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Old 11-14-2010, 03:11 PM
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Default Buying a cowbell this afternoon - which one!?

Hey,

Gonna head over to a local store, in an hour or so, no nothing about cowbells so gonna try em all out, any recommendations?

I just they sound cool!

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Old 11-14-2010, 03:22 PM
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I have several cow bells.
I have no preference in particular.
Just try them and pick the one that you like.
Tama makes a great bass drum hoop mount for a cowbell.
Thats where I mount mine.
Link http://www.zzounds.com/item--TAMCBH20
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:30 PM
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Yea I think this is it, hopefully they'll do me a deal with a mount!?

Why have you multiple cowbells, out of interest?

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Old 11-14-2010, 03:42 PM
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I have 4 kits and I keep a cowbell on each one.
I sometimes leave my kits at different practice places and I only bring my stick and cymbal bag to play.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:45 PM
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Four kits! Now I'm jealous!

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Old 11-14-2010, 03:58 PM
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I keep several inexpensive kits that I bought used.
Moving drums sucks!
Every kit has all of the stands, bags, pedals, and hardware that stays with that kit.
It saves me energy and time.
I don't have to think about if I have all of my gear packed. I simply pick a kit, select my cymbals, load the kit into my car, and go.
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:28 PM
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I purchased 'LP Mambo' its meant to be more latin style, but it has a nice low tone to it. Really chuffed!

Although I did have trouble mounting it for ten minutes without realising I had it upside down!

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Old 11-14-2010, 09:31 PM
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That's great Sam!
I have never found the perfect place to mount my cowbell.
I have had it mounted in many places on my kit over the years
I finally settled for the bass drum hoop.

Where did you mount yours?
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:46 PM
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I purchased 'LP Mambo' its meant to be more latin style, but it has a nice low tone to it. Really chuffed!

Although I did have trouble mounting it for ten minutes without realising I had it upside down!

Sam
My Mambo bell doesn't have a 'right side up' orientation. How can it be upside down?
I actually own three bells, the big mambo, a little cha-cha, and a big silver Salsa bell. Between those three it covers everything I might need cowbell-wise.
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:41 PM
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Default Re: Buying a cowbell this afternoon - which one!?

I use a couple different cowbells too. I have the LP Mambo bell mounted on my bass drum with a Gibraltar mount. (I had used the Tama mount in the past but it uses an L-rod that tended to loosen after a few times of hitting the cowbell.)

Sometimes, I also use a Black Beauty bell on my left side. I have it mounted on an arm attached to the hi-hat stand. I'll occasionally substitute a jamblock in place of the BB bell too.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:49 AM
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Best hoop mount cow bell mount currently on the market-


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Old 11-15-2010, 09:06 AM
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That's a cool mount, but in the old days, I got used to having the cowbell mount just above the hoop. You apparently can't do that with that mount. I use an LP bass drum hoop mount with an L arm, and the nice thing about this mount is there is no hardware at the top of the bracket, so you can get the bell alot lower to the hoop.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:21 AM
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:53 AM
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Russ Millers Sig, Cowbell: http://www.thomann.de/se/meinl_rm80b...er_cowbell.htm with -Tama CBH20 Bass Drum Cowbell Hoop Mount-
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Old 11-15-2010, 12:46 PM
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Default Re: Buying a cowbell this afternoon - which one!?

@bobdadruma
I fixed it on the bass drum, seems pretty ideal although, I can see the attraction of having it higher, say between the hi toms.

@Bo Eder
Embarassingly it wasn't the cowbell that was 'upside down', but in fact the entire mount, you see I was clamping it against the bass drum upside down!

It has definitely made me more open, about getting hold of other blocs and latin pieces ect!

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Old 11-15-2010, 08:29 PM
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Yeah, I like those mounts, but the problem I have with them is that the wing nut holding the L-arm is on top of the mount. Which means if you mounted the L-arm on the other side, to accommodate a big bell, the wing nut would now be in the way. Here's what I've been using for the last decade or so, and as you can see, I can mount the L-arm on either side to accommodate a long bell, like the mambo bell shown. This time I'm using it in a traditional mounting, but I like having the option because I don't need to have this long bell hanging out over my knee.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:15 PM
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I personally don't like to mount things on hoops. It's worse enough that there is pedal rash on the bottom :)

I like the dw style (if you want the cowbell lower, just turn the l rod upside down) but I prefer my solution.

Mount it off a medium to long armed cymbal arm (with short mainpost) witch is placed in my bassdrum tom bracket.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:42 PM
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While going through a local Attwoods (farm and ranch supplies) I noticed they carried several sized cowbells FOR ACTUAL COWS. I bough all three sizes and removed the clappers and use them on my set. This is how I mounded on my tom stand.

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Old 11-16-2010, 02:41 AM
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Every time that I put a kit together I never seem to allow for the cowbell.
I put all of my drums and cymbals exactly where I want them and then I think to myself,
"Crap! Where an I going to mount the freakin cowbell?"
I have never found the perfect place for this queer shaped but necessary gadget.
I just stick it in a precarious spot on the hoop of my bass drum and deal with it as this
weird thing that isn't round that I have to try and hit every now and then.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:04 AM
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While going through a local Attwoods (farm and ranch supplies) I noticed they carried several sized cowbells FOR ACTUAL COWS. I bough all three sizes and removed the clappers and use them on my set. This is how I mounded on my tom stand.
You beat me too it Zickos'

I have 2 antique cowbells from the farm - one even has the original heavy metal beater in it - they sound great.
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:27 PM
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Default Re: Buying a cowbell this afternoon - which one!?

When mounting cowbells on my bass drum hoop i put a little piece of sponge on each side to avoid the teeth marks generally left behind by cowbell mounts. It works fine i never have any problems with slipping or anything
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:28 PM
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Every time that I put a kit together I never seem to allow for the cowbell.
I put all of my drums and cymbals exactly where I want them and then I think to myself,
"Crap! Where an I going to mount the freakin cowbell?"
I have never found the perfect place for this queer shaped but necessary gadget.
I just stick it in a precarious spot on the hoop of my bass drum and deal with it as this
weird thing that isn't round that I have to try and hit every now and then.
You could always mount it, without a mount straight onto the hi hat (loop it through the excess metal stick above the hi hat cymbals).

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Old 11-18-2010, 07:30 PM
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I have the same mount, i only payed a little bit for it, so it was worth it, but i want to let you know ahead of time the rod slips down and out of place every now again while i'm playing, it's not too big of a deal for me because im not that big on cowbells, i kinda just like em around for fun, but it if you're going to be very dependant on this cowbell i suggest you spend a little extra on something a little higher quality
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:15 AM
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The Meinl cowbell holder is great; won't damage your bass drum and it'll stay right into place.


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Old 11-19-2010, 03:53 AM
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You beat me too it Zickos'

I have 2 antique cowbells from the farm - one even has the original heavy metal beater in it - they sound great.
I used to have one but I lost it at a gig. It was probably 75 years old. :-( And, yes, it sounded great, better than what I have now. I keep looking for one in antique stores.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:17 PM
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The 2 cowbells I like are the LP "Prestige" & "Black Beauty", The prestige has that low deep cowbell sound & the BB has the high pitched sound that cuts though almost anything.

The cowbell mount I use is:
http://drums-percussion.musiciansfri...ELAID=26033174

I mount it off a cymbal stand by my ride because my knee was always hitting the cowbell.

I use the Prestige because I like the lower pitched cowbells.

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Old 11-19-2010, 06:36 PM
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I use an LP or Gibraltar percussion mount off a rack tube or cymbal stand, and when I'm using more than one cowbell I use an extra-long Z-shaped post that must have come from an LP Everything Rack. I've never been a fan of hoop mounting, and for some obvious reasons.

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