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Forum: Drums 03-02-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 508
Posted By KlarkKent
Mapex Armory vs. Yamaha Stage Custom?

Anyone have any insights into which kit would be the "better" purchase? Both are evenly priced, both have 8-lug bass drums, the Yamaha has a "rounded bearing edge" while the Mapex has the rounded...
Forum: Drums 02-18-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: GMS & Ludwig

Thanks for the feedback. Bermuda, Andy kind of mentioned something I mean by "quality" when he stated, "The only thing I've found with all swivel barrel type insert lugs, is that the very shallow...
Forum: Drums 02-18-2014, 05:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By KlarkKent
GMS & Ludwig

Is there a significant quality difference between Ludwig Classic Maples and GMS SE maple drums? The GMS lugs are handmade of solid brass, I believe, and leave a small footprint compared to the...
Forum: Drums 11-13-2013, 04:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By KlarkKent
Gigging Kit: Taye or Pearl SSC?

Looking for a decently priced gigging kit--something that will sound very good but without worries about possible dings, etc.

Which is the better quality kit for such purposes?

1. Taye...
Forum: Drums 04-30-2013, 12:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By KlarkKent
GMS Grandmaster (used) or Tama (new)?

I've been looking into folks' suggestions about Tama Starclassic B/B kits. Most folks here seem to like them, they sound good overall, and the mounting hardware is pretty cool/user friendly.

I...
Forum: Drums 04-08-2013, 01:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By KlarkKent
Pearl Session Studio Custom

Does anyone have any thoughts on the new Pearl SSC kits? They seem good, especially for the price. Are they worth an investment, or is the quality really not there?

Thanks.
Forum: Drums 03-20-2013, 09:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 162
Posted By KlarkKent
Pre-2009 Starclassic Performers

Were the pre-2009 Tama Starclassic Performers (the birch kits, before the B/B kits were developed) made in Japan? The SC B/B are made in China, but I think the original Performers (birch) may have...
Forum: Drums 03-20-2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 481
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: Help Decide: Saturn or Starclassic B/B

Mike,

You touch on an issue that makes this question difficult. I have a nice birch kit but do still like the Tamas, but the maple/walnut of the Saturn seems to offer a punchy sound with more...
Forum: Drums 03-16-2013, 01:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 481
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: Help Decide: Saturn or Starclassic B/B

Thanks for the opinions, all. Think I'm leaning more towards the Tama--I like the mounting devices and hardware better, for one. Sound on both is pretty good.

Just found a Japanese-made SC Maple...
Forum: Drums 03-08-2013, 07:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 481
Posted By KlarkKent
Help Decide: Saturn or Starclassic B/B

I like the sound of both of these kits, so does anyone know if either kit has a quality or hardware edge? I've heard some complaints about the air vents on the B/B kits rattling (can be easily...
Forum: Drums 05-02-2012, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,659
Posted By KlarkKent
Birch Bop Kits: Pearl vs. Tama

Does anyone know how the quality compares between the Tama Silverstar birch bebop kit and the Pearl Vision birch bebop kit? Tama has done way more marketing for the Silverstar--I have yet to see...
Forum: Drums 03-04-2012, 05:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,291
Posted By KlarkKent
Pearl MCX or Mapex Saturn?

If one likes the sound of both, which is the "better" option? The Pearl MCX or the Mapex Saturn? Quality any better of one vs. the other, etc.?

Thanks for opinions!
Forum: Drums 02-29-2012, 05:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,722
Posted By KlarkKent
Good Online Drum Shops?

Does anyone have experience with any really good, well respected online dealers? Are Midwestpercussion.com, Drummersuperstore.com, any good, for example?

Not really interested in guitar center or...
Forum: Drums 01-25-2012, 08:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 327
Posted By KlarkKent
Kit Advice

I'm considering getting a kit in fusion/rock sizes. Which is the wiser or more sensible thing to do?

- upgrade a Mapex Saturn kit* by adding a rock-sized bass drum (20" or 22" inch) and...
Forum: Drums 08-09-2011, 07:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,140
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: Yamaha or Allegra?

Thanks for the continued feedback, folks.

Their finishes are interesting. They don't use traditional wrap finishes; instead, they use "laminate veneer" and seal that into the shell of the drum...
Forum: Drums 08-01-2011, 03:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,140
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: Yamaha or Allegra?

Allegra kits are actually not that expensive. A three-piece jazzy kit, for example, runs between $1700 and $2200, depending on the finish selected and flanged vs. their wood hoops. I think people...
Forum: Drums 07-30-2011, 09:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,140
Posted By KlarkKent
Yamaha or Allegra?

Any strong votes or advice to offer? I'm looking at a used Yamaha Maple Custom from the '90s (good condition) versus a new Allegra kit (private shop based out of Portland, OR).

I'm on the fence...
Forum: Drums 06-18-2011, 06:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,095
Posted By KlarkKent
Allegra Drums?

What insights or experiences can anyone share about Allegra Drums? I know they use Keller shells and all that, but I'm curious to know if they are a good-sounding, good-investment type of drum kit. ...
Forum: Drums 06-18-2011, 06:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,297
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: How Do You Decide: Small Drum Co. or Big Name Co.?

Thanks, folks--all of these comments are super helpful.

For me, it is a real tricky situation: I usually like the extra attention to detail a custom shop can offer on things like bearing edges,...
Forum: Drums 06-16-2011, 08:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,297
Posted By KlarkKent
How Do You Decide: Small Drum Co. or Big Name Co.?

I was hoping to get folks' advice about choosing between established, big companies versus small custom drum shops when deciding to get a kit.

There are so many small, new custom shops these days...
Forum: General Discussion 06-04-2011, 06:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,245
Posted By KlarkKent
Burnin' for Buddy DVD - What I Learned

What I learned after watching some of this video is that Neil Peart, Kenny Aronoff, and other rockers should not be allowed to play jazz. Ever.

Now I know why jazz players complain about rock...
Forum: Drums 05-30-2011, 07:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,158
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: Tempus Drums - Thoughts?

You can always use those Trick drums. Aluminum shells, not fiber glass or carbon fiber though. Those shells seem flawless and would probably perform just as good or better.
Forum: Drums 05-09-2011, 05:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,557
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: Fastest Single Handed Drum Roll in History!! 720bpm.

Matt Smith hasn't weighed in on this yet?

This could get ugly...
Forum: General Discussion 05-01-2011, 04:11 AM
Replies: 380
Views: 62,591
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: Dream Theater's new drummer is MIKE MANGINI

Interesting collection of audition videos. I did think it odd that Lang and Minneman were not selected based on criticisms of bringing too much "interpretation" to the music. I see that as a good...
Forum: Drums 04-05-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,512
Posted By KlarkKent
Re: GMS Drums?

Thanks for the feedback, all.

Does anyone know a reliable place to get GMS drums (without getting ripped off)?
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