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Old 09-14-2011, 02:44 PM
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Guys I am looking to add some percussion to my kit and need your advise.
I need a bass drum or cymbal mounted cow bell with a medium pitch/darkish sound.
It will be used to play classic rock, funk and pop music.
Also I need one of those blocks that sounds like a rim click.
Can anyone point me to a brand and model?

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Old 09-14-2011, 02:48 PM
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The type of mounting is irrelevant; you buy a separate mount which will fit any cowbell or jam block anyway.

I've always been partial to the LP Ridge Rider cowbell, and it sounds like it would fit your description. It's pretty much the industry standard rock cowbell these days.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:53 PM
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I have the LP Classic Ridge Rider. A bit pricey and pretty big but works well for rock oriented music I think, though not used it in a funk setting yet so not sure about that - it'd probably be okay.. You might want to hit a few and see what you like best.

I also have a couple of LP Jam Blocks that I used to use in an old band, but neither really sound like a rim click. As far as I know only a rim click sounds like a rim click. The blocks are great for creating certain types of grooves though. I never use them as a replacement for a rim click.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:03 PM
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It is the Groove Wedge that you seek.

Ditto to what others say about jam blocks and LP cowbells. I would experiment with a few different bell sounds, though. A cutting cha-cha bell is quite a bit different than a deeper, African-style bell. Meinl, Pearl and others make good plastic wood blocks too.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:24 PM
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For the alternative to a rim click that you seek, I suggest either a LP piccolo Jam Block, or perhaps even better, an LP Jam Bell. The smaller blue one in particular might be just what you are after. If you go to the LP online catalog, you can hear any of their instruments, which is really cool. If you listen through headphones the sound is pretty realistic. As far as cowbells go, they are sort of like cymbals as far as I am concerned, you can never have too many.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:28 PM
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There is also the LP rock cowbell is you can't stand the plastic ridge (like me). The Ridge Rider is just an LP Rock cowbell with a plastic thing on it.

I like the Mambo cowbell for funk stuff. Its similar to the Rock cowbell in almost every way, except its darker. The Rock cowbell is really bright compared to the Mambo.

If you go the lpmusic.com, you can listen to all of these products in there online catalog.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:31 PM
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I like the Mambo cowbell for funk stuff. Its similar to the Rock cowbell in almost every way, except its darker. The Rock cowbell is really bright compared to the Mambo.
The mambo cowbell does sound great, but be careful if you're a heavy hitter (like me). I completely flattened a mambo cowbell during the course of a couple of rehearsals and a gig.
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:39 PM
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I use a plastic block instead of rim clicks due to health/back issues. They do not sound that different. The others I play with like the Jam Block. Peace and goodwill.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:47 AM
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I cringe when I hear a drummer substitute a rim click with a jam block....sounds WAY off to me. As a percussive tool on its own, they're great, but not for replacing the rim click.
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Old 09-17-2011, 06:16 PM
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When I play at church, we play many songs that need the click sound. So I got real good at doing it. But I have to lean over a little bit to do it, which hurts my back. Cringe away all you want, but you have not heard what I am doing. I am no newby on drums, and can do a rim click with the best of them, but it is not worth the pain. Drum on!
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:26 PM
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Guys thank you for all the responses.
I heard Maroon 5 live(great show, great drummer) and the drummer used some kind of block that sounded like the cross stick sound. This was of course through a very large PA system.
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I already have a tambourine and expect be to able to mount one of the blocks on the tambourine holder
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:30 PM
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