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Old 12-18-2011, 09:34 PM
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Every now and then you buy an add on product for something that just works. It looks good, it installs easily, and makes what you are doing that much easier. This was a joy to put in, and now to use. IMO, the perfect bass drum mic system.

Look at that beautiful walnut. Already for installation.



Leather loops are installed under Lug screw.



Rubber tube is cut to length with hooks, and installed on Shu. The Sennheiser 902 mic is installed, turned slightly towards where head and shell meet.



Used a small piece of pipe that I heated up to put small hole in Reso head. The hot pipe actually cauterizes the hole so it doesn't rip.



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Old 12-18-2011, 09:50 PM
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You're a real craftsman, Sticks. I love the attention to detail. Nice!

More sound clips, please!
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:51 PM
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You're a real craftsman, Sticks. I love the attention to detail. Nice!

More sound clips, please!
Well thanks buddy. :):):) You always make me feel good. I really appreciate you on here.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:20 PM
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Very clean sticks!

I love white shells, too!
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:47 PM
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Hey Sticks - nice setup!

One thing to watch, that I learned from experience. Be careful that the cable does not touch the head. The vibration of the head chews through the cable insulation! I even tried a rubber grommet, and that slowed the wear, but didn't eliminate it. I solved the issue by installing an XLR jack in the shell, but there are less extreme work-arounds.

Other than that, I love the Shu! Works great for a gigging drummer who likes a full reso head.
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Old 12-18-2011, 10:50 PM
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Hey Sticks - nice setup!

One thing to watch, that I learned from experience. Be careful that the cable does not touch the head. The vibration of the head chews through the cable insulation! I even tried a rubber grommet, and that slowed the wear, but didn't eliminate it. I solved the issue by installing an XLR jack in the shell, but there are less extreme work-arounds.

Other than that, I love the Shu! Works great for a gigging drummer who likes a full reso head.
Thanks for the tip on the insulation wear.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:59 AM
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Every now and then you buy an add on product for something that just works. It looks good, it installs easily, and makes what you are doing that much easier. This was a joy to put in, and now to use. IMO, the perfect bass drum mic system.
I agree 100%, very nice install. May I suggest taking just one more small step and installing a MAY AVC XLR addapter. It is the best 50 bucks I've spent on addressing my bass micing issues in addition to the SHU.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:04 AM
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Very impressive stuff Sticks, how do you connect/disconnect the mic cable from the microphone?
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:10 AM
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Hi guys,

I have a Kelly Shu in my bass drum too. It works really well and gives a really wet slap when coupled with my tuning and no damping.

You can see it in my bass drum in the next pic. The hole in the front head lets me connect the cable to the mic.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:23 AM
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I agree 100%, very nice install. May I suggest taking just one more small step and installing a MAY AVC XLR addapter. It is the best 50 bucks I've spent on addressing my bass micing issues in addition to the SHU.
You want me to drill a hole and put a jack in my bass drum! Not on your life. :) Sorry, can't do it. That is one of the great things about Saturn's. They have less than half the shell holes of most of the other brands. :)
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:25 AM
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Hi guys,

I have a Kelly Shu in my bass drum too. It works really well and gives a really wet slap when coupled with my tuning and no damping.

You can see it in my bass drum in the next pic. The hole in the front head lets me connect the cable to the mic.
OK. I love that you have Saturn's, but as a union member of 353 of the electrical union I have to object to the way you run your mic cords. What a mess. :) Look at all that lovely walnut.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:26 AM
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Very impressive stuff Sticks, how do you connect/disconnect the mic cable from the microphone?
Well I will never move the Monster probably so it is not an issue. On my gigging kit I will have a short cable that hangs out of the small hole, that will plug into a longer cable that runs to the board.
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:21 AM
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Never saw the inside of Saturn's before. I gotta say, the walnut looks gorgeous. The shell looks to be a medium thickness. Didn't you say Saturn's were thin shelled?
So you're a union sparky eh?
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:33 AM
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The kick drums are a few mm thicker than the toms and snares. My walnut looks a lot lighter than yours, but it may just be the photo. Or perhaps your kit has this mystery interior coating that I've heard rumours of.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:59 PM
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Those enclosed lugs are really cool too... never seen them close up before.

Errr... claws i mean, not lugs.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:04 PM
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Never saw the inside of Saturn's before. I gotta say, the walnut looks gorgeous. The shell looks to be a medium thickness. Didn't you say Saturn's were thin shelled?
So you're a union sparky eh?
Hey buddy. The toms are very thin at 5.1mm, and the bass is a little thicker at 7.5. Probably the most beautiful interior shell of any drum I have seen. I am in the Union, but don't believe in Unions. I think they are a big reason we don't have any industry around any more. Sorry for being political. :)
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:06 PM
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The kick drums are a few mm thicker than the toms and snares. My walnut looks a lot lighter than yours, but it may just be the photo. Or perhaps your kit has this mystery interior coating that I've heard rumours of.
I have sent back shells that were light and chalky in appearance. They are out there. There should be no coating on the inside. If you do your own you void the shell warranty. I have heard the same rumour, but I think it is the difference between dark walnut, and light walnut. The dark really looks like they oiled it. They didn't. :)
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:11 PM
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Those enclosed lugs are really cool too... never seen them close up before.

Errr... claws i mean, not lugs.
That was a feature I loved when I first saw the Saturn's. Nice and clean looking die cast enclosed claws, without any big t handles. They do an amazing job on there chrome buffing as well. Also notice that all the lugs are single screw attachment, and the spurs and mounts don't attach to the shells with extra holes. I believe less holes is more sound. :)
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:41 PM
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On paper, the less holes thing makes sense, but really...it's inconsequential. Your shell has a bunch of holes in it already. I never understood the virgin kick thing either. Your shell has holes for lugs and feet so it's not virgin anyway. Besides, there's no sonic difference. You won't install an XLR jack in your shell because you'd have to drill it. Do you really think it's going to affect the sound? Because it won't. I understand not wanting to alter things, but I get the feeling that you think it would mess your sound up, which is a crock.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:46 PM
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On paper, the less holes thing makes sense, but really...it's inconsequential. Your shell has a bunch of holes in it already. I never understood the virgin kick thing either. Your shell has holes for lugs and feet so it's not virgin anyway. Besides, there's no sonic difference. You won't install an XLR jack in your shell because you'd have to drill it. Do you really think it's going to affect the sound? Because it won't. I understand not wanting to alter things, but I get the feeling that you think it would mess your sound up, which is a crock.
Larry, buddy. Don't you start getting on me also. :0 It has to make some difference in sound, if only to make me feel better about not having more holes in my drums. The fact that the mounts are not touching the shells on the bass and toms has to help with resonance. They use the same amount of area already taken up by the lugs. Give me a fricken bone will you. :)
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Old 12-19-2011, 05:06 PM
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On paper, the less holes thing makes sense, but really...it's inconsequential. Your shell has a bunch of holes in it already. I never understood the virgin kick thing either. Your shell has holes for lugs and feet so it's not virgin anyway. Besides, there's no sonic difference. You won't install an XLR jack in your shell because you'd have to drill it. Do you really think it's going to affect the sound? Because it won't. I understand not wanting to alter things, but I get the feeling that you think it would mess your sound up, which is a crock.
Its gotta have some effect. The virgin bass I mean, not XLR. Maybe not the hole and the base of the tom mount itself, but all the hardware, toms, and any other stands/cymbals you have clamped to it? That's a lot of weight bearing down on the drum... That's like a toddler sitting on the drum while you play it. Just the angle a tom is mounted at has a noticable effect on it's sound (as noted in many other "tom sound good until I mount it" threads).

Now... whether its a good or bad effect? I don't know... Most people muffle their kicks at least a little (built-in PS3-like muffling included) so it probably doesn't matter THAT much.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:02 PM
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I'd have no problems drilling my drums but my drums are poplar and only cost me $500

Stick's - your kelly shu looks cool man, what mic are you using with it and have you
used it live or recorded yet?
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:21 PM
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I'd have no problems drilling my drums but my drums are poplar and only cost me $500

Stick's - your kelly shu looks cool man, what mic are you using with it and have you
used it live or recorded yet?
I have a Sennheiser 902e mounted in there. Sounds great through the board and headphones so far. Trying right now to reinstall my cubase on my new iMac, so I can start recording again.
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:00 AM
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what's with the instruction book laying there?.... everybody knows real men don't use instructions.....

double bass yes, instructions no.....
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:26 PM
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what's with the instruction book laying there?.... everybody knows real men don't use instructions.....

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Well this real man does. :)
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:30 PM
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Its gotta have some effect. The virgin bass I mean, not XLR. Maybe not the hole and the base of the tom mount itself, but all the hardware, toms, and any other stands/cymbals you have clamped to it? That's a lot of weight bearing down on the drum... That's like a toddler sitting on the drum while you play it. Just the angle a tom is mounted at has a noticable effect on it's sound (as noted in many other "tom sound good until I mount it" threads).

Now... whether its a good or bad effect? I don't know... Most people muffle their kicks at least a little (built-in PS3-like muffling included) so it probably doesn't matter THAT much.
Totally agree that toms mounted on top of the kick seriously limits the kick's resonance. A virgin kick drum without toms on top is much more resonant. Now if you muffle your virgin kick, then you are back to the "toms mounted on the kick sound", and there is no sonic reason for the virgin kick.
OK, let's just say that drilling holes robs tone. Whatever is attached to the hole will vibrate along with the shell. Plus, if a hole represents 1/500th of the total shell mass, (just a guess, it could be even less) do you really think your ear is going to be able to detect 1/500th less resonance? And don't say yes Glen or I'll drive up there and install the XLR when you are working lol.

Virgin kicks are only effective unported and with no muffling. (JMO) What a great sound too. Not my sound but I do love hearing when someone else has the guts to run a BD with 2 full heads wide open. Virgin kicks still have probably 40 holes in them. 40! Would you consider your GF a virgin if she was drilled 40 times? Lol, virgin kicks, what a crock. You have to stand in awe at the magnitude of BS that passes for truth. Andy's Guru prototype kit I think is a true virgin kick, (zero holes in the shell) or a set of Sleishmans. But if a drum has lugs, the term virgin kick make me laugh.

Glen, do you plug your ventholes? No you say? Why not? Your losing resonance!
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:34 PM
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I don't care what you say, I still like the sound of having virgins in my basement. :)
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Do you muffle and/or port your virgins Glen?
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Do you muffle and/or port your virgins Glen?
I use a PS3 with no port. If I had a sleezy bass drum I would still have a PS3 with no port, so I figure I am still farther ahead. Bass mounts are way too restrictive in setting up tom positions for me. No matter how you slice it, less holes is good holes. :) Just look what happens when you put holes in a cymbal.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:13 PM
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Thanks for the tip on the insulation wear.
Forget the insulation wear. More importantly, contact with the reso head results in vibration noise and dampening. Here's what I do:

Take a piece of coathanger, and from the reso side, sitick in thru one of the Shu's mounting holes. The coathanger will fit into a hole, even if the hole as a bungee hook in it. Bend the coathanger at a right angle, then bend again to stick into another hole. Either gaffer tape or velcro wrap the coathanger to the Shu.

At the end coming toward the reso, bend a hook in the end. You can then tape your mic cable to the coathanger. I made my port at a position near 4:00 close to a lug. When the cable comes out of the port, I simply drape the cable over that claw. Then, I thread the cable between the lug and the shell. This all serves to keep the cable suspended and away from the reso head. I actually velcro wrapped the cable to the lug, so it doesn't even move during transport. ;-)
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OK. I love that you have Saturn's, but as a union member of 353 of the electrical union I have to object to the way you run your mic cords. What a mess. :) Look at all that lovely walnut.
I know! It was much less of an issue with my old natural wood kit- the blue cables didn't look so out of place. Having said that, the cables are taped together as a wiring harness with the plugs marked so that it's quick and easy to set up. I may look at using cable ties to attach the chords to the rack at the back/ drummer side so that they can't be seen. Having said that, this is the only venue we play in where you can even see the drums, the others have me behind parts of the bar, a banister/ hand rail thing etc, where you can barely see the drums, never mind the cables! If it never moved like your monster kit, I might be bothered by it...

By the way, only the blue cables are mine- the yellow and orange ones belong to the rhythm guitarist, and they're much worse than mine!!
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:41 AM
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I know! It was much less of an issue with my old natural wood kit- the blue cables didn't look so out of place. Having said that, the cables are taped together as a wiring harness with the plugs marked so that it's quick and easy to set up. I may look at using cable ties to attach the chords to the rack at the back/ drummer side so that they can't be seen. Having said that, this is the only venue we play in where you can even see the drums, the others have me behind parts of the bar, a banister/ hand rail thing etc, where you can barely see the drums, never mind the cables! If it never moved like your monster kit, I might be bothered by it...
I moved my Roland TD 10 kit every weekend to church with all the cables attached to the rack with Velcro ties. You could barely see the wires. It can be done neatly. :)
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Glen, do you plug your ventholes? No you say? Why not? Your losing resonance!
You could splice your XLR cable and run it through the venthole, tying it to one of the tension rods (so you don't ruin that flawless finish...).

Before being worried about losing any resonance/sound of the bass drum from drilling for an XLR jack, I'd worry about replacing that batter head with something a little less muffling. It would remove what's choking the tone of that beautiful shell and allow it to sing like Mapex intended it to...
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You could splice your XLR cable and run it through the venthole, tying it to one of the tension rods (so you don't ruin that flawless finish...).

Before being worried about losing any resonance/sound of the bass drum from drilling for an XLR jack, I'd worry about replacing that batter head with something a little less muffling. It would remove what's choking the tone of that beautiful shell and allow it to sing like Mapex intended it to...
Well buddy they sent it that way to me and I figure they know more about drums than both of us, and it sounds great, so I think I will leave it that way. :)
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Well buddy they sent it that way to me and I figure they know more about drums than both of us, and it sounds great, so I think I will leave it that way. :)
If it sounds great, that's all that matters. I think you should seriously consider putting the XLR through the vent hole, though, if you're not going to drill for an XLR plug in the shell. That cable through the port hole thing is cute, but it will cause you problems in the long run.

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Old 12-24-2011, 08:07 PM
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That cable through the port hole thing is cute, but it will cause you problems in the long run.
What are you talking about? I've been running my cable through the port holes of two gigging kits for nearly two years, and nothing has ever gone wrong. In fact, I don't see what could possibly go wrong.
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Just wanted to show off how I have my Shu setup.

Of course, this is easier for me since I have an 70s Ludwig kit with a tom mount that I do not use on the bass drum.

I use a 2" Whirlwind XLR cable and leave it permanately connected inside the drum. You can easily diassemble and reassemble one end of these great cables to have a permanent setup, whether that's through a tiny hole in a head or the shell (or even figure a way to run it through a spur?).

I've been loving the Shu since I bought it 18 months ago. Jeff Kelly is a class act guy as well.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:45 AM
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I used to do the same thing with my Tama kit, but used a 5' cable instead, so that the connector on the outside was down at the bottom, near the floor, which was better than it being up high bumping into the shell. ;-)
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Neat setup! You can also make it so the mic connects to a quarter inch plug, so that you plug in your bass drum much like a guitarist would plug in. No permanent modification of the drum or heads. It does take a bit of soldering and you use the bottom vent hole.





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So many great options for running the cable...all comes down to preference, ease of doing, and a little bit of cost consideration as well as considerations of modifying the drum (drilling an XLR jack into the shell - which I will do eventually - I know, for shame, but convenience might outweigh current option, plus it's a 35 year old drum with holes drilled in for the tom mount, a .75" hole for an XLR jack isn't going to make a difference in the sound at this point).

I do wrap the XLR is a towel before I play and use a 2' cable so I don't have to worry about too much slack when I move. I used to use a 25' XLR cable, but that's a lot of cable to wrap up and tote around with a bass drum that is already fun to move around on its own!
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