Yet another reason to tear down and load out right after the gig is over...

Skitch

Pioneer Member
I don’t know how many out there pack up and load out right after the late night gig but I have yet one more reason to do so. I played my usually Sunday night gig just two days ago. At the end of the night, the sound company who had been renting the PA gear to the establishment for many years, showed up and removed all of the PA. I knew one of the guys and asked him what was going on and I got sort of an ambivalent answer but the promoter was in a hurry to get the bass player’s amp out the door. As SOP, I was already packing and loading and drove off with my gear in my vehicle. The next day, I mentioned in passing to another musician what had transpired. He later texted me, stating that the state tax commission had locked the doors on the place.

I placed a call to the promoter who was hustling the bas player’s amp out the night before to let him know what had transpired but he said that he was aware of it that day and that was why he was in a hurry to get all of gear out the door because if any of the band’s gear had been left overnight, we might as well have kissed it goodbye as proof of ownership becomes very sticky, especially when there is a Sheriff’s sale looming on the horizon.

I already realize that a multi-night stand (which are rare these days) might make loading out at the end of a gig impossible but the intent of this post is simply food for thought.


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Blisco

Senior Member
Rule number one: Everything gets packed up and taken home.

(small and rare exception: two-nighters)
 

MikeM

Platinum Member
Ooh man, that could've sucked really bad!

Only place I've left my stuff setup for days on end was in recording studios. Suppose it could happen there too, tho seems a lot less likely. Yikes.
 

KamaK

Platinum Member
I left my gear overnight only one time. While they didn't steal my guitar, they did break the padlock on the room, open my guitar case, and took my leather guitar strap. I had to fashion one out of gaffer's tape so I could stand and play the next night.

Strange that they'd leave a 75' Les Paul, but take my strap. No other bands were playing in between, so I have no idea why anyone would choose to steal it.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Good thing you got out fast!

I typically pack up immediately after a gig, and the only time I've left gear on the job was at a long-term, 6-night/wk gig at a Holiday Inn lounge. I was 20 or 21, and didn't occur to me to even grab my cymbals & sticks every night, but I never had a problem.

There were probably a few times where I broke down the kit for the day off, but according to my records, I didn't have any other gigs or sessions during that year-long gig, so I was happy to just leave the drums there. I would definitely exercise more caution if in the same situation again.

Bermuda
 

BillRayDrums

Gold Member
This is EXACTLY why I NEVER leave anything behind, even if I'm playing there the following evening. That happened to a club in my neck of the woods and had I not loaded out, my drums would have been GONE.
 

shemp

Silver Member
Depending on the job, I stop drinking 1 to 2 sets before last call...as soon as we finish, I don't even take a smoke break...1 nighter, 2 nighter...doesn't matter due to pool tables, etc....truck is fully loaded with PA and guitar rig or drum kit in 30 minutes. Smoke break, Money...out and home. No foolin' around when the boss is waiting on the other end :)
 

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
Yeah; loading, unloading, setup and tear down is a pain.
It is our plight as a drummer.

Look at it this way, would you ever for a moment leave your $1000 guitar anywhere out of your sight?


(Every time I'm tearing down my drum set I think; Dang, I should have been a harmonica player)

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ncc

Silver Member
Agree. I have never left my drums anywhere overnight, expect one time long ago when I was doing a 6 night/week for a one month fill in at a club where I was 100% sure that nothing would be touched.

For multi-night gigs, I sometimes will leave some hardware set up (like the rack) so it it simpler to set up the next night, but only if i know the place and the rest of the band are leaving amps, etc. But wood and cymbals i never leave, just like a guitar player would not leave his guitar.
 

BillRayDrums

Gold Member
Yeah; loading, unloading, setup and tear down is a pain.
It is our plight as a drummer.

Look at it this way, would you ever for a moment leave your $1000 guitar anywhere out of your sight?


(Every time I'm tearing down my drum set I think; Dang, I should have been a harmonica player)

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I actually don't care one way or the other. I've got my rig so dialed in that I can set up in about 10 minutes and have it packed away in less than that.

 

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
I actually don't care one way or the other. I've got my rig so dialed in that I can set up in about 10 minutes and have it packed away in less than that.

Very nice set up !

Oh gosh, hanging toms and a whole bunch of angled cymbal stands. 10 minutes, your fast !

What kind of drum set is it? I love that color !

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BillRayDrums

Gold Member
Very nice set up !

Oh gosh, hanging toms and a whole bunch of angled cymbal stands. 10 minutes, your fast !

What kind of drum set is it? I love that color !

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http://stonecustomdrum.com It's a Koa/Cherry kit from Bernie Stone. He bought all the old Slingerland molds, dies and toolings from Gretsch about 12 years back and refurbed it all and he's got his own company.


Some folks like to say "Yeah, they're Slingerlands"... no... They're "Stonerlands". :D

Seriously though, that's the best sounding kit I've ever played and it's mine. :D (Disclosure: I'm the web / art guy for the company)

As for the hardware, it's all DW stuff. 9000 series stands with Dogbones grabbing onto tom arms. Everything it memory-locked and labeled so when I set up it's pretty much "tab A to slot A" and so on and so forth.

It actually takes me longer to set up as a 4pc because I have a couple of mods that I gotta do to make it set up like I like it. When I set that rig up it's just clockwork.
 
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