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Old 04-14-2018, 01:04 AM
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I just saw some pics of Ian Paice and on an early pic he had a bass drum that said Ian Paice on the reso head. What's your take on that? Is it pretentious, is it neutral, is it cool? Explain yourself please. Would you do it to your bass drum? If not, why? Any other thoughts relating to this are welcomed, including the initials thing.
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Old 04-14-2018, 01:20 AM
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If I were Mitch Mitchell, you bet!

But I'm not, so I probably wouldn't.

I have thought about using my avatar on my Gretsch kit, though.

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Old 04-14-2018, 01:26 AM
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Plenty of drummers did it back in the 30’s and 40’s. Not an issue for me if the rest of the band is cool with it.
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:12 AM
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No offence to the great drummers that do it, but I don't care for it.
I prefer modesty, and understatement. I'd even like to know that there are some people who might say - "hey that drummer...who is he?...damn he's good". then they have to find out. It leaves some mystery no?
You don't see too many other instruments in a band doing that, or often.
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:31 AM
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No offence to the great drummers that do it, but I don't care for it.
I prefer modesty, and understatement. I'd even like to know that there are some people who might say - "hey that drummer...who is he?...damn he's good". then they have to find out. It leaves some mystery no?
You don't see too many other instruments in a band doing that, or often.
Pretty much sums up my thoughts too. Fine for others.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:09 AM
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Always viewed it as being tacky.
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These were popular as well with the band name on the head and these tucked to one side.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:56 AM
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It smacks of self promotion, which for some unknown reason doesn't sit right with me. I wouldn't say it bothers me if others do it, it's just not for me.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:55 AM
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It was a thing back in the big band era.

Of course, many of these guys were leading their own bands. But they also influenced the 60's era guys who did it.







I can see it if you're a hired hand, or the band leader/namesake. Not if you're a band member though.
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:46 AM
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You'd better be DAMN good if you're going to do that. Can you imagine some mediocre drummer who can't play in time or execute a decent fill getting up on stage with his name in huge letters all over the bass drum(s)? He'd look like a buffoon.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:11 AM
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To me, the bass drum head is a piece of act marketing real estate - no different to a poster outside the venue. What's on there makes a statement. These are the messages I take from these options:

1/ Band name / band logo only = I'm here for the band.
2/ Band name + player initials = I'm here for the band, but I also rate myself highly.
3/ Band name + full player name = this band is my gig for tonight, but I'm a significant part of the show.
4/ Full player name as the main graphic = I am the show.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:14 AM
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Old 04-14-2018, 10:00 AM
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I've always been fond of the drum manufacturer logo without anything else on it. Kind of like seeing a Marshall stack.

I have to admit though, I like that Mitch Mitchell setup. I'd love to get my hands on that Hayman kit. Always wanted one of those.
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:23 AM
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It's not for me personally, in a band setting it just comes across as self promotion a little too much in a setting you're supposed to be concentrating/supporting the music.

Don't have an issue with it but it's not for me.
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Ian Paice is one of the best Jazz Drummers i've heard for a Rock Drummer. Some Era's display Stardom across the Board.so why not i don't find it offensive but then i understand those that think it unnecessary .. I had a skin with something similar to this image for a while. what does that say about me? be nice.
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Old 04-14-2018, 03:12 PM
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Haven't given it much thought. I don't really think it is pretentious if someone else does it. To each their own.

Personally, I am not a big fan of anything but a band logo. I know it is common, but I don't like the giant drum manufacturer logos. If they were small, I'd keep them, but when they are large, I don't actually use those heads. Actually, right now, I'm not using any reso on the bass drum.
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:28 AM
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I do thermal film stickers that I print on my laserjet printer. I have the drum maker's name as well as a rotating band decal on my kick. But not my name. I get announced during the set, and that's plenty for me.
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You'd better be DAMN good if you're going to do that. Can you imagine some mediocre drummer who can't play in time or execute a decent fill getting up on stage with his name in huge letters all over the bass drum(s)? He'd look like a buffoon.
You just gave me a great idea
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Old 04-15-2018, 01:39 AM
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When I do the “name on a bass drum” thing, I usually put “Andy Crosby” or “Larry Hinckel” on mine.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:50 AM
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When I do the “name on a bass drum” thing, I usually put “Andy Crosby” or “Larry Hinckel” on mine.
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Old 04-15-2018, 10:05 AM
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Ian Paice is one of the best Jazz Drummers i've heard for a Rock Drummer. Some Era's display Stardom across the Board.so why not i don't find it offensive but then i understand those that think it unnecessary .. I had a skin with something similar to this image for a while. what does that say about me? be nice.
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There's no "C" in my last name, in case you're serious :)
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Old 04-15-2018, 03:26 PM
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There's no "C" in my last name, in case you're serious :)
I think there's a devious plot hatching here Larry. I bet that buttstrap has a Crosby head & a Hinkel head with a velcro patch on the back waiting side stage. If his performance sucked, he quickly throws on the "faux Bo" head for the after gig photo's ;)
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I have one clear head with my name stencilled on, thought it looked cool at the time, doesn't get used as the cringe factor kicks in.

I do like the shield with the initials in, that's cool.

I'm the same with band names on heads, someone asked me to get one made and I politely declined, plus I go out as lots of band names.
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Never had a bass head with my name- just band names, but I have noted every single used drum kit I’ve ever seen the bass drums were inscribed inside with the letters “M B Eder”. Must be a helluva bass drum maker- since his own is on every major brand. So new question “have you ever inscribed your name inside a drum? Nope wish people did cause it would be cool to own a drum from a player you admired or just know it’s geneology. Like Zuckerberg we are going to have to rely on AI tech to trace all the drums labeled by this Eder character LOL
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It's quite common for jazz guys around here to do the old fashioned initials with shield and stripes thing.

Haven't thought much about it, but I've considered a picture of my cat.
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I have not thought much about it....however......why not? The drummer is the one, unless sponsored, who shelled out the $$$ for the kit and normally does not think twice about having "Ludwig" pasted across the drum. Why not have your own if you choose? Especially hired guns. Does not bother me. If the guy is a terrible drummer...then people will know not to hire 'John Smith".
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Well I’m going to be a “Grandaddio” and my daughter just sent me first ultrasound- so this thread has planted another idea-obviously I need to have a bass head made with it and pics as things develop. I can use their full name too- hope it’s “full” in Southern style like Ian Chandler Blair Davis or maybe short Deathstar Davis- yeah that’s the ticket.
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So new question “have you ever inscribed your name inside a drum?
I had a set of Eames drums built in 1982. They stamped my first and last name inside each shell. I still have them.
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I have noted every single used drum kit I’ve ever seen the bass drums were inscribed inside with the letters “M B Eder”.
Too funny. I always wondered how many used kits out there passed through his hands.
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I agree that it seems to be more of a jazz thing or really famous rock drummer thing. Not something I'd do myself, as I'm neither of the above!

You could always just have a picture of your own face instead:
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Of course, some guys, it really is about ego [/sarcasm]

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You'd better be DAMN good if you're going to do that. Can you imagine some mediocre drummer who can't play in time or execute a decent fill getting up on stage with his name in huge letters all over the bass drum(s)? He'd look like a buffoon.

Scraping letter off my bass drum now....
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Of course, some guys, it really is about ego [/sarcasm]

I can hear Careless Whisper playing in my head as I look at that kit.
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I can hear Careless Whisper playing in my head as I look at that kit.
I think you mean "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy".
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If you're an up and comer, with skills, trying to get your name out there it makes sense.
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I think you mean "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy".
Yeah, that too. I was also trying to keep it PG as well since I was gonna say something else originally.
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