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Old 07-01-2015, 06:52 PM
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Default What's your favorite drumset category? Drums, cymbals or hardware

Simple question, not so simple answer. I love it all but I would have to say that hardware is my favorite part. The clever ideas in designing a functional and beautiful kit are always on my mind with regards to new hardware and ways to make it work seamlessly. DW really nailed it with their hardware and accessory lines. I could play with dogbones and short booms for hours. Ludwig Atlas is a real game changer but is far too limited in the scope of their offerings.

I generally keep the same cymbals for years and years, so once I find something, I stick with it. Sometimes I'll pick something up to try just for fun (and usually sell it)

Drums: I like to try different kits but I will usually keep one for 2-5 years depending on my band situation or the whims of my heart and the market.

Hardware? I'm constantly trying to improve the set up and tear down as well as the functionality of the pieces I choose to play. Do I need a clamp here? Will a longer rod allow me to piggyback something else and save time and weight?

So, as pertaining to the Big 3, what and why do you choose as your favorite part of a drum kit.
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:37 PM
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Hardware. I fucking love cymbal stands!

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...all sarcasm aside, for me its the drums. I loooooove my drums. They're so pretty.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:03 PM
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Hardware, but in a different way. I have just ditched all my cymbal stands by using clamps and boom arms, attached to the hi-hat stand and the BD tom mount, and mounting the ride off the floor tom leg. Happy days, less weight to heave about.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:51 PM
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Very interesting question, but even after some thought I cannot choose just one category. I'm a devoted nut case on all three.

-Drums- As noted in many previous threads, I'm pretty sure we've gone as far as we can go soundwise using just wood and metal. So at this stage in drum development it's all about the appearance. Which is fine with me, because I can look at drumsets all day long. I love looking at different finishes, mounting systems, hoop types . . . everything.

-Hardware - I can remember when I was younger (when drum companies still published catalogs that you could hold in your hand!) just staring at the hardware offerings from Ludwig, Yamaha, Tama, Slingerland, Pearl - all of them. (At one time I had a binder with every catalog from every major drum maker.) Hardware appeals especially to those of us who are mechanical by nature, and slathering all those pipes and fittings with acres of chrome creates eye candy beyond all dreams. Thats the primary reason I don't use a rack - it would mean abandoning the metal lust that consumes me with a desire to construct a chrome forest around my drum set.

-Cymbals - The magic kingdom. Thank heavens for the bronze age! That mystical metal has occupied the fantasies of man for many centuries, and we drummers are favored to experience the heights of bronze art. A bronze statue, while able to stir the imagination and preserve memories of the past, does its job by just sitting static and unmoved. But the bronze cymbal has life that can be felt, heard, and manipulated. From the ping of a heavy ride to the exotic emanations of a finely made china, cymbals allow the player an emotional expression that is supreme to any other part of the drum set.

Choose just one? I can't do it. All three are an expression of who we are as individuals and an important element of personal expression.

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Old 07-01-2015, 10:29 PM
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Probably cymbals for me, closely followed by hardware - while I love to lust after kits I do have two great kits at the moment so am pretty happy (for the moment!) - but I am absolute sucker for different cymbal voices and also interested in all subtle and not so subtle improvements and changes in hardware.
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:30 PM
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Cymbals...no doubt. Peace and goodwill.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:06 AM
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Drums: Tama Granstar

Cymbals: Zildjian A, Z dyno beat, China

Hardware: Old school Tama

In that order and it fits my world perfectly.
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Old 07-02-2015, 01:55 AM
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Cymbals, without question. I love the variations and nuances found in Turkish cymbals... The journey for new cymbal sounds lasts a lifetime.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:28 AM
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It's about the music, so for me, that's drums and cymbals.

If you make me choose one - it's drums.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:33 AM
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Toms and crash cymbals.

Everything else (snare, kick, ride, etc) needs to sound right, but beyond that I don't obsess over them. Great sounding toms and crashes - obsession.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:41 AM
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Defintely drums. The sound of a drum was what lured me to pick up sticks in the first place.

Whilst I love the variety of cymbals I've collected over the years, I could never say that cymbal playing was a calling. And hardware is little more than a practical solution to me. I've never given much thought to it outside of how it best allows me to play drums.
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:26 AM
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Actually, when I'm thinking about hardware, all I'm thinking is - what is the lightest, least amount of hardware to do the job?
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:45 AM
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Cymbals - because a "right" cymbal is so very satisfying.

The sound of a drum is much more amenable to modification by head choice, tuning, muffling, and technique (bit of a limb, I know) than the sound of a cymbal. For that reason, choosing the right cymbal is much more important.

When I started playing, each cymbal hit felt like a treat. Maintaining the groove was the meat and potatoes, but cymbal hits were the gravy, the seasoning, the mustard, the Tabasco* and the garnish. In fact, my attitude to cymbal use hasn't changed: hitting the right cymbal with the right stroke is still a source of delight. So much the better if it even happens at the right time!

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Old 07-02-2015, 04:51 AM
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Mmmmmmm... hardware. Face it some of you guys gotta get a life. ;)
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Old 07-02-2015, 06:44 AM
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I am literally obsessed with cymbals. I can look at them all day and research them all day. Drums come in close second. I could care less about the hardware.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:03 AM
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Although I have gear going through my house at all times, I think I'm obsessed with bass drum pedals. I don't know what it is. I've tried them all (I play single pedals), and I keep trying to find a better pedal than my 1978 Tama Flexi-Flyer or current DW5000. And it hasn't happened. I continue to use those two despite being fans of all the pedals I've played. Axis, Trick, SpeedKing, Yamaha, Pearl etc.,......other than the SpeedKing, they're all descendants of that Camco pedal, and I can't seem to get away from it.
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Old 07-03-2015, 05:43 AM
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Drums, and judging from the posts on this board I am not alone. I however have everything I want right now so I'm not obsessing over anything.
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I've got more cymbals than drums, if that means anything.
I get pretty equal enjoyment from both though.

I think I'm either more picky about my cymbal's sounds,
or more easily satisfied with my drum's sounds.

Hardware - it's necessary, it fulfills its function,
and except for initial setup or alterations, it doesn't get near as much attention.
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Snare drums. I can see how one can get quite carried away with obtaining and owning more than just a couple. I only have three. (for now).

If you're good enough, you can play a gig with just a snare drum and some sticks. I've seen Bo do it on YouTube.

I prefer to collect cymbals. If you buy the right ones, you can always get your money back, or at least most of it.
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