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Forum: General Discussion 09-19-2014, 03:40 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,879
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Rant: Who's in charge at Gibraltar??

I have the gibraltar quick release too. The only thing that bugs me about it is the threads where the cymbal goes and sometimes I have a hell of a time getting the quick release to release quickly.
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,879
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Rant: Who's in charge at Gibraltar??

Gibraltar's model is to make everything and make it cheap. They do make everything though.

I have spent a fortune buying different clutches (maybe an exaggeration- I have 5 clutches) and I have...
Forum: Drums 08-29-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Aluminum Die Cast Hoops

OK- Yamaha parts will sell them, but for $150 each- crazy!

Will have to wait on ebay I suppose. Saw a snare side on ebay for a somewhat reasonable price but really want both.
Forum: Drums 08-28-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By ggmerino
Aluminum Die Cast Hoops

Anyone know where I can find a pair of 14" 10-hole aluminum die cast hoops. I know Yamaha makes them, but I cannot find them anywhere.

I think they would go swell on my new 6.5" acrolite! Thanks.
Forum: General Discussion 05-25-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,930
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Best Advice You've Been Given

"Brush your teeth twice a day and floss often- trust me."

87 year old noble prize winning immunologist on his birthday when I asked him if he had any single piece of advice for us yougnins - no...
Forum: General Discussion 04-06-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 1,448
Views: 401,472
Posted By ggmerino
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

Wanted to buy: 15" zildjian vintage A (trans stamp or 50s preferred) or K cymbal in the 1100 to 1350 g range.
Forum: General Discussion 03-05-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,177
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Best Home Recording Software for Roland TD-4KP Portable E-Kit

Wavelab elements by Steinberg. Easy to use and powerful.
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,384
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Best 10 drum albums? How about the best 10 "live" drum albums?

Good stuff all around.



Love that album- some mean New Orleans inspired drummin.



Some great drumming. Love Poinciana as a jazz song.
Forum: General Discussion 08-17-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,238
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Band rehearsal in a small space

Have rehearsed in plenty of small rooms- biggest problem is sound cancellation- the waves of sound bouncing off the walls cancel each other out and you get white noise or have to turn up super loud...
Forum: General Discussion 08-16-2013, 05:13 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,791
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Crescent cymbals... AKA Screw all you meaningless peons?

I think you got it!- they are entitled to do whatever they want and I for one don't really care who endorses their product or if they think I am worthy. But their attitude is bad business and they...
Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,791
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Crescent cymbals... AKA Screw all you meaningless peons?

I agree- it is awkward to ask for an endorsement deal (or a buyback) and certainly inappropriate to demand one. Nonetheless, I wouldn't tell a job applicant: "some employers might hire uneducated...
Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,791
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Crescent cymbals... AKA Screw all you meaningless peons?

The customer/client is king. Same applies when selling a car, interviewing job applicants, treating a patient, or at the bar.

Imagine if a newby drinker asked a bartender for a buyback and the...
Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,791
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Crescent cymbals... AKA Screw all you meaningless peons?

Note to Crescent- hire someone with a brain to do public relations.

I get their point - they do not want to give endorsement deals to everyone (as some companies do just to drum up sales to...
Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2013, 05:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,214
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Do you take cymbals/bass-pedal to a venue that have a drumkit?

I most often bring cymbals and pedal to gigs as that is standard around here. I also bring the same to the rehearsal/recording studio.

I am curious what other stuff people bring (other than...
Forum: General Discussion 08-13-2013, 11:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,304
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Brian Blade is in my top five all time jazz drummers

Nistor often gets called on by Danger Mouse - I suspect he is the favorite studio drummer.

In fact, not only do I refer to him as "the Danger Mouse drummer," sometimes I just refer to him as "...
Forum: General Discussion 08-13-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,304
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Brian Blade is in my top five all time jazz drummers

Love Brian Blade's drumming. The guy certainly does get around. Here is a clip with him singing and playing guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AI48bR35fU (with the Danger Mouse drummer- who is...
Forum: General Discussion 07-23-2013, 05:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,856
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Dirty Little Secrets

Thanks for the fascinating corny space funk- never heard it before. Cobham, Ron Carter, Stanley Clark, Airto and more!
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2013, 04:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,856
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Dirty Little Secrets

Always thought the BeeGees sure had some kick-ass studio musicians. My bro and sis got 11 copies of Saturday Night Fever for their birthdays in 1978! (16 and 17 yrs old at the time).

I...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 762
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Bizarre Mental Block

Something that seems tro work for me for learning complicated bass drum patterns is to play the bass drum pattern with my right hand and the snare with my left hand and then have the right foot mimic...
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2013, 01:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,217
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Jazz appreciation- Other countries more than USA?

Thanks for the stats. But I have to note that Kind of Blue (modal jazz) was a late development in Jazz. Jazz was the most popular music amongst the young for a long time before. Look up the "Jazz...
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2013, 09:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,217
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Jazz appreciation- Other countries more than USA?

I agree that Jazz is much more appreciated in Europe and Asia than in the US. At least in NYC it seems the appreciation of Jazz goes down a notch every year.

I love Jazz, but I also appreciate...
Forum: General Discussion 06-27-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 739
Views: 45,850
Posted By ggmerino
Re: ...for the jazz cats ...

Brian Blades is one bad mutha!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qwv2f5m0xM
Forum: General Discussion 06-25-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,212
Posted By ggmerino
Re: Career advice?

That is a tough one. I would recommend talking to other people/bands represented by them to see what their opinion is. Also, it depends on what the respective agreements say with regards to who...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2013, 04:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,152
Posted By ggmerino
Re: similar drum beat- 3 songs- intentional?

OK- in case anyone cares:

I listened to interviews that come with a Genesis reissue of Wind & Wuthering and Phil says that Wot Gorilla was one of his favorites because it was his "fusion sort of...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2013, 04:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,152
Posted By ggmerino
Re: similar drum beat- 3 songs- intentional?

News to me and very interesting- thanks.
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