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Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,296
Posted By motleyh
Re: Silly branding things that shouldn't matter (but do!)

I'm a great believer in understatement when it comes to logos. I may be brand loyal when it comes to shirts or shoes, for example, but I don't think my choices are particularly anybody else's...
Forum: Drums 06-16-2015, 02:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 302
Posted By motleyh
Re: Help Please: Adjusting Throwoff on Snare

Check and see whether the set of snare wires might be installed upside down -- that can sometimes cause those symptoms.
Forum: General Discussion 06-14-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,902
Posted By motleyh
Re: Drum fads: Past, present...and future?

Ummm, let's see ...


Thin shells, then super-thick shells, then thin shells, then medium-thick shells.

Tripod stands, then flat-base stands, then tripod stands, then flat-base stands
...
Forum: Drums 06-08-2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,428
Posted By motleyh
Re: Why doesn't anyone make quieter drums?

Actually, we do make a snare that is quieter -- our Asheville Series. The volume issue is only one part of the specialized design, but it's a model that's made to be played in "hybrid kits" -- kits...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-02-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,059
Posted By motleyh
Re: Traditional grip pain

There's a tendency with traditional grip to hold the stick tightly between the thumb and first finger joint to control it. The reality is that the stick should just rest there, not be gripped there,...
Forum: Drums 04-26-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By motleyh
Re: Recording SNARE DRUMS

I'd suggest talking to the recording engineer beforehand.

First, the studio may have some house drums that he's familiar with and can get certain specific sounds from. If that's the case, he may...
Forum: General Discussion 03-29-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 770
Posted By motleyh
Re: using snare of different material than shellpack

Honestly, the sonic difference between maple and birch -- especially where it involves a snare drum -- is not that huge. Nor is there a real difference in loudness between the two. In a blind A/B...
Forum: Drums 03-11-2015, 03:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 967
Posted By motleyh
Re: Polishing drums

Yeah, a "natural" finish is not nearly raw wood -- it's just not a (significant) change of color or texture. There's still a finish on there.
Forum: Drum Technique 03-10-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 703
Posted By motleyh
Re: Rim shots- how to practice precision?

Hitting consistent rim shots is a matter of being consistent about drum height and then doing a few thousand of them until your muscles learn where the angle is going to be. One thing that definitely...
Forum: Drums 03-10-2015, 05:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 967
Posted By motleyh
Re: Polishing drums

Dry microfiber cloth is all you need to shine them up, unless you've been spilling beer or smearing peanut butter on them -- doesn't sound like you're likely to let that happen.
Forum: General Discussion 02-14-2015, 08:16 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,667
Posted By motleyh
Re: What's your story about how you started drumming?

I'm told I was banging on pots and pans as a toddler, and that my mother got me a set of pots that she kept in a bottom cupboard so I wouldn't bang up the ones she cooked with. I don't actually...
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,375
Posted By motleyh
Re: Why do blues bands want "rock & roll" drummers?

Open jams are not the real world. Usually, drummers that indulge in flashy playing at the jams are not the ones that actually get the gigs with the working bands -- especially where the blues is...
Forum: Drums 01-31-2015, 11:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,586
Posted By motleyh
Re: Best snares on the market

Wow. Thanks, Andy -- and right back at ya.

I should have phrased that better, I guess. Should have said "within a given construction type." The point I wanted to make was that the integrity of...
Forum: Drums 01-31-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,586
Posted By motleyh
Re: Best snares on the market

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Doug. :)

But, in response to the OP, there really is no "best" snare. It depends -- on a lot of things. What's right for one person's use isn't necessarily right...
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,212
Posted By motleyh
Re: The 2 products that struck me at NAMM

Larry, keep in mind that The NAMM Show is (ostensibly) a trade show, not a retail event. The primary purpose, even though plenty of the public actually gets in to see it, is for manufacturers,...
Forum: Drums 11-18-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,459
Posted By motleyh
Re: Sonor Safari or Bop

I had a Bop kit for a while, and I thought it was pretty impressive for the money (I bought it used, in excellent condition, but I'm referring to the regular street price new). I used it for...
Forum: General Discussion 11-16-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 969
Posted By motleyh
Re: gig money for minor

If the band members are doing an even distribution, he should get an equal share. If they're doing an uneven distribution, he should probably get an amount equal to the smallest existing share, i.e....
Forum: General Discussion 11-07-2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,015
Posted By motleyh
Re: Hand percussion drum kit

Nothing wrong with callouses, but it's not a question of friction. Hitting your finger and hand joints against narrow strips of metal produces painful bruises, swelling and difficulty moving those...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2014, 01:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,015
Posted By motleyh
Re: Hand percussion drum kit

Two items you should know about:

1. Check out (and join) the Facebook group "Hybrid Drum Kits". You'll find a lot of people who are doing what you have in mind, some of whom are professional...
Forum: Drums 10-18-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,343
Posted By motleyh
Re: Tigerwood - Grrrrrrrrr :)

Beautiful work, as always, Andy -- including those three undrilled shells.

What strainers are those?
Forum: Drums 10-16-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 751
Posted By motleyh
Re: Value of a Yamaha Maple Custom Snare?

Hard to tell from the photos what condition it's in, but I don't see pitting on the hardware, so I'm guessing it's reasonably good. Those lugs are not really brass-colored -- they're gold plated. And...
Forum: Drums 10-06-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By motleyh
Re: My apologies, Andy

Good question, Andy. I was struck by how high the SDO drums were tuned -- not cranked, but in what I would call an upper range. (I usually show drums initially with a fairly medium tuning on the...
Forum: Drums 10-06-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By motleyh
My apologies, Andy

Dear Andy:

So sorry for not posting these photos earlier. Yes, I saw and played your drum at the Snare Drum Olympics at the Nashville Drum Show. It would have been difficult not to, since our...
Forum: Drums 10-06-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 846
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare Drum Sweet Spot

A significant difference between acoustic drums and electronic drums is that an acoustic drum is a musical instrument that enables you to produce different sounds, tones and nuances from it; the same...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,658
Posted By motleyh
Re: Guitarist comment on drummers

As it happens, most of the really good guitarists I've played with and met have said they put very high value on what a drummer does. On the other hand, the weaker guitarists -- guys that can't be...
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