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Forum: Drums 10-18-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 771
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, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
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, 09:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 583
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, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 583
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, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 527
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, 04:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,576
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, 04:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 529
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, 10:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
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, 08:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
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, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 337
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 09-17-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
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, 08:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 974
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, 06:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 730
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: 599
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: 3,010
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: 818
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: 572
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: 2,554
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: 1,099
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: 790
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: 19
Views: 1,041
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: 910
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: 910
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: 910
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: 826
Posted By motleyh
Re: Pearl Vision Birch - please help!

Does Syracuse do you any good? I might know of someone there.
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