that is oddly touching.I'd say I'm extremely fastidious about my setup. Head logos, badges, cymbal angles, stand heights -- they all must fulfill my precise demands. I tolerate no mutiny from equipment. In a world as haphazard and perilous as ours, my drum kit is the only domain where I can expect both pervasive safety and prompt obedience. It's a haven of harmony I can find nowhere else.
I think I'll sit on my throne for a while to collect myself.
I'm intrigued? What exactly can you tell about a drummer?I think you can tell a lot about a drummer by the way his/her set up looks.
This... Daru Jones comes to mind lolI'm intrigued? What exactly can you tell about a drummer?
I see drummers at times in front of awful looking kits in sometimes random states of disarray (shudder - even logos not aligned!) and their playing is clean, precise, tight and fantastic....the opposite of their kit appearance.
To each their own, but I just don't get it? (not that my opinion matters)Just in case you want to watch
I attended the Daru Jones clinic at Sweetwater last year. He had a similar setup and played off the beat (aka, drunken beat). I asked him why he set up the drums that way. “All for show. Nothing to do with performance. It’s fun, too!” He’s a very cool guy, talked with my son & I for an hour while we snacked on tacos in the lunch area.To each their own, but I just don't get it? (not that my opinion matters)
I don't see any sort of advantage, ergonomic or otherwise, to this. The snare is understandable, especially with traditional grip, but the toms?...No. In fact, you see him actually have to lean forward to reach them........not that you see a lot of tom work in his playing. The muffling is another issue altogether.
Nothing jumps out at me about his playing as being anything special. Quite the contrary, actually (see the tom fill at 2:12). And most of his beats just sound awkward to my ears. None of which I wouldn't consider "groove".
So is the setup an "anything to be unique" thing?
Dirtysticks gave Daru as an example to what opentune said, but I'm not hearing "clean, precise, tight and fantastic" in his playing. Am I missing something here?
Ahh!! See, that's what I love about these forums.....you learn something new every day.I attended the Daru Jones clinic at Sweetwater last year. He had a similar setup and played off the beat (aka, drunken beat). I asked him why he set up the drums that way. “All for show. Nothing to do with performance. It’s fun, too!” He’s a very cool guy, talked with my son & I for an hour while we snacked on tacos in the lunch area.
Absolutely it worked!He also has to reach around or over the hats to get to the small tom. All for show, and here we are talking about him. Guess it worked.
If you think about it for a minute, the idea of effectively playing an instrument that is made up of many pieces, making it sound melodic, and making it fit with other band members/instruments is a major feat. It takes years to master the craft - just to be smooth and creative in ways that aren't viewed as disruptive to the song. This takes precision, determination, perseverance, and energy. After all of this, yes - one might be inclined to be a little bit anal and OCD regarding one's kit, be it the setup, the sparkle, the lighting, the heads, the cymbals, the hardware, the symmetry... Yes, OCD is a good start. Solidarity, my friend!I think you can tell a lot about a drummer by the way his/her set up looks. I’m OCD in a lot of areas about my kit. I have to have the logos on the heads lined up with the grommet hole/badge and have them facing directly away from me, 12:00 position on the toms when I look at them. I used a small level to make sure the Ludwig logo on the front of the kick drum was completely straight and the bottom line of the logo is parallel to the floor. I have to have my crash cymbals in the front the same height and perfectly level, and all my cymbals level, with the exception of my 24” ride being slightly tilted toward me. I like my two floor toms to be flat too, but there is a slight tilt to my 18”. It looks flat from the audience though. I just like things to look sharp, neat and precise. Don’t know why. No decals, bumper stickers, weird angles......I need help