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Forum: General Discussion 05-07-2015, 06:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 830
Posted By Smoke
Re: Here's an idea!

I was going to chime in on this, but found that somebody had already answered, and since my opinion is just that, figured I'd best leave well enough alone.

But, since we're on the subject, what...
Forum: General Discussion 03-05-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,807
Posted By Smoke
Re: What was the first concert you went to????

Heart, the Dreamboat Annie tour at the Saginaw Civic Center (Saginaw, Michigan) in 1976. I was 17 - smack in the middle of that fuzzy period from 1974 to 1983.
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,236
Posted By Smoke
Re: Hi-Hats: Tight or loose????

Ed-zackery! I use Teflon (anti-seize/plumber's) tape on the top hat nut so I don't have to jam it tight. Seldom if ever comes loose, but is always easy to remove. If you tear down often for gigs,...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,477
Posted By Smoke
Re: I'm back. Did you miss me?

No such thing as a cancer survivor, brother - you're a Cancer Conqueror! Congrats on beating the disease AND the treatments. ;-)

Metastatic prostate cancer in May 2006 - cancer free since August...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2015, 03:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,211
Posted By Smoke
Re: Guy downstairs goes mental when practicing e-drums

Awww Gee...

Do we HAVE to revisit this tired old thread? Although not as bad as, "I'm building a home studio in the loo at my Mom's house and want to sound-proof it," it comes close.

Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2015, 02:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 698
Posted By Smoke
Re: Wanting to join a marching band

At your age, you could apply for the US Army Fife and Drum Corps, but I think you have to play in time to exploding artillery shells and small arms fire. ;-)
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,920
Posted By Smoke
Re: S****y albums done by great bands..

Uriah Heep's Wonderworld

It's got Gary Thain on bass, but that's about the only redeeming quality.
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,064
Posted By Smoke
Re: Your Favourite Songs To Cover / Play Along To

Rad Gumbo by Little Feat

Forum: General Discussion 02-15-2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 858
Posted By Smoke
Re: The dream vs. reality.

I thought Shop #1 looked familiar - it's Roy Underhill's Woodwright's Shop.

Sort of resembles my woodshop - it's got a floor, walls, a ceiling ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-12-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 851
Posted By Smoke
Re: OCD or normal jacking around?

I feel your pain. Every time I sit on the throne, things get tweaked a bit. Mostly the throne, snare or or hat stand, but occasionally my ride. Not much, but just a little.

I chalk it up to...
Forum: General Discussion 02-10-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,296
Posted By Smoke
Re: I accept defeat.

Eeeeeyow!! See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laburnum

"the golden shower tree"; "Symptoms of laburnum poisoning may include intense sleepiness, vomiting, convulsive movements, coma, slight...
Forum: General Discussion 02-06-2015, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 804
Posted By Smoke
Re: Satellite Dish Anyone?

Ditto! We bought my wife's parent's property up north - came with the old-style 8 foot diameter round aluminum (aluminium?) dish. I recycled the mounting hardware, dug up the post and tossed the...
Forum: General Discussion 12-23-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 830
Posted By Smoke
Re: Joe Cocker: The Only Singer To Make A Beatles Song Sound Even Better

If you've got 4 minutes, this is worth a watch. Try to listen to the singing and read the captions. You can always go back and watch Joe's performance.

Just priceless.
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2014, 09:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,089
Posted By Smoke
Re: What makes music classic, timeless?

Timeless? Classic?

Music that is universally admired or enjoyed regardless of who is enjoying or admiring the content.

It could be the music, the lyrics, the performers or some combination,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By Smoke
Re: Kind of an odd question?

Strangely, I practice with my "boom box" AND headphones. I wiggle the headphones' 1/8 inch mini-stereo plug into the boom box jack - not all the way though - and get stereo output to both speakers...
Forum: General Discussion 11-03-2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 618
Posted By Smoke
Re: RIP Aker Bilk

Not just 'Acker Bilk," but "Mr. Acker Bilk."

Good memories. Mom and Dad had his albums when I was a kid. I'd bet that if I went spelunking in Dad's basement, those old albums would turn up.
Forum: General Discussion 11-03-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,095
Posted By Smoke
Re: Deceptively cool and challenging drum tracks...

You may have an absolute ball with Linda Ronstadt's version of "Love is a Rose."


I'm pretty sure it's Russ Kunkle on drums. Easy to follow but tough...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,867
Posted By Smoke
Re: Anyone suggest good drum bags?

Another here too. I originally purchased them as H&B bags are made in USA, only to find out these are made in China. One anomaly in the stitching on one of six bags I own - does not affect the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 918
Posted By Smoke
Re: That moment.....when the band are 'on it'....

Maybe I'm mis-quoting, and maybe I really don't want to know, but I have to ask: did the crowd want more of your drumming or did they want you to disrobe?!?

I guess you had to be there to know...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,352
Posted By Smoke
Re: Extra sharp chisel 1 - finger 0 :(

Bloody Hell!

Whoops, I mean Bloody Finger!

My old Dad always said that it's the dull tool that causes an injury - it forces YOU to do the work instead of the tool, which forces the tool into...
Forum: General Discussion 09-18-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By Smoke
Re: Advice on drum additions

+1 on what Kamak and James said.

Don't forget to experiment with tuning your mounted toms - you can cover a lot of territory with heads and tuning. After you play a while, you'll know how to...
Forum: General Discussion 09-17-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,331
Posted By Smoke
Re: "Play something." What do you play?

I fire back, "Name a song where you know the drum part and I'll give it a whack." Followed quickly by, "Playing the drum part of a song is like eating a sandwich with no filler - it's just bread. ...
Forum: General Discussion 08-25-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,595
Posted By Smoke
Re: Hi hats and air lock, no luck.

I agree with everyone who said it's something mechanical. I'd probably replace the bottom sleeve and both felts or maybe try grommets.

But the only known permanent cure to vapor locking hats is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,240
Posted By Smoke
Re: Musical artists whose death saddened you.

Gary Thain of Uriah Heep and Tommy Bolin.

Both were masters of their respective instruments.

I can't imagine how their careers would have progressed if they were still both alive.
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Posted By Smoke
Re: Annoying Sounds

Funny - Doc Watso hasn't chimed in yet. Please allow me a feeble attempt to reveal the flip side of Uncle Larry's feel-good coin.

You've been drumming for 18 months?!? If you can't play as well...
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