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Old 06-24-2012, 02:32 AM
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I live in an apartment so real drums are something of a no-no. I used to have a kit set up with mufflers on it but I don't even have room for that any more. So I figured I could set up a very rudimentary (no pun intended) practice kit. I use a Real Feel pad on a snare stand, a hi-hat with mufflers on, a flat ride with a muffler and an old Remo practice pad set up vertically as a bass drum pad. I used a Tama clamp with an old stacker with 6mm threads that fit the Remo pad. Stuff I had lying around so the system cost me nothing. Bonus!

It's a bare-bones setup but it's great for practicing jazz independence, linear ideas, double bass and just plain grooving. Here are some photos. I have Count Dooku and Darth Vader there to motivate me (yes, I'm a nerd).



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Old 06-24-2012, 03:04 AM
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Ingenuity strikes again. Cool.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:11 AM
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Thanks! I was sitting there at work wondering how I could set up a bass drum pad. I was like, "Lets see, oh yeah I have that old Remo pad! How can I set that up as a bass drum? Oh that stacker that I never used should fit in that Tama clamp that I haven't used in over a decade should work!"

Bingo!
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Indeed, if you have the space ... never throw away drum gear (except for the broken stuff). I've been able to modify, trade, and sell so many pieces over the years.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:59 AM
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Dude, tell me about it. I once threw away a double pedal I thought was broken but thinking back I'm pretty sure it was just a loose allen screw. I could kick myself a million times! Stupid me.
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Awesome practice kit. I've found playing on practice pads set up like yours helps me stay focused with practicing and coming up with new ideas. In contrast, I drift from my lessons when on the acoustic set. I end up playing grooves i've done many times before just because it's really fun!
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:33 AM
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Thanks! Yes it is somewhat less distracting. But I still find myself having to focus on the task at hand. I am very prone to getting distracted. I have to work hard to concentrate. I also tend to be lazy so getting motivated to stick to a routine is hard for me. I'm working on it!
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