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  1. KarlCrafton

    Older players - gear and other changes you've made?

    I started using flat base stands in '09. DW 6000 stands that I've not had to replace at all. Tama Classic Hi Hat stand is great. Changed to a Caroline pedal this year--pedaL bag is lighter, but not why I changed. The Caroline pedal just suits my foot better in all ways. I started using a couple...
  2. KarlCrafton

    Alternative to Moon gels?

    I've never had staining or melting goo issues with Moongel, but, I've used these (linked gel dampeners) for quite a few years now (probably 5). They stay on well, and cut easily. A small piece can take out some frequencies a mic isn't liking, or drop the tone a bit with more. A whole one will...
  3. KarlCrafton you play your hats..generally

    I use the tip and shoulder on the hats. It depends on the song and/or what I want to hear in the section. I have them at a height I can use the top or edge comfortably, without having to think about having a different hand position on a gig. I'm not doing jazz gigs, or very nuanced playing, but...
  4. KarlCrafton

    Riding the crash!

    I'm of the "all my cymbals are cymbals" line of thinking. I think I've always been this way, but I DO own a 22" Zildjian Ping Ride.... I haven't ever been a "ting ting ting" separate, really defined individual stick sound player, but not because I don't like that sound or anything, but, I'm not...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. KarlCrafton

    Is there something going on w Modern Drummer? Subscription Issues

    I just got that issue last week.....
  13. 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!
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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...