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Old 10-15-2012, 07:36 PM
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Ok, back home, & completely screwed over with fatigue. What a few day's it's been. So important for us - silly hard work - but a whole bunch of fun too. Met a ton of forum "dudes", all of whom were damn fine people, & many helped out with carting gear to & from the demo room, & various other tasks. Henri was with us all weekend, & his assistance was so valuable. Happens to be a very cool guy too. "stalwarts" Duncan & Ben were on hand, but unfortunately, on different days. I never did get to buy the coffee! I suspect, much to Ben's annoyance, Derek came to our stand & hung out for a short while after the show closed on Sunday. He had a quick play of my custom range kit too :) If you've ever met Derek, you'll know just how much of a superb guy he is. "one of the boys", graceful, charming, & accommodating :)

Away from the forum crowd, I met up with many old industry friends, from artists to the worlds best tech's to press friends drum builders from around the globe. Especially gratifying was the camaraderie & empathy between the specialist builders. Met Kelly Brady, who's as cute as hell & just as classy as her drums, Aaron Spears who's a real warm gentleman, unwittingly, made a complete dick of myself in front of Virgil Donati (moral of that story, make sure you know who you're demonstrating drums to), but the "artiste" highlight for me was spending time with the wonderful Michele Drees. Such a lovely human being in every respect, & her playing is so satisfying. There's a lot of Gadd in her delivery :)

Anyhow, here's a few photo's.

Videos too, David Flogel (Prepare to be impressed by his wonderful dynamic) trying out two of our kits in the demo room (read, empty store room), & Michele demonstrating the Origin Classic range kit on our stand/booth. I hope you enjoy.

Oh, BTW, there just might be another video too, if I get permission to post it ;)

David on our Origin Classic range kit http://youtu.be/Z5Me0gBUGTo?hd=1 (for those who doubted a 12" deep bass drum could cut it :)

David on our Origin Performance range kit http://youtu.be/5JDi-w3Qgvg?hd=1 (get your best phones on for this)

Michele demonstrating the classic kit on our stand http://youtu.be/zRoWFHjyhRQ?hd=1

I didn't get even a moment to check out other stuff & take pictures, so I'm hoping others will. Enjoy, Andy.

P.S. Last photo is Dean (Guru) & Alex (Amedia UK) loading the biggest ever single oak board at my barn/garage this morning. Trust me, non of us are looking/feeling fresh. We'll be doing something very special with that very old oak board :)
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:23 PM
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This weekend will remain a highlight in my drumming life, I enjoy every seconds from Friday 2:00 pm until Sunday 7:00 pm, on and off the show, the company of Andy, Dean and Alex has to be experienced, it goes straight to your heart, they're such wonderful guys.

Meeting all the forum members was extremely nice too, I even had a little drum duet with Ben :)

I've read all about the new Origins series, I saw all the pictures before going to the show, so I had already a very good idea as what to expect in terms of aesthetics and sounds, right? ...wrong!!! I was simply blown away by all three range, the Performance, the Custom and the Classic, these drums are absolutely beautiful in the "flesh", and the sound, oh my, oh my... it has to be experienced, these kits sounds... err, amazing!!! It was a revelation, period.

The tiny super light Origin Classic "Cappucino" would surprise you, that 20"x12" bass drum is simply amazing, from the softest stroke to the most powerful "canon" stroke, that bass drum delivers the good, it would put ashame a 22"x18" easily with no effort whatsoever, it has to be heard to believe it... trouble is, I want one, once I've moved to the UK, watch this space :)

All the cymbals on the Guru stands were provided by Amedia UK, via Alex, a super friendly guy, and I tried a lot of the cymbals he displayed, all pro-cymbals, and I fell in love with a 21" Old School EFX ride... I came home with it, courtesy of Alex :)

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I never did get to buy the coffee!
... and thus, I never got my "cappucino" :))

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If you've ever met Derek, you'll know just how much of a superb guy he is. "one of the boys", graceful, charming, & accommodating :)
Absolutely, so warm, so natural and so friendly, a genuine top guy :)

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...but the "artiste" highlight for me was spending time with the wonderful Michele Drees. Such a lovely human being in every respect, & her playing is so satisfying. There's a lot of Gadd in her delivery :)
Meeting, watching and hearing Michele was definitely a huge highlight of my visit at the LDS, a wonderful person and an awesome drummer :)

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David on our Origin Classic range kit http://youtu.be/Z5Me0gBUGTo?hd=1 (for those who doubted a 12" deep bass drum could cut it :)
David sampling the Classic Origin kit was an absolute gem, trust me guys, the video doesn't do justice to the wonderful sound of the "Cappucino", it was wonderful "live" :)

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Michele demonstrating the classic kit on our stand http://youtu.be/zRoWFHjyhRQ?hd=1
Simply amazing and inspiring, like her personality :)
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:27 PM
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Looks and sounds as if you guys had a great time! I'm jealous!
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:33 AM
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Looks like a very productive / fun event.

That "Cappucino" sounds tremendous.

Are there more more member group pics?
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:01 AM
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thanks for sharing this experience Andy! So who's who in the photos? Think I
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:06 AM
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We'll be doing something very special with that very old oak board :)
My guess is a drum riser!! :-)

Great vids and pics. Good to see a few DW heads in there too.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:12 AM
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Nice looking drums indeed but no photo of Ms. Brady after such bragging. Duncan look like he was ready for the show. will watch the videos soon, just got home and am tending to my Ebay Cat. Maple tom. Cheers
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:31 AM
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Looks like a fun time was had by all. And the drums look great! Hope the drum show was a success for you guys!
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:16 AM
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I have a snare drum for a head!

I had a great time, Andy. Thanks for being such a warm gentleman as ever, as well as Henri. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all once again and some for the first time. Aside from the noise (thank you, complimentary earplugs!) I came out exhausted but very satisfied that these drums had absolutely exceeded all expectations.

I had the pleasure of playing the famous 'prototype' kit back in March and these development versions have absolutely won me over. I was especially astounded at the 20"x12" bass drum on the bop set and took much glee to demonstrating it (with just a mallet, mind) to unsuspecting passers-by. Really a great job all around.

Also thanks to Kelly (although she would have no clue who I was) for being very warm and conversant, as well as letting me play for a few minutes on a 14"x8" Jarrah block snare that was beautifully sensitive and warm. If you're wondering who that guy was who kept beaming each time he walked by the Brady stand, that would've been me!

Henri is an absolute gentleman as well. I highly recommend that as many people get down to this show next year. It's a great weekend and as long as you know to leave for the first fifteen minutes of each hour (my excuse was cigarettes!) then you will have an absolute blast. A particular highlight was meeting Alex and him showing off the 21" Amedia EFX ride. Truly a great cymbal and one of the finest I've ever had the pleasure of bashing upon in my own unrefined way. A Northern gentleman of the highest order with a wonderfully dry sense of humour!

Finally, Michelle is an absolutely smoking player. Have no doubt. It was wonderful to meet her and discuss some of the aspects of her playing and preferences. A charming lady.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:20 AM
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Beautiful drums as always.
Keep up the good work.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:33 AM
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Wow! looks like a great time, incredible sounding drums too!

Mrs Drees is out of this world. Can I hear the different kicks somewhere? Just he kicks or at least the separate kits recorded well?
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:08 AM
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I had a fun time! I'm glad I got a chance to meet Derek even if we didn't get to hang out by the Guru stand. Was great to see Andy and Dean again and very nice to meet Henri! Already looking forward to next year!
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Jeff Goldblum was there? Hey Henri! How many times have you heard that one?
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:40 AM
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Those two bass drums sound incredible on those youtube recordings. Stunning. Congrats. LDS looks like it was a blast, wish I could have made it.
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I had a great time at the London Drumshow!
The event was amazing - and, what I really liked compared to the german drumfestivals was the 15minute time quiet !! Excelent idea, even most people didn't care.. haha

I've been to London for 3 days with my girlfriend to visit England and do some sightseeing.
But a personal highlight for me was visiting the LDS and meeting Andy & Henri - you two are so great guys :)

I greatfully had the chance to get an appointment in the private show room and got to play those two incredible drumkits!!
I started off with the "rock kit" which I really liked - heavy sound, a lot of volume! That bassdrum was huge, it felt like the door would jump out of it's doorcase if I hit the pedal.

Then... Never excpected that... I switched to that cappucino kit and after the first 3 bars I played, I felt in love with this sweet drumkit. Seriously guys, that is an amazing kit!!
The bassdrum totally fascinated me, so much sub and such a nice attack.
Dynamics and stick definition on this kit were so great! Everything you play is clear defined, no matter how fast you play.


Damn.. Thank you again Andy for giving me the chance to play that beatiful kit!
I would have loved to take it home with me...!!!
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By the way, can you elaborate on the Virgil story :)?
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:51 PM
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Guys, got a load to reply to here, but literally running out of the door. Travelling for another two days. I'm exhausted, & I mean completely spent :( Back here tomorrow with answers. Andy.
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Met Kelly Brady, who's as cute as hell & just as classy as her drums...

You are far too generous. Admittedly, the drums were pretty damn good looking. Jet-lag, on the other hand, certainly isn't my finest look! LOL! Great to meet you too! Hope to see you again soon!

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...So who's who in the photos? Think I
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Pic 1 - Henri (Mad About Drums) and Ben (PQleyR)

Pic 2 - Dave, Michele Drees and Henri

Pic 3 - Duncan (BacteriumFendYoke) and Andy (keep it simple), with Bob in the background :)

Pic 4 - Dave, Michele Drees and Henri again!!!

Pic 5 - Guru's Origin Series stand/booth.

Pic 6 - Henri posing behind the Custom range kit.

Pic 7 - The Custom range kit drummer's view.

Pic 8 - Close-up of the Custom range kit.

Pic 9 - Dean (Guru) and Alex Lindley (Amedia Cymbals UK)

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But a personal highlight for me was visiting the LDS and meeting Andy & Henri - you two are so great guys :)
Duncan & David, thanks for the kind words, it was a great pleasure to meet you guys :)

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Not that many times Larry... :) ...but someone once said "Morgan Freeman was there?" ... go figure !?!

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Now, THAT was funny, lol... I was there too, and I did exactly the same as Andy, haha...
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:26 AM
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Thanks Henri :). I'm a big Virgil fan, so I'm looking forward to hearing the story.
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Andy, whats up with that carved tree in the background??? looks pretty cool.
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Ok guys, I'm back home (eventually), & a very tired old fart I am too :( Accordingly, I'll try to reply "en mass".

All guys, thank you for all your kind words & good wishes.

Thanks Henri for your help & support over the weekend. Also for titling the photo's, & your friendship is very much appreciated.

Kelly, you're too modest :)

David, so good to eventually meet you. I'm sorry I didn't have much time to chill & chat :( Thanks too for your wonderful playing that allowed me to post up these clips.

Duncan, you're a cantankerous young "bull in a china shop", & I love you for it ;)

Ben, great to see you again. You always have an air of serenity that belies your prowess - impressive.

Jules - drum riser? I don't think so ;) Imagine the size of tree that board came from!

Mattias, Michele brought a few guys into our demo room unexpectedly. No introductions. She did a quick demo on the Classic kit, then asked me to bash a bit on the Performance kit. there was one guy there with an artist badge on, but I kind of ignored it. It was near the end of the show, & I was completely drummed out. Anyhow, as the kit is set up as a rock thumper, that's what I did. I bashed a couple of linear power grooves. They were ok, but I finished off with a few simple fills to show off the toms. The last was a split foot triplet that I normally nail in my sleep, but on this occasion, it collapsed into a gallop. I stopped, apologised for my grotesque rendition, & thanked the impromptu guests for taking a few minutes out. The "artist" loved the drum sounds, & especially the classic kit. It was only afterwards that I found out who the "artist" was. Just felt a bit silly. No big deal, as drum builders rarely make good players. I'm glad to uphold the tradition ;)
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