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Old 08-29-2013, 12:01 AM
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Default Re: Can you be a gigging drummer without a drum kit?

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Yeah, what he said.

If you really only think that you’ll gig every 3 or 4 months, then just rent a kit when you need it. It should be fairly cheap.
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It is very cheap to rent a kit for a day here in Canada, especially if it's only once every 3-6 months.
I'm sure you can find rentals in London.
Once you get gigs more often, you might want to consider buying one.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:00 PM
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Here in the States, the availability of "house kits" depends largely on the city.

In Manhattan (New York City) for example, where parking is prohibitive and transporting drums is a pain, many clubs have kits available.

In Nashville, there are a dozen clubs in a short stretch of Broadway where live bands play every day and night, and those places have house kits (a lot of Mapex for some reason.) But elsewhere in the city, not so much.

In Los Angeles, I can name only a couple of venues where there's a house kit available, or mandatory (Molly Malone's.)

Bringing an e-kit is not going to work for most gigs. If it's a venue that is suited for it or requires it, they probably have one there (casino lounges for example.)

Every drummer I know - full time or not - has their own gear that they can bring to a gig, rehearsal, or studio.

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Bermuda, I've noticed all the Mapex kits down there, too. I've heard there is a major Mapex distributor in Nashville and thus maybe a little extra influence. Or perhaps since those sets get well used being played all day, every day, that the folks there just want something that sounds decent, holds up, and doesn't cost too much. dunno.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:28 PM
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It's quite different in America from where I live, as far as I can tell. Out here, it's almost compulsory for the house to provide or rent the kit that will be played. Heck, most of the times they provide the amplifiers for guitarists and bassists. I suppose a lot of that has to do with lower incomes.

But besides that, the organisers aren't willing to reimburse most "artists" for transport. Heck, I hear so many stories of people getting ripped off or even paying to play, it's horrifying. The cheaper my trip to the gig is, the more money I'll be able to eke out of my music "career". Let the venue take care of it, I am an artiste with an "e", haha.

Out here, there are none of those A-Team vans. A band member with transport is a lucky man indeed, most people travel by taxi (autorickshaw) and hope it doesn't rain.

Now I think about it, it probably does result in a sub-optimal experience haha. But the fact that the OP's even asking in London seems to highlight the difference in his thinking versus most other forum members, who wouldn't even dream of gigging without packing up their drums and transporting them around the city/state/country.

Of course, as someone else mentioned first, perhaps the forum members here are the creme de la creme, the ooh lala, the fat cats and whos whos of the drumming world, with kits to spare and gas to burn. Don't pester us with these obvious troll threads, you silly wabbit, you :P

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Old 08-30-2013, 05:54 PM
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I truly feel for any drummer who has to deal with this. Clearly, I take it for granted that I have transport anytime, and capable gear just waiting to go. Gratitude.

You've seen these collapsable cups. I bet you could be able to design a entire set of 2 headed drums, hardware and everything whose mission is to be a one trip kit. I bet there is a big market to all the drummers who have basic space considerations to deal with.
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It's quite different in America from where I live, as far as I can tell. Out here, it's almost compulsory for the house to provide or rent the kit that will be played. Heck, most of the times they provide the amplifiers for guitarists and bassists. I suppose a lot of that has to do with lower incomes.

But besides that, the organisers aren't willing to reimburse most "artists" for transport. Heck, I hear so many stories of people getting ripped off or even paying to play, it's horrifying. The cheaper my trip to the gig is, the more money I'll be able to eke out of my music "career". Let the venue take care of it, I am an artiste with an "e", haha.

Out here, there are none of those A-Team vans. A band member with transport is a lucky man indeed, most people travel by taxi (autorickshaw) and hope it doesn't rain.

Now I think about it, it probably does result in a sub-optimal experience haha. But the fact that the OP's even asking in London seems to highlight the difference in his thinking versus most other forum members, who wouldn't even dream of gigging without packing up their drums and transporting them around the city/state/country.

Of course, as someone else mentioned first, perhaps the forum members here are the creme de la creme, the ooh lala, the fat cats and whos whos of the drumming world, with kits to spare and gas to burn. Don't pester us with these obvious troll threads, you silly wabbit, you :P

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It sure sound like a sub-optimal experience....you should have chosen the flute or something!!.....just kidding

But honestly, it all depends on how big this dream of becoming a drummer is for you (or anyone else) even if it's only as a hobby.
Maybe people in places with higher incomes can afford higher end kits or even having 2 or 3 kits.....maybe people in other places can't afford that and need to settle with lower end kits, they may not sound the same but they're still drums and if you want to be a drummer you need a drum kit.

A few months back I needed to get a nasty grease stain out of my carpet so I contacted a cleaning lady but she asked me if I had the tools because she didn't have any....An hour later I contacted another lady and she told me not to worry about anything, that she had all the tools to do it....guess who got the job.
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