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Forum: Drums 04-22-2014, 04:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,155
Posted By Smatch
Re: Closest wood to beech?

For me the vintage shells are best suited to recording and playing live under mics. The thicker shells seem to benefit from a wider tuning and dynamic range. The most important factor to me is how...
Forum: Drums 04-18-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,840
Posted By Smatch
Re: Sonor Designer or DW Collectors?

Awesome kit power tom. That designer that Artstar posted is my old maple light. Man do I miss that kit. The way you described the sound as being nearly devoid of nasty overtones to me is the hallmark...
Forum: Drums 12-31-2013, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 651
Posted By Smatch
Re: Some of my latest snare builds...

Tony they look amazing. Is one of those lacewood?

I can attest to Tony's drum quality being a former owner of one. The shells are flawless and sound freaking amazing. If not for falling head over...
Forum: Drums 11-23-2013, 10:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,285
Posted By Smatch
Re: Help a Dad Out - Drum Shopping

But that's what we're here for, to make sure he gets the best kit he can for the money.

To the OP. If you can get your son involved ,that should be the safest way to insure that you get the right...
Forum: Drums 11-22-2013, 12:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,285
Posted By Smatch
Re: Help a Dad Out - Drum Shopping

You have a very lucky son and you definitely came to the right place for advice. 800 is a great budget for a used set of drums, which I highly encourage. Of the three sets you posted the masters is...
Forum: Drums 11-19-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,035
Posted By Smatch
Re: SQ2 versus PHX

As the former owner of a Yamaha PHX and the current owner of an SQ2 I will chime in. The PHX drums to me were very wild, bombastic sounding drums. Almost sounded like they were larger than their...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2013, 11:57 PM
Replies: 1,534
Views: 431,496
Posted By Smatch
Istanbul Mehmet Origin Dark ride 20"

20" custom lathed Origin Dark ride. The underside was given a special skip band lathing to an otherwise unlathed Turk style cymbal by the folks at Mehmet. This cymbal has a very articulate stick...
Forum: Drums 07-12-2013, 06:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,189
Posted By Smatch
Re: I wasn't planning on buying...

Excellent choice. Tony is a supremely talented builder. I have a 5x14 cherry stave that he built for me and its superb. Congrats on the RC!
Forum: Drums 07-08-2013, 11:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,141
Posted By Smatch
Re: Need help taking the first step

Don't worry about driving distance stores will ship to one another and you can pick it up at your local gc. Do a national search and be patient great deals pop up all the time.
Forum: General Discussion 07-01-2013, 01:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,034
Posted By Smatch
Re: Jojo Mayer speaking his mind

Thank you that was great and so true.
Forum: Drums 06-20-2013, 03:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 708
Posted By Smatch
Re: DW performance vs. Pearl MCX

Yes. Top end German made drums. Would easily be my choice of the three you mentioned.
Forum: Drums 06-14-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,719
Posted By Smatch
Re: DW Collectors Maple vs. Yamaha PHX Maple

I owned a PHX for awhile and they are among the nicest sounding kits I have had the pleasure to play. Extremely responsive and just bombastic at higher dynamics. The kick drum is the best sounding...
Forum: Drums 04-16-2013, 05:03 AM
Replies: 2,078
Views: 550,184
Posted By Smatch
Re: Yamaha Drums

Forks has a piano black PHX one eBay.Make them an offer maybe you can get them to work on their price. Trust me the 22 will not let you down if you are used to 24s. Most immense sounding kick I have...
Forum: Drums 04-10-2013, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,673
Posted By Smatch
Re: Sonor sq2

I thought the Smith sig was heavy beech all the way around? You may be right. I bought a heavy beech SQ2 based on my experience with the smith kit and it's the nicest set of shells I have ever...
Forum: Drums 04-06-2013, 01:51 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,405
Posted By Smatch
Re: Switching from Yamaha to Mapex!

Also consider that Mapex resale on the used market is the pits. Yamaha by contrast has fairly decent resale. I would hang on to the Yammies and look at adding a Saturn when funds allow.
Forum: Drums 04-05-2013, 02:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,567
Posted By Smatch
Re: Joyful Noise snare drum owners: SURVEY

Cool. I just got my bronze back and missed it dearly but if you give me a little while with it I would gladly make a temporary swap to let you see if the bronze does it for you. You're on the west...
Forum: Drums 04-04-2013, 04:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,567
Posted By Smatch
Re: Joyful Noise snare drum owners: SURVEY

You're not crazy at all. I just traded my Bronze for a TKO for about 10 days and while the TKO is a very nice drum it didn't speak to me the way my bronze does. The TKO's sweet spot is definitely in...
Forum: Drums 04-04-2013, 02:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,567
Posted By Smatch
Re: Joyful Noise snare drum owners: SURVEY

If the drum isn't blowing you away then it's not the drum for you. MikeM shares your feelings so you're not crazy or anything. I have a 5x14 Studio Line Bronze and can safely say that's in a tie for...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2013, 04:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,416
Posted By Smatch
Re: Sonor versus Yamaha hardware

Artstar is correct, I have a heavy beech kit. These shells have a very wide tuning and dynamic range despite what most people would initially perceive due to their thickness. I had my thin birch...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2013, 03:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,416
Posted By Smatch
Re: Sonor versus Yamaha hardware

I have both. As far as mounting hw, hoops and lugs etc (shell hw) I give the nod to SONOR. The chrome plating is bullet proof and little things like tune safe and T.A.R. really do make a difference....
Forum: General Discussion 03-04-2013, 03:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,172
Posted By Smatch
Re: Choosing a new top end kit

Sure thing Jay. I owned my PHX for a little over two years. Prior to that I played a Yamaha Maple Custom (original with the square gold lugs) for 10yrs. I loved my PHX and had several kits set up...
Forum: Drums 03-03-2013, 04:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,632
Posted By Smatch
Re: Crimped Snare Beds?

Yeah the level of fanboyism is rather high with these drums. I like mine but can't expect everyone to feel the same way. Like I said if you own one and it's not blowing you away perhaps it's time to...
Forum: Drums 03-03-2013, 03:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,632
Posted By Smatch
Re: Crimped Snare Beds?

Very interesting Mike. I haven't closely scrutinized my reso head and how it's seating at the beds. I literally opened the box and put it on the stand after looking it over for a half a minute. I'll...
Forum: Drums 03-02-2013, 01:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,632
Posted By Smatch
Re: Crimped Snare Beds?

Wow that's pretty crazy. What did Curt say in regards to the head not seating? These drums are far too expensive for there to be any issues with their construction. They need to be perfect for the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2013, 01:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,172
Posted By Smatch
Re: Choosing a new top end kit

I have owned just about every flagship kit from the majors from Gretsch USA, Pearl Reference, Tama Starclassic, to Yamaha PHX etc. I have to agree with Andy that the German SONOR stuff is ahead of...
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