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 on: June 04, 2013, 11:48:51 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
Good strategy.  None of us want to hurt ourselves transporting hardware.  Looks like you have found a method that works well for you too.

 on: June 04, 2013, 11:35:32 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
I advise everyone to use the pedals that work best for THEM.  As you point out, each person has a different feel and a different physiology. 

 on: June 04, 2013, 11:32:41 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
Those are some great ones!

 on: June 04, 2013, 11:31:26 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
That's very cool.  Thanks for sharing.  Cool

 on: May 18, 2013, 08:58:17 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by vista1868
At 16 years old, he's got my vote


 on: May 18, 2013, 08:39:20 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by vista1868
I forgot one:


 on: May 18, 2013, 08:07:17 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by vista1868



 on: May 17, 2013, 07:28:23 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by Ian_Borg
I find that I get so used to the feel of the pedals I use, that anyone else's feels really weird to me, even if its the same model of pedal, so I have to say that the ones I have are my favorites.

I have a DW 5000 double pedal on my good kit and an old Rogers pedal (I think they called it a swiv-o-matic) on my practice set.

The Rogers is an old strap drive job from the 60's or early 70's and is faster, but way less powerful, that the chain drive DW.

I use an old style felt beater on the Rogers and the factory beaters on the DW.

I also have the matching Rogers swiv-o-matic HH stand and it's pretty good too, but my DW 5500D HH stand blows it away in terms of stability and speed.

 on: May 17, 2013, 07:13:09 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by Ian_Borg

I play a 22" Tama bass drum. Right now I'm using a Remo Powerstroke Pro batter head. I DO NOT LIKE IT. I much prefer the Powerstroke 3 - I believe the sound is much warmer and musical, if you can call a bass drum thump musical...
I use a double Remo Falam-slam patch where the beaters strike the head.
The bass pedal is a Drum Workshop 5000 series double pedal. I use the stock beaters, plastic side to the head.
The front head is a simple black ambassador with a TAMA logo and a 4" port.
I tune the batter head for a nice short low frequency sustain and the front head a bit tighter. Then I adjust the damping depending on conditions.
I use an AGK D-112 microphone in the port. I'm designing an internal mounting system because they're simple to do, and the commercially available ones are way too expensive for what they are. I think it will be a big improvement over having the mic in the port mouth.

To damp the drum, I put a quantity of loose fill polyester stuffing in the drum. This is the same thing that you'd use to stuff pillows with. It's like having a pillow in there, without the cover of the pillow. The beauty of it is that it totally conforms to the inside of the drum including the heads, and its tuneable.
To get the damping right, you reach through the port and put in or take out as much as you need to get the right sound, It gives me a quick, simple way to tune for different sized rooms, types of music, miced vs. no mic, etc. As far as I know, I'm the only one using this method.
The polyester fill doesn't blow out of the drum, and it always settles perfectly after you have relocated your kit. It's like loose-fill damping in a speaker cabinet, in a way.

 on: May 17, 2013, 06:39:31 PM 
Started by henrylr - Last post by Ian_Borg
Hi Henry

We're in an interesting position ( I think a fortunate one) as drummers because we play an instrument that is uniquely customizable. Most other musicians have to conform themselves to their instrument, not the other way round. I say take advantage of that!
Spend a lot of time trying different setups out until you find what you're most comfortable with. Look at some setups used by other players that play a similar style and energy level that you do, but very importantly, don't simply copy someone's setup without being truly honest with yourself about comfort. Can you comfortably reach all the playing surfaces? Is something in the way? If you feel yourself overextending or something feels uncomfortable, address it right away by adjusting the positions of the drums and cymbals (or your throne) until it feels better. Even if it seems like a minor inconvenience or discomfort, don't try to "get used to it" or you could wind up doing long term damage to your joints & tendons. Don't be influenced by the latest trends, like perfectly level toms, or cymbals that are level or at extreme angles. Take the time to make it feel comfortable and then it will be right.
Just my two cents...

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