelin catalog if you're looking for tricky...
Forum: Drums 04-07-2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 335
Posted By alparrott
Re: What's with the Stage Custom snare?

Oftentimes it's not that anything's wrong with it, but we have another snare that is our favorite. Or, like I did, we bought the kit with no snare for that reason.

I have never owned a kit with a...
Forum: Drums 04-01-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 333
Posted By alparrott
Re: Ludwig Standard bass pedal?

The Standard shells were the same quality as the more expensive Ludwigs... but the hardware was not. Even the lugs were cheaper quality. The stands and pedals were pretty typical entry-level stuff...
Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 393
Posted By alparrott
Re: Double Bass at Home vs. at the Gig

You know, it's almost certainly nerves. That doesn't mean you're nervous, it means the adrenaline is pumping and you are feeling different because you're not at home, you're playing live without a...
Forum: Drums 03-19-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 489
Posted By alparrott
Re: This kit vs. this other kit

Hi daktari, looks like we live pretty close together.

You've passed one big hurdle we usually get with first-time a-kit buyers, which is buy quality used kits. Kudos to you for that.

On how to...
Forum: Drums 03-18-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,846
Posted By alparrott
Re: Pearl sensitone elite reveiw

I have the Sensitone Elite black over brass, and I wouldn't give it up for anything. I've really come to love its sound. I can scarcely imagine a Black Beauty sounding all that much better, and even...
Forum: Drums 03-17-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,287
Posted By alparrott
Re: Yamaha stage custom

Tell your friend to look on Craigslist. It's usually possible to find a used SC within 300 miles. You'll get it for much, much less than $1000. Probably about $300 or so.
Forum: General Discussion 03-16-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,453
Posted By alparrott
Forum: Drums 03-16-2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,287
Posted By alparrott
Re: Yamaha stage custom

I live in the US, so you need to look at wherever used things are sold in your country. Can't much help you there, dude.
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,453
Posted By alparrott
Re: Competition - early heads up for forum members :)

Single snare or multiple snares? I have a couple of ideas...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 586
Posted By alparrott
Re: Waiting for one tom

I'm all for doing strange things with setups when I have the drums and hardware to try it.
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By alparrott
Re: Kit Too Big or Too Small

If you're referring to towering kits, you can see the difference in my kits over the last few years, as stuff keeps getting lower and lower. One things for sure, it makes eye contact with the other...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 586
Posted By alparrott
Re: Waiting for one tom

Sit on it, Bo. Play the Ludwigs. Put the other drums away so you aren't tempted.

If you can't wait that long, I like the idea of seeing if they have another tom in stock in a size you'd like, like...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 732
Posted By alparrott
Re: Kit Too Big or Too Small

I have done both, and to me it's not predicated by much more than to have available the sound palette I need for the music I'm playing.

For years I was one of those guys who dug Rush and...
Forum: Drums 03-15-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,287
Posted By alparrott
Re: Yamaha stage custom

Those are older models only sold on the used market. They'll probably be about $300 for a five piece, or whatever the equivalent is where you are. $200 or so without hardware.
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2014, 06:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 505
Posted By alparrott
Re: Advice on finding new musicians, bands, opportunities, ect?

One thing in particular is going to keep you out of that "older" scene for at least five years. To play in bars, you have to be of age. But other than that, there are places musicians of all ages...
Forum: Drums 03-12-2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,161
Posted By alparrott
Re: Chad Smith Snare or Acrolite

I don't think between the two you could make a mistake. I have heard great things about the CS snare, and the price is hard to beat. But I'm a big fan of Ludwig snares, and the Acro is one of those...
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