Well well. I watched all three vids carefully. First of all, you hold it all together. I watched all the others come back to you, phrase after phrase and land on the one, so it was obvious you carry the time. Nice hat work. Back and forth between sloshy and tight on the left side hats and driving hat beats on the right side hats with great crash riding on your main right side crash.TTNW: Thanks for the kind words. I guess "small and simple" is fairly subjective. I just got the SPD-20 and have been experimenting with it lately, certainly not a must have. The rack however is a great timesaver, especially when playing in multi-band shows where you've got to get your stuff on and off the stage as quickly as possible. I've cut all the pieces down to less than 36" (the long front piece, joins with a coupler) so that it will fit in a small hardware bag. I guess it's all a compromise, unrestrained I would probably play a prototypical Metal kit (double bass, three up, two down, many more cymbals) like Portnoy's main set-up.
For anyone else interested in seeing my kit in action, I just posted some more drumcentric footage on youtube.
After watching all three videos, I think I'm going to go back to two left side crashes. It gives you such great change ups and choices. Very nice work. I'm going to do an 18 16 combo on my left side crashes for a while. Sounds awesome.
You play the five (4 piece) drum set really well. Especially with not having to over play your fills. I like the fact that you don't need the extra floor tom.
BTW, I noticed the nice double bass breakdown on the first vid. It was cool the way you set up the next verse.
All your cymbals are bright. Have you ever thought of mixing a booshy dark crash into your mix? It will give a little dirty trashy kind of feel to your "long accents" before transitions. Great sounds.