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Old 11-10-2013, 03:42 PM
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I posted this in the Gretsch thread....but wanted to share it as it's own thread as well
I hope it's not a problem .

.......so the wife and I just had a beautiful house built on 7 acres up in the woods of Green Brook NJ.
for the first time in my life I am not in a city where I can walk to get a cup of coffee....an adjustment process for me for sure.

but in the house I had a sound controlled music room built in.
it's not finished being set up yet but I was anxious to show my Drummerworld brothers my new utopia.

I'll be sure to post more when it is complete with some amazing art work I bought.
some great paintings of Tony Williams, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones done by a local artist will be gracing the walls.
and a beautiful cymbal display that I will erect for my 25 or so cymbals that I love dearly.

but for now here are my Gretsch babys

up on the shelf :

merlot sparkle New Classic - 10, 12, 14, 20
champagne sparkle 1966 RB - 12, 14, 20 - matching snare in snare display
marine pearl Catalina bop - 12, 14, 18 - matching snare in snare display

on the floor :

Brooklyn Bop in mahogany finish - 12, 14, 18 - matching snare
cymbals on the bop - all Zildjian K Con
22" medium thin low
20" light with 3 rivets
14" hats

other snares in snare display -
90s Ludwig black beauty
red glass Pearl Masters

life is good






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Old 11-10-2013, 04:22 PM
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That is freakin' awesome! Can't wait to see the paintings.
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:25 PM
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Ants! That is inspired!

I'm trying to visualize where I'd lay my sleeping bag when I crash your place next summer :)
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:27 PM
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Gretsch-topia......I love it
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:43 PM
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Nice! Congrats! Just in time for the holidays. Don't forget to put a cymbal clock on the wall.
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:59 PM
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Ants! That is inspired!

I'm trying to visualize where I'd lay my sleeping bag when I crash your place next summer :)
ha!

right in front of the Brooklyn brother

you are welcome any time my man

a cup of coffee up in the woods by the firepit and some drum talk is waiting for you

......and thanks for the kind words everyone .....it is starting to come along nicely
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:01 PM
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Envious! I can't think of a more deserving person WhoIs?. Bit of culture shock for you eh? Me, I like being not in the city. I make the best coffee in my French Press anyway. Very envious my friend. If you are up for company, you can invite me lol. I would def come up for a hang.
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Envious! I can't think of a more deserving person WhoIs?. Bit of culture shock for you eh? Me, I like being not in the city. I make the best coffee in my French Press anyway. Very envious my friend. If you are up for company, you can invite me lol. I would def come up for a hang.
the door is always open for my uncle

bring your french press and we will call it even

...yeah bro.. culture shock for sure.

it is actually hard for me to sleep in the complete silence we get up here....sounds odd I know

but we have only been in the house for 10 days and I am sure I will adjust .....but I am used to hearing traffic, people, trains .....it hummed me to sleep my whole life

I'm sure I will learn to love the woods

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Old 11-10-2013, 05:27 PM
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Beautiful collection you got there Tony!
and that Round badge Gretsch kit... WOW!
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Old 11-10-2013, 09:16 PM
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Wow! This is simply fabulous and inspiring. The new home sounds and looks from the pictures you have shared - incredible!

7 acres with woods is by far a dream setting for me.

If you ever have a group hang, I would love to have a chance to participate. I will even cut your grass.

Congratulations!
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:48 PM
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Very nice, but shouldn't there be a USA Custom in Yellow Lacquer somewhere ? :)
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:37 PM
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dmacc - I'll take you up on the lawn cutting :)

RickP - ha! .... there indeed should be !!
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:55 PM
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So, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that you like Gretsch drums a slight bit :)
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:11 AM
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Beautiful setup, Ant.

You'll grow to love the country, I'm sure.

Would love to see the artwork when you get it in.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:55 AM
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that kit on the floor is gorgeous, looks amazing!
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Hey, you got the 22 after all, good move.

Yamaha single braced stands and dw pedals too.

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Old 11-11-2013, 05:27 AM
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Very nice, but shouldn't there be a USA Custom in Yellow Lacquer somewhere ? :)
Don't worry, I'll bring that one. I should have it by the time I've saved up enough to move into Ants' house and pay rent. :)
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:28 AM
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Looks idyllic, Mysterious Tony. Good to be away from the hurly burly - esp with a sound controlled room with distance between you and neighbours. How does it go with work from out of the city?
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:57 AM
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Silence can sometimes be deafening - so it's a good thing you have your drum room so you can make all the sounds you want.

The room (and the drums) look lovely! Clean, sharp and lovely!

Nice one
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:50 PM
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That is great. Congrats on your new home.
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Yes, congratulations on your new home, & your drum room looks superb. Loving the kit shelf :)
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:51 AM
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Wow!. Nice man it looks like a guitar center drum room kinda haha.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:14 AM
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That's a gorgeous room. I don't know if you thought about this, but I think the black shelf in contrast with the white wall is a nice, reasonably subtle design touch- literally underlining the drums there.

I hope they're not too hard to get down :)
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Old 11-21-2013, 04:02 PM
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Congrats! That's a really great setup you have there.

I'll be driving through that neck of the woods in about an hour or so. I'll beep as cruise through town.
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:31 PM
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Wow, really nice.

Actually, your room looks a bit like a Gretsch dealership! haha.

Nice.
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:24 AM
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the door is always open for my uncle

bring your french press and we will call it even

...yeah bro.. culture shock for sure.

it is actually hard for me to sleep in the complete silence we get up here....sounds odd I know

but we have only been in the house for 10 days and I am sure I will adjust .....but I am used to hearing traffic, people, trains .....it hummed me to sleep my whole life

I'm sure I will learn to love the woods

:)
Oh yes, you will love the woods for sure. All the rhythms of the night are absent right now due to winter coming, but just wait until you get crickets, owls, tree frogs (in NJ, maybe?), and whatever else nocturnal is living in your woods. I sooooo miss living in the woods, I must say I am a bit envious. That bad ass room you have would make it almost perfect.
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