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Old 09-20-2017, 01:20 AM
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I've been a gigging weekend bar drummer since 1980 when I still at school - but this was a first...

Last Saturday night I checked all the drums, got my stage wear together, and got all my bits and pieces sorted for a gig the following afternoon. I like to be prepared.

It was only at the bar venue, and after I'd assembled my drum kit, and attached the stick holder to my hi-hat stand that I realised an absolutely vital component was missing.

Still hanging on a door handle inside my house miles away was my stick bag containing all my sticks.

Panic stations. There followed several frantic phone calls with the gig only 45 minutes to one hour away. I would not be able to get home and back in time.

A horrible image of me doing two 45-minute sets bare-hand Bonham-style honestly crossed my mind.

In the event, and after much sweating and cursing from myself, the sticks finally arrived just in time, transported by my unamused girlfriend who had to race across with them.

To compound my humiliation, with my band mates taking the p#ss all afternoon, I had to soundcheck with two improvised 6-inch 'sticks' made from a wooden coat-hanger. It did not look, feel or sound good.

And so, yes, hands up to gross stupidity on the day - and a major lesson learned. Sticks will go first into the case next and every weekend!
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:30 AM
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Were they Vic Firth coat hangers? They're the best ones, perfectly matched and balanced.

Yeah that sucks man, my sympathies.
If that ever happened to me, I'd go to my car as I always keep an old pair in there that I practise with when driving. Well, just at traffic lights :D
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Old 09-20-2017, 01:40 AM
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Were they Vic Firth coat hangers? They're the best ones, perfectly matched and balanced.

Yeah that sucks man, my sympathies.
If that ever happened to me, I'd go to my car as I always keep an old pair in there that I practise with when driving. Well, just at traffic lights :D
Ha Ha! Glad I'm not the only one with a dashboard set!!!!
I keep a spare set with my pedals too, just in case I forget!!!!
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:29 AM
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A bandmate of mine left his guitar at the bar after a gig one time. I was driving from Edmonton to Vancouver 2 days later, so I had to re-route my trip to stop into Calgary where we played the gig to pick it up. Luckily the people who were closing up the bar were honest folks and kept his guitar locked away until I showed up.

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Old 09-20-2017, 02:43 AM
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Many many years ago, I was invited to a house party. No body told me that I was suppose to play drums there so I didn't bring anything. There was a beat up drum kit and no sticks. The owner of the house gave me an axe and said "go make your self". It was hilarious and it matched the whole punk vibe going on at the time.
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Old 09-20-2017, 02:53 AM
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I have two complete drum kits. I leave an extra pair of new sticks in each trap case just for this reason. The sticks never leave the case (hopefully!). I figured this was a good idea since the stick bag travels with me separate at times from each kit.
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:33 AM
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Sticks? Thats level 1. A major minor.

Prob the easiest thing to get in the wild is sticks.

I thought all working drummers had extra sticks in their vehicle??? Like a moldy old used pair, of the weight you don't use anymore, but they'll still save ya.
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:05 AM
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Hey Supermac, I did the same thing once. We were booked for a high end reception and half an hour before we were to start during set up, no sticks. Our base player called a friend of his to pick them up and bring out. Well you know what happens, I played the first set with my hands and fingers. Drums were not miked and after that I never forgot sticks or anything else to date. Oh, if you don't hit the drum right, your finger or fingers smart like all get out.
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:57 AM
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I keep a pair of sticks in the pouch of my hardware bag for this exact situation. I never use them, but I know they're there.

However, I once left the floortom legs at home. Another time I left my cymbal case at home, for a country gig 1 1/2 hours from home. Luckily the trumpet player was still in town, and dropped by my house and picked them up for me.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:06 AM
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I left my snare drum at home one time. Luckily, there was a Sam Ash nearby. That's how I acquired a Ddrum snare drum.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:14 AM
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Were they Vic Firth coat hangers? They're the best ones, perfectly matched and balanced.

Yeah that sucks man, my sympathies.
If that ever happened to me, I'd go to my car as I always keep an old pair in there that I practise with when driving. Well, just at traffic lights :D
wouldn't blame ya for practicing while driving - I've seen people switching lanes on the freeway while messing around with drumsticks

altho that's bad :/
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:51 AM
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When I played guitar, I always had a pair of 5A's in my gig bag. It wasn't because drummers forgot their sticks, but they'd break one and realize that they forgot their spares... Or they'd break their spare(s).

On the flip side, drummers should toss a decent 1/4" cable and some picks in their gig bag.
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:05 AM
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On the flip side, drummers should toss a decent 1/4" cable and some picks in their gig bag.
There's some truth in that! I've had guitarists lose picks or have cables go bad far more often than I've forgotten sticks.

I did, however, forget my throne one time. I jury-rigged a kiddie stool with pillows, but it was NOT a comfortable gig.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:32 AM
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I did a gig this summer (supplying the kit) where the drummer for the other band (who were actually headlining) showed up with nothing more than a bag of cheap cymbals. After seeing my cymbals, he asked me if he could use them. He then told me casually in passing that he didn't have any sticks and asked if he could borrow a pair. He didn't seem to find anything strange about that!
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:37 PM
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I tend to do the opposite and leave things at venues / rehearsal studios.

A few years ago I left a nice Iron Cobra kick pedal once at a venue, never to be seen again.

I left an 8" Sabian splash cymbal at a venue over 100 miles up north, never to be seen again (not the cheap one).

At one of our local rehearsal studios very recently, this happened : -

1) Monday, audition: I was in such a flap while waiting for my slot (heart racing, could hear how great the band sounded I was going to audition for), I left my wallet, keys and phone in reception. I got into a flap looking for my keys.. eventually found them, but still managed to leave my wallet.

2) Next day (Tuesday), band practise: Loren, the girl who works there presented me with my wallet as I walked in. I'd been looking for it most of the day at home.

3) Next day (Wednesday), band practise: Loren gives me a look: you left your cymbal stand and Octapad stand in the practise room yesterday.

** Gig **

4) Following Wednesday band practise: Loren laughs at me on my way in: "Here is your Paiste Signature 18" Crash you left here last week" (I had no idea I'd left it).

It's a combination of age and stress I think!

How the hell I left a cymbal there I have no idea!!

PS: I didn't get the gig from the Monday audition, but it was close. I half felt like they were going to offer it to me on the spot, I got the impression the singer and bass player liked me and said "do you think you could put up with us", but someone piped up and said lets go and think about it...

Shame, would have been my first "professional" band (as in regular paid functions), they were very good.
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:57 PM
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I keep a pair of sticks in the cymbal bag along with other emergency stuff i.e snare ribbon, felts, clutch.

Floor tom legs are my speciality I have 3 kits with 3 different types of floor tom legs. Had to put the floor tom on a beer crate one night d'oh. They're the first thing that goes in the car nowadays.

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Old 09-20-2017, 01:01 PM
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I did a gig this summer (supplying the kit) where the drummer for the other band (who were actually headlining) showed up with nothing more than a bag of cheap cymbals. After seeing my cymbals, he asked me if he could use them. He then told me casually in passing that he didn't have any sticks and asked if he could borrow a pair. He didn't seem to find anything strange about that!
My response to both questions would have involved sex and travelling aka f off!

Sounds like you were dealing with a pro there! I have the feeling he just didn't have any sticks and was taking you for a ride.
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:12 PM
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What I did once :
arrived at the gig, with all my drum bags, and open the snare bag and... the wrong snare, the one I was working on, and which didn't have snare wires yet...
ouch !

I played the gig with a very old french snare drum (tambour) that the bassist had in his basement (he lived much closer to the gig place than me).

This "incident" made me think about having different bag colour for the metal snare drum and the maple snare so that I would know which one is in the bag !!!!

PS : do you take spare equipment when you gig ?
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:37 PM
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On a slightly unrelated note: I once turned up for a violin lesson.. opened my violin case, and there was no violin.
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Old 09-20-2017, 03:42 PM
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When I played guitar, I always had a pair of 5A's in my gig bag. It wasn't because drummers forgot their sticks, but they'd break one and realize that they forgot their spares... Or they'd break their spare(s).

On the flip side, drummers should toss a decent 1/4" cable and some picks in their gig bag.
Wow. You're a rare breed. Thank you on behalf of drummers worldwide for the consideration. I do keep guitar player stuff, cords, picks, xlr cables and a mic with me. It's appreciated. I gig with my work van and I carry a lot of stuff with me wherever I go. A fully stocked electricians van is a good thing to have at a gig :)

I keep sticks in my hardware bag, my van, my wife's car, my garage, and of course my stickbag. I have a set of sticks duct taped to my back at all times :)

Same with spare keys. I have them hidden everywhere, with redundant backups. Getting locked out is so avoidable.
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Old 09-20-2017, 04:04 PM
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I think most gigging drummers have done similar.

We played a jazz gig at an art gallery and I forgot my sticks. This may sound too obvious to be true but, yes... I located some paint brushes, roughly the same size and got through the evening. That was about 15 years ago... still have the brushes!

I played a gig in Detroit on a pizza box, once. The kit I normally used while in Detroit was stolen the night before the gig and my buddy didn't think to tell me. Luckily it was a quiet gig. I had my stick bag, located a 16" pizza box, played with brushes and threw a mic on it. I got the idea from a Steve Gadd video where he plays to the interviewer on a binder.... thanks Steve!
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Man, I've only ever forgotten earplugs.
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Old 09-20-2017, 06:29 PM
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Yep, as a gigging guitarist there is always a bag under the car seat with spare cord, picks, a One Spot DC power supply, and of course the most commonly forgotten item, spare strap.

90% of the time used by another band mate. I guess I'll throw in some sticks as well. You've never seen such relief as when you tell the panic stricken bandmate you have a spare in the car.

Another good one to have is spare detachable power cord, lots of things using them, and often forgotten.
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:06 PM
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and of course the most commonly forgotten item, spare strap.
There were probably a dozen times where I had to quickly fashion a strap out of gaffer's tape. Works well, but it's really only good for one gig.
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Old 07-19-2018, 06:39 PM
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Just zombie-ing this post...

Played my first pub gig in a while which required me to bring full kit (as opposed to just snare and cymbals) - set up a bit late, cos of the venue faffing, all getting a bit last-minute, carpet down, drums up, aaaannnd. No cymbals.

Left them on the drive propped against the wall.

Fortunately, the venue was literally 10 minutes from home, so disaster averted.
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I left my stool behind once. Luckily, I was able to get home and get it in time. Now, I have a checklist that I go over every time I load my car for a gig.
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It was a dark and stormy night...

I used to use a Zildjian cymbal safe. It's mostly round, and black. On load out one night in 2010, I propped my cymbal case against my passenger rear tire.

You guessed it, I drove off without them. I woke up the next day with the sinking feeling that I didn't remember putting my cymbals in my van. So I checked my van and I could feel all the color drain out of my face. Horrified, I purchased a bunch of new cymbals right away.

Amazingly, someone returned them to the bar. When I went to play there again 2 weeks later, I was presented with my cymbal case with all my cymbals intact. It was a complete surprise, no one called. Believe it or not, I never even called the bar to check if anyone returned them, duh. I just assumed they were gone. If you saw a case of cymbals sitting in the middle of a parking lot....the Finders/Keepers clause applies.

The area I was in, Levittown PA....I was sure they were gone and sold for drugs.

In another show of stupidity, on a later occasion. I was organizing the inside of my van outside of my customers house after I finished my work there. I overlooked the fact that I left my cased up Guru snare drum in the street as I drove off. Afterwards, I went fishing and realized I left my snare drum in a NJ condo development. My heart dropped to my ankles. Luckily, my customer retrieved it from the street. I got it the next day.

So that's 2 bullets I dodged. Thank you Providence. Phew!
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I've loaned out a lot of drum sticks to drummers who forgot theirs and showed up at the gig. This seems actually pretty common. I've only done it once and that was just rehearsal. Ended up using old chewed up sticks I found "discarded" behind some equipment in the practice space.

I have actually had a lot of (turns out unnecessary) panics because on the way to the show I'm imagining all the things I've forgotten.

One time 2 hours into a 4 hour drive to a festival show I had a mini panic thinking I'd forgotten my drum throne. Obviously no driving back at that point and I had visions for the rest of the trip of sitting on milk crates or some dudes sweat-soaked cloth cover tractor seat. Turns out it was right there packed where it always is when I opened the back of the car.
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When I played guitar, I always had a pair of 5A's in my gig bag. It wasn't because drummers forgot their sticks, but they'd break one and realize that they forgot their spares... Or they'd break their spare(s).

On the flip side, drummers should toss a decent 1/4" cable and some picks in their gig bag.
I'm actually way too nice to my guitar players. I quite often call them the day of the show and ask if they need me to pick up strings or picks or cables or whatever. Too many times I can hear the "oh, yeah!" in their voice meaning if I hadn't asked they would have forgotten they didn't have strings or whatever.
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:40 PM
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Of course, a spare cape is mandatory ;)
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It was a dark and stormy night...

I used to use a Zildjian cymbal safe. It's mostly round, and black. On load out one night in 2010, I propped my cymbal case against my passenger rear tire.

You guessed it, I drove off without them. I woke up the next day with the sinking feeling that I didn't remember putting my cymbals in my van. So I checked my van and I could feel all the color drain out of my face. Horrified, I purchased a bunch of new cymbals right away.

Amazingly, someone returned them to the bar. When I went to play there again 2 weeks later, I was presented with my cymbal case with all my cymbals intact. It was a complete surprise, no one called. Believe it or not, I never even called the bar to check if anyone returned them, duh. I just assumed they were gone. If you saw a case of cymbals sitting in the middle of a parking lot....the Finders/Keepers clause applies.

The area I was in, Levittown PA....I was sure they were gone and sold for drugs.

In another show of stupidity, on a later occasion. I was organizing the inside of my van outside of my customers house after I finished my work there. I overlooked the fact that I left my cased up Guru snare drum in the street as I drove off. Afterwards, I went fishing and realized I left my snare drum in a NJ condo development. My heart dropped to my ankles. Luckily, my customer retrieved it from the street. I got it the next day.

So that's 2 bullets I dodged. Thank you Providence. Phew!
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Old 07-20-2018, 06:26 AM
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I always carefully pack my SUV drum by drum and bag by bag and check each off mentally as I go then do a once over. But I still get those phantom tinges of doubt halfway through the trip! I've never left anything but still.. I do keep a full stick bag in the back hatch compartment of my car though. I have my old stick bag, filled with the same stuff that is in my regular new stick bag, just the things I've upgraded over these years. So my fave new brushes and multi rods go in new bag A and the old pairs that are still barely used and are still good go in old bag B I leave in my car. I collected a lot of stuff over the years until I found my favorite models so I ended up with handy extras. Plus a new pair of extra sticks. If I ever leave my sticks behind I have a whole set of back ups, plus they come in handy for last minute jam sessions, etc. For me if I have the time I always get all my gear in place and packed up the night before, then just load it up the day of the gig all from one place. I clear my head and do it slowly, plus I check that everything is in good shape. I never just grab it all in a hurry and rush over the venue, that seems so dumb to me. But I see other drummers who look like they do that all the time! I guess i'm just OCD about my drums!
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I have forgotten a drum rug before, and I have left a drum rug at a venue. The next time I came back, a year later, that old rug was still there, in quite nasty condition. I left it there again, it was sticking to the floor from a year of sweat and spilled booze.
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Old 07-20-2018, 11:53 AM
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Reading this has brought back some memories and given me some ideas.
Up until last weekend the only thing I’d ever forgotten to take was a set of floor tom legs. It wouldn’t have been a big deal anyway but when I got to the venue and asked if they had anything I could fashion into use they said they had an old kit in the outhouse, it wasn’t something I’d want to play (it had been left out of the elements and is probably now a pile of splinters) but it had 3 floor tom legs that fitted perfectly so minor problem averted.
Last Saturday I was about 15 miles down the road when I had a flash of realisation. I reached behind me and sure enough I’d forgotten my drum mat. Did the pub have carpet or wood flooring I asked myself. Should I turn back and add time to the journey? In the event I kept driving and sure enough the pub had a wooden floor. I’ve subsequently learned that either the bass drum rubber feet and/or the small rubber area beneath the front of a Pearl Demonator pedal prevent a Mapex Saturn from budging a single millimetre over the course of a night. I even spent time musing whether or not to even bother with a mat in future, I wil because it can even out a wonky floor and I dread to think what would happen if I came across a stone floor but again problem averted.
As it is I keep a spare pair of good ear plugs along with some foam ones I n the car along with a drum key. My stick bag goes in one of my hardware bags and I also keep a spare pair of sticks as well as some chewed up but usable old sticks rolling about in both of my hardware bags . Reading the older comments in my thread I had a “d’oh” moment, putting a spare pair of sticks in the spare wheel well of the car is a great idea. Putting those spare ear plugs, drum key, and a couple of pairs of sticks in the spare stick bag I have (my Son bought a new one for me out of his own money a few Christmases back so I like to use that) is an even better idea!! I’m doing it when I get home tonight.

And to pick up on larryace’s Zildjian Safe incident, why are most drum bags and cases black? I know that hardcase add yellow straps and handles as well as producing a coloured range of cases, but every soft case I’ve ever owned has been black with black handles. Actually finding the handles as I load out in the darkness is hard enough, leaving an entire drum (or Cymbal Safe!) behind is entirely possible. Protection Racket‘s Nutcase line of lightweight drum bags used to have a grey “lid” to them but even they’ve gone to regulation 100% Black now. Maybe drummers are too set in their ways to consider other options (or maybe the manufacturers think we’re too set in our ways) but I’d welcome a bit of colour in the cases/bags/boxes department.
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Of course, a spare cape is mandatory ;)
Spare cape and spare sticks are ALWAYS in the door pocket of my car..
Funnily enough I've never forgotten either, but more than once I've pulled over and checked in the back because i was convinced i HAD forgotten them.......
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It's all probably more common than we think.

I know of one particular venue we play at annually who have an inventory of equipment left behind which they post up occasionally and at year end. Eventually they issue a final notice before giving the stuff away to a local school for music or some such.

The stuff I've seen on that list...pedals, cymbals, guitar straps, and an amplifier on one occasion etc. It's like musos have more money than sense :-)
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I had a story very similar to (the other) Larry's.

Played a gig where we shared the stage with other bands. Hurried to load out and apparently left my cymbal bag there. I didn't notice until a couple months later so I wound up having to replace all of them. That was the impetus for me to buy new drums after 25 years. Lost all my cymbals, what better time than now to take the plunge?

I did once forget to bring cymbals to a rehearsal and it was just a couple years ago. And it wasn't "just a rehearsal," it was the only chance I was going to get to play with this artist before playing a couple shows with him. Kind of a big deal and I felt like a moron, but things went well anyway.
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I keep a whole bunch of spare parts in the trunk of my car.
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I’ve only left my sticks at home once, that was many years ago before I owned a stick bag and used to just pack them in my cymbal bag freely. These days I have a stick bag that never leaves my cymbal bag when not in use so that’s never happened again.

However, I did nearly loose my most prized Snare a couple of years ago. It’s my trusty Pearl Steel Snare that is used for gigs and also happens to be my first ever Snare. Massive sentiment value to me and if something happened to it I’d be gutted.

Played a gig in London and was on the Tube heading home quite late as it was someone’s birthday and we stayed on to let our hair down with friends. As a result myself and my partner were slightly well oiled and were standing near the doors. As we’re leaving a station and the doors have closed she looks at me and says “ha! that looks similar to your Snare bag”. I look expecting to see another drummer but instead I see my Snare bag comically rolling across the platform as the train pulls away and my heart drops. It must have rolled out the train doors while they were open and we were chatting.

After what seemed like an eternity we rush off the train at the next station before jumping on a train going back. Get back to the platform where I last saw it and my snare is nowhere to be seen.

After some frantic searching it turns out that the station luckily has a lost and found office and some very good, kind soul has handed it in. Went through the usual q&a with staff to prove its mine and I luckily got it back.

Very close call. When on the tube now I’m constantly checking my gear as a result of that issue.

I blame alcohol, again.
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I always leave one pair of sticks in each of our cars and one pair in the hardware box. My stick bag is also in the hardware box. One time I left my cymbals at home, and another time I left my floor tom legs at home. Peace and goodwill.
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