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 on: May 17, 2013, 06:21:42 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by Ian_Borg
Hi Everyone
The SKB's are beautiful cases, but I don't gig nearly as much as Ken does, so I can't justify the relative high cost. However, like Ken I have a rather large drum set by today's standards (8 pc. w/ about 8 cymbals), and as few pieces of hardware as I can get away with to support it all. At first I used to simply pile all the hardware into the back of the car. Then I switched to a large duffel bag (think Hockey equipment bag), but the weight was ridiculous. I was always worried about serious back or shoulder injuries not only while putting it in the vehicle, but while carrying it from there to the stage. I've solved this for the moment by going with two smaller duffle bags ($25.00 each from the hated Wal-Mart), If you're careful, and personally doing the loading and transporting, it's a practical, economical way to go. I load them so that one bag has all the hardware from the right side, and the other holds the left side stuff, thereby speeding up setup time compared to having one big pile of assorted tubes and clamps. Each bag is only 45-50 lbs. I have a separate hard case for my bass pedal, and two cymbal bags to keep the weight down on those, too.

 on: May 12, 2013, 10:14:29 PM 
Started by Carthage - Last post by Carthage
 Here is another one.  When I used to live in Boston in the good ole days I was in a psychodelic rock band that I've mentioned before in other posts.  It consisted of two guitars, bass, and me.

We never had any money, and occasionally the bass player or I could get gigs around town through the agencies when they needed someone to fill in or make a quick band to play somewhere.

It was New Year's Eve, and one agent got in touch with me (we didn't have a phone) and asked me if I could get a band together to play at some club for New Year's.  I, of course, said yes not knowing exactly what I was going to do.  But, I knew a lot of musicans (Boston is where Berklee is).
I contacted some of them and got it all together.  You have to remember that this was back in the time of psychodelic stuff.  We were all psychodelic and that included our clothes.

One of the musicians had a car and picked me and my drums up and we boogied (wow, haven't used that word in a long time) on over to the club.  None of us knew what to expect and of course really didn't care.
Psychodelic musicians don't care much about anything except the music and getting high.

So, we showed up there looking our best.  I was wearing my good gold and green paisly shirt with the red and black striped jeans.  The others were similarily attired.  Well, when we walked in a announced with the customary swagger "We're the band", needless to say, no one believed us.  They were all dressed in tuxedos andstuff.  I had to seriously convince them we were the band.  Finally they got the manager, and when I saw him I started thinking I had stepped into some kind of roaring twenties ganster movie.  Wow!  This guy could have played Jack Dempsy.  He took one look at me and said "You can't play dressed lik that!!".

I really couldn't understand what he was talking about.  I had been out of the "real" world for a long time and the concept of wearing a suit or tuxedo didn't even register on my brain.  He took me to his office and started talking to me like I was his son to try and make me understand that I had to be "dressed up" because it was New Year's".  I tried to make him understand that "I just play music and don't know anything about clothes". 

We bandied that back and forth for a while, and his wife came in and started taking my side.  She just wanted some music.  She liked us.  But, he insisted that we couldn't play unless we were "dressed" correctly.  He said if we go get some proper clothes, we could play.  I told him we don't have any other clothes, and if we did it would take to long to go change and come back.

He said we had to leave.  His wife protested.  It didn't do any good.  So, we left.  But, I came back and tried again.  He said no.  I tried again.  He said no.  I tried again.  Then I got the impression if I didn't leave I might get some cement overshoes.  So, we left and didn't play.  That was a pretty strange gig.
The gig that never was.  And on New Year's Eve too.  That was my big chance to make a big impression on the agent.  I made a big impression alright but not the kind I wanted.

I still dress the way I want.

 on: May 05, 2013, 10:27:08 AM 
Started by henrylr - Last post by henrylr
Hi all

I just joined the site and it seems to have lots of good info and features.
I just got a sonor 2000 set and created a setup in drum setups. I havent owned or played drums in about 45 years. Back then I had a small 4 piece slingerland jazz set. The sonor set has 7 drums so setup is a guessing game for me. I'd appreciate any feedback on my proposed setup.


 on: April 10, 2013, 11:09:25 PM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
Since I wrote this thread several drum companies introduced their super compact kits with 16" bass drums and showed them at the NAMM show.  Probably the most unique design is the Gretsch Catalina Club Street Kit that has an adjustable depth.


I played this kit at Fork's Drum Closet in Nashville and was amazed with the tone of the mahogany shells.

 on: March 28, 2013, 03:24:10 AM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
Just a update, I still use this method a lot in the work I have been doing in Nashville.  They sure can't replace your sounds when you record this way. Grin

 on: March 28, 2013, 03:19:37 AM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
We're approaching Jeff's birthday again.  His influence and his legendary genius lives on.

 on: March 28, 2013, 03:15:30 AM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
There are some new cymbal brands on the market now.  Seems overwhelming with all of the speacilaty models.

 on: March 28, 2013, 03:09:23 AM 
Started by KenSanders - Last post by KenSanders
Well Tomm, did you add some componets to your set-up?  Pictures?

 on: March 28, 2013, 03:07:38 AM 
Started by budiesel - Last post by KenSanders
There are several new models out now, including the Yamaha hex tube racks.  Gibraltar has added all sorts of components so you can customize more than ever before.  Any updates for you guys that are RACK USERS?

 on: March 28, 2013, 03:01:47 AM 
Started by MSL5 - Last post by KenSanders
Anyone else looked into this?  Comments?

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