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Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,592
Posted By Smoke
Re: The "I wish I hadn't opened my big mouth" thread ;)

You could always reposition a boulder or two in your garden and "drop" one on your big toe.

"Gee, I'd love to play, but my toe is knackered - I'll have to sit this one out. Maybe next year?!?
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,879
Posted By Smoke
Re: You know you're a drummer when...

Your car's license plate reads:

Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,004
Posted By Smoke
Re: Favorite Song to Rock out To?

Tops on my list is Toto's Hold the Line.

Jeff Porcaro on "Hold the Line", in a 1988 interview with Modern Drummer:

"That was me trying to play like Sly Stone's original drummer, Greg Errico,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-05-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 656
Posted By Smoke
Re: Looking for songs with straight in the pocket drumming.

CCR seems to fit that bill most of the time. Some syncopated stuff now and then, but typical straight four-on-the-floor.
Forum: General Discussion 05-06-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,684
Posted By Smoke
Re: Best Advice You've Been Given

"Measure twice; cut once."

Dad (now 86 years old)

Apparently I listened. I've been a metrologist for the past 31 years and I'm still measuring.

Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,678
Posted By Smoke
Re: Whats the weirdest thing you ever broke on your kit during a gig?

I haven't had gear break during a show (not a steady gigger), but did did lose power to an outdoor stage in the middle of "Margaritaville." The acoustic guitar and I played right through to the end...
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,479
Posted By Smoke
Re: Ok - bearing edges :)

If you're not going to write a book, how about an info-mercial on television?? :-)

If nothing else, transcribe your tutorials to the Guru website - unless of course, that offers prospective...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,333
Posted By Smoke
Re: How much air is in between your hi-hats?

Bottom hat tilted toward me about 1/4 inch (6 mm) lower than the back. When at rest, the back of the hats are about 3/4 inch (20 mm) apart; with my foot on the pedal, that distance closes to about...
Forum: General Discussion 02-04-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,078
Posted By Smoke
Re: What is resonance, & why does it matter.

Does "timber species" = "timbre species"?

Likely the first 'drum' was a hollow log, with the doppler effect compressing the air to act as a head. So, even a hollow log doesn't exhibit the pure...
Forum: General Discussion 02-03-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 561
Posted By Smoke
Re: It's Tax Time

Between the federal and state governments, I owe $33 USD. When I want something, I just buy it - no need to wait for some return of over-paid taxes.

Of course, all purchases over $50 must be...
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,416
Posted By Smoke
Re: Drumming Idiosyncrasies

At first I thought that was weird, but then I realized that I can't drum without my capon.


Sorry, MZ, I used to be a butcher in a past life... ;-)
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By Smoke
Re: Can a mediocre shark be jumped over by a fantastic cheese hostess?

That one really knocked me off my perch, but ya didn't have to be so bullheadded. Keep that up and you'll find your head on a pike.

If you've got 5 minutes, watch this vid:
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,563
Posted By Smoke
Re: Do You Play Another Instrument Besides Drums?

10 cowboy chords on 6 and 12 string acoustic. I can plunk my 5 string resonator banjo and can accompany almost anything you can play on a 21 chord autoharp, though don't finger-pick that thing worth...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,109
Posted By Smoke
Re: I was wrong.

I was wrong, too.

I tried to listen to the radio on my 40-minute commute last Friday, but couldn't concentrate. I tried crafting a response to the forum, but couldn't completely wrap my head...
Forum: General Discussion 11-20-2013, 06:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 989
Posted By Smoke
Re: Magic wand

If I was smart, I'd ask for an auto-refilling bottle of Fuller's 1845 and a re-set button for my liver.

But, I know I'd choke in the heat of the moment and blurt out something silly like, "world...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2013, 03:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,028
Posted By Smoke
Re: Looking for advice from fellow music store employees

One of our local music stores in Lansing, MI, USA advertises their used equipment on CL. Sort of maddening if I'm trolling for bargains, but they occasionally have some too.

If nothing else, it's...
Forum: General Discussion 11-04-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 913
Posted By Smoke
Re: Sammy Davis, Jr.

Hugh Laurie plays a mean piano and sings the blues - plus, he's a reasonable actor.

But, I think what separates the performers from yester-year and the multi-talented performers of today, is that...
Forum: General Discussion 10-22-2013, 06:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,369
Posted By Smoke
Re: Utter madness!

Who are you kidding, Andy? I smell a follow-up video - green shells versus full seasoned shells at equilibrium.

I can't wait!
Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2013, 03:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,504
Posted By Smoke
Re: The Banned & the Damned - Where do they go?

One would have thought they'd need to consult a Guru. From what I understand, it's food for the soul.

"Export" village?
Forum: General Discussion 10-03-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,067
Posted By Smoke
Re: The things us drum building types get excited about :)

WOW! I'm not even sure you can call that monster a drill press. Sure takes "wood working" to a new level.

What's the swing and quill stroke? Swing looks to be 24 inches or more and the stroke...
Forum: General Discussion 10-02-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,450
Posted By Smoke
Re: Spray Painting Drums?

Lots of stuff on the interweb about painting over chrome. Most processes involve sanding and a self-etching primer before a top-coat. Give it a Google and see if you're up for it.

But I'd have...
Forum: General Discussion 10-01-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 936
Posted By Smoke
Re: How much would you pay? Help needed.

Oxford SS shirt for staff and artists - perfect. These folks represent your company and should be attired to match the product quality. Truth be told, I likely wouldn't even notice a naked person in...
Forum: General Discussion 10-01-2013, 04:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,283
Posted By Smoke
Re: (The) Drum - She or He?

Drums get names? And genders?!?

I'm not even sure I can call them "mine." I'm their current caretaker and paid for that privilege, but I certainty hope they live longer than I. That being the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-01-2013, 04:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,214
Posted By Smoke
Re: Removing permenant marker pen from cymbal?

+1 My boss wrote on a customer's dry erase white-board with a black permanent Sharpie marker. Customer saved the day (and the cost of a new 4 x 8 foot white board!) by scrubbing the "permanent"...
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2013, 08:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,018
Posted By Smoke
Re: As a DrummerGirl

[Smoke... shutting down... imagination...]

I'm doing my best to envision leopard print sweat shirt and sweat pants and it's barely working. You could be my little sister, for crying out...
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