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  1. Big_Al47

    Double Bass - 32nd. note counting/technique

    Guys, Started working on my double bass and it's coming along OK I think. I'm using the double bass encyclopedia lesson book and taking each page slowly. I can play 16th. notes at 92bpm fairly comfortably (4 notes per click). I started at 60bpm and worked my way up slowly over a couple of...
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    Alice in Chains "Again" drum cover

    I know I made a few mistakes and the sound quality isn't the greatest (using daughter's iPhone) but if you can check it out and let me know what you think and what I need to work on, I would appreciate it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efYPcAVmcDk
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    New Mapex kit - unboxing pics

    I've been lusting after this kit since last summer, so much in fact that I refinished my cheap old Pearl set in a similar color. Now I've finally got the real thing! Again, these pictures do not do this drum set much justice, it looks absolutely fantastic in person. The finish and hardware is...
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    Let me know what you think

    I've been playing drums for a year now. Just starting playing with this guitar player last month or so, this is our 4th or 5th time jamming together. We use his iPhone for recording so you may not hear the bass drum too well. Please give a listen and let me know what you think. Thanks...
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    yet another snare project - Snare #5

    Got this snare drum off Craigslist for $30, as you can see, it is dirty and neglected.... Another view...it even had spider webs inside of it, LOL.... Let's get to work....dis-assembly... All cleaned up, lets start the painting.....oh no, what's this??.... Decided to really challenge...
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    Snare Project #4

    Picked up this Pacific Piccolo snare off Craigslist for only $20....as you can see, it was really dirty and needed new heads.... Dirty and neglected... Lets take it apart.... Basic cleaning....I was going to debadge, but the SN# ends with 47, which is one of my favorite numbers, so I...
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    Double bass noob help

    Just started getting into playing double bass....I can play 16ths. at 60bpm with no problems, but when I speed it up a little, to say 66bpm, the pedals feel "mushy" and I can't get as much volume as I can with the slower speeds. Same thing happens when I try to play triplets at either bpm...
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    New Snare Day

    Just picked up a couple of Ludwig snare drums - Enjoy the pics... Closeup of Blue/Olive badge...
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    Who is using 12", 13" and 14" toms ?

    My "Franken-kit" is growing....One thing I noticed is that there is a pretty good sound difference between my 12" and 13" toms, but the 13" and 14" toms sound very similar. What would you guys do? Try different tunings? Tighter on the 13 or 14??
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    New snare project - Help w/Lug Identification

    I just picked up this used snare drum off Craigslist. The lugs are kinda cool, I've never seen these before. Can anyone identify these? This snare drum was painted rather poorly, it's a little bumpy in places and there was a lot of overspray on the inside of the shell. Also, they painted...
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    Refinished kit pics.

    I have a kit with 12", 13" and 16" toms. Picked up a 10" and 14" used off Craigslist which I added to my current set. I got rid of the 13" since it sounded similar to the 14" and I like having the "2 up / 2 down" configuration. I stripped it all down, sanded and used some poly to make them...
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    My snare collection....so far

    Just started playing drums almost a year ago and still having a lot of fun with it. Starting to collect some snare drums as well. I would still like to get a Ludwig, Gretsch, Sonor, Pork Pie and DW eventually. Here is what I have so far (sorry for the quality, my camera and picture taking...
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    What kind of pedal is this?

    Picked up a cheap used kit on Craigslist, a little beat up but it's a project. It came with a bass drum pedal and high hat stand, both of which look like the pic below.... Neither pedal has any markings or company logos, other than "made in china" on the underside of it. I tried a google...
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    Mapex Meridian Maple vs. PDP x7

    Hello everyone, Looking to get opinions on which drumset to upgrade to. I currently play an old 5 piece Pearl export set. I'm looking to upgrade to either a Mapex Meridian maple set 6 piece or a PDP maple x7 7 piece. Which do you think is better and why?
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