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Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2014, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 165
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: 524
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...
Forum: Drums 02-18-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,101
Posted By motleyh
Re: Maple Steambent Snare

Very nice drum -- steambent maple with diecasts is one of my favorites. That being said, about 1/4 to 1/3 of the money is going toward quality while 65% to 75% is going toward the "limited edition"...
Forum: Drums 02-12-2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By motleyh
Re: Loose tension rods

Those Hendrix pieces are cool, but they're just the washers with sleeves, not the tension rods themselves. Try drumfactorydirect.com, or any Gibraltar source, and you'll find the rods. Folks are...
Forum: General Discussion 01-16-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,719
Posted By motleyh
Re: groove vs chops?

Drummers get hired for their groove, not for their chops. Overplaying and showboating just overshadows the lead players in a band, so the leads like a drummer who plays the pocket and stays out of...
Forum: Drums 01-05-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare wires - question on width

Sorry, can't account for the theory about the strings. It's honestly not the reason for the beds -- if it were, it would be simple to modify the end plates so the strings didn't protrude (actually,...
Forum: Drums 01-05-2014, 05:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare Tuning Help

For a fat sound, try tuning the reso head a little lower than the the batter, and tension the snares up only to where they're making good contact with the head, not very tight. Don't go too loose...
Forum: Drums 01-05-2014, 04:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare wires - question on width

The purpose of the snare bed is to form a shape on the bottom head so that the snare wires can lie evenly against the head. It's not related to the strings. The bed forms a depression, or trough,...
Forum: Drums 12-29-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 467
Posted By motleyh
Re: Recommendations to have edges redone in Orange County CA

Try Bob Rodriguez at On The Edge Drums. Very capable, reasonably priced, works a lot with older drums as well as building new ones.
Forum: Drums 12-11-2013, 01:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By motleyh
Re: What is the point of snare beds?

Just about all of them do, even if they're not easy to spot.

Snare beds create a shape in the bottom head that allows the snare wires to stay in contact with the head evenly all the way across...
Forum: General Discussion 12-07-2013, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 601
Posted By motleyh
Re: The history and development of the snare drum- a scholarly study

Very interesting -- thanks for posting it! Back in the day, I used to have to study a bunch of that repertoire, but never really paid attention to its genealogy.
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2013, 01:29 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,144
Posted By motleyh
Re: What do you say when....

Just nod, smile and keep saying "Uh-huh." He's not having a conversation, he's just talking to be heard.
Forum: Drums 10-31-2013, 03:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 562
Posted By motleyh
Re: Steambent solid walnut snare

Thanks, guys.



Warm, woody, and very sensitive. All the good walnut stuff. A lot like this one but with a slightly higher tone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq-yQUXKorc
Or this:...
Forum: Drums 10-31-2013, 02:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 562
Posted By motleyh
Steambent solid walnut snare

Haven't posted a photo in a while, so here's a snare that just went out yesterday. It's a 5.5x14 steambent walnut shell with walnut reinforcement rings.
Forum: General Discussion 10-30-2013, 05:04 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,643
Posted By motleyh
Re: Is being over-educated about gear good, or bad?

Fantastic thread. Thanks for raising the question, Berm.

I get a pretty steady stream of inquiries from people interested in having a drum made, and I value having discussion and planning together...
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2013, 11:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By motleyh
Re: Hello. Atlanta

Cool -- looking forward to seeing you. Yes, Kent is the man.
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2013, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 348
Posted By motleyh
Hello. Atlanta

Hey, Atlanta drummers --

Just letting you know that this Saturday we'll be at the ATL Drum Collective with some Carolina Drumworks snares to check out while Jeff Sipe is teaching there this...
Forum: Drums 10-23-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,851
Posted By motleyh
Re: Sorry, I have to show this off...

Thanks, Robert. If you like those two, you might also like the sound of cherry.

I think I can give a general answer without violating forum rules here. (If not, please let me know, Mods, and I'll...
Forum: Drums 10-23-2013, 01:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,851
Posted By motleyh
Re: Sorry, I have to show this off...

Maybe they do. Never hurts to ask. ;)
Forum: Drums 10-22-2013, 03:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,851
Posted By motleyh
Re: Sorry, I have to show this off...

To date, I have not entered any Carolina Drumworks drums in the Snare Drum Olympics. What I did in 2012 was place our booth at the Nashville Drum Show close to the Olympics, so as to put it in the...
Forum: Drums 10-20-2013, 05:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,851
Posted By motleyh
Re: Sorry, I have to show this off...

No disrespect taken. Like I keep saying, there's no one snare that's right for everyone. If you don't hear or feel the difference between two snares, you should absolutely go for the one that's more...
Forum: Drums 10-19-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,851
Posted By motleyh
Re: Sorry, I have to show this off...

Let me see if I can give you at least a partial answer to that -- it's a fairly complex question. I'll use two examples.

I got a call a few years ago from a drummer who was in town for a gig and...
Forum: Drums 10-19-2013, 10:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,851
Posted By motleyh
Re: Sorry, I have to show this off...

Les, I'm not sure whether it's allowed here anyway, but just in case it's not I sent you that info via PM.



Thanks (once again) for the vote of confidence, Andy. I have great respect for your...
Forum: Drums 10-19-2013, 08:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,851
Posted By motleyh
Sorry, I have to show this off...

This review came out a couple of days ago, and I just had to share it:

http://www.drumgearreview.com/2013/10/17/carolina-drumworks-solid-walnut-14x6-snare-drum/
Forum: Drums 10-09-2013, 08:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 732
Posted By motleyh
Re: I have a snare that won't snare.

I'll put it on the to-do list.... :)
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