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Old 03-13-2018, 09:18 PM
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I've kicked around the idea of buying a Yamaha Club Jordan Cocktail kit. I've been fascinated by cocktail kits since the early 90s. I like the idea of a cocktail kit, but I'm afraid that I would never use it if I bought it, and that's quite a bit of money to tie up into something that never gets used. This got me thinking...

Ever bought something drum-related that you thought you may use but never did? It may be a cymbal, a snare, etc. I'm not talking about something that you used for a while and then stashed it away. I'm talking about something that you bought, maybe used it once (or not at all), and it's been sitting ever since.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:22 PM
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I bought one of those tamborines that attaches to the hi-hat rod and after a few months I just sort of lost track of it because I wasn't using it.

I did use it in the studio one time and got a good price so not a total waste.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:27 PM
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An LP Pandeiro....

Saw Stanton Moore use one and thought it would go well with the acoustic stuff I am involved in.

Freely admitting my own lack of understanding and technique of\with this type of instrument, it sounded like a choked tambourine, only worse in my hands.

I went after it with a pair of needle nosed pliers to try and open it up....and...
Well it's somewhere in the baesment in a box...I think?

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Old 03-13-2018, 09:30 PM
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Pretty much every wood block type thingy I ever bought thinking this one Ill be able to incorporate better, but didn't.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:33 PM
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A cowbell. I bought one years ago to cover 1 song. Well, we haven't played that song in years, so it's been sitting in the closet.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:44 PM
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A cowbell for me too. I only use it for two songs (which I haven't played in quite a while). But hey, a drummer needs a cowbell, it's just one of those things we gotta have, right?
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:48 PM
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My Gibson Les Paul Jr.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:50 PM
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A Roland SPD-SX is laying about, I don't think electronics is my thing, it takes too much time to learn how to use it properly. The acoustic kit is more up my ally. No fiddling, just playing.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:55 PM
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Drum Dial.


Used once, maybe twice.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:57 PM
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20 inch China.

Too loud! And when you try and play it at lower dynamics the timbre just isnít right.... very disappointed there!
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:13 PM
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Pretty much every wood block type thingy I ever bought thinking this one Ill be able to incorporate better, but didn't.
Same here. I used an LP wood block at one gig and it has never re-surfaced since. I think this is why 'wood block thingies' and other small percussion are common on used sites.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:40 PM
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I bought a Supralite - Ludwig's off-shore steel snare. I played it for a day or two, then went back to my Ludwig Standard aluminum snare. Nothing bad about the Supralite, it's cheep, sounds good and lives up to the hype. It's just that the Standard is such a sleeper of a drum - I love that thing.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:54 PM
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bought a 10" soultone splash.. hit it twice.. no idea where it is now.
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:56 PM
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Many, many years ago (I was 12 at the time) I saw that Mike Portnoy had a set of LP Granite Blocks in one of his monster sets... I got them for Christmas that year and didn't find a use for them, I decided I would never again fall into marketing schemes for stuff I wouldn't use...

Until I got called for an Electropunk band, now I'm nothing without them.

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Old 03-13-2018, 11:01 PM
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I have a 10 year old splash that has never even been on a stand.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:27 PM
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Drum Dial.


Used once, maybe twice.
I think they're still handy for the odd house kit that sounds really weird. In my experience, just getting all the lugs ball-park in the same number range improved those kits dramatically. Much faster than trying to ear tune in a loud venue on dented heads.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:32 PM
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Yep, a 24" Yamaha BCA kick. Great drum, but I couldn't get comfortable behind so it sat unloved on a shelf until I sold it,

OP are you in North Carolina, if so you must be talking about that one listed for $1,000. I think I know that seller, I have bought stuff from him before with no issues. IF I'm right, he's the same guy that bought my BCA kick
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:32 PM
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bought a 10" soultone splash.. hit it twice.. no idea where it is now.
Yup, splashes! I suck at splashes.
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Old 03-13-2018, 11:58 PM
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Many years ago, I bought a brand new Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage (the one with the plastic Nouveau-style detachable lugs) to use as a gigging kit. We didn't have any gigs coming up and I never even played that thing once, as I ended up selling it a month or two later for the same price I paid for it. But it originally came with a full hardware pack, and I kept two of the cymbal stands, so I essentially got those for free (and I still use 'em). So not a total waste.


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But hey, a drummer needs a cowbell, it's just one of those things we gotta have, right?
I've never understood why so many drummers think that. I HATE cowbells and would never use one. In fact, last year I was in the recording studio with my band, and one of the songs we were laying down has a quarter-note cowbell in the choruses (the keyboard player played it live at our shows). I refused to record the cowbell part, and pleaded with the band leader to ditch that idea. In the end he won, and I think he recorded the part himself.
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Old 03-14-2018, 12:17 AM
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Many years ago, I bought a brand new Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage (the one with the plastic Nouveau-style detachable lugs) to use as a gigging kit. We didn't have any gigs coming up and I never even played that thing once, as I ended up selling it a month or two later for the same price I paid for it. But it originally came with a full hardware pack, and I kept two of the cymbal stands, so I essentially got those for free (and I still use 'em). So not a total waste.




I've never understood why so many drummers think that. I HATE cowbells and would never use one. In fact, last year I was in the recording studio with my band, and one of the songs we were laying down has a quarter-note cowbell in the choruses (the keyboard player played it live at our shows). I refused to record the cowbell part, and pleaded with the band leader to ditch that idea. In the end he won, and I think he recorded the part himself.
Sounds like you took a really mature approach to that situation...
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Old 03-14-2018, 02:38 AM
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Sounds like you took a really mature approach to that situation...
It wasn't a hired gun situation. If it were, I would have just recorded it. We were a band, and my input was that the cowbell wasn't needed (and frankly didn't sound good). I never brought it up for our live shows, but once in the studio, I had to stand my ground. It wasn't an ultimatum or anything like that, I just didn't want to record it. Since he decided to, that was fine, at least I knew it wasn't my call.

As a side note, for rehearsals and shows, the keyboard player would always borrow one of my sticks for playing the cowbell part. I eventually started giving him one of my multirods, so that at least that cut the volume back a bit. It didn't help that he rarely played it right on the beat, so I had to get on him about that more than a few times.

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Old 03-14-2018, 03:51 AM
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Not really, but I one time got a warranty replacement for a crash that I pretty much immediately put away to never be used after I got the replacement (it was an S Family Medium Thin 18" crash - by the time I got the replacement I had upgraded to Ks)
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:00 AM
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An Alesis SamplePad Pro... I used maybe a few hours over a month... and since collecting dust. I need to sell that sombitch
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:48 AM
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Showing my age here: A Simmons electronic pad. Theoretically you could get different sounds by plugging in a different sample chip, but the availability of these chips was limited. The chip I had was the Phil Collins snare.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:55 AM
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I tried those Pro Mark Jazz Rakes - the super heavy wire that's spread out. I saw Jojo Mayer use those to great effect, only to find I had no where to use them at all. Regular brushes are used most of the time for what I do.
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Showing my age here: A Simmons electronic pad. Theoretically you could get different sounds by plugging in a different sample chip, but the availability of these chips was limited. The chip I had was the Phil Collins snare.
Well, at least you didn't say you had a set of Syndrums, or Synares ;)
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:02 AM
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A used set of Paiste Sound Edge hi hats (don't remember the formula right this second). I had it in my head that they would sound a certain way, and they just sound like doodoo. They re sitting in a cymbal case until I get around to trying to sell them again. It's been like 3 or 4 years now and I've never used them.

Cowbells, on the other hand, I've got a bunch of them and they get used all the time. Not so much live, but often for recording.
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:53 AM
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My X-hats.
Never enjoy playing them really, don't even think they sound good.

But they cost me very little and they look good on the kit, so I haven't ever bothered to move them on.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:08 PM
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A Zil-Bel. Bought it on clearance for maybe $30 when the local Best Buy was selling their musical instrument stock. Just don't like the excessive "start a boxing match round" ring to it and the bell on my Ping Ride is more than sufficient and cuts through.

I have a LP Jam Block that I used for one song in a past band, but now it's sat for 4 years. We used to also play 2 songs with Cowbell, but my cowbell has sat until we added a new cover in my current band , "I Only Lie When I Love You" by Royal Blood. I have no good place to mount it, so during a show I remove my tambourine for and swap it out for my cowbell for one song.
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Old 03-14-2018, 01:47 PM
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A 8Ē Sabian splash, havenít used it in about 15 years or so.

20Ē Istanbul Agop Flat Ride (with rivets) Bought it for use on an album. Havenít used it since, about 5 years now.
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LP 'Wood' block (it's the red plastic one)...and louder than the entire kit. I rest my phone on it as it sits on a stand with 3/4 other things that currently collect dust.
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Mmmmm think I've got a few:

* Acrolite prototype
* 23 Wuhan China
* Beer holder (pint glass won't fit in it)
* Max Stax
* Drop clutch
* Duallist pedal w/ triple attachment
* Ahead Gloves
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Mmmmm think I've got a few:

* Acrolite prototype
* 23 Wuhan China
* Beer holder (pint glass won't fit in it)
* Max Stax
* Drop clutch
* Duallist pedal w/ triple attachment
* Ahead Gloves
* Silencer Pads
* Pearl Midtown Snare
* Camco Pedal
23" china? Ouch!
Get the ear plugs in for that one.
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Mini timbales. Still sitting in a closet after, oh, maybe 30 years of non-use.
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Bought a bell tree 38 years ago. Currently residing in my attic.
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23" china? Ouch!
Get the ear plugs in for that one.
It's not overly loud just too big for the bag.

Very low and dark!
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I have lots of cymbals, some snares, lots of drum parts (shells, hardware, etc.) even a couple kits that have not been used. A lot of it is for sale (or has been sold) but some of it Im keeping and trying to find a use for them.
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Mmmmm think I've got a few:

* Acrolite prototype
* 23 Wuhan China
* Beer holder (pint glass won't fit in it)
* Max Stax
* Drop clutch
* Duallist pedal w/ triple attachment
* Ahead Gloves
* Silencer Pads
* Pearl Midtown Snare
* Camco Pedal
What is an Acrolite prototype?

Truthfully, I pretty much use everything I have. Otherwise, I wouldn't have bought it.
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Tama's Cobra Clutch

You swivel you're heal over and depress the floor plate and your high hats are set done wherever you like them. Really neat product for the double bass player that wants better control that with a traditional drop clutch.

I don't play very much double bass drum anymore.
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I scored an old DW single chain double pedal on a trade, I set it up on my practice kit and used it maybe twice, now it sits in the corner.
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