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Old 11-17-2017, 02:32 PM
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Default Chronicling rental/backline kits from around the world! 😁

Over the last couple of years we've been doing lots of shows in Europe, etc, whether it be on a commercial tour or Armed Forces Entertainment tour, so i figured i would share some of the kits I've played when I don't have access to one of my Taye kits.

Tonight we are playing at an air force base on Terceira Island (Portugal) and the local production company has provided a Yamaha Rydeen kit with crappy cymbals. The kit sounds ok because it has good Evans heads on it, though.



We played a corporate event for USAA in Tampa Bay last week, and the kit there was a Pearl Reference with Zildjian K's. Obviously a nice kit, but didn't spend much time trying to really dial it in because we only played for about 30 minutes (and I'm lazy).



Nice Yamaha kit was provided in Amman, Jordan earlier this year. I can't remember what series it was and don't know the brand well enough to tell from the picture. LOVED that snare it came with.





Here is a decent Sonor kit (Force 3001?) That was provided by a production company in Kosovo.

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Old 11-17-2017, 02:45 PM
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We did a commercial tour through Europe from October into November and rented gear from a company in Amsterdam called Artists On The Road. The kit they gave me was a sweet Yamaha Recording Custom with nice Zildjian cymbals. I didn't request anything in particular, and figured i would get something like a Pearl Export, but was pleasantly surprised to get these.



They surprisingly had a nice Tama StarClassic Performer kit at the base in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Way better than the 15 watt Marshall practice amp they had for our guitar player, lol



Mapex house kit that they have at The Waterhole in Amsterdam....hidden behind the soul-sucking sound shield, lol



Mapex Saturn kit that is beat all to hell is the house kit at The Jacaranda Club in Liverpool, England.

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Old 11-17-2017, 02:50 PM
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Sonor house kit (Force 3000 or 1000 series, can't remember which) at The Stage Music Cafe in Eindhoven, Netherlands.




I'll add more to this thread as we go.......
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Cool. Thanks for sharing. I have a question though.
What's with the Jack daniels drum heads on 2 separate kits? . At first I was thinking it was "band name related" (I suppose it could be still, yet, different kits, and 2 different designs.)

Just curious. Thanks.

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Old 11-17-2017, 03:05 PM
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Cool. Thanks for sharing. I have a question though.
What's with the Jack daniels drum heads on 2 separate kits? . At first I was thinking it was "band name related" (I suppose it could be still, yet, different kits, and 2 different designs.)

Just curious. Thanks.

T.
Oh yeah, good catch. Those are totally unrelated and just happened to be on those two house kits in different countries.
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Old 11-17-2017, 03:14 PM
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Good idea for a thread. Man alive, I've played on some backline kits fit that really need to be put out of their misery. I mean, they should be taken out back and shot.
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Old 11-17-2017, 03:34 PM
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Oh yeah, good catch. Those are totally unrelated and just happened to be on those two house kits in different countries.
Wow. What are the odds of that? Crazy.

Keep em comin.

(sorry to keep sidetracking the thread, though, I suppose it's sortof relevant).. But, I was also wondering, do you request a minimum 4pc set? Or just play what they give you? I see there are mostly 5 pc, whith a couple 4 pc tossed in.

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Old 11-17-2017, 04:44 PM
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Wow. What are the odds of that? Crazy.

Keep em comin.

(sorry to keep sidetracking the thread, though, I suppose it's sortof relevant).. But, I was also wondering, do you request a minimum 4pc set? Or just play what they give you? I see there are mostly 5 pc, whith a couple 4 pc tossed in.

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If we submit a technical rider for a tour/show then i request a 5 piece. If we roll into some venue and their house kit is only a 4 piece, then I'm fine with that too. I'm not picky, and we aren't exactly playing Dream Theatre covers, lol
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Cool idea, document the atrocities, please! What do you take with you when you travel?
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Tampa Bay.....my backdoor. Great that you have the opportunity to play these events. I'm sure the USO folks enjoy it.
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:54 PM
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Cool. Thanks for sharing. I have a question though.
What's with the Jack daniels drum heads on 2 separate kits? . At first I was thinking it was "band name related" (I suppose it could be still, yet, different kits, and 2 different designs.)

Just curious. Thanks.

T.
Funny that was my first thought as well.

Anyway cool visual journal.
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:02 PM
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Nice idea for a plog!


I love seeing how random it can get in different places of the world. I feel for the guitarist with the 15 w amp!!

Which sticks do you use? They look a bit like Thomas Lang signatures
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Old 11-18-2017, 02:47 AM
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Nice idea for a plog!


I love seeing how random it can get in different places of the world. I feel for the guitarist with the 15 w amp!!

Which sticks do you use? They look a bit like Thomas Lang signatures
I use Scorpion drumsticks. Very small company out of Chicago (well, a suburb of Chicago). Their sticks are GREAT!

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Old 11-18-2017, 04:38 AM
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I use Scorpion drumsticks. Very small company out of Chicago (well, a suburb of Chicago). Their sticks are GREAT!
Interesting, I might have to check them out. I'm always interested checking out offerings from smaller companies.
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Old 11-19-2017, 05:09 PM
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Here in Bulgaria they have provided a Sonor Force 3007 kit. The high tom is a Sonor Martini tom.... and if you'll notice...no cymbals. For some reason they didn't bring cymbals, and are unable to get any here in time. So looks like I'll be jamming this show without cymbals, lol



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Old 11-19-2017, 05:24 PM
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Wait a second............

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Old 11-19-2017, 09:14 PM
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Wait a second............

Okay that is kind of odd and funny at the same time.
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Old 11-19-2017, 09:46 PM
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Yep, they found some guy who had a E-kit nearby, and we used the 'cymbals' from that. Ran the cymbals through the Yamaha DTXpress brain and through the PA. Didn't sound great, but better than nothing! 😁
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Old 11-23-2017, 07:22 PM
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They brought cymbals to the show in Romania tonight! 😁


Tomorrow we head for Spain. Different production company, etc, so we'll see what they come up with there.
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Old 11-24-2017, 03:51 AM
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Awesome thread and I hope you have a good Euro tour, looks like a blast, I've been on a few and they have always been very, very special. Enjoy and thanks for the photos. Now, back to TG wine!
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Cool idea, I should have done this on my last European tour. I had some nights with really fantastic kits, and some with a "You really expect me to play that" kind of reaction, lol.

Next tour I do where I have to have backline set up maybe I'll start documenting things.
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cool thread idea. A Yamaha RC at one gig?!
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Old 11-29-2017, 02:35 PM
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cool thread idea. A Yamaha RC at one gig?!
I had the Recording Custom kit for a whole 5 week tour. Some places still prefer you use the house kit, so in those instances i used the house kit.

For our two shows in Spain i had a nice Gretsch kit with all Zildjian A Custom cymbals.



Just got done in Verona, Italy where i had a really nice Tama StarClassic Maple kit....nicely accompanied by Zildjian Planet Z cymbals, lol



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Cool. Thanks for sharing. I have a question though.
What's with the Jack daniels drum heads on 2 separate kits? . At first I was thinking it was "band name related" (I suppose it could be still, yet, different kits, and 2 different designs.)

Just curious. Thanks.

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I'm guessing Jack Daniels did a promo for live music clubs where they provided these free heads for the advertising. Not a bad idea!
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Here in Bulgaria they have provided a Sonor Force 3007 kit. The high tom is a Sonor Martini tom.... and if you'll notice...no cymbals. For some reason they didn't bring cymbals, and are unable to get any here in time. So looks like I'll be jamming this show without cymbals, lol
I think the "No cymbal challenge" should be the next big youtube thing. Play your whole set without any pies and see if you can make it not sound like butt.
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This is an old thread about bar kits in my country. About half of it is in English, but you'll recognize the brands and models.
http://talk.philmusic.com/index.php?topic=36212.0
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I think the "No cymbal challenge" should be the next big youtube thing. Play your whole set without any pies and see if you can make it not sound like butt.
I think there's a story about I think one of the Peter Gabriel albums, that he told Phil Collins to not use any cymbals on the drum parts.
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What a cool thread! I hope Phil keeps it updated, and we get to see some other stuff folks encounter......very, very cool.
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Cool idea, document the atrocities, please! What do you take with you when you travel?
For these last couple of trips all i have brought is sticks. I have brought cymbals in the past, but they're heavy to carry and can bring about weight penalties on airlines. I used to bring my double pedal too, but the last time i brought a double pedal it ended up taking a month long tour of the Middle East when a security agent in Kosovo wouldn't let me bring it on the plane as a carry on, forced me to check it last minute, and of course it didn't make it on to my flight. I consider myself lucky that i even got it back a month later. So now sticks is it!
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:13 PM
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Played in Crete and they had a nice Pearl Reference kit for me. What's funny about this is there was a 14 inch crash cymbal, a 20 inch Paiste ride, and a 20 inch Zildjian ride. So i used to Paiste ride as a second crash... and it sounded not too bad, lol



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Old 12-06-2017, 06:17 PM
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Now we've got a week or so through Holland, Belgium, and Germany, and it's SOOOO nice to be on a tour bus instead of airplanes. I've got a really nice DW kit with Sabian Artisan cymbals for the rest of the shows.







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Back over doing another run through Italy...played the Festa Americana in Naples, and they had a nice Yamaha Live Custom kit.



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Here at Camp Darby (near Pisa) they had this Mapex kit for me. Appears to be some sort of signature kit. I've never heard of the guy (guess i should google it), but the drums are really nice!



Check out the serial number...



Nice sounding set of Amedia cymbals with this kit too.
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