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Old 05-19-2016, 04:05 PM
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We can all chalk this up to being a beginner or whatever, but what's the stupidest or most embarrassing thing you've done to your drums? Maybe you thought it made them look cool, or maybe you thought it made them sound better, but looking back it was something really, really dumb.

Me? I've done a few:

1. When I was playing around with my set-up, for several months I mounted my ride cymbal almost sideways really, really high. I thought that being able to see the underside of it from the front of the kit would be really cool and it would it also get it out of the way of my toms (3 up, 1 down at the time). It was actually pretty easy to reach, but it was quite overwhelming if you stood in front of the kit because 100% of the sound went forward. After a few months, I put it back down.

2. When I first got my drums, I used those Remo foam rings under the BATTER side of my drums.



I might as well had played pizza boxes. Wow, they sounded like crap. In my defense, I was new, and my Tama Rockstars (early 1990's) came with those cheap, single-ply heads that matched the reso side.


3. During performances, if we had lights, I would pour water on my drum heads. It would give a pretty cool effect, but looking back, it was really really dumb. Here's a picture of the effect (but this isn't me).




4. I've used all kinds of dampening methods over time, including weather stripping, tape, napkins, etc. I think the dumbest was the weather stripping.


I'm sure I'll think of more later. How about you?
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:20 PM
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The stupidest thing I can recall doing, was selling my Sonor ferromanganese snare drum.
(to pay girlfriend's electric bill for her). I can't think of anything more stupid at this time.
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:22 PM
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I painted my best handmade rendition of the Rogers logo on my MIJ gold sparkle Stewarts bass drum reso. I was 11, that's my excuse. Not nearly as stupid as having vertical ride cymbal :)

I'm pretty boring, I just kind of play the drums and don't do anything wacky to them. No glitter on the heads, no wallpaper finish jobs, no trigger lights, no goldfish in my clear floor tom. Terminally boring, that's me. I used to kick my set over for a finale when I was in phase 1 of my musical journey.
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:37 PM
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Deadringer muffle rings from the early 80s (?). basically these 1" thick foam rings w/ sticky tape. you stick them to the underside of your tom heads. at the time, i was running 12, 13, 16 Slingerlands with those BAD ASS Ludwig Rocker heads (mirror control sound dots) and no bottom heads. these Deadringers took the drum from THUD...to "DUTT!". Evans Hydraulics had way more tone, just a ridiculous amount of muffling. Then later, i tried to remove them...left chunks of foam on the underside of my BAD ASS Ludwig Rockers. ugh. i think the Remo Muff L foam / trays now the modern replacement.

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Old 05-19-2016, 06:20 PM
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Oh boy.

After watching Alice in Chains unplugged set, and the video for Bulls on Parade, and seeing the guitarists having something cool written on their guitars, I got painters tape and wrote song lyrics on them and attached them to the shells

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exYwCKLf2Bk

It'd be awkward as hell when someone would come see the kit and read aloud "I get nervous perverse when I see her its worse" (Vermillion by Slipknot). Other variations of this teenage angst included writing on my snare drums various curse words or sexual innuendos, which likewise gets awkward when your mom has to drive your set over to your buddies house cus you cant drive yet.

Course I keep the tradition (somewhat) alive. This round of heads I have a german poem on one snare head, a Nietzsche quote on the other snare, and the toms have the chemical make ups of different psychedelic drugs drawn on them.

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Old 05-19-2016, 06:21 PM
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The stupidest thing I can recall doing, was selling my Sonor ferromanganese snare drum.
(to pay girlfriend's electric bill for her). I can't think of anything more stupid at this time.
Damn man, my sympathies. I hope your still with her
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Old 05-19-2016, 06:54 PM
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I put pinstripe heads on a tom once.
Oh ya, I sold a pre-serial PAiste 602 ride cymbal, just to justify buying another cymbal. Stupid little money games I play. Little did I know drummers could collect cymbals.
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I took all the resonate heads and hoops off my toms and kick back in the 70s which is mainly stupid cause then I lost all the rims and lugs.
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I muffled drums with copious amounts of electrical tape, duct tape, and even pieces of other drumheads.

I sold a Ludwig Pioneer.

I played a piccolo snare as a main snare in the mid-90's when I thought that was cool.
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Oh boy.

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A very, very nice upgrade in cymbals between the first and second videos! :)

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I put pinstripe heads on a tom once.
Wow, I can't stand the sound of them, and I can't believe how much money I blew on Pinstripes during my first 10-12 years of drumming.

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I played a piccolo snare as a main snare in the mid-90's when I thought that was cool.
Me too. A Pearl black steel 13" piccolo. I think I was listening to way too much 311 and various ska bands back in the day.
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You won't believe this but I once used Remo heads on my drums.
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You won't believe this but I once used Remo heads on my drums.
haha, good one. Is it just me, or has your sense of humour doubled since being retired? ;)
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Back in the late 70s I took all the grey pearl wrap off a classic Rodgers kit. Took off the bottom lugs to make them power toms and covered the kit in black wrap. To add insult to injury I used oil filled heads on all the drums. I am stll ashamed of what I did to the formerly beautiful kit. In my defense it was the way to go back in the day.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:43 PM
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haha, good one. Is it just me, or has your sense of humour doubled since being retired? ;)
He just needed a jump-start. lol

The most embarrassing thing for me was using sanitary napkins stuck to the inside of my metal shelled-snare drum in an attempt to make it sound like a wood-shelled drum. I used a clear black dot head at the time. Yeah.

I recently talked to a drummer friend of mine whom I hadn't seen in 30 years, and he STILL remembered those damned Kotex pads...
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:52 PM
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Very early on in my playing days - maybe a few months in, playing with my first 'band' - I was playing with one broken crash and one cheap-but-healthy crash. Under my troglodytic early-drumming frenzy, the cheap crash broke before too long.

One of my band members was so stupid he suggested that I stack both cymbals on one stand; two half-cymbals makes a full one, right?

I was so stupid that I tried it.
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:19 PM
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I traded a guitar setup for my second set of Ludwigs, which was super smart, but the embarrassing part is playing many shows... with black spandex covered drums.

You could pinch it and pull it away from the wood and when you let go,it would snap back and dust would fly everywhere.
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Traded a 24" K Light ride for basically nothing .... SMH

At the time I had it I just started playing and had no idea ..
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Deadringer muffle rings from the early 80s (?). basically these 1" thick foam rings w/ sticky tape. you stick them to the underside of your tom heads.
+1 Same here. To add insult to injury, I put them on eight concert tom heads. What was I thinking?
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Old 05-19-2016, 08:48 PM
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I thought of another - sort of.

I used to use a kit with 6 concert toms. I used black dot heads on them, with a square of folded up paper towel taped to each head. I increased the size of each square as tom size increased.

Truth is, I'm not really embarrassed about it. For the time and what I was playing they sounded perfect. :) Today it would seem embarrassing.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:40 PM
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I cut 2 inches off the reso side of a 13 tom with a handsaw to make it a 9" deep. Got it 'flat' by using a table top with a sheet of sandpaper covering it and formed a new, ahem 'bearing edge' using a file. Then spent 2 days trying to tune it.
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:56 PM
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Sold a 76 - 3 ply bowling ball kit, 12/13/16/18/24 with a speed king for 100 bucks in 1981.
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This is an easy one.....Giving away my 70's 6-piece Ludwig Vistalites to my nephew. Although it must have been almost 20 years ago, so the pain has subsided. They were absolute mint when I offered the set to him. He always admired those drums and would often visit to play them so I just couldn't sell it. Oh well............
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:32 PM
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+1 Same here. To add insult to injury, I put them on eight concert tom heads. What was I thinking?
8 toms ? d-d-damn. i just remember eventually being soured w/ this cardboard box sound & trying to take them off the underside of my formerly cool / pristine Ludwig Rockers heads...and then being traumatized w/ all this goo / foam. i think after that it was new Remo black dots and later, the most open, ringy sound i could manage, so maybe a push in the right direction. ahem {{ current thuddy trend w/ big fat snare, moongels, old leather wallets, tape on drumsbeing recorded like crazy }}. :-)
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Not nearly as stupid as having vertical ride cymbal :)
... or selling a SONOR snare to pay a GF's electric bill.
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Buying $110 worth of old orphaned luan Pearl-style drums and dumping close to $500 fixing them up and re-wrapping them. I think they're still worth about $100 on Craigslist. Regardless, I still have the kit.
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Buying $110 worth of old orphaned luan Pearl-style drums and dumping close to $500 fixing them up and re-wrapping them. I think they're still worth about $100 on Craigslist. Regardless, I still have the kit.
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I used to play Pinstripe heads...
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Selling my '66 mint Supraphonic along with my '67 Zildjian Turkish ride because...well never mind why...dumb, just dumb.
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....4. I've used all kinds of dampening methods over time, including weather stripping, tape, napkins, etc. I think the dumbest was the weather stripping.....

Weather stripping works good, it's easy to move it around on the head, and it doesn't leave much residue.
Either you shouldn't feel dumb for using it, or I should feel dumb for trying it - but I don't. LOL



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Buying $110 worth of old orphaned luan Pearl-style drums and dumping close to $500 fixing them up and re-wrapping them. I think they're still worth about $100 on Craigslist. Regardless, I still have the kit.

Sounds like a labor of love. I'm in the middle of that process myself.
The drums are a little higher quality though.
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OK - my turn. I've posted this several times before.
I cut down a set of drums to do an A to E kit conversion.
Some of it turned out OK, and some of it ended up like this:

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Sounds like a labor of love. I'm in the middle of that process myself.
The drums are a little higher quality though.
Good luck on your build man.
That's the way I have to look at it, a labor of love and a learning experience. I have enough other drums and the wrap to do another kit, but I never get around to doing it.

Anyway, knowing the drums aren't worth much and them being all scratched up again, I don't mind leaving them set-up in my friends garage where we have band practice.
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I once, when I was still a teenager, got this idea to have pinstripes on top and black dots on the bottom of my toms.

Needless to say, they sounded terrible.
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Evans Hydraulics. I thought they were the bee's knees.

I also, for some reason, would use a 6" splash and ride the hell out of it from time to time haha. I went through 2 where, due to the stress, they would crack terribly around the hole.

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Donating a 12 piece Vistalite to the local High School. Probably in a landfill now😩
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Back in the late 70s I took all the grey pearl wrap off a classic Rodgers kit. Took off the bottom lugs to make them power toms and covered the kit in black wrap. To add insult to injury I used oil filled heads on all the drums. I am stll ashamed of what I did to the formerly beautiful kit. In my defense it was the way to go back in the day.
Boy, can I relate to this one! My very first kit, when I was 14 back in 1974, was a beautiful used Rogers Holiday 4-piece in champagne sparkle. You know, one with a mount for the ride cymbal on the bass drum. But, I had a hankering for a 5-piece, so, with my dad's help, bought a fibreglass 13" tom shell to add to the kit (in my own defense, I did buy all rogers hardware for the drum). This meant drilling the bass drum for the double tom mount. When one looks at the present-day value of an all-original Rogers kit today, I just go "Arghhhh!" But, like mikel said, it's what you did back in the day. Sort of like everyone pulling their PAF pickups out of Les Pauls to put in Super Distortions...

I sold the kit to an acquaintance almost 20 years ago. I think he still has them, but we've lost touch the past few years.


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This is an easy one.....Giving away my 70's 6-piece Ludwig Vistalites to my nephew. Although it must have been almost 20 years ago, so the pain has subsided. They were absolute mint when I offered the set to him. He always admired those drums and would often visit to play them so I just couldn't sell it. Oh well............
The BIG question: does he still have them? Are they still "in the family?"

Edit: oh, yeah...I had Evans hydraulics on those beautiful Rogers drums, 'cause they were "cool" (and I didn't know how to tune).
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I part exed a mint condition Slingerland Festival Snare with the case for a Big Dog snare when they first came out. I've had many a word with myself since. They sound lovely too.

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Also part exchanged my early 80s Tobacco Sunburst Tama Superstar. The kit I part exchanged it for was a belter but I regret it because I've not seen another one like it since.
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I have a Pearl Sensitone brass shell snare drum. I fixed it all up a few years ago. But years ago I was so superstitious about my sound I wouldn't dare do anything to it. I didn't know much about tuning so if I got the sound I liked I would leave it and never touch it again. Some of the snare wires on the bottom had bent so I simply snipped them off with wire cutters. But I left the cut offs sticking out and they wore a hole in the snare side head. I wouldn't dare take it off because that would mean re-tuning it. The snare strainer arm had bent and wouldn't stay but I thought removing it and replacing it would be a nightmare. I literally thought if I unscrewed a single screw the drum would be permanently wrecked forever. I wouldn't even think of replacing the batter head even though every inch of coating was worn off the WHOLE top of the head. I really felt that I would never be able to tune it again.
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Later as I learned the art of tuning and what tension got that "magic" sound I liked so much. I replaced the head, snare wires and strainer. I finally got a new batter head The drum sounded amazing! Plus i realized I was tuning it too tight and choking the sound. I found a fatter crack with a loser tuning. Ahhh to be young and stupid..lol..
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I tried to clean K Zildjian ride using a dishwasher.
The heat cycle turned the copper a weird shade.
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Default Re: Stupidest/Most Embarrassing thing you've ever done to your drums

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Originally Posted by Les Ismore View Post
... or selling a SONOR snare to pay a GF's electric bill.
What are those crazier than North and Staccato looking things?
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