Interesting that your basics are one up one down...which may be true for C&W, not sure for R&R (2 up one down in my experience).[rant]I hate the fact that it takes me longer to adjust certain house kits than it does just to set up my own drums. If you are going to have a house kit, just do the basics - one up, one down, and take off those stupid memory locks.[/rant]
I feel better now. Thanks everyone!
For me, house kits were church kits for 25 years. Some of them were splendid, some far worse than any night club kit, without stains from spills.
But one really great thing about a church “house” kit is, the church will never turn down an offer to repair, rebuild, or re-head a kit (something I love doing when I have control). The benefit being I get to share playing it; it’s not a one-off deal.
How about the pedals? Lot of guys here are very particular about their pedals...for me, the house kit better not have jenky hardware...ESPECIALLY cymbal stands/booms. That is the worst. i can deal with everything else
I got used to playing on every odd ball, crap set up you could imagine when my surf punk band would tour. A LOT of the time, we would get to a show and I would be requested to play the headliners kit...many times this was a hunk of junk that was barely holding together.
And there were the 2 times that i had to play on a lefty set up kit, and the guys would not let me change anything around...thank god for all of the left side independence work I had done up to that point. Those gigs were actually sort of fun given the challenge
And the worse thing is that the guitar players just don't get it what we have to put up with...I mean how would they feel if they had to play someone elses Strat all gunked up and poorly adjusted. I often try to explain to the usual blank stares that "my" drum kit is a carefully adjusted instrument as finely balanced as their guitars.....I can make any drum kit ok...trouble is to lower cymbals and tighten everything up can take ages, there's never time.
When I played bass back in the day guess I was a bit guilty of not understanding drummers. Could never get why they were always fiddling with the hardware during the show, I used to think it was because they were nervous etc.....now I know better.The response was "it doesn't matter...all you guys do is hit things
My bass player who i'm really good friends with uses about 6 pedals every practice. I set up an X hat to experiment some stuff and he laughed for about 5 minutes solidI also used to get shyt when I would bring out the whole kit...it was ok for them to set up 2 amps running in stereo, with 45 pedals across 9 pedal boards, but if I brought a second crash, it was a travesty...
I would come equipped with my Milwaukee impact, loosen everything, move it into a ridiculous position and then torque it all to the moon.There’s one guy who regularly provides the kit at a local blues jam. He replaced all the wing bolts on the hardware with regular hex bolts. He hates people moving anything on his kit. Unless you bring a wrench, there is no adjusting anything.