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Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 872
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Anyone here ever lose their "mojo" for music/drums? I'm at a crossroads..............


Sometimes I Just don't want to gig, practice or play. I'll do the practice pad for about 10 minutes and just call it.

Then a month will go by and I'll have the urge to just beat...
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: For you drum re-storers/re-builders

Having done this a few times, the advise above is spot on.
You have to thin the cracked lacquer down enough to where sanding it isn't a chore and a half.
Once you've got it to that level, you can...
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,312
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Wearing watches while drumming

It's just in the way and chafes my wrist after a long set.
You can take it off, put it in your bass drum leg pocket and play till you drop. The motion of your leg should keep the winder...
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,308
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: What is Your Geek Out Drum Thing?


I've learned over my years of drumsmithing that shell interiors are really ignored.
Gretsch does their silver sealer, but most just leave it raw.

I've been in the habit of teak...
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Moongel kills opposite lug!

When you're in the right tuning range, they sing pretty well. I'll admit they can sound very flat and boxy if you're not where they should be.

And heaven forbid you split one. Oil goes everywhere...
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Moongel kills opposite lug!

This is why I use Evans Hydraulic heads. They give me the ring control I want, with the durability I need.

I have used Moon Gels on my rides from time to time if they get too washy. The tackiness...
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Gear affects feel

I hear you on this. I played an old Pearl 902 double for years & then got on a buddy's DW5k double and it was like I was a new guy!

At times, new heads will give you the feel and sound you never...
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2019, 05:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 971
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: What I discovered at NAMM today...

They look good on THAT kit, but I'm not a fan overall.
I do love the natural wood though. Wraps suck! (there...I said it). :-D
Forum: General Discussion 01-25-2019, 11:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 502
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: In praise of the 13 inch tom!

I love it. It's a great versatile size for a great tuning range. I've had some fusion kits where that's my floor tom with a 10 on the top.
Great drum all around.
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2019, 11:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 755
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Anyone ever regret wrapping a drum set?

My current Gretsch Catalina Club has a black tribal wrap that I just loathe. It's starting to come up in places due to the heat I sometimes play in here in southern AZ.
I want to peel it SO BAD and...
Forum: General Discussion 01-09-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,790
Posted By CommanderRoss

The 4 way independence developed by drumming has made me very ambidextrous. As such, I can play keys a lot better without the struggle.
Forum: General Discussion 01-09-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,223
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Anyone just play drums for themselves only?

After my stint in a jazz band, I did exactly this for 10 years. Loved every minute of it and I developed a lot of good skills during that time.

I too got fed up with the hassles of people and the...
Forum: Off Topic Lounge 12-21-2018, 08:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,582
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Life on the road

As a teen of the 80's and into Black Flag then, I got this book upon release. It opened my eyes to just how much Henry struggled both physically and mentally during those years & how a feeling of...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2018, 01:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 981
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Cool historical photograph-drumkit

Love this stuff! Seeing how the old school players did it just motivates me to keep it simple and have my own style.
Thanks for the great thread!
Forum: Drums 12-18-2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,046
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: 36" kick?

I need all the compensation I can get, so a drum like this is gold for me. =-D

But you're all right in that lugging this thing around would be horror every time.
Forum: Drums 12-18-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 835
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Popcorn Snare suggestions

I have the 10" PDP 805 and that thing is a rock star. Crisp sounding, solid built and easy to carry & pack.
Forum: Drums 12-18-2018, 09:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,814
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Double bass drum players

I had two 20 inchers early in my career. Loved the punch and responsive speed I got from them.

Issue over time is what was mentioned here: Lugging around all that gear.
I loved the balanced...
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Arthritis in Foot - Looking for Kick Drum Alternatives


I have a bud who had foot surgery and had recovery/rehab issues just like you describe.
He swapped the hi-hat position to his right foot & used the slave side of the double pedal and just...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 636
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Bent Sweet Ride - How Much Would You Pay?

This is that main reason I don't associate with Guitar Sucker or Sam Ass. IF you can find a drum guy at all, their knowledge of said drums is spotty at best.

Most times they act like they don't...
Forum: General Discussion 12-13-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,409
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Hey Joe: Great drumming or overplaying?

It fits because that's the only way most of us have ever heard it. Mitch took his jazz background and made it fit the rock scene.
That's brilliant in its own right.

Great tune for sure.
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 950
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Stage Fees?

This is an exposure gig. The most you'll ever play.

For us "little guys" who will never play that level of a show, paying for stage time is bunk.
If they come at me with that, I'm out as there...
Forum: General Discussion 12-10-2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,767
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: "too Busy"

In the Rockabilly scene, this is spot on true. As I play standing up, I'm limited as to what I can do. When folks are dancing to Rock This Town or other songs like that, I can't really embellish or...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2018, 10:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 731
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Just got booked to play a Moose Lodge. What to expect?

I call those our "low & slow" gigs. Sort of like what we do when we play RV parks. Too loud and they'll yell at you, so keep it down & not too intense and you'll do great.
Forum: General Discussion 12-06-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 359
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Restoring a vintage a drum?

It's always good to see Drumsmiths at work. Care for anything vintage takes time and patience.
I've learned a lot from craftsman such as this that I use in my own restoration projects. Thanks for...
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,420
Posted By CommanderRoss
Re: Your Moment of Glory

Being in the rockabilly scene we played a Rockabilly Bash show with the Rhythm Dragons and their drummer Bob Stubbs (of Social D fame) taught me how to play standing up.
We played our set and...
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