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Forum: General Discussion 02-14-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,534
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, 05:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,003
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 02-01-2015, 12:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,231
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, 08:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,231
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, 06:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,707
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, 10:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 822
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, 06:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
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, 07:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,479
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, 02:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,479
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, 05:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,092
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, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
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, 10:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 710
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, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 710
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, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 683
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, 05:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,180
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...
Forum: Drums 09-24-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,023
Posted By motleyh
Re: Warped die cast hoops

Assuming the original warping isn't too extreme, it's actually not difficult to return them to straight -- just a matter of reversing the bend. Go slowly, don't use too much pressure, and check...
Forum: Drums 09-18-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By motleyh
Re: A little Nashville Drum Show preview

The mass/footprint of these tube lugs is low enough that there's not a significant difference between 8 or 10 as far as effect on the sound/tone/resonance of the shell is concerned, especially with...
Forum: Drums 09-18-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By motleyh
Re: A little Nashville Drum Show preview

I will, indeed, Andy. Our booth is directly across the aisle from the olynpics.
Forum: General Discussion 09-18-2014, 08:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 590
Posted By motleyh
What does "custom" mean, anyhow?

New article is out for my column in Not So Modern Drummer magazine.

This one mentions beer. Just sayin'.
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Forum: Drums 09-18-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By motleyh
A little Nashville Drum Show preview

Here's one of the snares we'll have in the booth at the Nashville Drum Show this weekend -- a solid steambent quilted Bubinga, 6.5x14, with diecasts, Trick multi, and Puresounds. There will be some...
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,345
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare drum Olympics - help needed - opportunity!

Beautiful drum, Andy, and I'm sure it will do well at the Snare Drum Olympics. My booth will be right across the aisle from it -- although I'm not entering anything in the Olympics per my feelings...
Forum: Drums 08-21-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 855
Posted By motleyh
Re: Custom Kit Advice - Mixing Wood

The theory of mixing species makes sense when thinking of the tonalities of each drum individually, but with a kit you're going to be playing them together as a unified instrument. It would be like...
Forum: Drums 08-19-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 727
Posted By motleyh
Seems like I haven't posted a drum photo in a while...

...so here are a couple of a 6.5 x 13 steambent curly bubinga, built for one of my favorite young Nashville drummers.
Forum: Drums 07-05-2014, 05:20 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,738
Posted By motleyh
Re: Do we really need expensive drums?

There are a few issues in play here.

First, let's not mistake "expensive" for high-quality -- they are not necessarily the same, especially since some drums are expensive only because they're very...
Forum: Drums 07-01-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,252
Posted By motleyh
Re: Best Drum set for jazz?

What kind of jazz? The sizes and configuration you want might be different depending on whether you're talking about bop, big band, fusion, etc.
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