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1  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Cymbal Talk - Drum Cymbals / Re: Cymbal Brand Loyalty? Yes? No? Why? on: July 26, 2009, 02:24:53 PM
I use Paiste for the following reasons

1) Durability- I bought a set  of 201's in January and I havn't seen one crack. I had a set of Zildjian ZHT's that only went 4 months before I found a crack.

2) History- Most of my favorite drummers use(d) Paiste, so why wouldn't that influence my decision?

3) Innovation- Sound edge HiHats and Nova Chinas. Great concepts like that inspire me.

4) They're cheap- Considering all of the above, Low price for durable cymbals that my favorite drummers used... it made a lot of sense to me to use Paiste

Now I'm not exclusive  because I have a Wuhan china cymbal which I love. I use what's right for me at this time. A few years down the road if I can obtain some professional grade cymbals, I'll do it no matter what brand they are. I'm open to new ideas, but I don't have the finacial resources to always be buying new cymbals. Durability is my biggest concern and I decided to use Paiste after reading several reviews about their good durability and low price. I don't want the best cymbals, I want the right cymbals for me and right now those are Paiste (and Wuhan) Wink
2  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: What are your favorite genres to play, and why? on: July 26, 2009, 02:07:31 PM
I like playing music that has a groove to it. I really like playing stoner metal because I like using my cymbals to create a strong wash.
3  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Working? on: April 22, 2009, 12:50:34 PM
I've been busy with non-musical endevors lately (School work, girlfriend, etc.) I want to get back to work with my stoner metal band in preparing for an upcoming battle of the bands. I also plan to start working with a close friend of mine on our experimental/comedy project.
4  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Nose to the grindstone on: April 22, 2009, 12:28:09 PM
I play about everyday, for about 45 minutes or an hour.
5  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: Your Deam Kit on: February 22, 2009, 09:38:59 PM
Here's my philosophy, the size of your kit should be relevent to the size of your band. If your drumming in some local punk band just starting out, you would look silly playing some freakishly huge Neil Peart kind of kit. If your in a speed metal band headlining areas, you would look equaly silly playing a four piece kit with two cymbals. My set up right now in my mind would be perfect if my band went out on tour. In due time if we were to do a major tour and headline I would feel ok with progressing to something more... impressive.

Here's what I'd like... A double bass Sonor kit in Black Red Sparkle, two or three mounted toms and two floor toms.

Paiste Rude Cymbals

A gibralter rack system and Iorn Cobra Pedals
6  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: DOES HAVING A TOP EXPENSIVE KIT MEAN ANYTHING IF YOU DONT HAVE THE RHYTHM on: February 22, 2009, 09:11:11 PM
I've got a friend with a 9 piece Pearl kit, with three roto toms, and two cowbells. At first that might seem cool, but in truth... the kit is literally rusty, he dosen't use one of his floor toms because the head broke god only knows how long ago, and with the exception of his hi-hats and a china thats only a little cracked all his cymbals are shot. Now its his Dad's kit and it had been in storage for a long time, and his dad is a good drummer. He's not. He's trying to start a "band" with this guy who is an metal singer and two weeks ago I was hanging out at his house and watching them practice. I swear he uses the same double bass pattern over and over. He thinks he's such a good drummer too. He can do all the fancy stick spinning, but he has no rhythem. Sometimes he dosen't even know what he's talking about when it comes to drums. He's a real... well, he's a dumbass. My band I joke around about him, but here's the icing on the cake. He's trying to steal my guitar player!

Now this is me. Four piece kit from a generic company, I never had anyone to teach me how to play and I can't spin sticks. I do my best to take care of my gear but there is some mold in my bass drum. I practice everyday to get better and set a new bar for myself. I study live videos of drummers to try and better analyze myself. I feel its safe to say I'm one of the three best drummers at school. I've got a great band of solid musicians and we're making some great orginal music. His band seems to have more of an idea about being a cover band.

Anyway I'm not writing this to gloat. My point is to be a good drummer you have to be able to really analyze yourself and know where you stand, and you have to be motivated to be the best you can be. If you want to be a great drummer you have always be ready to learn, try new things, and play like your life depends on it. If you want to be an amazing drummer... I recomend selling your soul to the drum devil.
7  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Your favorite snare drum on: February 22, 2009, 07:33:09 PM
Thanks for the tip. I looked it up and found a picture of it on vintagedrum.com. Your dead on.

Also I put new heads on it the other day (Coated Ambassador top and a clear ambassador on the bottom) so now it sounds very St. Anger-ish. If that makes any sense.
8  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Your favorite snare drum on: February 14, 2009, 08:58:31 PM
My snare drum was actully a gift from my uncle. We were having thanksgiving diner at their house and he asked me if I wanted it because it was just stting in his garage. He had it since he was in college so I assume its at least 15 years old. Its a 14x5.5 aluminium ludwig. The heads on it when I got it were broken, so I changed them with the heads on the drum I was useing. It sounded great with a coated head, but I started using a Remo pinstrip on it, well... have you ever heard the sound of a drum and said to yourself "This is me, this is my sound." Its great drum and I love using it.
9  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: Which drum head do you use? on: December 11, 2008, 08:53:56 PM
I'm testing an Evans head on my snare drum right now, but my default head is always a Remo Pinstrip.
10  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Musical Preferences. on: December 11, 2008, 08:39:55 PM
I like angry music.  Grin
11  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: How big is your set? on: December 04, 2008, 09:37:23 PM
I've got a four piece kit with a double bass pedal. Its small, but I can do just as much as someone with a kit twice as big.
12  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drum Techniques / Re: Keith Moon - Drum Technieks (spelled it wrong) on: December 04, 2008, 08:58:14 PM
Obviously there was one and only one Keith Moon. I'm not saying I have complete knowledge of the way he played, but these are a few things that made Keith... well... Keith.
1) He used lots of tom-tom fills
2) He almost never used Hi-Hats
3) He led with his right foot when using one bass drum, but led with his left foot when using two bass drums.
If you want to see a great performance by them look for the live video "Live at the Isle of Wright Festival 1970" They show it on VH1 classic sometimes or just look it up online.
13  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drum Techniques / Open Handed? on: November 29, 2008, 03:59:24 PM
I'm curious, are there any other drummers on this forum that play open handed? I'm right handed, and I play a right handed kit (Although my crash/ride is on my left and my mounted tom is on my right). I'm slowly trying to teach my self to play cross armed, but the only real time I play cross armed is when I'm sticking on the rim of my snare with my hi-hat closed.
14  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Double-Bass Pedal a Must?? on: November 05, 2008, 10:25:30 PM
Zach Hill is my favorite example speed playing with one pedal.
15  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drummers Discussions - General / Re: Your favourite drummer on: November 03, 2008, 10:18:38 PM
1) John Dolmayan
2) Brad Roberts (GWAR)
3) Zach Hill
4) Chris Adler
5) John Bonham
16  Drum Forums / Drum Forum - Drum Talk - Drums and Drum Setups / Re: What size sticks do you use? on: November 03, 2008, 08:53:31 PM
I use AHEAD 5B's because they feel comfortable in my hands and they give my snare more of a punch, but when I want more speed I'll use Vic Firth 8D's. I  also want to try 5A Pro-mark sticks sometime.
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