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Forum: General Discussion 10-12-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 788
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Tension

+1 to that. Less tense = better playing in my experience. I sometimes pretend that it's not me doing the playing, and I'm just listening to it. That helps to minimize tension, although it looks weird...
Forum: General Discussion 10-06-2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 747
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Best way to tune a Powerstroke 3 for Bass Drum?


I have PS3 clear front and back on my 22 bass drum.
What I like to do is to tune the front head about half a turn up from the wrinkle point, and the batter about a quarter turn above that. ...
Forum: General Discussion 10-02-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 856
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: I'm in a Band - And I Have a Problem

Well, this is great! And a nice problem to have. All I would say is, try to leave it on amicable terms (if possible) with the band you're dropping out of, just in case it doesn't work out with the...
Forum: Drums 09-24-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Pearl World Series Drum Hardware

Pearl's hardware has remained similar over the years so they even use the same tube sizes etc. Any Pearl Tom holders will fit.
Also You can almost certainly find replacement tension rods and other...
Forum: Drums 09-24-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By Bonzo_CR

Nice! Gretsch are great, and the Renowns in particular. Post pics when you get a chance!
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2014, 09:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,141
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Tinnitus (ear ringing)

Yep, +1. I use these too. All the time. Reasonably priced and widely available.
Forum: Drums 09-17-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 896
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Anyone prefer standard depth?

I have a 5" maple snare and play it more than my two 6.5" maples. I like the body of the deeper snares but the 5 often sounds cleaner. Crisper.
Forum: Drums 08-19-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,009
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Help me choose which thread to read about which kit to buy

It's true there are many threads on this subject, but there are common themes that keep coming up!

A good example was a thread called 'Most versatile kit?' :
Forum: Drums 08-19-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 17,562
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Ludwig Breakbeats Kit

I was in a music store last weekend and they had a set of the Breakbeats (in red sparkle - nice!). I had a quick try and I thought they played well. I was also shocked at how good they sounded! ...
Forum: Drum Technique 08-18-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 516
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Free stroke/moeller/open-close techniques and ride cymbal angle

I don't think it makes any difference.
You can get the required (relative) angle between your arm/wrist and the cymbal whether the cymbal itself is flat or at an angle. Or the drums for that...
Forum: Drum Technique 07-08-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 948
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Double Pedal

I agree. I love the fact that it's an extra limb for doing fills with!

You do have to put the time in, but it depends how you want to use it. I got my double pedal 15 years ago, played it on and...
Forum: Drum Technique 06-03-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,109
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Where are you and where is your mind?

Yes, thanks to WhoIsTony for recommending this book in another thread. The ideas in it can really help you get your head straight.
Forum: General Discussion 05-28-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,669
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Cause of Meter Speeding Up Discovered.

This was a big learning for me too. I always thought I had reasonable time, but playing with a click often felt like I had to concentrate hard so I could never play my best stuff with a click. Like...
Forum: Drums 05-27-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,054
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Upgrade cymbals or drums first?

AAX and zildjian A's sound pretty nice! So maybe my choice would be to upgrade the ride. But only if you're looking for a different sound. It all really depends on what your ears tell you. Do you...
Forum: General Discussion 05-15-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,596
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Should I play or no?

Do it! And have fun. Just bring your biggest, widest ears and keep listening as you play!

Years ago I joined a band on a Wednesday and had the first gig on the Friday. No setlist, no...
Forum: Drums 05-13-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 603
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Tama S.L.P G-Maple

I remember idly hitting one of these in a drum store and being shocked at how good it sounded! If I was in the market for a small funky snare this would be very high on my list.

Enjoy it!
Forum: Drum Technique 04-04-2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,032
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Tune Bot Snare Drum Tuning

I don't think you're doing anything wrong. Trust your ears. If it sounds good to you, then it IS good! The Tune-Bot is a useful tool for tuning, but your ears are king!

I got a Tune-Bot some...
Forum: Drums 04-03-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,436
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Newest tools

Love the new setup Bo! They look great.

Aside from the Bruford reference, the setup (and Diet Kirk's suggestion) reminds me just a bit of Jack White's setup... All flat toms laid out in...
Forum: General Discussion 04-01-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 818
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Snare tuning for miced gigs

Good advice. Tuning will help a lot. I wonder if your heads being tuned very close together might be contributing to the ring. a Third or a Fourth between the head pitches can work well.

If you...
Forum: Drums 03-26-2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,272
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Most versatile kit?

Hi, and welcome!

Firstly, before talking about brands and models, a few general tips:

1.Consider buying used. You can save a lot of money and get better gear for your budget. (you will hear...
Forum: Drum Technique 03-18-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 737
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Can you sit comfortably at an E-kit?

Yes! This is the answer. When I got an e-kit for practice at home I actually measured the distances between the centers of the pads to do exactly this. This way my playing translates better...
Forum: General Discussion 03-05-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,732
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Micing my kit with 3 mics

If it sounds 'thin' then it could be a 'phase' issue - where the sound signals hit the two mics at different times (due to differences in distance from snare for example) and they have a 'canceling'...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 605
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Drum micing for newbies

If you want to just record yourself to see how your playing sounds (and to reveal what to work on as you practice!) , you can do it even with a single mic.

If you want to record yourself for...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,732
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: Micing my kit with 3 mics

Having finally got a room where I can record my drums, I have been experimenting and learning about micing methods. Btw there were lots of threads here on DW that were great resources for that!
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 03:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,175
Posted By Bonzo_CR
Re: A re-epiphanization?

Great thread!

It's interesting to make this distinction, and I completely get it.
Artist = creating something new, Craftsman (Craftswoman?) = doing something well.

As an 'artist' of...
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