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  1. KarlCrafton

    Sabian - Where's the HH series going?

    Sure, I'll criticise. From late 1999, to at least late 2013 the A Line sound REALLY SUCKED. They also discontinued a few cymbals that were available for decades because they started offering "similar" cymbals in the A Custom line. If I WANTED A Custom cymbals, I would have bought them. The main...
  2. KarlCrafton

    Ignorant Noob Question... Again. Is This "A Thing"?

    I haven't had a double pedal since around '93, but prior to that I wouldn't have carried the pedals by the center shaft. I can't recall seeing others do it, but know it happens. I've worked on becoming proficient with a single pedal over the years, and I've been thinking to get a DP again for...
  3. KarlCrafton

    What is the best riser for a small bass drum?

    The Evans/Dixson is the one I use. I have 3 of them. I have.tried out the other "clamp on style" (pictured above) and it didn't work for me because of pedal placement--aside from having to clamp it on. The Evans/Dixson is sturdy, fast to use, and stable. I mainly use a 26" bass drum in my...
  4. KarlCrafton

    What's your latest purchase?

    I just picked up some 80's 15" AA Sabian Rock Sizzle Hats. Should have them next week. I've had a set of Standard 15" AA Sizzle Hats since '00, and I love them. Wanted something with a bit "more" but the same character and I happened to find a set of the Rock version. Maybe I was supposed to...
  5. KarlCrafton

    What's your latest purchase?

    A couple people just recently "liked" the Gibraltar Ultra Adjust snare stand I have for my tom--that I posted in 2014. I STILL have it and STILL use it! It is a fantastic stand. I also use TNR Little booty shakers on the stand--I believe they rebranded them as Truevibe Isolation Mounts. They...
  6. KarlCrafton


    I'm in between purge and hold steady. There really isn't anything I need, but one or two things I'd like because I'm getting ready to record a new cd with my band. Purging some cymbals I don't need, or "got and sound great, but not the right thing" in the next week. Just have to find the time...
  7. KarlCrafton


    I've been down the road with custom sizes myself. I've always been aware that the sizes I wanted are not what most others would go for, so "resale" doesn't factor in for what I've done at different times. Sometimes I've been able to get some custom things through sources at companies, other...
  8. KarlCrafton

    What's your latest purchase?

    I just got this really great sounding '78-'82 20" A Zildjian Swish TODAY! One of my favorite models of cymbal, and one that has been discontinued for many years. Super happy with the sound of this one. It's pretty tarnished and has some green on it, and has probably not been cleaned in decades...
  9. KarlCrafton

    Is there something going on w Modern Drummer? Subscription Issues

    I just got that issue last week.....
  10. KarlCrafton

    Hats + One Cymbal?

    I love playing with hats and just one or two cymbals. It wouldn't work in my main band, but for anything else I don't miss the "extra stuff", and it's fun!
  11. KarlCrafton

    Zildjian "Then and Now"

    I was happy with the reworking of the A line starting in 2013. Around '99-2000, I couldn't get a nice sounding A cymbal. They were ALL too dull, and lifeless sounding compared to everything else I had ever gotten from Zildjian. I went to Sabian and got what I was looking for, and then...
  12. KarlCrafton

    Why are bass drums so deep?

    As to the original post question of why?... In a nutshell, to get a different sound. To also have the ability to get a different sound quickly by mic placement. In 20+ years, I've had ZERO issues in getting a fantastic sound live, or recorded with my 20(depth)x26 bass drum. Some FOH guys have...
  13. KarlCrafton

    Remo coated emperor

    With Remo heads, for ME, an Ambassador has always sounded too perfect. I prefer some "dirt" in my snare, and the Ambassador sounds too good for that type of sound. Coated Emps never sounded tubby or too low for me because I like a more snug batter head. I've used a coated TOP DOT Amb, or Emp...
  14. KarlCrafton

    Regal Tip out of business?

    I was told the other day that RT hasn't even making the Nylon Tips anymore. My drum shop guy said they told him that their tip machine broke, and they needed parts for it, but didn't know when it was going to be fixed. I have NO idea if they just told him that when he was asking about his...
  15. KarlCrafton

    Regal Tip out of business?

    If you are looking for the FEEL of RT and just can't get them, use this. 2 coats and you're golden.
  16. KarlCrafton

    Are unmuted bass drum reso heads "acceptable" outside of jazz?

    I know one sound guy that mic's the head of the bass drum, regardless of a port or not. He likes what that part of the drum does better than at, or in the hole. A bunch of guys used my kit for a benefit once, and the bass drums sounded great through the PA mic'd on the head, but it still had the...
  17. KarlCrafton

    Odd Drum Size Idea

    I use a 9x 13-13x15-14x16 (x2) set up. The 15 floor tom is deep enough sounding and sits really well in the mix. It's "bigger" sounding than a tom, but beefier than 14" ft. My left side 14x16 is tuned higher than the one after the 15. The deeper tuned 16 can be heard better than an 18 for what...
  18. KarlCrafton

    If you were looking for an Acrolite...

    Regular brushed. The Black Galaxy looks cool, but to me it sounded like crap. No where near the body of the brushed shell. The 6.5 brushed to me sounds a little fatter than a 402, because it doesn't have the chrome plating on the inside.
  19. KarlCrafton

    Clive Burr Ludwig drum kit

    I always like that kit. If those were the sizes on the Ludwig kit, then it was a really custom kit. I'm not saying the listed sizes are wrong-with Ludwig anything could have been done as a one off back then, but, Ludwig hasn't ever had square sizes (generally) available in anything but 14 and...
  20. KarlCrafton

    Help my poor stuffed up DDrum Diablo snare, please

    It's good that you got it sorted to at least use it after all that. I'm sure you'll be keeping your eyes peeled for a good deal on something else you are liking. At least you don't have to feel rushed to spend more money. The Supralite has been mentioned a couple times (I love my 6.5), but I...