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Old 08-13-2008, 10:18 AM
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Default New Kit!!! Battlefield Drums!!

Hello everyone,

I have been looking for a Bonham sized kit as most of you know. After doing quite a bit of research, I was about to buy a Ddrum Dominator. Great, great set. Anyway, I stumbled across a custom drum builder in the Southern California area named Battlefield Drums. Did some research and found out the owner used to own a portion of Truth drums.

He just happened to have a kit that was about a year old in Red Glass Glitter. The sizes are 26 x 18, 18 x 16, 16 x 16 and 13 x 9. Kit is in fairly good shape, made with 6 ply Keller Maple Shells. Chrome tube offset lugs on all the toms and bass drum. Floor toms have the suspension leg system that I am not too familliar with. If I don't like it, he will install legs at his cost.

The kit would sell for over 3K new. I was able to pick it up tonight with $1100. It was a total score! Here is a link to his website.

http://www.battlefielddrums.com/home.html

Other than buying new heads for the toms as clears came on this, the Bass Drum came with a ported fiberskin (sp) head in perfect condition and a clear PS 3 batter. He threw in a new PS 3 head also. Now, I will hear how it sounds as Karl Crafton has been kind enough to let me in on his secret sound and I used it on my other massive kit. Amazing is all I can say.

Here is a studio pic of the kit. The red glass glitter doesn't show in this pic at all. It is pretty mind blowing in person. I will have more pics up tomorrow. I am hoping that I can actually get the kit dialed in and actually play the Bonham kit infront of John Bonham's pic at my GC gig on Saturday. How cool will that be?

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Old 08-13-2008, 11:24 AM
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And buys like this give me faith in the second hand market. Great score!
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:33 AM
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Awesome find mikei.
Im glad you found your 26" kick.

Im going to look into Battlefield drums,
look like they do good work.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:52 AM
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great find mikei! im very jealous.

congrats on the new lady. make sure to get pics and some sound clips from the gc gig.
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:32 PM
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Default Re: New Kit!!! Battlefield Drums!!

Another great score in the "used" drum department. That kit will certainly rival any pro-level kit from any of the "big manufacturers", and, for the money, just plain old embarrass the Zep Accent kit ($1395 new) or the Catalina Club rock ($900 new). I remember seeing Battlefield at the NAMM show. Good looking drums. Keller shells can do you no wrong.
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:15 PM
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Nice kit. I really like it a lot.

Christian drum makers get all the work. :-P

Seriously, though, you might want to let the guy know that his site has "base drum" on it instead of "bass drum."
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Old 08-13-2008, 03:35 PM
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Great looking kit. And I'm sure it sounds even better. Well done on a real score.
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:07 PM
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Magnificent.
Love those sizes.
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:29 PM
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Sweet Rig! Congrads!
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:46 PM
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sweet bonzo style and excellent bargain. well done!
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:07 PM
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Great find. Keller shells are great quality and that's a steal of a price.
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Old 08-13-2008, 07:14 PM
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Nice! Can I have your DW's since you probably won't be playing them after owning these?
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:12 PM
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Congats on the new kit. Battlefield drums have a really good rep. I'm sure they will sound great. You sure do go through some kits.

Looking foward to some pictures and sound clips.

Nice score.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:23 PM
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Very nice. Now take your wife out to dinner and don't mention new drums to her for a year. You have reached the Rob, of FourStrings acclaim, for new drum sets in one year. Take some time now and play them and STOP SHOPPING.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:36 PM
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This is IT!!!!!!

I promise.

I took my wife clothes shopping over the weekend. She has lost 60 lbs working out with a trainer 4 days a week. She actually has "Abs" now! I have lost a bit over 70, so we are kicking @ss! We both have max, 20 to go.

Anyway, spent all day shopping for her. Watched her try on literally 20 to 30 outfits. Gave my opinions (she really did look amazing in each one), so she is happy.

I did get to tune the 26 x 18 kick up this morning. Ahhhh!!! I forgot how incredible a 26 sounds when tuned correctly. Lots of BOOM and RUMBLE, but in a good way. Sounds better than my old Ludwig kick did. Might be the heads and or the extra 4 inches of depth.

Played just the kick with the snare, hats and a crash this morning for about 10 minutes. Playing Zeppelin actually sounds like Zeppelin again!!!!

The bass drum response is actually a bit better than on my Dub. But, that is due to the higher tension on the batter head. Very responsive. Doubles are easier to do using the bounce to your advantage.

I can't wait to tune up the toms today. They all have clears on them, so I will need to change them out!

I will probably end up putting the DW on the side for a bit. Need to get used to the 1 up 2 down again. Shouldn't take but an hour or so.

I actually have no need for a new kit anytime soon. I now have 2 completely different high end kits.

I am a very happy man! I will get pics today of the kit before or after our practice.

Thanks guys!
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:00 PM
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Great find mikei. The kit looks fantastic -- congrats!
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:10 PM
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This is IT!!!!!!

I promise.

I took my wife clothes shopping over the weekend. She has lost 60 lbs working out with a trainer 4 days a week. She actually has "Abs" now! I have lost a bit over 70, so we are kicking @ss! We both have max, 20 to go.
Way cooler than even the cool kits, man! Congrats to both of you. I wish I could shed some poundage, but it seems to be the one thing I can't get myself to actually do. I'm not making excuses, just saying I know how hard it is, so good job. But don't forget, this forum has a rule that requires pictures. You brought up your wife, so it's time to show some pics! :-P
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Old 08-13-2008, 09:33 PM
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Great find Mikei,
Totally stoked you stayed with a 26" kick the offset lugs are killer.

Congrats,
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:57 PM
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Great find Mikei,
Totally stoked you stayed with a 26" kick the offset lugs are killer.

Congrats,
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Thanks Bonzo.

Once you play a 26, you cannot replace it. No matter how you tune a smaller bass drum, you just don't get that feel and sound.

At the 18 depth, it is INCREDIBLE. Wow.

I will post pics tonight!
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Old 08-13-2008, 10:59 PM
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Way cooler than even the cool kits, man! Congrats to both of you. I wish I could shed some poundage, but it seems to be the one thing I can't get myself to actually do. I'm not making excuses, just saying I know how hard it is, so good job. But don't forget, this forum has a rule that requires pictures. You brought up your wife, so it's time to show some pics! :-P

I will post pics of before and after. My wife is so friggin hot!!!

Shedding the pounds is hard. But, with the wife and I both doing it together, it has made it easier.

Plus, the wife is going to a personnal trainer 4 days a week. So, just the financial piece of it is motivation. You don't want to be wasting money!

Thanks for the great post mrchattr.
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Old 08-13-2008, 11:37 PM
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Ha, sweet score man, thats one of the few custom kits that ive seen that i actually like.

Congrats
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Old 08-14-2008, 02:05 AM
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Ha, sweet score man, thats one of the few custom kits that ive seen that i actually like.

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have you seen very many custom kits?...
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Old 08-14-2008, 03:39 AM
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Wow mikei, judging from that pic that's one incredible kit, plain awesome!

A question, how many kits have you actually owned? You seem to change every week, haha.
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:09 AM
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man mikey!...looks great!

cant wait to see your pics!!!

you got a very good deal....great score!

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Old 08-14-2008, 05:26 AM
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hey mikei

i heard about battlefeild drum before..they look great! cant wait to see some more pics.


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Old 08-14-2008, 06:38 AM
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I'll join the chorus in saying that I can't wait to see more pics of this thing!
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Old 08-14-2008, 06:39 AM
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Here are the pics.

I was so excited to play them at practice. They sounded great. I was looking forward to setting up in front of the Bonham picture at the GC gig this weekend, but oddly enough, we broke up tonight! LOL Oh well. I have an audition tomorrow with some other guys.

Anyway, enough of the negative, here are the pics. They just don't do them justice. And, my new Yamaha Snare sounds great with it. I just have to get bigger cymbals now.

Thanks for all of your responses. I cannot thank all of you enough for the friendships here. I really feel like you guys are always around to give me great advice. So, thanks to all of you.

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Old 08-14-2008, 07:03 AM
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Wow, Mikey, that's one pimp lookin' kit! What are you eyeballing for next month's kit? ;)

Can't wait to hear the the cannons roaring - post some sounds when you can!
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Old 08-14-2008, 09:21 AM
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Nice find Mike! I've seen and heard some good things about Battlefield drums. I've never been a fan of offset lugs, but with that smoking deal, how can you complain.
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Old 08-14-2008, 12:55 PM
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It is a brave man who runs a 22x18 wide open. A very brave man who has no bowel problems.
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Old 08-14-2008, 01:36 PM
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Wow man, I love the finish and the offset lugs... And the bass drum must sound like a bomb going off.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:24 PM
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It is a brave man who runs a 22x18 wide open. A very brave man who has no bowel problems.

That is a great line. Almost spilled my coffee!

It sounds great wide open. I am going to add a small piece of foam to the interior. You can see the "sock" under the pedal. Karl Crafton turned me on to it. I just haven't had time to get the foam inside.
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Old 08-14-2008, 04:32 PM
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Again great find something about red sparkle on a kit totally cool.

Damn it now I want a 26" kick LOL can't. afford it right now through i'll just have to live with my 24" bass drum for a little while longer.

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Old 08-14-2008, 04:37 PM
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That is a friggin hot kit, Very nice. NOW, We've all been very patient...........Lets see pics of the wife.. ;)

Just kidding man, Sort of. Deathmetalconga made me ask. lol
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That is a great line. Almost spilled my coffee!

It sounds great wide open. I am going to add a small piece of foam to the interior. You can see the "sock" under the pedal. Karl Crafton turned me on to it. I just haven't had time to get the foam inside.
Karl really seems to know his stuff he has a beautiful red sparkle kit also one of my fav's on the site.nothing taken away from your kit your is absolutely beautiful also.

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Old 08-14-2008, 05:38 PM
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Karl really seems to know his stuff he has a beautiful red sparkle kit also one of my fav's on the site.nothing taken away from your kit your is absolutely beautiful also.

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Honestly, Karl's kit is my favorite kit on this site. I have heard clips of his kit on great recordings and his bass drum and snare sound unbelieveable. His playing was kick ass also!!!!

Thanks Bonzo!!!!!
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Old 08-14-2008, 05:58 PM
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Thanks for the good words Mike (& bonzolead too)...wow, the pics in the brighter light make that red glass just jump off at you!

I like the way the tube lugs make the 13 look kinda wider too...man it's a great looking, cool kit!

Great timing the way it all turned out too.

It was meant to be...
Now you just need some 19 & 20" cymbals....15" hats too of course.... :-)

Have fun with the jam tonight, I'm sure (besides your playing) the kit will score you some points, or scare the crap out of them haha!

A new kit...and maybe a new band?

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I just have to get bigger cymbals now.

Looks great! Very nice.

Bigger cymbals! Yep, I'm with you. I'm not going to use anything smaller than an 18 from now on.
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[quote=mikei;469397]Thanks Bonzo.
Once you play a 26, you cannot replace it. No matter how you tune a smaller bass drum, you just don't get that feel and sound.
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Thats an amazing kit!!!! looks great,,do u have any recourding so we can hear it?
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