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  1. EricT43

    Need a better solution to lugging stands

    I just mentioned in another thread how moving my gear to and from gigs is starting to become a big pain. Traditionally, I throw all my stands into a hardware bag, but as I get older and saltier it is taking more and more out of me to move that heavy SOB. In an effort to make it easier over the...
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    How can I get my singer to follow a set list?

    Have you guys seen a band like this? They finish a song, and then huddle together to decide what song to play next. And then do the same thing again after that song is finished. Or maybe the singer calls an audible and tells the band what song is next, just loud enough for people in the front...
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    Classic Maple Fab kit (22/13/16), considering adding a 14x14 FT

    Hi everyone. I recently picked up a Ludwig Classic Maple Fab shell pack, which consists of 14x22, 9x13, and 16x16 drums. I'm considering adding a 14x14 floor tom to the kit, but I'm not sure how it will sound between the 13 and 16. I've played 12/14/16 often enough, but I wonder if I will be...
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    Are power and volume the same thing?

    My mind was whirling around a bit today, and I started wondering if playing with power means the same thing as playing loudly. If you play loudly, is that playing with power? And can you play at a moderate volume with power? I've come across lots of drummers that I would say are loud...
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    Looking for a tall snare stand

    I'm 6'3". When I set up my kit, I start by setting my throne height so that my thigh angles down slightly. To do that, I had to get a tall throne (Roc n Soc with extended base), since most drum thrones don't go high enough. Then, I set up my snare so that I can easily hit rimshots. Many...
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    Location of tom seems to affect the sound

    This might sound strange, but I want to see if anyone else experienced this. I've been experimenting with different setups with my Sonor SQ1 kit. For a while I was using 10 and 12 rack toms over the bass drum. Now I keep the 12 nearly above the center of the kick, and the 10 to the left, that...
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    Any problems with stacking drums?

    I've seen in drum shops and in people's studios that they will often stack an entire drum kit on top of the bass drum. This seems like a nice compact way to store drums, but I cringe when I think about all the weight on the lugs and drumheads on the bottom of the stack. Have any of you...
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    Need advice on bar gig miking, 2 channels only

    Hi everyone, I have a bar gig tomorrow night and one of the guys in the band will be doing sound with his small PA system. 2 guitars, bass, drums, and vocals, classic and modern rock. I can use up to 2 channels for the drums. I have a couple of choices here: One mic on bass drum and one on...
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    Any reason not to re-use heads that are in good condition?

    Over the past couple of years, I've experimented with lots of different drumheads, trying to find "my sound". I've ironically come back to where I started, double-ply on top and 10-mil single ply on bottom, but that's another story. Anyway, I've got lots of drum heads now that are in very good...
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    Trying to decide which kit to sell

    First-world problems, right? I've got 4 kits, and I told my wife I'd finance the newest one with the sale of one of the older ones. Sonor SQ1 - 22/10/12/14/16 (newest, I'll post pics in another post, keeping this one) Sonor Vintage Series - 20/12/14 DW Collector's - 22/8/10/12/14/16 Yamaha...
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    Sonor SQ1

    Hi everyone! I've done some searching through the forum and haven't found a lot of discussion about the SQ1's. I recently ordered a kit (10/12/14/16/22 with the matching 6.5x14 snare) in GT Black and wanted to share some of my excitement while I wait for them to arrive. For the past 5 years...
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    Got a nice compliment at a gig last week

    I am a rock drummer at heart, but I play in a classic blues trio as a way to get more playing experience and to expand my musical repertoire. We had a gig last weekend and after the show someone came up to me and said I am "the shuffle king"! Now, I'm not worthy to take that title away from...
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    Is it OK to store drums in the garage?

    I've recently sized up my drum collection and storage in the house is becoming a bit of a problem. I wonder if it's OK to store drums in the garage, in hard cases? I live in the southwest, so moisture is never a problem, but it does get hot in there during the summer, possibly up to 110F or so...
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    Question for those of you who have gone through The New Breed

    I got this book about 3 weeks ago, and so far I am really enjoying the exercises. If I understand the book correctly, you should stick with one system until you can get through all the melody charts with that system, and then move on to the next system and start with the first melody page...
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    Help me choose my next ride cymbal

    Hi folks! I'm selling off some gear that I don't use much, and have a hankering for another ride cymbal. I live in an area with limited options for live auditions, so I watch a ton of videos and ask for opinions, and then cross my fingers while I wait for the package to arrive. The two rides...
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    Looking for opinions - Gretsch USA Custom vs. DW Jazz vs. Sonor Vintage

    Over the last several years, I've put together a very nice maple kit (DW Collector's) with a 22" bass drum that I've been using for practice, gigging, and recording. They are great drums, but for a while I've been wanting something with a different sound, more portable, and that is flexible...
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    Please recommend a mixer, software

    I am between bands at the moment, and would like to do some recording. I'm thinking drum covers, audition videos, etc. I already own a MacBook Pro, a 2-channel audio interface, and a cheap set of CAD mics (kick, snare, 3 toms, and 2 overheads). I will likely add a couple more mics, as my kit...
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    DW Collector's NOB depth comparison

    I'm ready to pull the trigger on a DW Black Nickel Over Brass snare drum, but I'm having trouble deciding what depth to go for. My two current snares are a Black Panther 14x8 maple and a Premier XPK 14x5 birch. I wanted a metal snare to round out my collection. I play mostly rock, but want to...
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    Snare mic problems

    Hi guys, The soundman for our band uses a set of Shure mics on my drums. Excuse my ignorance, but I do not know the model numbers. They might be PG56? Anyway, there doesn't seem to be any place around the circumference of my snare drum where this mic can go that is not in my way. I have toms...
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    Left elbow tendinitis

    Hi everyone. Over the last few months I have been having trouble with my left elbow. Based on the Googling I did, I believe I have medial tendinitis, commonly called golf elbow, as opposed to the more commonly known tennis elbow. Basically, the inside of my left elbow hurts. It hurts a lot...
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