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Forum: General Discussion Today, 06:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 248
Posted By motleyh
Re: Oiling/Waxing a drum


If it were me, I'd take the opportunity to sand that finish down and rebuild it, if only because tung oil should have some curing time between coats (at least 48 hours, and more is...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 248
Posted By motleyh
Re: Oiling/Waxing a drum

I'm confused. Tung oil (assuming you are using the normal commercial blend, not pure tung oil) is a sealant and finish. If you need to re-apply it, then one of the following must be happening: (1)...
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By motleyh
Re: PASIC, anyone?

They're virus-free, but there is that addiction issue ...
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By motleyh
PASIC, anyone?

Starts tomorrow! I'm hoping some of you folks will stop by and try out some of these snares in person and introduce yourselves. Adoptions can be arranged :)
Forum: Drums 09-11-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 559
Posted By motleyh
Re: Boutique snare drums-roadworthy?

Why would they be less roadworthy? As long as we’re generalizing, boutique snares are generally better made than mass-produced ones, and have higher-quality components.
Forum: Drums 08-20-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By motleyh
Re: Who makes a drum set with Keller vintage shells?

Pretty much any reputable builder can do this for you. If you want to differentiate among builders, look at edges, finishing, and hardware -- plus little design touches incorporated into the...
Forum: Drums 07-30-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 993
Posted By motleyh
Re: My 14x4 Piccolo Snare Shell

You owe it to yourself to recut at least the snare beds, if not the edges. Those beds are problematic.
Forum: Drums 05-30-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,412
Posted By motleyh
Re: Ok, how many of you have "unsuspended" your floor toms?

I have wonderful set of the old Yamaha Maple Customs (8, 10, 12, 14, 20) that I love, but I hate hanging floor toms. I used to hang floor toms back when I used a rack, but now it means another...
Forum: Drums 05-13-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 944
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare drum: clamped or parked?

Never, never, I repeat, NEVER clamped. Take 30 seconds and do an A-B comparison for yourself.
Forum: General Discussion 04-29-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,233
Posted By motleyh
Re: Current drumming sucks

When that happens to me I take a break for a few days or longer and go back to real basics like how I'm holding the sticks, how I'm moving my wrists or feet, stick heights, evenness ... repetition...
Forum: General Discussion 04-29-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,580
Posted By motleyh
Re: Instrument differences and relearning what I thought I already knew

I agree with a lot of what you're saying, maybe most of it actually, but I have to take issue with the method you're using to experience different drums. I think the intentions are good with these...
Forum: General Discussion 04-26-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,075
Posted By motleyh
Re: DFO hacked again

On my iPhone, I've had to delete and reinstall my Chrome browser a number of times when it's encountered malware on DFO. On my laptop, I can usually just close a tab in order to shut down the red...
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,715
Posted By motleyh
Re: The thing you bought but you never use

Mini timbales. Still sitting in a closet after, oh, maybe 30 years of non-use.
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,951
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare drum keeps going out of tune?

Nothing unusual about this problem, and it's an easy fix.

It can happen as a result of rimshots, and it happens much more often at lower tunings than when the head is tensioned high. A vigorous...
Forum: Drums 03-09-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,149
Posted By motleyh
Re: Lubed Bearing Edge

Soap is probably too soft to really have a long-term value -- at some point it can get gummy with dust and actually make things worse.

You don't really want a lubricant on edges -- what you really...
Forum: Drums 03-05-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By motleyh
Re: would you guess that this is oil or lacquer

Pure tung oil is a different animal. It doesn't dry -- not good at all for a top coat. Unless you're mixing your own formula, you probably shouldn't be using pure tung oil.

The tung oil you...
Forum: Drums 02-25-2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 453
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare Build - first/fun project questions

Umm, for one thing, the hardware -- that'll affect tuning, resonance, general operation, and usable lifespan. If you're going to the trouble to make a decent shell, don't put that PP hardware on it,...
Forum: Drums 02-20-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 963
Posted By motleyh
Re: DrumDial Bearing Edge Conditioner

Seconding what Andy said. I use carnauba wax, a thin (buffed) coat that dries very hard. Hard wax will not deaden the sound of the head, and it will help create a moisture barrier.
Forum: Drums 02-19-2018, 03:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By motleyh
Re: Solid Shell Snare Drum Owner's, help me out.

Ply shells are consistent, strong and cost-efficient. But they don't have the tone of solid woods. Granted, tapping on a shell is not the way the drum makes its sound, but you can go to a lumber...
Forum: Drums 02-17-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 789
Posted By motleyh
Re: Looking for a full bodied 13" wood snare

A good recipe for a full-bodied wood 13:

1. Solid wood construction -- stave or steambent for continuous grain

2. Depth of 6.5" or 7"

3. Warmer-tone species like walnut or cherry, or a...
Forum: Drums 02-13-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 828
Posted By motleyh
Re: Deciding bearing edges

Find a builder whose knowledge and judgment you respect, and start with explaining what sort of sound(s) and character you're looking for. The "I like these" and "I like those" opinions aren't going...
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,472
Posted By motleyh
Re: G. A. S. I've got it bad

Don't torture yourself. Just give in to it.
Forum: General Discussion 02-07-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,511
Posted By motleyh
Re: Some honest advce re ears

Frankly, it's hard to be a human and not have some hearing damage and/or deterioration over the years of living. You're doing all the right things to minimize that, at least as far as drumming is...
Forum: Drum Technique 10-29-2017, 09:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,353
Posted By motleyh
Re: Minimum age for starting drum lessons

I've had some 5 year old students, but it's been kind of hit-or-miss with ages 5 and 6. For some it's difficult to focus, even for a few minutes -- even the sticks themselves can be a distraction. A...
Forum: Drums 10-11-2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,586
Posted By motleyh
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