The "look" of a drum kit...

keepitgreen

Senior Member
***I posted this in another thread, but I think it deserves its own thread in the General Discussion forum.***

I recently bought a Mapex Blaster kit, which comes in Transparent Walnut Burst, which I think is a beautiful color for a drum kit. When I set it up in my house, one of my closest friends (whose opinion I really value) commented to me when he first saw it "Oh, you got the retro 70's faux wood color...." I was pretty much floored, because the drums are maple (with walnut re-rings), and stained this beautiful dark walnut burst color.

A good friend of mine here in town has a Mapex Saturn kit in a dark green sparkle finish. It's a beautiful sounding kit, but the color just does nothing for me. In fact, I've never really understood the lust that guys have for kits in a sparkle finish of any kind. I appreciate it. I respect it. But I just don't get it. A sparkle finish simply turns me off.

I've always been drawn towards the more natural wood colors or stains. Even with other instruments. I've always loved the look of a Gibson Sunburst guitar, or an Ernie Ball Stingray bass guitar. There's just something that says "Look at me! I'm made of wood!".

My local music shop where I bought my Mapex kit put a Craviotto kit in the window just last week, and I find myself going WAY out of my way on my way to work just to slowly drive by the store to admire it....

I guess what I'm saying is that everyone gets to have their own opinion, and it's really about what makes you feel good when you play your chosen instrument. I think we have enough insecurities as drummers without having to worry about what other people think about the look of our kit.
 

Davo-London

Gold Member
I'm always surprised about the focus on looks with drums. Folks talk about their double kick, or how much better their kit looks with a certain size kick drum or their expensive matching cymbals with all the logos facing one direction etc. I don't really understand at all. I look at Neil Peart's kit and my eyes can't focus on anything and I get back-ache thinking about someone having to break it all down and move it.

In guitar/bass world there is a real movement to beaten up guitars with all the paint peeling off and tarnished hardware. This hasn't migrated to drums yet. But who knows?

So, I would just please one person with the look of your drums ... and that's you.

Davo
 

eclipseownzu

Gold Member
In guitar/bass world there is a real movement to beaten up guitars with all the paint peeling off and tarnished hardware. This hasn't migrated to drums yet. But who knows?
Davo
Had a discussion with my guitarist about this the other day. I think for the most part old guitars are cool, old drums are just old. But I digress....

I am really into the asthetics of drums. I love looking at "drum porn." I look at nice drum sets the way some people look at nice cars. There is something I just like about the way certain drums look.

As for the OP. I am sure your walnut Blaster is a beautiful drum set. I wouldn't worry too much about what one guy thinks. I would be willing to met a majority of people on this site would tell you its a beautiful kit.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
I went out of my way, literally, to get some coated Emperor drum heads on my toms that have the Professional Drum Shop logo on them. Let me tell you, it was worth it because of the cool factor, in my mind at least. But it turns out that these batter heads are wonderful sounding on my power toms with the genera resos that I put on the bottoms. Much better than the 20 year old pinstripes that proceeded them.

The kit itself has many dents and dings and scratches, but I love the color of the wrap and you can't really see all the flaws and imperfections until you get right up next to it.
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
I think drums are beautiful. Guitars too. Sometimes I just go in my studio, sit back and smile as I look around at all my toys.

I never did that with my electricians tools.
 

Anon La Ply

Renegade
Agree Larry. I love the look of musical instruments and I love the promise they hold. The new kit looks amazing in the lounge room - like a feature sculpture.

KIG, I know what you mean with sparkle. I think the appeal is less purely aesthetic than retro charm - they have the feel of an era when people thought that stuff was really new, fancy and cool. Ditto oyster wraps.
 

dmacc

Platinum Member
I think they are indeed amazing things to look at. Wraps have their place for sure in historical significance. I prefer a wood look myself though.

.........I never did that with my electricians tools.
Me neither on my work desk or computer stuff. Just not too much there to get interested over.
 

MLdrum

Senior Member
This entire year so far, I've had a real fetish for drums in chrome wrap finish. Don't know why. I just want to see it on stage, with lights in all colours moving around and flirting with it. Mmmmm... And then go up and play them, fresh heads from yesterday, just broken in, tuned up right before they got rigged into place.. Awww, yeeeaaah..



(Btw, for those of you who read my thread earlier this week: I had a great practice/playing session yesterday. And I've spent a lot of time playing guitar and video games. I feel much better (knowing I'll be getting a new Slingerland kit in chrome wrap might have a little bit to do with it). No need to answer here, 'cause I don't want to hijack the thread. Just wanted you to know. You're great!)
 

Smoke

Silver Member
I never did that with my electricians tools.
I must admit that I DID park my new Dewalt drill/impact driver set at the bottom of the stairs for about a month after I bought them.

I do like naked drums best, but glass/sparkle drums sure do get noticed under lights on stage.
 

sonnygrabber

Senior Member
In guitar/bass world there is a real movement to beaten up guitars with all the paint peeling off and tarnished hardware. This hasn't migrated to drums yet. But who knows?
Have a look at the SJC website. They'll 'distress' the finish of new drums for you. Dunno, I kinda like 'distressing' them myself in my own particular way. Couldn't really see myself buying new drums like that, but it has migrated to the drum world.....
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
I must admit that I DID park my new Dewalt drill/impact driver set at the bottom of the stairs for about a month after I bought them.
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Hey I love tools too. I am a tool whore. (maybe not as much as you though lol) But tools aren't in the same league as a drum set. Tools make me money, drums make me happy.
 

keep it simple

Platinum Member
I love the look of musical instruments and I love the promise they hold. The new kit looks amazing in the lounge room - like a feature sculpture.
That's good to hear Grea :)

I think drums are beautiful. Sometimes I just go in my studio, sit back and smile as I look around at all my toys.
Something like these unfinished & unmachined English ash shells maybe? ;)
 

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412drummer

Senior Member
I think the looks of a kit defiantly matter but mostly to who is buying them. I also think a nice not necessarily expensive kit makes you look more professional on stage. For me I have a love for any good finish and just enjoy looking at nice kits. On the subject of older worn drums not being cool etc..I do agree that in public that seems to be the case. To me I think older drums that sound good are really cool even if they have some wear but they are even better if they are still in nice shape.
 

Duck Tape

Platinum Member
As a teen I would go to search engines and type in "big boobs".

Afterwards I'd type in "big drum kit".

Let's make it compulsory to post pics with every thread.
 

keepitgreen

Senior Member
Something like these unfinished & unmachined English ash shells maybe? ;)
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about... That wood grain is beautiful, and I'm sure they're going to be some sexy drums!

I am with you on wood grain finishes. Love them.

The Mapex Walnut Burst is gorgeous. 70's retro my rear end.
They are gorgeous. I walk into my garage when I come home every day, take the dust cover off, and just stare at them for a couple of minutes. It really makes any stress from the day just melt away. It's really a form of meditation for me...

I think the looks of a kit defiantly matter but mostly to who is buying them. I also think a nice not necessarily expensive kit makes you look more professional on stage. For me I have a love for any good finish and just enjoy looking at nice kits. On the subject of older worn drums not being cool etc..I do agree that in public that seems to be the case. To me I think older drums that sound good are really cool even if they have some wear but they are even better if they are still in nice shape.
Pre-worn drums won't take off. Older vintage kits that are beat up with battle scars have charm and personality. Who wants to buy new tubs that are old looking? It'd be like buying a Ferrari that had been given to a 15 year old kid for a couple of hours in the middle of rush hour in downtown Manilla.
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
Hey I love tools too. I am a tool whore. (maybe not as much as you though lol) But tools aren't in the same league as a drum set. Tools make me money, drums make me happy.
I'm a tool guy too,but I tend to favor Porter Cable.

As far as drums...I could care less about what anyone else says about my finishes..

The're my drums,and I ,....... have to be the one that's satisfied,not them.

I love all kinds of finishes like natural wood,sparkles,pearls and lacquered stains,chrome and lacquered brass.

It's all up to you.

By the way,that Mapex set is a lacquer/stain finish over wood and not a wrap ...right?So there's nothing "faux" about the finish ....is there?

Sorry,but your "friend " dosen't know what he's talking about.

Steve B
 

FoolInTheRain

Senior Member
I also prefer the natural look of wood over a sparkle, glass glitter, oyster, etc. wrap. It's just personal preference. My current kit has a lacquer fade finish, but I kinda wish I had just gone with a natural maple gloss.
 

Jeremy Bender

Platinum Member
"Drummers buy with their eyes" has been something I've heard on and off for the past thirty years while visiting drum shops. I have to admit I do the same at times, and if I were to buy a Big-Band style drumkit I would in-fact get WMP or a similar wrap to look the part of that "romantic" era of modern music. Same with a rock and roll kit, I'd look for silver, red, or blue sparkle since they convey that era to me.
Sometimes I think symphony musicians have it easier...
 

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