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Old 03-09-2011, 02:55 AM
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Bass drums - 22" x 20" x two of them

Toms - 8" x 7", 8" x 8", 10" x 8" x 2, 12" x 9", 13" x 10", 14" x 12", 15" x 13", 16" x 14", 18" x 16"

Snares - 14" x 5.5", 13" x 6", Saturns
14" x 5.5" Black Panther Phosphor Bronze
13" x 6.5" Black Panther Phosphor Bronze Hand Hammered

Sabian Cymbals - 8" Paragon Splash
9" Max Splash (signed by Mike Portnoy)
10" Paragon Splash
12" AAX O-Zone Splash
13" Paragon Hi-Hat
14" Paragon Hi-Hat
16" AAX X-Plosion Fast Crash
16" Paragon Crash
16" AAX Stage Crash (don't underestimate. My favorite crash)
17" HHX Evolution Crash
17" AAX X-Plosion Fast Crash
18" Paragon Crash
18" HHX Evolution Crash
18" AAX Stage Crash
19" Paragon Chinese
20" Paragon Crash
22" Paragon Ride

Mapex 700 Series Hi-Hat Pedal, DW 5000 Bass Pedals x 2, Pearl remote Hi-Hat, Mapex tom mounts

DW Stainless steel custom rack (Don't ask how much), DW cymbal mounts( great cymbal tension system), DW Throne

Stock Remo Emperor's over Ambassadors. (great sound)

Electronics - Roland TD10 kit with expansion, SPD - 11














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Old 03-09-2011, 03:04 AM
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Pretty impressive, clean looking, and great use of boom add-ons. I'm going to assume you had a little money left over to hire a moving crew...?
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:28 AM
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Pretty impressive, clean looking, and great use of boom add-ons. I'm going to assume you had a little money left over to hire a moving crew...?
Well luckily for me my wife helps for free. This is the stay at home kit.
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:32 AM
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That drum riser must be a bitch to set up with all the rocks.


Very nice kit. Really impressive. I also liked the tour video on youtube.
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:36 AM
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Those where all the rocks I pulled out of my back field. Thought it would make a good photo shoot so I built a simple 2 x 4 platform topped with plywood, set the drums up, and covered all the rack legs with leaves. Leveling the rock pile was the hardest part. Doesn't everybody do this. ;)
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:37 AM
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Great photos stick - thanks for showing them :-) ...but you didn't mention the TD-12 / SPD6?......


and is that your back yard?


It's a tight squeeze to get in the middle of the 2 kits - do you abseil in?
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:47 AM
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Great photos stick - thanks for showing them :-) ...but you didn't mention the TD-12 / SPD6?......


and is that your back yard?


It's a tight squeeze to get in the middle of the 2 kits - do you abseil in?
You were close, TD 10 with overly priced expansion card, SPD - 11

Well it is actually the golf course, driving range, race track, snow hill, terrain park, all on 5 acres. Everything is of course mini size :)

I just set the two kits for the picture. I am a big Neil Peart fan you know.
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Old 03-09-2011, 04:07 AM
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Great drum set!

Amazing pictures!!!
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Old 03-09-2011, 02:56 PM
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OMG !!!!! :O

WOW !!! :O

What a classy looking kit!!

What a beautiful garden!!

What an amazing display of pictures!!

What a handsome man!!


Haha, LOL. :P


Now, seriously, congrats for such a nice kit. It's really mind-blowing.

Cheers. :)
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:09 PM
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My wife was starting to get jealous as she read the post. :) Thanks you.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:56 PM
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....wow,

Amazing set, simply beautiful.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:11 PM
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Killer kit man. I love how clean your drum rack is, everything was used very effectively.

I'm almost scared to ask, but how long does it take to set her up?

great pics, very classy and that's a great finish.

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Old 03-09-2011, 07:07 PM
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Killer kit man. I love how clean your drum rack is, everything was used very effectively.

I'm almost scared to ask, but how long does it take to set her up?

great pics, very classy and that's a great finish.

-Jonathan
Well it does not take long to set up. Everything on this kit has a memory lock on it. The rack is carried in two main pieces. Once you set the rack up, all the cymbal arms and toms go back exactly in the same position that they came off. This is the beauty of a rack with this big of a kit. Even the the DW cymbal mounts are pre-set, so all you do is put the cymbal on and tighten the wing nut tight. The majority of the time is spent moving all the pieces.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:21 PM
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Sweet setup! I think I'm going to order Saturns too someday. There would be only one difference - 14 minus 11 drums :)

That white finish looks somehow timeless.. It's always cool!
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:26 PM
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Im a fan of big kits and yours is stunning. Great balanced looking set up.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:35 PM
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I see so many big kits out there and all you can see is the rack and stands of some kind. I really took my time to lay it out so that all the drums are the focal point, I also have the drums all turned so that you see the beautiful badges and not the mount, and L - rod. The floor is also not cluttered with legs and feet. I even put the snares coming up from the rack. The only feet touching the floor, other then the rack itself is the drum throne. I loved doing this. It was quite the fun project.
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:39 PM
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dang man, you must have 3k dollars worth of cymbals alone! BIG. :D
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:44 PM
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amazing, awesome, nice, etc, etc, etc,, I have no words.. congrats for so great set my friend... I see you are a Paragon fan... but your favourite crash is an AAX stage.. Im planning to get this cymbal soon, but I played it in a store and sounded a bit clangy for me.. is it so????.. thanks
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:00 AM
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amazing, awesome, nice, etc, etc, etc,, I have no words.. congrats for so great set my friend... I see you are a Paragon fan... but your favourite crash is an AAX stage.. Im planning to get this cymbal soon, but I played it in a store and sounded a bit clangy for me.. is it so????.. thanks
I am all about clean sounds when it comes to cymbals. I actually hand picked all the cymbals around the 16" AAX Stage Crash's sound. I use it as my main crash. It just has a nice high pitch that I like, and is clean without being too shimery. The best part is that it is the Cheapest crash cymbal of the bunch.

You can't really try a cymbal in those little rooms. You almost need to take it home, or like I did, get them to set the cymbals up out in the main store area on stands for you. Then I got the guy to hit them, while I stood out front and listened.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:12 PM
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I am all about clean sounds when it comes to cymbals. I actually hand picked all the cymbals around the 16" AAX Stage Crash's sound. I use it as my main crash. It just has a nice high pitch that I like, and is clean without being too shimery. The best part is that it is the Cheapest crash cymbal of the bunch.

You can't really try a cymbal in those little rooms. You almost need to take it home, or like I did, get them to set the cymbals up out in the main store area on stands for you. Then I got the guy to hit them, while I stood out front and listened.
GOOD advice.. you re right.. I just played it around cymbals...thanks
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:50 PM
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GOOD advice.. you re right.. I just played it around cymbals...thanks
I also have the 18" AAX stage crash and I don't like it nearly as much. Honestly the 16" is just a really nice clean cymbal. I don't like the new overly hammered stuff they are putting out now. Way too dark for me.

Another beautiful cymbal, probably my second favorite is my 16" AAX X-Plosion Fash Crash, not to be confused with the X-Plosion Crash. This is very similar to the 16 Stage, just a little bit lower in tone. I don't see many people using the Fast Crashes. Not sure why. They are very nice and quick and smooth. They are thin and fragile, so maybe that is why. I don't over hit my stuff like some. Proper cymbal hitting can go a long way in preserving your cymbals. I can't afford to be replacing them every month. I used all my money on my kit :)
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I NEED MORE COWBELL!!

But really nice, though;)
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:28 PM
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[quote=bigfatbobby;812799]I NEED MORE COWBELL!!

But really nice, though;)[/QUOTE
I don't do a lot of Bachmen Turner Overdrive. :)
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:43 AM
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Yep, Impressive!!!

That's alot of stuff man!
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Absoutely amazing. The artctic white with back hardware is my favourite color combo of any drum today. Last year I had a chance to pick up a mint 7 piece kit just like that for around $1200 and I passed on it. Been kicking myself ever since. Any vids? Would love to see/hear it in action
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Old 03-11-2011, 05:05 AM
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Absoutely amazing. The artctic white with back hardware is my favourite color combo of any drum today. Last year I had a chance to pick up a mint 7 piece kit just like that for around $1200 and I passed on it. Been kicking myself ever since. Any vids? Would love to see/hear it in action
Hey Scarlit. I did a quick little video with my flip phone, Unfortunately when I upload to youtube now the quality drops way down. Here is the link to the video on my site. http://www.sticks4drums.com/apps/vid...on-the-monster I am in the process of buying mics for the kit. As soon as I get everything hooked up I will do a video of them. I love the contrast also. Thanks for the kind words.

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Old 03-11-2011, 09:45 PM
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Holy shit! That kit is amazing and what great photos. You really presented your kit in the best way possible. Great!
Thank you very much. I know I am a little over the top, but hey, I love my kit. :)
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That's all ya got?

Seriously man...this is the best drum photography on the forums, hands down. You win!
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That's all ya got?

Seriously man...this is the best drum photography on the forums, hands down. You win!
Thank you very much. It feels really good to be appreciated. Drum forums have been a very rough ride for me. This forum so far, has been a very mature, nice, secure, place to be. Keep up the good work people. You deserve a pat on the back. Thanks again.
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Beautiful photos, man. Is Arctic White for Mapex a wrap or a lacquer? Ludwig recently discontinued a finish called Arctic White that was a lacquer with a subtle sparkle about it that really didn't show up in photos.
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Beautiful photos, man. Is Arctic White for Mapex a wrap or a lacquer? Ludwig recently discontinued a finish called Arctic White that was a lacquer with a subtle sparkle about it that really didn't show up in photos.
Yeah, it's a damn shame...it was the nicest lacquer finish they offered, IMO. I have a CM snare w/ that finish (Arctic Glitter) and it's a beauty. Bermuda mentioned that his drums had yellowed slightly and that's probably why it was discontinued.
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:23 PM
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Beautiful photos, man. Is Arctic White for Mapex a wrap or a lacquer? Ludwig recently discontinued a finish called Arctic White that was a lacquer with a subtle sparkle about it that really didn't show up in photos.
A wrap, how dare you say wrap. :) No it has am "eight coat, hand applied deep gloss lacquer finish". That is from the Mapex site.
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Old 03-11-2011, 11:23 PM
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Nice kit.

Too many drums for me, but I am glad you like it.
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Nice kit.

Too many drums for me, but I am glad you like it.
Now those are the posts I am used to from other sites. :) Drums are like donuts, you can never have enough. :)
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Now those are the posts I am used to from other sites. :) Drums are like donuts, you can never have enough. :)
I used to have like 5 toms, two basses, etc... just got to be a pain in the ass replacing all those heads, getting into the kit, moving it and haveing to adjust everything.

I have a 1 up two down kit with a single pedal now...less to carry.
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I used to have like 5 toms, two basses, etc... just got to be a pain in the ass replacing all those heads, getting into the kit, moving it and haveing to adjust everything.

I have a 1 up two down kit with a single pedal now...less to carry.
I know what you are saying. This is my mid-life crises, recording kit. It will stay in the basement most of its life, unless Neil Peart gets sick or something, and they call me up. :)

It is wicked fun to play though. I love to have all the different sounds at my disposal.
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:33 AM
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Talk about an out of body experience! Dude! You rock!!! Your kit is great. Please post ANYTHING of you playing it.
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Talk about an out of body experience! Dude! You rock!!! Your kit is great. Please post ANYTHING of you playing it.
Thanks Kbadd! I will when I get some more videos done.
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Im jealous, me and my little 6 piecer.
Probably the nicest set I've ever seen, must have cost a fortune!
But I bet it is worth it :)

Oh and by the way how do you like that 20" paragon crash?
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Old 03-12-2011, 06:22 PM
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Im jealous, me and my little 6 piecer.
Probably the nicest set I've ever seen, must have cost a fortune!
But I bet it is worth it :)

Oh and by the way how do you like that 20" paragon crash?
Hey maniac, there is nothing wrong with a little 6 piecer. It is all in how you present it. I hope no one on here thinks I put these pics up to make anyone feel badly. I am 46, and finally have the kit that I have always wanted. The type of music I love dictates many sounds. I always say, why should the guitar and piano players have all the notes. :) I love hearing all the different tom sounds.

I bought the 20" because it was used and in great shape. Oh and because Neil uses it. :) I don't use it very much. I much prefer the 16" cymbals. I think I could live with just the 3 16's that I have.(AAX Stage Crash, Paragon crash, AAX X-Plosion Fast crash.)
The 20" sounds just like the 18, and 16 Paragons, just deeper. So I guess it depends on the style of music you play. It is loud. Without hearing protection, this thing hurts my ears, and I can listen to pretty loud stuff. All the Paragons are a very nice mix between too smooth, and too dark. right in the middle somewhere. They are very similar to the AAX-Stage crashes, with just a bit more bark. Hope that helps. Thanks again for the kind words.
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