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Old 07-07-2014, 10:12 PM
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Early 70's Premier restoration. These were originaly a single headed tom kit that I converted to double headed. They were in need of some serious love. Birch w/ beech re-rings. 24, 13, 16. Great sounding drums!
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& the Star made Carlton

5 piece, one on the ground... one up, one down to the ground :D

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Old 07-12-2014, 02:40 AM
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:21 PM
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Pearl Export 90-93 era (24 / 14 / 18)
Pearl Chrome 14x6 snare (Pearl Maple Shell 14x8 incoming)
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Wireless flash ?? nice shots !

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Old 08-12-2014, 07:42 PM
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Wireless flash ?? nice shots !

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I don't think that's off-camera flash. There's a big diffused window behind the kit. Am I right?
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:23 PM
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I don't think that's off-camera flash. There's a big diffused window behind the kit. Am I right?
On some shots, the light is very concentrate / overexposed so I thought it was made w/ a wireless flash,
but you were right, I checked the EXIFS and no flash was triggered...

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Old 08-12-2014, 10:10 PM
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Here's my four piece, Ludwig Signet Gigabeat.


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I don't think that's off-camera flash. There's a big diffused window behind the kit. Am I right?
yes.... you are right.
and forced with a white vignette sometimes.

thank you... I am happy that you are enjoying it.
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Another Star made set... Bollero
5 pieces.. but used as a 4 pcs set, either 12 or 13" tom.
12" on holder
13 on snare stand

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Old 08-17-2014, 06:55 PM
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My "Island kit". I might be the fifth owner. It was being used as a rental kit, so the appearance is a bit...meh.

They're CB MX drums. 20" kick, 12" rack tom, 14" "floor" tom, 14" snare, all poplar. I have a 10" tom, too, but that's in the process of being refurbished. Once that vile burgundy wrap comes off, there's some really pretty wood under there. Sandpaper and teak oil make it look pretty nice. I might refinish all the lugs and hoops gloss black. That'll look sharp against the blonde wood. Maybe I'll post an "after" pic once I get off my ass and actually do it. ;-) I'm definitely adding Gibraltar tom suspension mounts and moving the toms off the bass and onto stands. All in good time.

They sound pretty good, which surprises most people. I had to redo a couple of the bearing edges because they were beat to piss. (Plus the previous owner had put those blasted Remo Muff'l rings under the Pinstripes on the toms. Those hit the trash as soon as I got them home, I promise you.) I flatter myself I know how to tune. A good tune and a few pieces of Moongel have them sounding acceptable, if not exactly awesome. Even with the beat-to-piss old ebony Pinstripes, the toms now have good sustain and tone. The bass has a nice thump, even with only a single-ply batter head and a throw pillow. New skins are on the way (Evans EC2 coated for the toms and an EMAD2 for the bass). I'm of the opinion that good heads, good bearing edges, and good tuning make good-sounding drums, not price or brand. I've heard multi-kilobuck kits that sound like bollocks, and I've been given kits for free which sounded awesome, even in the studio. I'm not replacing the front bass head, because I imagine the stories that came with each sticker are pretty epic. I don't know, because it came that way, but it amuses me, so it stays.

Cymbals are a mix that came with the kit. They also need a good cleaning. From left to right:

20" Zildjian Z Power Smash
15" Sabian AAX Studio Crash
20" Sabian AA Medium Heavy Ride
12" Wuhan splash over 14" Zildjian ZBT Plus hats
18" Sabian AA Medium Crash


I'm thinking of selling the Power Smash because I don't even know what it's for. I suspect it's something for metal drummers to annihilate, but I've never heard of it. After shopping around (well, the best I can, since the nearest decent drum shop is a 3-hour flight away), I'm definitely replacing the hats with a pair of 14" Istanbul Agop Xist. I cannot abide the ZBTs. Ordering the Agops next week. I may just stack one of the ZBT hats on the Power Smash and see what kind of dreadful noise it makes.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:03 PM
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Another Star made set... Bollero
5 pieces.. but used as a 4 pcs set, either 12 or 13" tom.
12" on holder
13 on snare stand

looks bloody red, sexy..... sweet



I totally dig how the badge tells you those drums are of the "finest quality" - just in case you missed it ;)
I had a Kent drumset like that and loved it - it was trashed but it served it's purpose very well.
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My "Island kit". I might be the fifth owner. It was being used as a rental kit, so the appearance is a bit...meh.

They're CB MX drums. 20" kick, 12" rack tom, 14" "floor" tom, 14" snare, all poplar. I have a 10" tom, too, but that's in the process of being refurbished. Once that vile burgundy wrap comes off, there's some really pretty wood under there. Sandpaper and teak oil make it look pretty nice. I might refinish all the lugs and hoops gloss black. That'll look sharp against the blonde wood. Maybe I'll post an "after" pic once I get off my ass and actually do it. ;-) I'm definitely adding Gibraltar tom suspension mounts and moving the toms off the bass and onto stands. All in good time.

They sound pretty good, which surprises most people. I had to redo a couple of the bearing edges because they were beat to piss. (Plus the previous owner had put those blasted Remo Muff'l rings under the Pinstripes on the toms. Those hit the trash as soon as I got them home, I promise you.) I flatter myself I know how to tune. A good tune and a few pieces of Moongel have them sounding acceptable, if not exactly awesome. Even with the beat-to-piss old ebony Pinstripes, the toms now have good sustain and tone. The bass has a nice thump, even with only a single-ply batter head and a throw pillow. New skins are on the way (Evans EC2 coated for the toms and an EMAD2 for the bass). I'm of the opinion that good heads, good bearing edges, and good tuning make good-sounding drums, not price or brand. I've heard multi-kilobuck kits that sound like bollocks, and I've been given kits for free which sounded awesome, even in the studio. I'm not replacing the front bass head, because I imagine the stories that came with each sticker are pretty epic. I don't know, because it came that way, but it amuses me, so it stays.

Cymbals are a mix that came with the kit. They also need a good cleaning. From left to right:

20" Zildjian Z Power Smash
15" Sabian AAX Studio Crash
20" Sabian AA Medium Heavy Ride
12" Wuhan splash over 14" Zildjian ZBT Plus hats
18" Sabian AA Medium Crash


I'm thinking of selling the Power Smash because I don't even know what it's for. I suspect it's something for metal drummers to annihilate, but I've never heard of it. After shopping around (well, the best I can, since the nearest decent drum shop is a 3-hour flight away), I'm definitely replacing the hats with a pair of 14" Istanbul Agop Xist. I cannot abide the ZBTs. Ordering the Agops next week. I may just stack one of the ZBT hats on the Power Smash and see what kind of dreadful noise it makes.
Nice kit! New heads and a tune will definitely give the island kit a new sound. Apart from the zbt hats, you got some good quality cymbals. Why not get AA hats and complete the set?
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:07 PM
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Nice kit! New heads and a tune will definitely give the island kit a new sound.
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Mainly because I'm not entirely impressed with any of the AAs I have. I know they're quality cymbals - and they do sound pro when I play out! - but it's just not "my sound," you know? The only one I really like is the 15" crash.

Partly because I got over the urge toward brand uniformity 20 years ago. ;-) That's not knocking anyone who plays one brand exclusively - if that's what you like to do, it's not my place to tell anyone otherwise. I'll play whatever gives me the sound I want. I don't care what label is on it. Hell, I don't care if it's intended to be a percussion instrument! If it makes a sound I like, I'll figure out a way to include it.

Partly because I have an uncontrollable urge to be weird. I'll probably have the only pair of Agops between Caracas and Miami, and it'll be fun when people see the logo and start asking questions. ;-)
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Mainly because I'm not entirely impressed with any of the AAs I have. I know they're quality cymbals - and they do sound pro when I play out! - but it's just not "my sound," you know? The only one I really like is the 15" crash.

Partly because I got over the urge toward brand uniformity 20 years ago. ;-) That's not knocking anyone who plays one brand exclusively - if that's what you like to do, it's not my place to tell anyone otherwise. I'll play whatever gives me the sound I want. I don't care what label is on it. Hell, I don't care if it's intended to be a percussion instrument! If it makes a sound I like, I'll figure out a way to include it.

Partly because I have an uncontrollable urge to be weird. I'll probably have the only pair of Agops between Caracas and Miami, and it'll be fun when people see the logo and start asking questions. ;-)
No problemo!

i see... yes sound is the important part. i just asked because you only mentioned swapping the hats. just assumed you like the AA's. ive oly heard the agops only and they sound good
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No problemo!

i see... yes sound is the important part. i just asked because you only mentioned swapping the hats. just assumed you like the AA's. ive oly heard the agops only and they sound good
All those cymbals you see in the pic came with the kit as part of the package deal. I chose none of them myself. :-D I do appreciate the advice and insight. I considered a bunch of different hats, and there were lots of Sabian hats in the running.
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All those cymbals you see in the pic came with the kit as part of the package deal. I chose none of them myself. :-D I do appreciate the advice and insight. I considered a bunch of different hats, and there were lots of Sabian hats in the running.
oooh ok. now i understand
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thx bo and thx to you all.

My new Rogers set, that I got yesterday.
Will use it as a 4pcs set. 22 18 12 :D

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My current (and only) kit.

PDP FS Birch series: 18x22, 10x12, 12x14, Pork Pie 6x13 Nyatoh snare

90's 13" Zildjian K/Z hats, 70's 16" Thin and Medium-Thin Zildjian Crashes, 1980 Paiste Rude Ride/Crash

DW 5000 single-braced hi-hat, DW 5000 BD pedal, DW puppy-bone for ride. Tama single-braced snare stand, Dixon and ???? cymbal stands. Roc-n-soc throne w/backrest

India Street wind chimes mounted on my original Ludwig 1400 cymbal stand.
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Yamaha Club Custom, love this thing!
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I really need to take some time and get some sexy photos up of these. But here's a quick overhead for now:


I found out my neighbour builds stave drums as a hobby, so I paid him a visit and ended up buying the first kit he ever built. I paid a ridiculously good price for them as they had some minor cosmetic flaws (well hidden though) that came with the learning process. They sound absolutely incredible.

Technically it's a 5 piece, where I swap back and forth between a 10" or 12" rack depending on the gig. Usually played as a 12", 14", 20". The snare is a DW performance series, but I'll be picking up a matching snare from him eventually.

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K Custom 14" Special Dry Hi hats
K Custom 20" Dry Ride
K Constantinople 20" Medium Ride
K Constantinople 20" Light High Ride

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Yamaha Club Custom, love this thing!
Nice. So I take it you're not a fan of the swirly finishes? I really liked that orange swirl when it came out. I saw it in person at Pro Drum and it's incredible.
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Nice. So I take it you're not a fan of the swirly finishes? I really liked that orange swirl when it came out. I saw it in person at Pro Drum and it's incredible.
I'm a huge fan of the swirly finishes, love the black swirl but really would have been happy with orange or blue swirl too. Ended up with the "dark wood" finish because I got an amazing deal on the kit (less than half price) as the shop had them marked for clearance. I actually debated getting the kit initially because the finish wasn't the one I really wanted but just couldn't pass up such a great deal - I have to say I really like the finish now - photos don't really do it justice.
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I really need to take some time and get some sexy photos up of these. But here's a quick overhead for now:


I found out my neighbour builds stave drums as a hobby, so I paid him a visit and ended up buying the first kit he ever built. I paid a ridiculously good price for them as they had some minor cosmetic flaws (well hidden though) that came with the learning process. They sound absolutely incredible.

Technically it's a 5 piece, where I swap back and forth between a 10" or 12" rack depending on the gig. Usually played as a 12", 14", 20". The snare is a DW performance series, but I'll be picking up a matching snare from him eventually.

Cymbals are:
K Custom 14" Special Dry Hi hats
K Custom 20" Dry Ride
K Constantinople 20" Medium Ride
K Constantinople 20" Light High Ride

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Very nice. How do you like that 20" Dry Ride? I keep seeing them used at GC for decent prices and am thinking of getting one. I have a K Custom Dark ride now and want something a little less washy to complement it.

Regarding 4-piece setups...I keep trying to make the 5 piece work for me (2 up offset to the left, one down or one up two down) but I keep coming back to the one up, one down. Things just don't feel as crowded.
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Mine.

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Very nice. How do you like that 20" Dry Ride? I keep seeing them used at GC for decent prices and am thinking of getting one. I have a K Custom Dark ride now and want something a little less washy to complement it.
I can definitely understand why they would end up on the used market. It is a fantastic sounding ride on its own, and demos really well. BUT it's super quiet and super heavy so this is one where it really needs to be heard in context with the rest of your kit and cymbals. Low-mid volume jazz WITH STICKS is where it's worth its weight in gold. It has so much mass that it laughs in the face of brushes or rutes trying to make it vibrate. That said, I've used it to great effect playing along to an unamplified acoustic guitar with brushes.

I love mine, because I've figured out how and when to use it (AND have ample opportunity to do so). It truly is at the end of the "dry" spectrum though, so I'm not sure I'd flat out recommend it for someone just looking for a "drier" than something washy like your K Custom Dark. I would recommend taking a K Heavy for a test drive as another option.
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I can definitely understand why they would end up on the used market. It is a fantastic sounding ride on its own, and demos really well. BUT it's super quiet and super heavy so this is one where it really needs to be heard in context with the rest of your kit and cymbals. Low-mid volume jazz WITH STICKS is where it's worth its weight in gold. It has so much mass that it laughs in the face of brushes or rutes trying to make it vibrate. That said, I've used it to great effect playing along to an unamplified acoustic guitar with brushes.

I love mine, because I've figured out how and when to use it (AND have ample opportunity to do so). It truly is at the end of the "dry" spectrum though, so I'm not sure I'd flat out recommend it for someone just looking for a "drier" than something washy like your K Custom Dark. I would recommend taking a K Heavy for a test drive as another option.
Thanks. I'll take that under advisement if I end up looking at buying one.
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Looking at these kits, I would really like to thank the guy who came up with White Marine Pearl. It has to be the classiest finish ever. I love wood grain, but when someone comes up with WMP lacquer I'm all over it.
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Restored/upgraded Premier "55". 1961-63. I've owned it since 1978. Original wrap and diecast hoops. 20" bass drum, 12" and 16" pre-international toms, 14" x 4" chrome over brass Royal Ace snare - parallel Flobeam mech replaced with Trick GS007 and Puresound custom wires. Coated Ambassadors on top and bottom of toms. Coated Emperor on snare batter, Hazy 300 below. PS3 on BD batter, smooth white Ambassador reso. Premier Lokfast stands, Meinl Byzance cymbals. Tom mounting hardware and BD spurs upgraded to improve reliability (and sound).







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Me & My 1968 Ludwig's

They started life as a 4 piece (22", 13", 16" & 14" snare). Prior to me owning them someone added the center tom mount and a 12" tom with matching wrap but 80's 7 ply shell, so it sits on the shelf.

The snare is 14" X 6.5" Supraphonic.

I'm guessing they are Downbeats that want to be Hollywood's. I'm looking for a matching 12" tom to match.

There are a few extra holes where the rail mount was but they don't bother me much. It's never going to be collector's kit but it sounds great.
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I got bored and went back to the four piece in anticipation of the new Sabian Big and Ugly Apollo 24 inch ride.
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Me & My 1968 Ludwig's

They started life as a 4 piece (22", 13", 16" & 14" snare). Prior to me owning them someone added the center tom mount and a 12" tom with matching wrap but 80's 7 ply shell, so it sits on the shelf.

The snare is 14" X 6.5" Supraphonic.

I'm guessing they are Downbeats that want to be Hollywood's. I'm looking for a matching 12" tom to match.

There are a few extra holes where the rail mount was but they don't bother me much. It's never going to be collector's kit but it sounds great.
Psssssst. The 12 inch with matching wrap is on the shelf. You said so.
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Restored/upgraded Premier "55". 1961-63. I've owned it since 1978. Original wrap and diecast hoops. 20" bass drum, 12" and 16" pre-international toms, 14" x 4" chrome over brass Royal Ace snare - parallel Flobeam mech replaced with Trick GS007 and Puresound custom wires. Coated Ambassadors on top and bottom of toms. Coated Emperor on snare batter, Hazy 300 below. PS3 on BD batter, smooth white Ambassador reso. Premier Lokfast stands, Meinl Byzance cymbals. Tom mounting hardware and BD spurs upgraded to improve reliability (and sound).







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Psssssst. The 12 inch with matching wrap is on the shelf. You said so.
It matches visually, but not sonically. 3 ply vs 7 ply. Each sound great but to different to be matched in a kit.
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