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Forum: Drums 04-06-2014, 12:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,977
Posted By TopHat
Re: Holy Grail of Drum Kits?

I love my Recording Custom, but I have a soft spot for Kumu on the custom end of things. I like their finishes and the side hole in the bass drum for miking. Overall they sound great.

Forum: Drums 03-20-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,411
Posted By TopHat
Re: Your Holy Grail

I love too many drum items to have a holy grail, but the closest thing would probably have to by my Recording Custom. I've wanted that piece of gear for many years before I got one, and the only...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 737
Posted By TopHat
Re: Kit Too Big or Too Small

I have a big kit because of two main reasons.

This is my first pro level kit, which has been my dream kit since I learned to play drums in the mid 90's. Yamaha Recording Custom.

And I'm the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2014, 02:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,366
Posted By TopHat
Re: Snares vs cymbals

I'm a cymbalholic, although currently in a recovery stage. I've always had a minimalist approach for snares, to me, there are only a few basic sounds to be made.

Wood - deep
Wood - shallow...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 11:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By TopHat
Re: Help recording my drums

A Zoom is probably your best option for value. Most of the youtubers making simple covers are using those. The next step up requires quite a bit more investment, as you'll need a laptop or pc, an...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 425
Posted By TopHat
Re: Overhead Mics - Side Address vs. End Address

Guys have a lot of success skipping condensers altogether. Check out heil sound.com

I'm looking at his PR30 for two overheads, a PR31 for snare and a PR40 on the kick. Rugged built in USA with...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2014, 04:15 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,384
Posted By TopHat
Re: Whats the weirdest thing you ever broke on your kit during a gig?

I use Yamaha Drums and Hardware, I've never broken anything :)
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 698
Posted By TopHat
Re: Drummers you enjoy, but would never consider playing like?

I hate metal, and all the associated loud and fast as you can ism.

I'm more intrigued to be a sly groove player, enough chops and independence to be like "oh thats sweet" but enough space that no...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-26-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 862
Posted By TopHat
Re: What are you working on?

With a 2 year old and a 6 month old, my practice time is limited, and usually interrupted. I might get 20-30 mins every couple days.

I've been working on some basics, feet-hand interdependence...
Forum: Drum Technique 02-25-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By TopHat
Re: Carter Beauford technique

I have a kit similar to his although I don't use the same arrangement because he plays open hand and I play crossed. I also don't have anywhere near the skill or diversity of style he does so he...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,097
Posted By TopHat
Re: Micing my kit with 3 mics

I would think you could get pretty decent sound with two overheads and a kick, or maybe kick, snare and an overhead. The limiting factor might be the SM57's, I'm not sure they are ideal to be...
Forum: Drums 02-20-2014, 04:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,935
Posted By TopHat
Re: Advantages of metal snares in jazz.

I was looking at getting a 14x5 cast phosphor bronze, to have something a bit shallower and metal for jazz. My main drum is a 14x6.5 walnut stave. Anyone think these two drums would complement each...
Forum: Drums 02-16-2014, 04:27 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 18,830
Posted By TopHat
Re: Ludwig's new Signet 105 drum line!

I got to play a Teak set of these in the bop sizes yesterday at Guitar Center. My overall impressions of the looks in person, is the same in real life, I don't like the look. The hardware, the teak...
Forum: Drums 02-15-2014, 09:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,070
Posted By TopHat
Re: Hard to find exactly what I want

When I was looking for Recording Customs, I always wanted the Cherry Red, or the new Deep Blue, but since they went out of production, I got a killer price on a Piano Black set. I was stoked over the...
Forum: Drums 02-15-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 398
Posted By TopHat
Re: Beginner drummer buying 1st set

I was in my local guitar center the other day (yesterday actually), and they were *clearing out* a bunch of kits.

They had a flawless black Yamaha Oak Custom for 999, they had a Gretsch Reknown...
Forum: General Discussion 02-15-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
Posted By TopHat
Re: Yamaha Recording Customs

One of the all time great sets in any application. Carter Beauford among others made a mint playing these things live and in studio.

Just get them.
Forum: Drums 02-14-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,471
Posted By TopHat
Re: Sakae Brings Back the "Recording Custom"

I have the Piano Black finish 10/12/14/16 and 22 kick. I called all over looking for an 18 floor "just in case" I'd ever want one, and the *last* one in the country was a Vintage Burst, so my 18 has...
Forum: Drums 02-08-2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,471
Posted By TopHat
Re: Sakae Brings Back the "Recording Custom"

I'm glad I bought one of the last RC's to come off the line in June. Got the set, hardware and a full set of pro cymbals and Yamaha Aluminum snare for half the price of what Sakae wants.

The RC...
Forum: Drums 01-13-2014, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By TopHat
Fat bass sound

I've got a 22x16 Recording Custom bass drum. Love it, punchy and deep. Classic Carter Beauford.

Thought a bit about augmenting with a different bass drum, probably maple or oak, probably in a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-08-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1,241
Views: 350,060
Posted By TopHat
Wanted: 22 Agop Special Edition TW Ride

Anyone looking to sell/trade one of these TW rides, please let me know. Preferably in the 2600g-2700g range
Forum: Drums 01-04-2014, 01:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By TopHat
Re: design your signature snare

They are indeed leather gaskets. The hoops are chrome over brass and the washers I think are copper. Tony is a fine craftsman and old car restoration guru, I'm fairly certain I won't have any...
Forum: Drums 01-03-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 611
Posted By TopHat
Re: design your signature snare

Already have mine. Bellwether walnut stave with holly keys. Chrome over brass rims 14x6.5
Custom trick throw
Forum: General Discussion 12-05-2013, 02:55 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,422
Posted By TopHat
Re: Race in drumming

I went to a high school that was 75% black. I was always talented on the drums, but I'm not a very creative person. I'm good at things like math.

I envied the couple of black drummers we had...
Forum: Drums 12-05-2013, 02:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 698
Posted By TopHat
Re: recommendations for new set

I play Recording Customs (which used are probly a little out of your range), but overall am a Yamaha fan boy. I'd recommend the Stage Customs as well. I've played Pearl Vision Birch sets at my local...
Forum: General Discussion 11-08-2013, 02:04 AM
Replies: 1,241
Views: 350,060
Posted By TopHat
Re: THE CLASSIFIEDS - For Sale / Wanted

Liquidating my Paiste Giant Beats.

18" Multi - Great condition, only caveat is the coating has been removed so the cymbal is bronze colored instead of a greenish hue. Does NOT affect the...
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