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Forum: Drums 01-28-2015, 12:44 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,661
Posted By RobertM
Re: That Erskine kit at NAMM

Based on Tama's price list and average discounting done by most dealers, an 18/14/12 bebop setup of Tama Star Bubinga might go roughly for $4400, with Tama Star Maple in same setup for $4100 or so.
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Forum: Drums 01-27-2015, 01:48 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,661
Posted By RobertM
Re: That Erskine kit at NAMM

Yellow is the ultimate color. Period. I have a yellow jazz kit, and sure it can serve as a nod to Tony or Elvin, but I've loved yellow since my childhood, and my jazz heroes are Blakey and Roach.
Forum: Drums 01-22-2015, 07:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 302
Posted By RobertM
New Tama Gear

Tama's posted their new 2015 gear on the Web, which includes a new Star zebrawood snare drum and new Star walnut drum kits (with some pretty cool finishes).

They have also gone back to the painted...
Forum: Drums 01-08-2015, 10:46 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,333
Posted By RobertM
Re: NAMM 2015 - what do you expect to see?

The Russ Miller and Matt Halpern snares look okay and sound okay (via PASIC footage).

Will Yamaha finally unveil a new "Recording Custom" series?
Forum: Drums 12-18-2014, 05:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By RobertM
Re: Yamaha Studio Custom Drums

"Yamaha Studio Custom," to me, sounds like a Winter NAMM 2015 re-release of the Recording Custom series.
Forum: Drums 12-11-2014, 01:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By RobertM
Re: Recommendation for a Woody, Sensitive Snare?

Andy: What is your assessment of using solid-shell Cocobolo? If proper edges were cut for my sound preferences, as you note in your first post, would a Cocobolo steam bent shell work for the...
Forum: Drums 12-11-2014, 12:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By RobertM
Re: Recommendation for a Woody, Sensitive Snare?

Andy: Thanks for your awesome, learned insight--I was hoping you'd share some thoughts.

Funny you mentioned Zebrano (Zebrawood, right?), because this is one snare sound I've heard (both in ply and...
Forum: Drums 12-10-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By RobertM
Re: Recommendation for a Woody, Sensitive Snare?

Jeremy: I checked out the Longo snares--pretty nice. I also kind of liked the Canopus walnut solid shell. Have you heard or played that one?

The Tulip N&C was sound.
Forum: Drums 12-10-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By RobertM
Re: Recommendation for a Woody, Sensitive Snare?

Jeremy: Thanks for that reminder about the intended use!

Basically, it would be a snare for jazz and more acoustic settings.

I'll re-check the Tulip wood idea: I recall N&C making those...
Forum: Drums 12-10-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By RobertM
Recommendation for a Woody, Sensitive Snare?

Does anyone have a good recommendation for a snare with the following characteristics?:

- woody, darker sound
- dry
- very good sensitivity

I've looked at and liked a couple of Dunnett and...
Forum: Drums 11-28-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 801
Posted By RobertM
Re: Reasons Not to Buy Dixon Artisan Drums?

Thanks, everyone, for this very helpful feedback. As Andy notes, the Dixon videos are processed, but I think the Gregg Bissonette performance via Vic Firth's site...
Forum: Drums 11-27-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 801
Posted By RobertM
Reasons Not to Buy Dixon Artisan Drums?

I've heard some videos of these kits, starting with the more recent Gregg Bissonette performances, and the Dixon Artisan kits sound quite good. This top-of-the-line series is also quite affordable...
Forum: Drums 11-09-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 323
Posted By RobertM
Yamaha Live Custom - New Finishes?

Does anyone know if Yamaha is planning to offer new finishes any time soon for the Live Custom kits? Nice-sounding drums, but the finishes not too diverse or imaginative.
Forum: Drums 11-09-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 304
Posted By RobertM
Dixon Artisan Drum Kits

Just watched the Vic Firth video of Gregg Bissonette playing his new Dixon Artisan drum kit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1eHey3gA6E

I was pleasantly surprised by how good the drums...
Forum: Drummers 11-05-2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 674
Posted By RobertM
Neil Peart Borrows Max Roach?

I've read that Neil Peart has incorporated Max Roach's "The Drum Also Waltzes" into his drum solos during Rush concerts (he apparently first heard the Roach solo via a Bill Bruford performance of...
Forum: Drums 11-05-2014, 03:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,484
Posted By RobertM
Re: DW Performace or C&C

No "cons," really, unless the kit is poorly made. I haven't heard of any complaints about the Way kits. But sometimes imported kits have poor craftsmanship--people have experienced these flaws on...
Forum: Drums 11-05-2014, 02:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,992
Posted By RobertM
Re: Nylon vs. Chrome Tension Rod Washers

The ABS washers that Les recommends are made out of rubber, is that correct? I researched them a bit and the ABS co. site said they use rubber, so I'm assuming that this makes them resistant to...
Forum: Drums 11-05-2014, 02:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,464
Posted By RobertM
Re: Popcorn porn :)

Beautiful drum, Andy! I like Zebrawood snares--I've heard an old Gregg Gaylord stave one and a Sakae ply one, and both had awesome tone and a dry-ish articulation. Yours looks awesome with those...
Forum: Drummers 11-04-2014, 05:54 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,149
Posted By RobertM
Re: Hannah Ford and Prince

Good points, James. The entertainer factor is important too.

Your post reminds me of what Gene Simmons told Terri Gross during a Fresh Air interview years ago: "I didn't want to be in a band, I...
Forum: Drums 11-04-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 823
Posted By RobertM
Re: New Crush Drum kit

Awesome post, Gene, and great-looking drums. Welcome to the forum--it is a great resource. Enjoy the new kit!
Forum: Drummers 11-04-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,149
Posted By RobertM
Re: Hannah Ford and Prince

I think D. April's assessment of Hannah Ford is spot on. It's great that she's scored this gig, for after all her dad has made a career out of her--of trying to promote her no matter what. If you...
Forum: Drums 11-02-2014, 01:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,484
Posted By RobertM
Re: DW Performace or C&C

Well, the George Way drum kits are outsourced/imported too. They are not true Dunnett kits (hence the price difference). I'm assuming Ronn may check on the kits before they are distributed, but who...
Forum: Drums 10-21-2014, 02:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 475
Posted By RobertM
Re: Walnut, Birch, Heads, Tuning, Sound

Well, you can compare the walnut sound of the Ddrums to Dunnett's George Way Walnut bop kit:

http://youtu.be/4fbbniJoZwQ

Same sizes as the Ddrum Speakeasy, though this kit is entirely walnut...
Forum: Drums 10-11-2014, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 575
Posted By RobertM
Re: Snare Choice for Punk Gig

I played a gig with Alice Bag (from the original Bags punk band of the late 1970s in LA). I used the Hakim snare and it was great: tight and snappy and mixed well with the guitar and bass.

Cheers.
Forum: Drums 10-09-2014, 04:45 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,420
Posted By RobertM
Re: Autumn beauty!

Now *that's* probably my favorite Guru finish I've seen to date. Very beautiful!
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