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    Reproducing Gong or Tam-Tam sounds

    A fairly heavy ride cymbal with a soft mallet is a pretty good option, especially if the score requires rolls or bowed notes. I have done this many times for theater gigs and have never had any complaints about the results.
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    Vic Firth stick shortage?

    Thanks for the info. I will check out both of those options.
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    Vic Firth stick shortage?

    I have been playing Vic Firth AJ6 drumsticks for at least 10 years. They are easily my favorite sticks, and truly feel like no other stick I've ever played. I recently went online to purchase a few pairs, and was absolutely shocked to see that they were not available ANYWHERE!! Even the Vic...
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    Yamaha RC or Ludwig Classic Maple

    I'm a bit of a Ludwig fanboy, but I honestly believe that Classic Maples are the most versatile drums I've ever played. They sound great in the high bebop range or in the lowest of low tunings, and everything in-between. While I think Yamaha make beautiful drums, I've always found the toms to...
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    IEM choices overwhelmed

    I used Shure 215's for years. They are perfectly adequate for most gigging situations. A few years ago, I began to notice that I was suffering from a lot of ear fatigue after each gig, because I still needed to have the volume of these IEM's fairly loud. I began to do a bunch of online...
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    Snare stand for a 22" snare drum?

    Black Swamp and Pearl have tripod legs designed to mount a bass drum horizontally. These would probably work well for this application. Cant wait to hear how this will sound!!
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    LM402 tuning driving me crazy

    I hope that fixes the issue you have with the drum. I find it way more likely that the issue is a minor fix like snare wires or head selection then hoops or bearing edges. Like I said before, Supras are very resilient and forgiving drums when it comes to some of those structural issues that...
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    LM402 tuning driving me crazy

    Throughout the years I have played some supras that have been in really rough shape. I'm talking about abused school drums, rehearsal studio drums, neglected garage finds...excetera. No matter what the shape of the drum, it always sounds like a supraphinic. I find it hard to believe that...
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    Neil Peart's Ludwigs

    I have a charcoal shadow kit that I happen to find quite beautiful. Throughout the years, Ludwig has offered almost all of the colors you have mentioned. In fact I was torn between an aqua stain or purple stain before choosing (what I thought would be a more timeless choice) charcoal. It is...
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    Neil Peart's Ludwigs

    I know that I'm a total Ludwig whore, but I always thought that Neil's best drum sounds were from the Ludwig era.
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    Meinl Byzance Extra Dry 22" as all-rounder ride? Other suggestions?

    The sand ride is probably closer to what you are looking for compared to the extra dry. I really like both cymbals, but find that the sand ride works better in more musicals situations. While rides like the vintage pure and extra dry sound fantastic, they are very niche sounds that dont...
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    Meinl hihats that are similar to Zildjian K Sweet hats or K Light hats

    The sand hats are an aquired taste...I don't care for them either in most musical situations. Meinl makes a ton of more traditional sounding cymbals. I would check out the Byzance Jazz, traditional or pure alloy series. I'm sure you'll find something that will work for you.
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    Should I stay or should I go?

    As someone who has worked with a countless number of singers, I would recommend that while rehearsing, you point out the sections of the song that have a tendency to either push or pull the time. If you bring it to his attention that he is deviating from the click, you can simply ask very...
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    Drag notation

    Things like drags and flams are called "ornaments" because thats what they are...they are there to ornament the note that follows them. It doesnt matter if they are "open" like in rudimental drumming or "closed" like in a lot of the classical repitore, they are not supposed to be given the same...
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    Comping using hi hat

    When I was in college, my teacher had me work out of the Syncopation book. There are so many ways of interpreting the rhythmic content in this book to help develop independence. One great example is to assign a limb a note value. For example: Right foot plays all notated quarter notes, while...
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    Ludwig Black Beauty - New 8-Lug vs. Classic 10-Lug

    I really enjoy these comparison videos. I'm surprised that I actually prefer the 10 lug in this comparison.
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    LM402 tuning driving me crazy

    I would be really surprised if this was an issue with the actual drum. Supras aren't particularly fussy drums. Even if there are issues with the hoop or the bearing edge a supra will still sound like a supra. Trust me, I've played some banged up supras in my time.
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    Mounted vs virgin kick

    Every set up option has its benefits and its weakness I prefer to have my toms mounted on the bass drum. Perhaps it's just what I'm used to, but every time I use a backline kit that has a virgin kick, I find that I spend an obscene amount of time trying to find a sweet spot for both the drum...
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    Drums to use in a Pit Orchestra?

    I have been playing musical theater for over 20 years and the best advice I can give is to get something versatile. If you are playing in an actual pit, the drums will be mic'ed so any of those subtle differences that us drummers like to obsess over are all being controlled by the sound guys...
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    Asking for a friend

    Constructive criticism is quite often helpful. If a harmony is wrong, point it out. If a song dies on the stage consistantly, point it out. I would try to do it in the most diplomatic way possible though. Perhaps approach a member of the group that you have the best rapport with and bring it...