Stupidest/Most Embarrassing thing you've ever done to your drums


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One of my biggest regrets was selling my Yamaha Oak Custom in the honey amber finish.

This was before they made gen 2 and ever since then I have longed to own it again.

it was in fusion sizes with a 15 inch ft and was over all the best kit I owned.

I traded it in for a Gretsch Renown Maple which was shortly lived when I had to sell it for attorney fees. Since then I've been hammering away on my dad's old 76 Ludwig and my OK Stage Custom.



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After reading this thread I consider myself lucky that these are the most embarassing things I've ever done...

When I was about 8 years old and playing my dad's Crestars I completely detuned his snare trying to get the fattest sound I could out of the drum. That thing was probably barely above wrinkling. I also loosened the snare wires a good deal. I'm not even sure what music I was listening to at the time that made me wanna do that. My dad wasn't happy.

When I was 15 I let the guy who built my custom kit talk me into getting a 13x8 wing instead of a 13x9, simply because he said a shallower drum would be easier to position over my 24-inch bass drum. Thanks a lot, Mike. You saved me countless headaches by not making me the most common tom size of all time. I think he also talked me out of getting bass hoop inlays because "they're just gonna get messed up."

A buddy of mine traded an outstanding 22" Constantinople ride for a 13x5.5 Spaun acrylic snare with vents. He's not even a drummer, he just had the cymbal lying around his amp workshop and someone wanted it. The snare is a piece of garbage, in my opinion.

I once busted my kick head at a show so I turned the drum around and played on my custom resonant head. That was close to ten years ago. I've never replaced it and it still looks horrible.


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When I was playing around with my set-up, for several months I mounted my ride cymbal almost sideways really, really high. I thought that being able to see the underside of it from the front of the kit would be really cool and it would it also get it out of the way of my toms (3 up, 1 down at the time). It was actually pretty easy to reach, but it was quite overwhelming if you stood in front of the kit because 100% of the sound went forward. After a few months, I put it back down.

In my defense, check out the ride cymbal here. Looks like I wasn't the only one:


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I once desperately needed a small pit-sized xylophone for upcoming gigs. A guy in Dallas had a cheap one. I believe it was a 'Kosth' brand. Anyway he wanted 200 for it, but I didn't have 20 bucks to my name.

I stupidly traded him a 30's Slingerland 6.5" black lacquer, single-ply tone flange snare for it. I did it because it was one of the few percussion items I had that I wasn't using a lot. It needed a bit of work and I had no money to get it up and running

I still kick myself. Every day. When I think of his evil smile when I made the trade.

Maybe the worst drum trade ever.

Wave Deckel

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The most stupid thing?... buying a shellset with an 22x20 bassdrum. And to make it even worse, I tried to make it sound good with coated Ambassador heads on both sides. Overtone-Overkill. It sounded just awful.

The other stupid thing I made: Mounting some bongos on a bassdrum in order to replace the toms that I forgot to bring with me to a practice-session. It looked horrible and sounded even worse for rock-music. The other musicians couldn't stop laughing. But hey... I was a teenager back then.


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The essence of 80's cool....
If you wait patiently that trend is sure to come back within ten years tops ! Ok, maybe 15.

Maybe we'll all be having a good laugh at stackers, hyperdrive-type short toms and ginormous crashes that look as though somebody puked on and set them out in the sun to dry. Hell, i have a whole set of those !


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In a hasty move from Cleveland, OH to Tampa, FL I forgot to pack up my 2nd bass drum. It was a 24x14 Ludwig Thermogloss Walnut. LOL, never did see it again.


When I lived in California in the 80's I sold my 7 piece piano black Pearl MLX kit for $800 (worth 3X that) so I would have enough gas, food and beer money to drive to the East Coast (another bad decision) with my then girlfriend (worst decision).


When I was 16 I let my friend's dad talk me into buying his concert tom 80's Big R Rogers kit for more than it was worth and sold my butcher block wrap Yamaha kit. At the time I thought all Rogers drums were supposed to be the s#!t and I didn't know any better.

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I had two garbage beginner sets in "roughly" the same color, candy apple red. Well I was obsessed with cannon kick drums so I married the two off brand, off color kick drums into one. Yeah. 22" around by 36" long. It didn't look right, at least not the way I'd envisioned, and it didn't sound right either. The most embarrassing thing is that I played it that way for over a year.
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I listened to a lot of metal when I first started drumming and thought I was going to be the next Dave Lombardo or some shit, I took the wrap off both hand-me-down sketchy kits I had and "re-wrapped" the drums in camouflage duct tape!
I had 2 12" toms, 2 13" toms. 2 16" floor toms and 2 22" bass drums all covered in camo duct tape mounted on a Gibraltar rack with a collection of low end shitty sounding cymbals, all that gear and I didn't even really know how to play drums at all!

I ended up buying a brand new Pearl Export Select kit with my High School graduation money and traded the camouflage drums to a pawn shop for a Tascam 4 track cassette recorder and one shitty microphone!!


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"When I was about 14 years old I experimented with pouring rubbing alcohol on my cymbals and lighting them on fire. It was actually kind of cool until i poured too much alcohol on them, lit it up, and then had flaming drops of alcohol falling from my cymbals onto the carpeted floor. I'm lucky I didn't burn the house down, lol" I use to work in tissue culture of mammalian cell lines and chick embryo neurons and muscle-we had to use sterile technique involving spraying your arms and hands down with 70% ethanol. No problem till you used a sterile loop and burner to flame sterilize it to dissect the chick embryos. I don't know how many times I set myself on fire when my arms would light up in a blue flame and burn all the hair off my arms. I'd be jumping up and down trying to put myself out. LOL


"Uncle Larry"
I tried to clean my first Zildjain crash with Tarn-X. Took the finish right off and it looked brown like an old penny. This was about 1973.

I remember buying my first ride and crash for 42 and 36 dollars respectively in 1971.

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When I was about 14 years old I experimented with pouring rubbing alcohol on my cymbals and lighting them on fire. It was actually kind of cool until i poured too much alcohol on them, lit it up, and then had flaming drops of alcohol falling from my cymbals onto the carpeted floor. I'm lucky I didn't burn the house down, lol