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    Online music stores "My Rant!"

    In the Phoenix area, we have a handful of Guitar Centers and one Sam Ash store. I prefer the Sam Ash, but it's 40 miles from me on the other side of the valley and it couldn't be less convenient if it was in Albuquerque. I have commented here in this forum in the past about how all the online...
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    Songs for Beginners?

    Learn side 1 of 2112 by Rush. Just kidding, better get a few more months of experience before you try and tackle Peart.
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    List your equipment failures

    Over the years I've had a couple of bass pedal springs break on me in the middle of a song, and of course sticks and a few snare heads. Other than that, I've been lucky. I am very meticulous about my setup and make sure everything is tight (cymbal arms, floor tom legs, etc) before I play.
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    R.I.P Neil Peart

    I'm stunned. It all makes sense now. RIP Professor!
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    How many brands of drum gear have YOU owned?

    I started out playing Ludwigs and I still play Ludwigs today, although I did have a CB700 9 piece for a few years as a gigging kit. I originally played Zildjian cymbals, and did for many years. Now I'm "all Meinl all the time". I currently have two kits, both are Ludwig, with Ludwig Atlas...
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    I drove my wife's car and listened to her radio station... my thoughts.

    The only time I listen to local radio is when I need a traffic report. I listen to Sirius/XM in both our cars. At least then I have some control over what I'm listening to. Ozzy's Boneyard, Liquid Metal, Turbo, Hair Nation, Octane, Deep Tracks, and Classic Vinyl.
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    My cat has been 'marking my drum set....

    I think I'd be making myself a new pair of furry slippers.
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    Cleaning autographed Sabian AA for display purposes

    Big score! It's fine just as it is.
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    Disturbing the neighbors

    I guess I'm lucky. I'm in Gilbert, too and my drums are set up in my den/office. That's on the north side of my house and there's a green space between our house and our neighbors to the north. However, my neighbor closest to my drum room is a DPS cop and he works nights, so I try to limit my...
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    Nicko McBrain leaves Sonor - article.

    Actually, I love the finish on his Legacy of the Beast tour kit. Eddie in all his myriad incarnations.
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    Pet Peeves

    I'm not only a drummer, but I ride a Harley as well and I would say that 2/3 of the vehicles I encounter on the road have their phone in their hand and their eyes aren't aren't on the road. I can't begin to tell you how many close calls I've had from morons paying more attention to their phones...
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    Top 20 Drum Fills from Rick Beato

    He left out Peart's fills from By-Tor and the Snow Dog. That's a shame.
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    Guitar Center..we all love to hate them...but .............................

    And then there are the useless coupons they email out to customers. In the small print it usually says "Products from the following manufacturers do not qualify for this offer:" followed by an alphabetical list of nearly every brand they carry. So the only thing that qualifies is the pink...
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    Do you plan on buying yourself anything drum-related for Christmas?

    Probably not. Earlier this year I added a Ludwig Zep kit to my collection and a half dozen new Meinl cymbals as well. I have probably exceeded my drumming budget for a while.
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    One foot out the door

    Don't feel guilty. I thought it was funny too.
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    Ever owned or played a "famous" drum set?

    About 30 years ago, Simon Phillips did a clinic at a music shop in Cottonwood Heights, UT. I lived in the area at the time, so I went to the clinic and met Simon, then a couple of days later I was back at the store for some sticks and the kit he used was on the floor for sale. I jammed on it for...
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    What are you doing today as a drummer?

    As an IT guy, I'm waiting for 4:00 PM so I can go home. Then as a drummer, I'll spend some time on the kit before my better half gets home from work.
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    One foot out the door

    Thanks, I appreciate all the good suggestions. I knew you guys would have some ideas! I'll just keep plugging away on the kit.
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    The List of Most Fun to Play Drum Songs

    Mama Kin and Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith Rock and Roll, In My Time Of Dying - Zeppelin Purple Haze - Hendrix Detroit Rock City - Kiss Subdivisions - Rush Ain't Talkin' Bout Love - Van Halen Bad Motorscooter, Rock Candy - Montrose Hair of the Dog - Nazareth Snowblind - Sabbath Orgasmatron - Motorhead
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    One foot out the door

    I appreciate each of you taking the time to respond. I'm right handed, so I don't know that switching to a left handed setup at my age would be very practical, and I am far from ambidextrous. I do have a double bass pedal on my kit, but I haven't had much success mastering the LH side. Maybe...