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Old 05-17-2019, 11:48 PM
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Here you go!

The new drums are the 2 maple segmented drums. Yes the bass drum is 20 x 14. It looks much deeper even in the flesh.
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:02 AM
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Dang, that's pretty.

Nobody else can get Gurus anymore. Thanks for the reminder.

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Looks incredible. Prefer the metal hoops though :)
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About time you posted pics. Was thinking you were faking it! LOL!
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Beautiful, Lar !
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Someone hit the proverbial lottery!
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Nice pictures, thanks for sharing Larry!

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Larry, The only question about that kit..... Are blondes really more fun, or is that just an old (ex)wives tale?
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Dang those are sweet. I don't care for the wood tom hoops, but everything else is really sweet.
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Pretty. No better way to spend money than on great drums.
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Thanks guys. The wood hoops do sound better than metal hoops, I tried.

But they do need more tuning and fussing with head changes.

I love the maple drums because the hoops don't contrast like all the other drums I have. So it's refreshing.

The maple snare is 14 x 6.5" deep and is a POP machine.

I wish I would have ordered a 13 and 16 in hindsight.
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Larry, The only question about that kit..... Are blondes really more fun, or is that just an old (ex)wives tale?
Before I got the maples, I would have said my walnuts were more fun. I think of my ash drums...if they were women, they would be like Marilyn Monroe. Beautiful but high maintenance.

I think of the walnut drums like Naomi Campbell. If she were fun. She doesn't look fun to me.

My Padauk snare is like my favorite redhead, which changes weekly.

Not sure who the maple drums are yet. Suzanne Somers?
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You've been mixing & matching again, haven't you ;)
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Very Very Nice! Congrats.
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You've been mixing & matching again, haven't you ;)
No, what makes you say that :)

I have a mismatched 6 piece miced for recording, a mismatched 5 piece as a 2nd kit for the studio, and a matched 4 piece to gig with. The matched 4 piece is actually a matched 5 piece, sort of, I have 2 bass drums to pick from, bop or regular, depending on the stage size. Plus I have 2 extra snares. What more could a man ask for?

It works out best for my needs that I match and mix.

The maple segmenteds are just wonderful instruments, and I love the look.
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Just...WOW! Is there any reason to need any more drums? That is like the ultimate collection. I would imagine you now have everything covered sonically.

Gurus are just so beautiful. Since they perform as they look, this would be akin to owning multiple Ferraris.

Kaley Cuoko for the maples, Uncle Larry. Susanne Summers is not good enough!
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...and a matched 4 piece to gig with.
Do you gig with the Gurus??
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Do you gig with the Gurus??
Yes I do, because I can. I even modded my 2 gigging bass drums for a tom tree. Because I just don't care.
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Just...WOW! Is there any reason to need any more drums? That is like the ultimate collection. I would imagine you now have everything covered sonically.

Kaley Cuoko for the maples, Uncle Larry. Susanne Summers is not good enough!
I'd buy an aluminum set of drums. That's about it. But I have no desire for them....today.

Don't be talking smack about Suzanne now. She's plenty good enough. Kaley is too.
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Nice Larry, congrats!

And yes, interesting how the bass drum looks deeper than 14".
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Nice Larry, congrats!

And yes, interesting how the bass drum looks deeper than 14".
I know right, it's almost an optical illusion. I measured the shell with the heads off, and believe me when I tell you that it is no more than 14". The hoops are fairly deep and I think that's the illusion reason.

My 20 x 12 walnut bop bass drum, while only 2" less deep, looks like a kid sized bass drum next to the 20 x 14 looks like an adult sized bass drum. Same diameter.

Perceptions are wacky.
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I know right, it's almost an optical illusion. I measured the shell with the heads off, and believe me when I tell you that it is no more than 14". The hoops are fairly deep and I think that's the illusion reason.

My 20 x 12 walnut bop bass drum, while only 2" less deep, looks like a kid sized bass drum next to the 20 x 14 looks like an adult sized bass drum. Same diameter.

Perceptions are wacky.
Women wear black to look slimmer. Maybe the walnut looks so much smaller because the wood is darker?
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Women wear black to look slimmer. Maybe the walnut looks so much smaller because the wood is darker?

Perhaps. I'll do a side by side pic here and you guys tell me.
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Ok. I want first dibs if you ever sell any walnut Gurus, OK?
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Ok. I want first dibs if you ever sell any walnut Gurus, OK?
Sure. $1,000.00 USD will earn you 1st spot.

Unless someone exceeds that amount, then they are in 1st spot.
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Sure. $1,000.00 USD will earn you 1st spot.

Unless someone exceeds that amount, then they are in 1st spot.
LOL I suspect you won’t sell them for a long time. I just don’t want them to get sold without me having a shot at them.
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Larry, they are gorgeous. With Guru sadly going out you will be owning some of the finest Drums ever made. A piece of future history you could say, I envy you brother. Congratulations, may they bring you a lifetime of appreciation and happiness "and awesome sounds"
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Congrats again Larry! Drums look absolutely amazing.

Sometime down the road--just for the sake of posterity--would you consider posting a synopsis of each Guru drum kit and your take on sonic quality and musical genre/application here on DW?
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Congrats again Larry! Drums look absolutely amazing.

Sometime down the road--just for the sake of posterity--would you consider posting a synopsis of each Guru drum kit and your take on sonic quality and musical genre/application here on DW?
So you are asking me to describe the Guru sound lol. I thought we already went through this with Sonor lol

I think they are best suited for live and unmiced. Any genre, any application. Just like any other drum.

They are just so drippingly toneful tuned well and not muffled.

And if they are good for unmiced, then miced is that much better.

They have this indescribable quality....partly sonic, partly visual, that people just notice.

With the wood hoops, they really sound warm and toneful. And people hear partly by their eyes. They look unique. I believe they have their own tone compared to ply shells, my opinion.

Andy got a nice long note out of the normally shorter noted walnut with the tympanic edges on the reso edge. So for walnut drums, the note lasts longer than a walnut drum without the tympanic edges. The average bar goer does notice the drums because they have never seen any drums like them before.
I've told the "how I met Andy and how the drums came to be" story to many people. No doubtaboutit, the drums make any band sound better.

TBH, like Andy says, you can get 95%, maybe more, of the good tone from most great drums. The other 5% to me is the pureness and constructive overtones of the walnut because of the solid shell. I like the natural sounding decay, the milled in reinforcement rings, the no ply construction, the small light lugs, the soft warmness of the wood hoops, the look of them, and their overall vibe. They have real mojo.

They sound like great drums are supposed to sound, that's the best I can do with it. They aren't magic, they are just a really great stab, the best I've seen, at construction perfection in a drum. Bar raisers is what they are. But it doesn't make economic sense really to produce, so unless someone picks up the torch...

I just find it really satisfying to have a drums that were NOT built with profit in mind. Not to mention the innovations. And the entire net result. I'd be surprised if Andy barely broke even after all that. My guess is Guru Drums cost him plenty. So I have very high regard for the spirit behind them. Guru drums means Andy and Dean to me. No one else can appreciate them like me, since I actually spent time with them.
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