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  1. BonsaiMagpie

    Barking up the wrong tree

    I've always played my hi-hat barks by hitting a closed hat and then opening for the splash sound and closing again. This has usually been in 8ths, with the bark opening on an & and closing on the quarter. Moving up to 16ths I find I end up with one half bark and one open hat hit. Does anyone...
  2. BonsaiMagpie

    Horizontal Positioning of Double Pedal Beaters

    There was a recent video by sounds like a drum about vertical positioning of a single pedal and it's effect on tone and attack, but I've not heard anything about horizontal positioning. This seems very relevant to double pedal players, less so for double bass drum players. Since playing double...
  3. BonsaiMagpie

    Mapex Armory Tomahawk Snare

    I have spent ages and ages trying to tune my snare. Doing loads to get it to sound like the snare tuning examples on YouTube. I can tune my Mapex Armory toms and bass to sound great, and do get compliments for them on occasion. The snare has always annoyed me. Finally have an idea to look up...
  4. BonsaiMagpie

    Hardware Curiosity

    How come drum manufacturers make cymbal stands, not cymbal manufacturers? :unsure:
  5. BonsaiMagpie

    Picking a new snare drum

    How do you decide on a new snare drum? Toms and a kick are easy to pick. They are tuned high, mid, or low and you put skins on that reduce or enhance the sustain, tone and power (lets not get into mounting systems etc.) But each snare drum has such incredibly different sounds with different...
  6. BonsaiMagpie

    Turning down the job

    Looking at the Fired from the band thread, I thought I'd start a "The Band I turned Down" thread. I auditioned with the bunch of lads who responded to a post on FB I made about looking for a new band. They were late, complained about the rehearsal room amplifier being too quiet compared to the...
  7. BonsaiMagpie

    Yamaha FP9

    Just got the Yamaha FP9C double pedal home from the shop. I am nott looking for advice or comparison nor am I ready to give a review. Been playing for about half an hour and I'm so damn happy. That's all I've got to say about that.
  8. BonsaiMagpie

    Singing Drummers

    I'm the occasional lead singer (different leads on different songs) and drummer of my band. I currently use a mic on a boom stand higher than my head angling downwards towards me with the microphone facing downwards towards me. This comes in from the left (right handed drummer) and is almost the...