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Forum: Drum Technique 04-26-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By porter
Re: Mike Mangini's 'The Grid' DVD - does explain the shiver technique?

I don't think so, though I haven't watched it in quite a while. It's mostly about improvisation... as the subtitle implies. Not much nitty-gritty technique stuff.
Forum: Drums 04-23-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 624
Posted By porter
Re: Using a snare as a floortom

Awesome! I hadn't thought about a Hydraulic either... Hmm. Might need to pick one of those up sometime.
Forum: Drums 04-22-2015, 09:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 478
Posted By porter
Re: Mid-range drums stock heads comparision and other features

Drumfactorydirect (http://www.drumfactorydirect.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6_7_8) is a great place to look for hoops and stuff like that. I've ordered from them several times and they have a...
Forum: Drums 04-22-2015, 02:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 478
Posted By porter
Re: Mid-range drums stock heads comparision and other features

Amazon has some really crazy deals on heads from time to time as well, if one's looking for good prices on 'em. Just check out the third-party sellers on the product pages.
Forum: Drums 04-21-2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By porter
Re: Naked ultracast

Great shell look! The Ultracast's press photos have always been a bit unappealing to me. Looks like a toy/budget drum. Aluminum color suits it much better (as well as the sound difference you...
Forum: Drums 04-21-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 560
Posted By porter
Re: Should I convert 14" and 16" toms to floor toms?

Just going to continue adding that the Pearl feet are *so good*. They can't get enough praise from me.
Forum: Drums 04-21-2015, 04:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 908
Posted By porter
Re: Cast metal snares.

The hybrid head is very dry. I'd say that its function as a "durable head" overrides its function as a musical sounding head, but some people enjoy the sound. I think a Power Center Reverse Dot,...
Forum: Drums 04-19-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 908
Posted By porter
Re: Cast metal snares.

For what it's worth, I think the Pearl Reference Brass is the ideal "cast brass snare" sound, and it's just 3mm (but with die-cast hoops, which play into it a bit). You don't have to go crazy with...
Forum: Drums 04-18-2015, 09:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 908
Posted By porter
Re: Cast metal snares.

The Trick cast snares seem to be very good and available in plenty of metals. I would replace the lugs, though, as I don't trust their single point lugs on snares. You could simply measure the holes...
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2015, 06:36 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,677
Posted By porter
Re: Can you read sheet music?

I'm... not even going to touch that one.

Anyways, one thing I'd like to add is that working on aural memory, sense of form & phrasing, and quickly understanding parts you hear are extremely...
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2015, 02:47 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,677
Posted By porter
Re: Can you read sheet music?

Yes.



Not complex parts. If you want to learn parts, sure, but it's not going to make you a savant. However, doing some transcriptions/reading some transcriptions might help you think about...
Forum: Drums 04-15-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 397
Posted By porter
Re: Keller thin shells for jazz and high tunings?

Absolutely it will. Most of these shell options are going to be minor adjustments to the sound, and the overall sound will be much more affected by tuning, heads, and bearing edges, especially with...
Forum: Drums 04-13-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By porter
Re: Difference in Pearl snares . . .

Ah, yes, I forget to mention the cheaper, older Sensitones.
Forum: Drums 04-13-2015, 03:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By porter
Re: Difference in Pearl snares . . .

I think the Reference snares & the Ultracast are mostly the top of the range. The Sensitones used to be very good & economically priced... now they're mostly just very good. There are quite a few old...
Forum: Drums 04-12-2015, 03:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 286
Posted By porter
Re: Shell manufacturers

You can absolutely, easily get walnut stave shells. Steambent as well. But if you're looking for run of the mill ply shells, probably just not going to happen.
Forum: Drums 04-11-2015, 07:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 362
Posted By porter
Re: Hoops?

The feel of different hoops is something to consider as well (mainly on rimshots). Die-cast hoops feel just gross to me. S-Hoops feel nicer but the wide flange definitely makes it different. Probably...
Forum: Drums 04-11-2015, 04:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,554
Posted By porter
Re: Finally!!

What a beautiful set. I'm sure we're all interested in seeing this kit a few more times with some lovely cymbals attached!
Forum: Drums 04-10-2015, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By porter
Re: snare lugs

I imagine that a single-point, double-ended lug is the platonic ideal for snares, but a lot of 'em probably don't have a noticeable response difference.

In the case of aesthetic concern... I'm...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By porter
Re: Anybody rockin 13-16-20?

5 lug rack toms here, no issues. At least, not any more issues than with any other number of lugs on a tom.
Forum: Drums 04-09-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 624
Posted By porter
Re: Using a snare as a floortom

Larnell was certainly using quite some muffling on his "snom" (ugh) on We Like It Here. I think a lot of it comes down to not expecting too much tone from the tom sound of it, as obviously you'll...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 544
Posted By porter
Re: Anybody rockin 13-16-20?

Same. There seems to be a congregation of 15" users in this thread.

Travis Orbin sometimes uses a 13" rack tom (usually 12-16-20). With Darkest Hour right now, he's using 14-16-20.
Forum: Drums 04-09-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 525
Posted By porter
Re: No more slave pedal please!

Wherever did that thread go with the engineer explain U-Joint oscillations and such? Anyways, I used the setup guidance in that thread and bought myself a Trick retrofit driveshaft and my slave...
Forum: Drums 04-08-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 387
Posted By porter
Re: Tama Silverstar Walnut?

I would be near-100% that it's not a walnut kit for that price ;) much more likely the kit Bill referenced above. Still, I've heard good things about Silverstars.
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2015, 04:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,377
Posted By porter
Re: Went to Memphis Drum Shop (again)...

I have to agree, fantastic sounds from those cymbals. I'm a fan of Paiste's Twenty line as well, but whenever I a/b them with Meinls, well... I own a lot of Meinls ;) Fantastic cymbals for somebody...
Forum: Drums 04-08-2015, 04:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By porter
Re: Trick 360 suspension mounts

Great first post ;)

Those stickers really are godawful. I think there are certainly worse looking mounts than those nice aluminum-colored ones, though.
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