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Forum: Drums Yesterday, 06:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 419
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, 09:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
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, 04:20 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,499
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, 04:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 560
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.
Forum: Drums 06-30-2014, 06:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 523
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare drum?

Think about a 6.5x12 or 7x12 for that sound.
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,168
Posted By motleyh
Re: Tuning "experts" mini rant

I no longer let the Expert Village videos about drums bother me.

It's the Expert Village videos about power tool safety that scare me. One of these days there's going to be a well-deserved...
Forum: Drums 06-28-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 916
Posted By motleyh
Re: A good wooden snare from hardcore to jazz

Marcelo, looks like you're in Brazil, so geography may be a determining factor for you.

One of the most versatile snares I know of is this 6.5x14 steambent walnut. It is on the dark side in tone...
Forum: Drums 06-25-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 733
Posted By motleyh
Re: Buying a versatile snare

Amazing how many folks responding to the question about a versatile wood-shell snare are advising the OP to get a metal shell, electronic drum or even a Firchie -- not that there's anything wrong...
Forum: Drums 06-17-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 765
Posted By motleyh
Re: Cleaning drums

Nothing against appropriate cleaning products, but for fingerprints and dust you might consider just using a microfiber cloth before you try any cleaning agent. It might do what you need without any...
Forum: Drums 06-12-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By motleyh
Re: Thinly veiled announcement

Maybe some really thick rerings and imaginatively cut edge profiles. I'll defer this one to Andy's engineering skills. :)
Forum: Drums 06-12-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By motleyh
Re: Thinly veiled announcement

Thanks, guys!

Larry, you're right, I believe there's a bond with the drums between custom builders and customers alike. It's a shared experience, and a shared project. I like getting my hands on...
Forum: Drums 06-11-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By motleyh
Thinly veiled announcement

Just wanted to plug my new column on "Custom Drums" in Not So Modern Drummer magazine. Here's the first article; the second one will be coming out very soon.
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Forum: Drums 06-11-2014, 02:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By motleyh
Re: Pearl Vision Birch - please help!

Does Syracuse do you any good? I might know of someone there.
Forum: Drums 06-08-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By motleyh
Re: Pearl Vision Birch - please help!

Those edges look very rough, but it's an easy fix for anyone who does edge work.

Minxyman, where are you located? I might be able to suggest someone who could be helpful with those edges. Doesn't...
Forum: Drums 06-07-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By motleyh
Re: Pearl Vision Birch - please help!

I can't make any judgement about your edges without seeing them, but the description of the hoop problem makes me think you may have some slightly bent hoops. I don't remember whether the Vision kits...
Forum: General Discussion 05-20-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,156
Posted By motleyh
Re: Super proud :)

Very nice, Andy, and of course more than well-deserved. Congratulations!
Forum: Drums 04-29-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By motleyh
Re: Pearl MCX = Yamaha Maple Custom?

Why not look for a used set of Yamaha MC's? I sold a set of Pearl MRX's (same 6-ply shells you're considering) to get a set of MC's and it was a great step up. (Not saying I didn't like my Pearls,...
Forum: Drums 04-28-2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By motleyh
Re: Warm Wood Snare

You also might want to consider cherry and walnut, both nice and warm without being quite as subdued as mahogany.
Forum: Drums 04-22-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By motleyh
Re: Tom wood type comparison

Andy, wasn't it you who posted a "guess the wood species" set of audio clips a couple of years ago? I remember seeing it somewhere.
Forum: Drums 04-22-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,808
Posted By motleyh
Re: 20" bass drum

Don't know if you've tried this, but you can get more boom out of a 20 by placing the beater a couple of inches above the center of the head -- opens it up a good deal.
Forum: Drums 04-22-2014, 12:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By motleyh
Re: Fiberglass/Wood Hybrid Drums

Oops -- my apologies! Had you confused with someone whose screen name is very similar. Thanks for correcting my error. :)
Forum: Drums 04-21-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 894
Posted By motleyh
Re: custom drum companies

There are three big questions that you haven't provided answers for, but that will determine the pricing of a kit because they determine the fixed costs:

What configuration do you want -- how many...
Forum: Drums 04-20-2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By motleyh
Re: Fiberglass/Wood Hybrid Drums

Don't know if you've seen this, Don:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEzAjnsWIHY&feature=youtu.be

To tell the truth, it doesn't provide much real information -- more in the "the kind of...
Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 346
Posted By motleyh
Jeff Sipe cookin'

Had to share this great video of the Jeff Sipe Trio performing last month. Jeff is playing his 6.5x14 Carolina Drumworks steambent solid walnut snare. (Drum solo fireworks start around the 3:00...
Forum: Drums 03-07-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 675
Posted By motleyh
Re: Better, the best sounding drums - what make them so unique ?

Personally, I don't feel that there are "best sounding" drums. What's best for one player may not be for another -- sound is a really subjective thing, because it has to do with taste and musical...
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