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    Bare foot Bass Pedal

    Practice both. Either way you'll get used to it, I've done both throughout my thirty years of drumming. If you play hard, though, I'd recommend shoes. Hammering the BD barefoot for an hour, week after week, can take a toll. (Nicko McBrain may be an exception but that guy is inhuman.)
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    Weighted drumsticks / BD beaters for practice

    I think I'm lucky in that I play with a few different bands and use different set ups for each band, including different sticks. In the course of a week I'll have rehearsed with all three and used three different weights of sticks in doing so. I think the variety has helped my technique, in...
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    Playing outdoors

    That's only true to a degree. It's not like I change heads depending on circumstance, but I absolutely take the room into account when assessing how to tune my drums. Thirty seconds of quick adjustments can, in my experience, make a huge difference. (To me, if not the audience...or band...
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    Playing outdoors

    Do y'all have any particular rules about tuning for an outdoor gig? I'm talking the pure instrument sound, not including PA of any kind (I just did an outdoor gig yesterday and there was no mic'ing of any kind - no singer in this band). I haven't figured it out yet, but it's clear to me that...
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    Tribute band

    Could have written this myself. Agree 100%. As Bermuda says, it's all about what you want to get from playing drums. Right now I play in a surf band, covering original 60's surf music and doing a few more modern songs (e.g. Gary Numan's 'Cars') in a surf style. I try to keep as close to the...
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    Getting a small kit

    Interesting! Reminds me of the 70's.... Are you planning on using them just for lower volume, or are there other reasons as well? I'm figuring the sound is a little different, but I'm curious as to how they'd integrate with an otherwise conventional kit.
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    Getting a small kit

    It's black, fortunately - opens up options a bit. And I've started looking around, I've found some decent floor toms but I really want a 10" rack tom, haven't found a good one of those yet. But I'm patient. That's good to know - I did find some PDPs for sale on our local Facebook yard-sale page...
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    Getting a small kit

    Wow, great info - thanks again so much. I'm excited to get going on this kit!!!
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    Getting a small kit

    I keep finding recommendations for the Aquarian heads on a kit this size. On my bigger kits it was almost always Remos and occasionally Evans, which also seemed to be the recommended heads for larger kits; what is it about Aquarians that makes them so popular with the smaller kits?
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    Getting a small kit

    Very interesting! And COOL! You're making me rethink things a little - maybe I'll keep the RT bass drum and just find some good toms to go along with it. What you've done requires a lot less $$ than what I'd planned, but it will also require a little more effort - which is just fine with me...
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    Getting a small kit

    Excellent info, drumguy. Thank you for the input. For the Aquarian heads, what weight/style did you use?
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    Getting a small kit

    No, no need to go above $800 on the kits...what you've named are perfect for my needs (and budget). And I am a hard hitter - part of the reason I wanted a smaller kit: so that I can play somewhat close to how I normally play, without blowing out the rest of the band in a setting that doesn't...
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    Getting a small kit

    This is VERY helpful - I really appreciate you taking the time to lay all this out for me. I've got some online searching to do! Thanks very much, man. One last thing: once I settle on a kit, I'm going to hit you up for suggestions regarding heads. That's what you get for helping a guy out!...
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    Getting a small kit

    Well, a big part of it is that the Rhythm Traveler kit I got wasn't complete - it was just the bass drum and a tom. Plus, the RT kit's toms have no bottom heads. They just don't have enough 'body' and sustain, I thought the Club Jam toms looked a lot closer to 'real' toms. Do you think it would...
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    Getting a small kit

    I've been experimenting and working with a small kit recently, for a variety of reasons. A lower-volume kit allows me flexibility to play more kinds of venues (small clubs, restaurants, etc.), play with more kinds of artists (mainly female singers in front of a small combo), and concentrate on...
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