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    Older Yamaha Stage Custom worth it?

    I’m still in the market to replace my old kit, and came across a second generation Yamaha Stage Custom shell pack only (no stands, snare or cymbals) for $300. It’s from the early 2000’s with the yellow/black badge and says “Stage Custom Standard”. Sizes are 10, 12, 16, 20. I understand they were...
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    Can anyone identify these Mapex drums?

    Still in the market for another kit. I came across these. Can anyone tell me what wood they may be made from, and what they may be worth? I’m a newb with older Mapex kits. Thanks.
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    Tama Swingstar - How old, and is it worth it?

    Guys, I have a chance to buy a 3 piece Tama Swingstar for $150. The sizes are 13, 16, 22. I can’t tell what year these Swingstars are, and I thought some Tama experts out there might know from the photos below. Also wanted to know if it’s worth the cash. The heads are newer apparently. Just...
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    Small feet and heel down - which shortboard pedal???

    As stated above, I have size 7 1/2 to 8 feet (depending on the shoe). I prefer playing heel down, but can play some heel up. Playing heel down is harder to me with the longboards. I have gone through just about every pedal - all DWs are heavy, (except the 9000, which I couldn’t dial in)...
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    First gig ever!

    Was on Craigslist looking to add a bass player to our group of guys who just jam for fun. Came across ad looking for worship musicians. The thing is, I don’t belong to this church, listen to Christian music and haven’t been to church in 30 years. But I wanted to step out of my...
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    What bass drum is this?

    Just got a new (vintage) kit. I’m not sure what type of bass drum I got (the toms are Slingerland and Eames). I’ve attached photos. Drum is 20 x 14. There is no badge (tom mount is a new Pearl one). The wrap and lugs may not be original but rims appear to be. Interior is painted silver, and...
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    Port hole necessary in this scenario?

    Question - imagine you’re considering a port hole for your bass drum. Now imagine the same bass drum has a rack tom mount, but has NO rack toms in it. So there are 2 holes on the top of the bass drum. Wouldn’t air escape through those holes essentially the same as a port hole (aware of the fact...
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    Is Yamaha Stage Custom an upgrade over Sonor Safari?

    Biggest differences I see - size of tom (12" vs 10") and bass drum (18' vs 16") and birch construction vs poplar. Both sound good. Yamaha 3 piece shell pack is going for $474, but I would get some $ by trading in my Sonor for the Yammy. So the question is - is it worth it? Kit will be used...
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    Ludwig Supralite or Pork Pie Patina Brass???

    In the market for an inexpensive, 13 inch metal snare. New Supralite (13 x 6) and used Patina Brass (13 x 7, in excellent condition) both going for about $200. The Supralite is steel, the PP is brass. Supralite is made overseas, the PP in the US. I tried both out and they sound similar. So which...
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    Ludwig Heirloom Stainless Steel snare

    Anyone own or tried one of these? They have one (14 x 5.5) in local music store used for $300 and I’m thinking about it. Even though it’s steel, it’s very light in weight, looks really nice and sounds pretty good. Only a few video reviews online, so I thought I’d throw it out there and see what...
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    What kind of Ludwig snare is this?

    It doesn't look like an Acrolite. And what is it worth?
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    Holy s***, I guess I’m a Paiste guy now!

    So after having my Zildjian cymbals for a year, and trying out dozens of hi hats and finally deciding today in a store between Dream Bliss and Byzance Dark hats (which I liked), I saw and tried out some Giant Beats hats. It was all over after that. The weight, feel and sound of the hi hats were...
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    Meinl Byzance Dark hi hats

    I saw and tried a set of used 13 inch Meinl Byzance Dark hi hats at local music store. They have a great “chick” sound, very articulate stick definition and look and feel terrific. They seem somewhat loud and earthy when open. My question is: in what genre would these fit best? I really dig them...
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    Stanople hi hats

    I have a pair of New Beats hi hats, which I really like but was looking for some different hats for a second pair. I found some inexpensive 14” Paiste Stanople hi hats made in Germany. Turns out they were made in the 50’s. Was looking for a darker, thinner set of hats to maybe use for some jazz...
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    Used Ludwig Supraphonic or new Supralite???

    Saw two used Supraphonics at a local music store on sale - for $199 each. Same store selling new supralite for $169. Which one would you guys recommend? If it's the used supraphonic, what should I look for to make sure I'm getting a good drum with no major defects or problems? Thanks.
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    What type of backup pedal????

    So I finally decided on my bass drum pedal after much searching and trying - a new Tama Speed Cobra 910. Very light and smooth. So now here's my dilemma. I currently have a nice Roland e-kit, which is my only drum set (I'm new to drumming...have only been playing 6 months). However, I plan on...