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Old 02-23-2007, 02:13 AM
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I'm so happy... here it is





Mapex Vx-5245a in Piano Black

Paiste Alpha 16" Crash
Tama 14" Hi Hats and 20" Ride

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Old 02-23-2007, 02:18 AM
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Wow those are some wild angles you have there. Nice kit and color. But seriously you might want to take a good look a those angles, I'm not really sure how your supposed to crash that cymbal on the left.

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Old 02-23-2007, 02:21 AM
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i just threw it together... haven't played much on it yet... i obviously have some adjusting to do :o
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Old 02-23-2007, 02:30 AM
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Oh ok, so you just got it? Like a couple hours ago or whatever right? Maybe try lowering the crash on the right down and angling it flatter. Then on the right ride, lower it maybe 4 inches or so and make it comfortable. As for the mounted toms they seem alright, but you may want to bring the floor tom in a little closer and make it comfortable also. Im not trying to tell you how to set your kit up, just trying to give some thoughtul suggestions. : )

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Old 02-23-2007, 02:34 AM
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Oh ok, so you just got it? Like a couple hours ago or whatever right? Maybe try lowering the crash on the right down and angling it flatter. Then on the right ride, lower it maybe 4 inches or so and make it comfortable. As for the mounted toms they seem alright, but you may want to bring the floor tom in a little closer and make it comfortable also. Im not trying to tell you how to set your kit up, just trying to give some thoughtul suggestions. : )

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not a problem... that's what i'm here for :)

yeah i took those pics RIGHT after i set it up...

i'll try all of those things and see how it feels

thanks man

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Old 02-23-2007, 03:21 AM
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Very nice. I really like the look of black drum kits.

As Tama Player said, be sure to fix your drum and cymbal angles; having your drums set up well really improves your playing.
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:30 AM
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Congratulations! That's a great set to be starting out on. Have fun!
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:48 AM
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very nice kit, and yes you should straighten our the crash adn bring down your ride.
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:49 AM
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very nice kit, and yes you should straighten our the crash adn bring down your ride.

i already did :o


now i need some lessons
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Old 02-23-2007, 05:10 AM
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i already did :o


now i need some lessons

Drummerworld.com is a great place to start

also check out vic firths web site (under education I believe)

finding a teacher is good too
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:23 AM
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Hey, that's a great first kit. Congrats. That should last you a good, long time and if it's tuned right, I bet it sounds pretty good too. If you haven't gotten one already, be sure to get a practice pad for practicing your rudiments...your family/housemates/neighbors will appreciate it.
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:01 PM
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Hey, that's a great first kit. Congrats. That should last you a good, long time and if it's tuned right, I bet it sounds pretty good too. If you haven't gotten one already, be sure to get a practice pad for practicing your rudiments...your family/housemates/neighbors will appreciate it.
i got the pad before the set... vic firth 12" :)


edit: i'm also getting some mutes for the kit over the weekend
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Old 02-23-2007, 07:14 PM
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Hey man, that's a great little first kit you got there. Mapex makes great kits. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with it. Welcome to the world of drumming.
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Old 02-23-2007, 08:24 PM
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We have a Mapex V set in the room where I take my drumming lessons. I don't know what your sizes are but that kit has 8/10/12 inch toms and a 18x16 BD and it sounds great with Powerstroke heads. It has a really big sound for such a small kit.
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Old 02-23-2007, 08:50 PM
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If you are just getting started, now is a good time to experiment with some fundamental things, before your habits are set in stone.

When I was at your stage, my instructor insisted I play open (left hand on hihat and ride). You might want to try this as well, as it to me and many other people it feels natural and comfortable to play open. Even people who play right hand hihat put their ride cymbal on the right to play open whenever they can, so it makes sense to do it 100 percent of the time.

You'll hear crossed players tell you your left hand won't be able to keep up with the right, but I've never had that problem. I'm right handed and if anything, playing open has brought my left arm up to strength with my right arm.
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:22 AM
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If you are just getting started, now is a good time to experiment with some fundamental things, before your habits are set in stone.

When I was at your stage, my instructor insisted I play open (left hand on hihat and ride). You might want to try this as well, as it to me and many other people it feels natural and comfortable to play open. Even people who play right hand hihat put their ride cymbal on the right to play open whenever they can, so it makes sense to do it 100 percent of the time.

You'll hear crossed players tell you your left hand won't be able to keep up with the right, but I've never had that problem. I'm right handed and if anything, playing open has brought my left arm up to strength with my right arm.
i'm left handed, so i think open will be a better option for me in that case
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:29 AM
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for those wondering...


10x8 TT
12x9TT
14x14 FT
22x18 BD
14x5.5 snare

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Old 02-24-2007, 01:46 AM
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22.5 x 20 bass drum? Are you sure it's not 22x18?
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Old 02-24-2007, 01:48 AM
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22.5 x 20 bass drum? Are you sure it's not 22x18?
jeez i have to learn how to use a measuring tape as well as these drums :o


i fixed it
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:58 AM
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Wow those are some wild angles you have there. Nice kit and color. But seriously you might want to take a good look a those angles, I'm not really sure how your supposed to crash that cymbal on the left.

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At first i thought you were talkinga bout his tom angles, and then i was thinking wtf, because his toms are angled perfectly. But yeah, hopefully by now, you figured out whats comfortable for you.

If this helps, if your wondering how to set up your throne (like how high), make sure your thighs are almost parallell to the ground, but SLIGHTLY pointed downward. Pointed downward meaning the higher part of your thigh (like where it meets your butt) is higher than the lower part (where it meets your knee). So your knee should be prety close to a right angle.

As far as height and angle of everything else, its whatevers comfortable for you.
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:45 AM
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wow very nice kit, much better than my first one..... i still have it lol

cant wait to see you playing on it and showing use some grooves
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