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  1. pearlygates

    New workhorse (Ludwig Element Birch ICON)

    Seems a trend around these boards lately.. I had been eyeing this kit on AMS website for around a month before I found the growing fan club here on DWF. I have to say.. I wasn't expecting this... I have read several positive reviews/impressions about these kits, but for me, seeing is...
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    Mapex Saturn lV - drum nirvana??

    Okay, anyone that knows me, knows that I am a frugal person.. they would also testify to the fact that I'm always wheeling and dealing gear.. Be it, mountain/road bikes, cars and more pertinent here..drums. I always try to find the best bang for the buck usually taking something middle of the...
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    Got my Safari!

    Some of you know the ordeal I recently went through when I placed an order for this shell pack back 4-5 days ago.. No need to regurgitate that mess.. Without further adieu.. The kit came in FLAWLESS! Edges were very good, wrap is beautiful!.. Black galaxy wrap is just beautiful! I...
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    BUY AMERICAN!!? Asian made cymbals? NOT this rime bucko!

    Just say No to Asian made cymbals..this time. In the past few years, I have been a huge advovate of Chinese made cymbals. For what you get for the money, it's hard to deny there is something to like with braneds like Dream, Wuhan and the like. I went out today looking for cymbals for my new...
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    Green Bay Packers..Who can beat them??

    Could the Packers pull out a perfect season? 16-0... 19-0??? So far, even when their D looked a little shaky, they are finding ways to put a "W" in the box. Can Aaron Rogers take the Pack to yet another Superbowl victory???
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    pdp M5 Score!

    I was just browsing at Interstate music's retail showroom last night and I happened upon a deal I couldn't pass up.. I snagged this barely used M5 in Tobacco burst for $415 and it included an add on 16" floor tom and had Aquarian Studio X batters on all the toms! I picked up a coated EMAD...
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    Just Drums???

    Hey.. I am planning to purchase a new Taye Rock Pro kit this coming February and saw that Just Drums has got some pretty great pricing. I was wondering if anyone could weigh in as to their experience with Just Drums.. Thanks!
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    Taye ???? Help ID..

    I just acquired this kit.. can anyone tell me what series they are and what wood the shells are made of? I can tell you that they sound great! I am really liking these drums... plus they really didn't cost me much.. I am thinking of flippin' them, but now I don't know..
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    Custom Classic Pro Birch Hybrid Review

    Review of Custom Classic Pro Birch Hybrid drum set 10-17-2010 Fit and finish: The kit is packaged as a 6 pc, 2up and 2 down set with HD double braced hardware. The set can be purchased without the hardware as a shell only kit for $100 less. The drums are all shallow depth with a 6x10”, 7x12”...
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    Custom Classic Pro Birch Hybrid impressions..

    Moved this thread over here from another forum section.. Here's a few preliminary photos... My first impressions before even setting assembling my new kit were that of a touch of disappointment. I dragged all three cartons that the kit came in up the stairs leading to my apartment and...
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    Custom Classic Pro Birch Hybrid impressions..

    Here's a few preliminary photos... My first impressions before even setting assembling my new kit were that of a touch of disappointment. I dragged all three cartons that the kit came in up the stairs leading to my apartment and began digging in. Everything seemed to be carefully...
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    Gretsch Catalina birch info??

    I have seen like one review on these kits.. I was wondering if anyone on these boards could give their real world take on Catalina birch.?? I have owned and played Cat. Maples but am really curious as to what the new birch shells with 30 deg. edges are like??
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    My '86 Pearl WSX

    Just completed the resto on her. Sounds freakin' awesome!
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    Building my field of DREAMS

    Makin the switch!! Just got back from Interstate music's retail store. They are having a Dream cymbal promotion.. Look what followed me home! It's just a start, but so far I have a 20" contact ride, 16" contact crash and 14" contact hats! These cymbals have amazing complexity and character...
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    Decided on Gretsch Catalina..again..

    I have been looking for a mid priced maple shell pack. I made a decision for Gretsch again. I had a Catalina Maple a few years ago and really wonder why I got rid of them. I guess I was in that experimental stage.. Ahh..well, I put a deposit down on another Cat maple today. Picking them up on...
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    Looking at Intermediate Maple kits..

    Had a Gretsch Catalina a few years back and thought they were great! So much out I missing anything else really standout in the same range...? Just looking for some suggestions on what to look for in a 5or6 piece config. Gonna do some pokin around in the next few days..any...
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    Stealth kit outdoor pix thread

    Alot of you have seen this kit before. But it is soo nice out today on my day off, I thought it a perfect op for some outdoor pics!
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    Custom Classic Pro Birch Jazz/Amici demo vid

    Nevermind my crummy playing.. I wanted to get a video up of this kit so folks could get an idea how nice it sounds. Im afraid that my digital camera didn't do it much justice. At last you get a bit of a picture.. YouTube- CIMG0005.MOV
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    CUSTOM CLASSIC birch jazzer vid tour

    Lets try this..
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    Custom Classi pro birch Jazz tour/Amici cymbals

    Heres a vid I posted on Youtube. There seemed to be a need..