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  1. Bonzo_CR

    Category Leader

    Rather than using sales as a definition, what would your answers be if by 'leader' we say the company that is innovating most? On that basis my personal choices would be: Drums: DW just for the range of woods, plies, ranges etc (but I still don't own any!) Cymbals: Zildjian (only due to...
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    The best drums for tuning high without choking?

    Maybe a thick shell would be less likely to choke. I have heard Jojo Mayer talk about tuning a snare head so high that the shell begins to deform! He was using a 25-ply snare at the time...
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    One of our own

    Sorry to hear that. Sending good vibes... Hang in there Alain
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    Looking for drum head suggestions for Yamaha Stage Custom Birch kit

    To avoid plasticky overtones on toms, you can choose coated heads which will soften the attack a little so they sound more 'rounded'. A few general thoughts about tuning for your kit: 1. Based on your description I think your Stage Custom is the current model, a birch kit. I have the same...
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    Zildjian K Sweet Pack

    Agree. The K Sweet ride is a favourite of mine, and the crashes are great too. I would personally prefer 14" hats, but as a set this is very hard to beat!
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    Sticking with sticks or switching sticks

    5A all the way for me, 27 years and counting. Zildjian or Promark are my favourites - they have a pretty similar feel and both feel just a tad lighter than VF et al. The Promark Active grip is nice too, it works well. Now and again I try other sizes or models but so far I have always...
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    How light is too light for hi hat cymbals????

    I once bought a pair of 'vintage' Zildjian hats on eBay. They weighed 715g top and 755g bottom. (14 inch) I personally found them too light to function as HiHats. There was hardly any definition at all. I sold them within a month. YMMV
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    Shortest possible driveshaft rod for double pedals?

    Or, approach it another way: I like my HiHat pedal close too, so I put the slave kick pedal outside it. For me this makes sense, as I spend more time with my left foot on the HH pedal anyway.
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    My left hand is so slow

    I agree with this too. I do think muscles are a factor in terms of endurance and control. Right now I'm spending some time working on my left hand, partly by working on LH finger control and partly playing LH lead. I am really getting to know my limitations in both departments, neurological...
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    My left hand is so slow

    Well said. This, more than anything else, has improved the quality of my practice in recent years.
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    Do you have a feeling that you don't have to practice something that you have already mastered?

    In general when practicing I try to work on things that I can't already do, but there are many things I come back to: timekeeping, certain phrasing, etc. Also I tend to have phases where I'm working on something new, and phases when I'm just playing - but even 'just playing' has an element of...
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    Cymbal dilemmas

    Nothing wrong with seeking out a different sound. Tastes change over time. I have a few different types of crashes and rides for this reason, some 'normal' and some more dry & trashy etc. I keep a mix on my kit, and change them depending on mood and the music of the band I'm playing with...
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    Istanbul Agop Xist.....anyone use them?

    I don't use them myself, but I have played them and I think they are among the best value on the market. They sound to me a lot like Zildjian A's but cost much less.
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    Are people hoarding their twenties?

    Not sure where you are based, but in Europe you can get a black 20 inch Stage Custom kick here:
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    Zildjian A Custom vs Avedis Zildjian A Custom

    I believe this is the answer that the OP was looking for. The two pictured cymbals are the same line, it's just a change in graphics they made during the timeline. It occurs to me that it could be quite confusing if you haven't been watching all the changes over the years!
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    Stage Custom BD Issue Resolved

    Good to hear. Always nice to get that kick dialled in :) It took me a few goes to find a combination for my 20" that I was happy with. I still have an EMAD to try, I may give that a go now.
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    Testing a cymbal in person; Do you stick a finger in your ear?

    OK, I'm going to be the weird one here that agrees with this... When I try cymbals out in a store, I take earplugs along with me. I try the cymbals alongside some of my own. I only consider buying a cymbal if I like how it sounds with AND without earplugs (!) I started doing this a few...
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    Intuitive time

    I had an experience a bit like this when I started working more with the metronome. I found that I had to sort of share my attention between listening to the click and playing - a bit like 'expanding my awareness' while playing. What I could play was sort of limited to what I could play in the...
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    Thoughts on a 20" vs. a 22" Bass Drum for Live Playing?

    I had a kit with a 20" kick about 25 years ago and then decided I preferred a 22" for rebound/ head tension, so I stuck with 22" kicks for many years. Then, a few years ago I also got a kit with a 16" kick for small gigs, spent a little time experimenting with heads and tuning, and learnt about...