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Forum: Drums 06-26-2015, 04:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 639
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: anyone own or tried the DW concrete snare?

If I were to get something like a concrete snare it would be a Kumu Stone Edge snare.
Forum: Drums 06-22-2015, 06:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Sonor Phonics.....too heavy??

I have a bunch of those Tama Titan Stilt stands. The HC94B and HC104TB come in at ~14-15 lbs each. Very stable, but gigging with them is not much fun.
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2015, 03:41 AM
Replies: 816
Views: 46,835
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: What's your latest purchase?

I just purchased these two shells:

7x13 Walnut, 1/4" thick with milled re-rings and 5 1/2" x 14 Honduran Rosewood, 1/2" thick.
Forum: Drums 06-12-2015, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Excessive snare buzz

The resonant head on a snare is really thin (2 or 3 mil depending on the head), so the head deforms and contours very easily when compared to something like an Ambassador weight head (10 mil). The...
Forum: Drums 06-11-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Excessive snare buzz

I would say its an issue of improper bed width and depth for the wires you are using. Too flat of a reso head (ie. no bubble for the wires to ride on) will lead to excessive snare buzz. I'm...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 643
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: vintage bulb for home decoration

I, personally, like the 3 filament bulbs from the late 50's and early 60's. Not the more modern 6, 7 or 8 filament bulbs. For the warmest light I recommend a 3 filament bulb with a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-11-2015, 12:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 390
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Tru tune

My 20v Porter Cable cordless drill can spin at 1600 rpm's. Tension rods come fully loosened in less than a second each. I agree with Odd-Arne, I don't need more crap in my house. 3 kits with...
Forum: Drums 06-10-2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,513
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: GRETSCH BROOKLYN mediocre bad quality?

I can vouch for crappy Gretsch quality. The bearing edges on my Catalina Maple were a joke. Also, there were gaps in the middle plys of 3 of the 5 toms on my kit. The gaps had to be filled and the...
Forum: General Discussion 06-08-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,351
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

So I randomly came across a Mike Mangini solo and thought of this thread. While this solo would be really difficult to replicate due to the crazy sticking patterns, complete limb independence, and...
Forum: Drums 06-08-2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,150
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Why doesn't anyone make quieter drums?

Playing with dynamics is a completely different thing to loud vs quiet drums. Learning dynamics is a very valuable tool that all drummers should learn, but playing at an ultra quiet level while...
Forum: Drums 06-07-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,150
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Why doesn't anyone make quieter drums?

No, dont mess with the mesh. I have a set of Remo Silent Strokes on my Ddrum kit with the reso heads tuned. Its loud enough to get the tone of the reso head while still reducing the volume by at...
Forum: Drums 06-07-2015, 06:52 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,150
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Why doesn't anyone make quieter drums?

If you want quiet you can use mesh batter heads and keep the mylar reso heads. Tune the reso heads for the tone you want and you are good to go for the drums. For the cymbals you can use Zildjian...
Forum: Drums 06-06-2015, 06:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 624
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: dw colllectors experts, need info

Well of course it costs a lot to have the kit custom made to your specifications, but why should a second owner have to pay an upcharge for someone elses custom choices? If you look at a lot of...
Forum: Drums 06-06-2015, 02:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 624
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: dw colllectors experts, need info

Well, duh. For $500 you can get a new kit from another brand. For this kit, $2500 may be a good price. It looks nice and I'm sure its built well with a nice sound, but to me a Collectors kit is...
Forum: Drums 06-05-2015, 12:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 549
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: DW bass drum muffling pillows

Have you tried the small vent holes like in DW resonant heads, or like Benny Greb puts in his BD reso heads? Before you tear up a new head, try duct taping over the big mic/vent hole in an old head...
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,351
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

I'll take a Benny Greb solo over this any day.
Forum: Drums 06-02-2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 906
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: NEW DRUM KIT

I'm just saying that for a pop/rock sound, the Gretsch isn't as well suited as the other kits mentioned. That was the only information to go on in the OP's post. I don't think Gretsch kits are bad,...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 677
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Got that text last night....

I say you ditch the lead guitarist and practice on Saturday mornings. Find a new guitarist who has availability for practice at that time and move on.
Forum: Drums 06-02-2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 906
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: NEW DRUM KIT

Do you care what sizes they come in? Are you looking for something custom spec'ed to what you want, or is a factory built/packaged set fine for you? Of the kits you mention, I would stay away from...
Forum: Drums 06-01-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 698
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: 12" Tom

My 12" Catalina tom tunes up beautifully. I have recommended it in a previous thread about tuning 12" toms and I will recommend it again: go buy a tune-bot. Tuning by ear is fine if you know...
Forum: Drums 05-30-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Taking the wrap off

One more thing I forgot to mention about Tama's wrapped drums is that Tama cuts a groove in their shells where the end of the wrap is supposed to go. So when you take off the wrap, there is a groove...
Forum: Drums 05-30-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 892
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Keller thin shells for jazz and high tunings?

I felt they had the best tone and resonance of all the drums at the show. But they did still just sound like drums. They just sounded a bit more open than the other kits I played on, and that...
Forum: Drums 05-29-2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Taking the wrap off

Well, if you want the surface to be smooth, you will need to get some sort of filler to smooth out the grain. Maybe a filler primer will work with some sanding between coats. Another inexpensive...
Forum: Drums 05-29-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Taking the wrap off

Yeah, you will want to use a heat gun and pull up the overlap section with a putty knife, then slowly pull the wrap off with even pressure by hand. You will need to apply heat across the whole wrap...
Forum: Drums 05-29-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By Tommy_D
Re: Taking the wrap off

Taking wrap off mahogany shells is tedious work, unless the wrap is installed with minimal tape, or some low stick glue. When I unwrapped my Tama Rockstar drums, the shells were in pretty fair...
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