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Old 04-09-2006, 10:33 PM
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I would like to take this opportunity to re-announce my arrival over here at DWF. Some of the old-timers may remember me, some might not. Either way, this is my baby:







Tamburo Ash 422AM in 'Fusion' Sizes

Diameter x Depth

10x9
12x10
14x12
22x16

14x5.5 (42 Strands of gooey-goodness)

Cymbals:
Istanbul Agop 20" Traditional Jazz Ride
Sabian AAX 16" Studio Crash
Sabian HH 14" Regular Hats
Sabian B8 18" China
Sabian B8 10" Splash
Stagg DH 8" Splash (brilliant)

Hardware is a bastardisation of whatever I have lying around, mainly Tamburo, Stagg and Premier.

DW5000 Turbo Pedal

Rhythm Tech Hat Trick (Not Pictured)
Small and Medium Cowbells (Not Pictured)

Heads are Evans G1s over Remo Ambassador (Stock) on toms. Remo Ambassador over Evans Hazy 300 Snare and Remo PSIII (Stock) with Stock resonant on bass.

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Old 04-09-2006, 10:37 PM
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nice to see you back. i was a wee lad when u left but i remember you well. nice to have another great drummer back to give advice and ideas. as for that kit of yours. stunning!
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Old 04-09-2006, 10:57 PM
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Welcome back MFB.

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Old 04-09-2006, 10:59 PM
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Thanks Berny. Hope it all goes well this time around. Take care.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:00 PM
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Dude! Where did you go again?

kits still looking good as always

I also see you got a Stagg splash. I don't have that model, I've opted for the more exotic sounding ones (which you should really check out), but how does it sound?
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:11 PM
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Don't worry about where I went. That's a can of worms I don't want to open. As for that Stagg splash I actually bought it on your recommendation. I remembered you used them along with those stunning Paistes of yours and realised that they were great value. £15? I'm not going to complain even if I don't 100% like it.

It's bright, fast and fairly trashy. It's a very thin cymbal so I don't get a huge amount of volume out of it but that's not hugely important to me. I really like this splash. I tried out a few of the VB ones and they weren't quite for me so I went with the DH. It's everything you could ever want and it's just about normal sounding enough to use on a conventional setup. Great stuff. IMO expensive effects cymbals aren't always the best. Point and case being Wuhan chinas. (Although that 22" Paiste Swish of yours is AMAZING).
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:13 PM
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Great drums... the finish is really beautiful, and i love istanbul cymbals
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:23 PM
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That ride is my other sweetheart, I just feel it's really wasted on me a lot of the time.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:29 PM
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welcome back i do remember you, mostly from others talking about you leaving which was just around the time i joined. love your kit btw, great finish, plus excellent little splash stack! stick around!
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:31 PM
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Hey someone actually took my advice on the forum! That's pretty cool hehe. Is that the B8 splash still underneath the stagg? No offense, but I woulda chucked that sucka.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:33 PM
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Heh! Yes, yes it is, the 2" protrusion makes it playable. I have no intention of chucking it, for several reasons. Firstly I actually quite like the sound but secondly it has some serious sentimental value. It was a present when I advanced a Kyu in Ki-Aikido several years ago and I don't get rid of gifts; ever.

I do find myself playing the Stagg more though.

Eyeofthebeholder, thanks for your kind words.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:38 PM
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well, maybe I woulda kept it for more sonic variability. But its all good. Are those hats new? i don't seem to remember you having hand hammereds ... all nice cymbals.
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Old 04-09-2006, 11:40 PM
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They are new as of Feburary, as is the 16" Crash. I really dig their sound, very 'traditional' and a really great 'chick' sound when played with the foot. When opened a little they can be really sloshy and great for some hard hitting backbeats.

They are pretty dark though and not for everyone, it took me a while getting used to those after my B8s.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:03 AM
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Welcome back, mate! Remember me? Ah, probably not, but I remember you and your kit. I love the ride!
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:12 AM
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Oh I never forget an avatar, worry ye not. Thanks for the compliment, thanks for the comments guys.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:12 AM
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Ohh yes, I remember your old thread with these drums! They are beautiful, really! What wood is it? the finish works great with the wood grain...nice cymbals, will listen to some on Sabian`s website. Welcome back!!

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Old 04-10-2006, 12:15 AM
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They are Ash. I was incorrect when I thought they were Ash and Poplar, so this post is being corrected many months later. 6-Ply 6-mm Ash shells.

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Old 04-10-2006, 12:15 AM
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Ooo, I remember this set. I like the grain on it and the set up, but I liked the electronic part that you had on there too. It gave the kit something else.

I was thinking about putting my set like that, but ive gotten used to the 2 offset mounted toms. I needs another floor tom lol.

That Istanbuls nicee. I wanted to get one. Have you ran across any of the Istanbuls that can cut through heavy rock music?
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:17 AM
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Alchemys would cut through heavy rock (check out Matt from Mudvayne) those are more along the lines of 'A Customs' than anything else Istanbul produces. In terms of the 'general' Istanbul sound it's there with the old vintage K sound, so a lot of the time you won't get particularly 'cutting' cymbals. That said a lot of the heavy ride models might give you the kind of sound you are looking for.

I got rid of the electronics for practical reasons, it was carting around too much gear. I can get these consistently set up in about 15-20 minutes now.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:20 AM
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Hey dude, nice to have you back. I haven't been posting as much as I should have, but it's cool to see that yer stickin' around. I'm glad you updated some of yer cymbals, they look great! That china fooled me though, it looked like something from a higher-end line. Looks like the heads are new as well— are they G1 or G2 coated?
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:20 AM
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Ooo, I was thinking about making a hybrid kit with my beech customs, but I dont have the money for it right now. How long did it take for you to set everything up when you had the electonics on there? It seems like it wouldnt take that long.

Thanks for the info on Alchemys. I know Jess Margera uses some line of the Istanbul cymbals, so there must be at least one line that is cutting enough for rock. Ill keep looking...
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:25 AM
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Those heads are G1s, I like having the potential to tune them up for bop and down again for rock. Currently they're somewhere between because I'm playing both, rock with my band though. The china fooled you eh? We'll keep this our little secret. BTW those heads (bar the 10" tom head) are all more than six months old. I just take good care of them.

Franklin, with the electronics it took me about another ten minutes to set up, that wasn't the main problem though. When I practice, I route my computer sound through a stereo (which has a powerful preamp) into headphones so I can hear the music (I always wear ear protection, Doc's Proplugs) and incorporating the pads means I have to route my stereo through the module's aux input which adds a lot of extra noise to the signal and also means it's a pain with extra cables trailing along my floor. Just an annoyance and I don't really see the need for the pads unless I'm playing some odd music.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:28 AM
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Oh, I see. That makes sense. i still like it better with the electronics though.
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Old 04-10-2006, 12:33 AM
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Welcome back sir!

Kit looks sweeeet as ever!
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:36 AM
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First of all, welcome back MFB.

Second, your kit looks absolutely beautiful! There's nothing I can say about it that hasn't already been said.

By the way, does this mean Thinshells is coming back, too?
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Old 04-10-2006, 01:57 AM
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absolutely stunning finish..i like how the sun is hitting them through your drapes..nice
nice cymbals as well...how do you like your ride:?
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Old 04-10-2006, 02:08 AM
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N I C E K I T ! ! !

I dig it all...sizes, finish, setup...well done. Looks like it is loads of fun to play.
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Old 04-10-2006, 02:20 AM
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yo MFB nice to have you back. sweet kit too.
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Old 04-10-2006, 04:14 AM
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Welcome back, MFB. Was hoping you'd return at some point. The overall quality of the forum just went up a notch. Your kit looks quite beautiful - best pictures yet. Love the lighting in the first one - could be used for an ad. Look forward to your posts.
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:32 AM
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Nice kit MFB. I'm glad your back.
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Old 04-10-2006, 05:37 AM
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Hey, MFB. Nice to see you back!

A question: Is that a Yamaha C-70 nylon string acoustic I see sitting there in those pictures? It looks an awful lot like my one..
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welcome back mate!
Nice kit, I'm digging the cymbals.
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Old 04-10-2006, 08:52 AM
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An Official Warm " Welcome Home " To Our Dear Bro mediocrefunkybeat...kekekeke !. ... and would love to see more of your posting lol ! Hmmm....1250 posting ... not bad heh !

PS: - Nice Kit you've got there too....
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:00 AM
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Heh! Yes, yes it is, the 2" protrusion makes it playable. I have no intention of chucking it, for several reasons. Firstly I actually quite like the sound but secondly it has some serious sentimental value. It was a present when I advanced a Kyu in Ki-Aikido several years ago and I don't get rid of gifts; ever.
MFB, I have a gift for you: A garage full of assorted junk, including an old partially-functioning 70s electric organ, a bag of clothes that once belonged to some random Japanese girl and a rusty lawnmower - along with other gems!

Unfortunately I may be moving house in a month or two so you will have to arrange collection before then...
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:37 AM
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I'll just fly over to New Zealand and pick them up. I would LOVE the old organ, partially functioning or not, I'm addicted to the thought of buying an old Hammond (my school had a 1930's Hammond) or the new Mellotron Mark VI (£6,000ish) but the fact that I can't play them is another matter altogether. The guitar incidentally is my dad's, I play a little very badly indeed (we're talking absolute basics here, but you've got to start somewhere) and looking inside it has 'Suzuki' written. It's over 20 years old, a gift from my mum to my dad when they were first married I think; sorry I can't be more specific.

Hero- I have had no contact with thinshells for quite a while now and I doubt he'll be back.

Disco, Rudi, Duke, Titan, Loge, both Tama drummers (you guys like to hang around in crowds don't you?) and SSF thanks for your kind words. They are very much appreciated. And yes I love my ride too. It's just a pity the player can't justify the equipment.

My lighting is completely natural, I just always wait until it's a good day outside now before I take my shots.
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Old 04-10-2006, 11:19 AM
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Hero- I have had no contact with thinshells for quite a while now and I doubt he'll be back.
Yes, please have no doubt here - there is no comeback for TS and MSH and some others.

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Old 04-10-2006, 02:42 PM
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I`m a new guy around so i don`t know who welcomes who! but anyway, just happy to meet such exquisite people. Awesome looking kit you got there, i think no wrap could ever achieve the beauty of wood. I too can`t throw my good ol` b8 splash away, is there any post where i could here this killer kit? Cheers
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Old 04-10-2006, 02:55 PM
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this is the guy who convinced
me that joey jordison is not the best
well done buddy

i knew you could´t not live without DW

I love tamburo by the way
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Old 04-10-2006, 03:30 PM
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Heh, Joey's good, don't get me wrong. Just not the best. There used to be some posts with sound clips but they've probably disappeared (hopefully) by now. My playing in the last 4 months has skyrocketed. Hopefully I can get a decent recording of these beauties.

I would actually really like a laquered green sparkle kit. A Yamaha Maple Custom of some kind; we can all dream.
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Old 04-10-2006, 09:53 PM
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Nice to have you back mfb.
I saw all ur post's on drums-heal of your kit. I really love it.
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