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Forum: General Discussion 05-10-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,358
Posted By motleyh
Re: Isn't poplar a sub-par tone wood? If so, why does Gretsch use it?

Man, there are a lot of theories in this thread.

Poplar is a hardwood, but at the softer end of the hardness scale. It is softer than mahogany. Sound-wise, that means plenty of low end, but...
Forum: Drums 04-21-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 426
Posted By motleyh
Re: I'm way behind in photo posting, so here's a snare.

A bag is not normally included, but it could be added, certainly.
Forum: Drums 04-19-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 426
Posted By motleyh
Re: I'm way behind in photo posting, so here's a snare.

Thanks!

Yes, I've tried other brands of wires. I've found the Puresounds to generally be a good match to the other factors I incorporate into the responsiveness of a drum, such as reso-side...
Forum: Drums 04-17-2019, 11:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 426
Posted By motleyh
Re: I'm way behind in photo posting, so here's a snare.

I used to do a bunch of rosewood drums, but good rosewood is getting tough to source. A certain country has been buying up the supply during the past several years. I know padauk is becoming a...
Forum: Drums 04-17-2019, 10:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 426
Posted By motleyh
I'm way behind in photo posting, so here's a snare.

Every time I feel like there's not enough activity on the forum, I have to admit that I myself haven't been posting photos in a while. So here's to getting back into it!

This fine specimen has a...
Forum: General Discussion 04-14-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 233
Views: 7,765
Posted By motleyh
Re: State your unpopular drumming opinions

Ha. Reminds me of something I heard a bandleader say during a rehearsal of a vocal-harmony-based group:

"OK, now let me hear just the instruments and the drums."
Forum: General Discussion 03-11-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare whine

Don’t know what else might be contributing by way of tuning, but those snare wires are way, way too tight and are choking the drum. Try loosening them until they’re barely making contact, then...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By motleyh
Re: Bearing edge wax - Doc Marten Wonder Balsam

Not unrelated -- I use paste wax on my saws and a number of wooden jigs also, partly to smooth the surfaces and partly as a moisture barrier to prevent rust on cast-iron.
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By motleyh
Re: Bearing edge wax - Doc Marten Wonder Balsam

The point of waxing bearing edges is to get a very hard, smooth surface that won't produce friction against the head. So just go with a hard wax like carnauba or beeswax.

If you want to also seal...
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2019, 02:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 799
Posted By motleyh
Re: Buying/Tuning a Concert Snare Drum

I'd say look at two criteria: one, the shell material, and two, the cable/strainer setup.

For the shell, you have an initial decision of metal or wood. I'm partial to wood snares, and that's the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 799
Posted By motleyh
Re: Buying/Tuning a Concert Snare Drum

Technically, there are a few differences between kit snares and concert snares besides just wires-vs-cables.

The goals for performance are different. Concert snares are intended to be extremely...
Forum: Drums 02-03-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 273
Posted By motleyh
Re: Snare tension rods coming loose

Yes, rim shots at low tuning are the culprit. Assuming you want to keep doing them, just about any lug lock should be helpful -- even the inexpensive square nylon ones that resist turning by blocking...
Forum: General Discussion 02-02-2019, 03:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By motleyh
Re: Podcast interview: Carolina Drumworks

Thanks, Patrick — same here. Of course, you have a standing invitation if you should happen to visit our mountains sometime.
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By motleyh
Podcast interview: Carolina Drumworks

I had a super time doing the interview for this "Behind the Backline" podcast, and thought this bunch of drum fanatics might enjoy it. Let's face it, talking about drums is almost as much fun as...
Forum: Drum Technique 01-23-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,225
Posted By motleyh
Re: Doubles around the kit

Work on finger control, maybe Moeller method. If you can get to the point of playing a double stroke roll on your thigh or a pillow where's there no bounce at all, you can play doubles anywhere.
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 697
Posted By motleyh
Re: Oiling/Waxing a drum

Understood.

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 01-17-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 697
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, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By motleyh
Re: PASIC, anyone?

They're virus-free, but there is that addiction issue ...
Forum: General Discussion 11-14-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
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, 03:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 685
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, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 387
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, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,093
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, 04:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,679
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, 04:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,159
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, 07:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,622
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...
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