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« on: December 01, 2009, 04:22:47 PM »

Do you ever look at …..or participate in the Drum Solo Artist website polls?  Personally, I find it very interesting to read them and get an idea of the readers’ feelings about certain topics and questions.

Based on the input of readers that is currently displayed..... do you know that……?

80% use one brand of drumheads for all of their drums
20% say they are always experimenting with
             new brands and model drumheads

43% prefer Zildjian cymbals
43% prefer Paiste cymbals
14% prefer Sabian cymbals

40% like a 5" x 14" snare drum best
40% like a 5 1/2" x 14" snare drum best
20% like a 6" x 14" snare drum best

7% describe themselves as a super hard hitter
27% say they play pretty hard
60% describe themselves never overpowering the drums
7% say they play super light

14% say the use the traditional stick grip
27% say they use the matched grip
55% say they use both the matched and traditional grips
5% use a grip that is neither matched nor traditional

44% say they use only one main snare drum
33% say they choose from 2 or 3 snare drums
11% say they choose from 4 to 6 snare drums
11% say they choose from 7 or more snare drums

63% use one size and type of drumsticks for everything
13% use one size both use both nylon and wood tips
25% use various sizes depending upon the music

57% prefer hickory sticks
29% prefer maple sticks
14% prefer oak sticks

8% use brushes a lot
17% use them sometimes, but not often
75% rarely would ever use brushes

5% say they read music very well
26% consider themselves decent but are needing to improve
42% say they don't read music very well
26% say that they can't read music

13% mike their bass drum with no port hole in the bass drum
73% mike with a port hole in the bass drum
13% use an internal mounted microphone and no port hole

14% prefer to play a 4 piece drum kit
14% prefer to play a five piece drum kit
29% prefer a 6 piece drum kit
43% prefer to use 7 or more drums

6% prefer an 18" bass drum
17% prefer a 20" bass drum
61% prefer a 22" bass drum
17% prefer a 24" or larger bass drum

14% say the use the heel toe bass drum technique
36% say they play heel up
36% say they play both heel up and hole toe

13% prefer wooden hoops on their snare drum
50% prefer die cast snare drum hoops
38% prefer triple flanged steel hoops

33% say they are mainly into metal music
27% say they are mainly into jazz music
33% say they are mainly into alternative music
7% say they are mainly into punk music

Needless to say, these numbers can change with additional responses from the DSA readers.  Likewise, we might see some trends indicated too.

From what is currently posted you might conclude that the typical respondant plays a 5" or 5 1/2" depth snare drum with a 22" diameter bass drum and uses a kit with more than 7 drums.  They play either Zildjian or Paiste cymbals and use both the matched and traditional grip.  They do not classify themselves as "heavy hitters".  They prefer either metal, alternative or jazz, and tend to use one single brand of drum head for all of their drums.   Roll Eyes Huh Shocked

It is also supposed that 2 have ridden in a UFO, 16 have a memory of their past lfe, 6 need trucks to move their drums kits, over 20,015,817 like chocolate chip cookies, 8 can't decide what to name their new band, 18,923, 677 have a girl who is pissed at them, 8,621 made their own drums, and one of them is trying to eliminate his drum's "donk" sound.  Grin Cheesy Wink

At any rate, the DSA Polls are another feature on this website that you might find interesting.  Perhaps you may have a question for the poll also. 

Oh yeah....they best way to get rid of that bloody donk sound to just tune your drums better. Tongue

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2009, 04:52:11 PM »

Wow!  That is some good data.  Loved your last sentance. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2009, 02:39:09 AM »

Grin That is some great drum/drummers statistics!

Thanks a lot!
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