My kit got a makeover.

boomstick

Silver Member
I recently spent some time giving my kit a good cleaning, upgrading some stuff, and making some modifications, and this is the result.

Specs:

20x18 Spaun Custom maple kick
15x13 Spaun Custom maple floor
14x5 Legend maple snare
21" Sabian HHX Groove Ride
18" Sabian AAX Omni crash/ride
17" Zildjian A Custom crash
14" Zildjian New Beat hats
LP Cowbell
Gibraltar Hardware
Taye Metalworks kick pedal
Tama hi-hat stand
Tama throne
 

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Skyking

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class·y
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adjective
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stylish and sophisticated.
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porter

Platinum Member
Love the organization of everything. Wish I played in something that would allow me to just use one tom!
 
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Matt Bo Eder

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Love the organization of everything. Wish I played in something that would allow me to just use one tom!
Lovely little kit!

I did sound for an Eagles tribute band years ago and that drummer told me he could the show with just three drums but he couldn't because it wouldn't look right. I definitely feel your pain!
 

boomstick

Silver Member
Thanks everyone.

Bo Eder, I actually got the idea for the Mirage reso from you in another thread somewhere, so you can take credit for that bit!

I definitely had portability in mind by going with this setup, but I also really enjoy playing it. Everything is within easy reach, and I like trying to make the most out of a minimal kit. I guess I'm a bit of a "lazy drummer" because I don't like to reach too far or haul too much gear. But I can actually go smaller by swapping in this recently acquired Pearl Rhythm Traveler kick drum. It's the same 20-inch diameter as my primary kick, but only 8 inches in depth, which makes a big difference in portability and stage footprint. It's also nice because I can swap heads between them. With an Aquarian Superkick I and a Regulator reso, this little kick doesn't sound half bad. I also save floor space by just using the Omni cymbal and mounting it off the kick. I share a car with my wife, so the last setup is intended to be easy to chuck into a taxi or even tow on a bike trailer in case the car is not available to me, but it hasn't come to that yet...
 

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uniongoon

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Nice set ups. Nice drums.
So out of curiosity, do set up all even and flat like that because you find it the most comfortable or ergonomic to play, or do you have some sort of obsessive compulsive psychological thing going on?
 

boomstick

Silver Member
Thanks again y'all.

Uniongoon, it's about comfort and efficiency for me. As I said earlier, I'm a bit of a lazy drummer, so I don't like to reach for stuff too much. As I move around the kit in this configuration, most of my motion is right to left. There is not a lot of up-down motion which makes things easier and more efficient. Plus, it just seemed to make sense to me. Absent any rack toms getting in the way, what would be the purpose of placing the cymbals at different heights? As for the angles, I would find it awkward to play angled cymbals if they were mounted low like this. It would be difficult to work the front edges with the shaft of the stick, say in a crash or cymbal roll. As for the drums, I've always preferred a pretty flat snare and floor tom, both because I like the feel and because it's easier to get rimshots out of them. That said, they are both angled toward me slightly.
 

boomstick

Silver Member
Well, my setup has already changed again. The Groove Ride and the Omni cymbal are both so crashable, my A Custom crash seemed redundant, so it's out of the lineup now. I actually don't miss it at all. I can get an amazing variety of sounds out of the two Sabians and the New Beat hats. It also looks like my trusty maple snare has lost its first chair position to my new Worldmax snare (nickel-over-brass Black Beauty clone). I have to say the accolades for this drum are well-deserved. It's a pretty amazing value. So the new specs are:

20x18 Spaun Custom maple kick
15x13 Spaun Custom maple floor
14x5 Worldmax brass snare
21" Sabian HHX Groove Ride
18" Sabian AAX Omni crash/ride
14" Zildjian New Beat hats

The pic below illustrates one of the reasons why I use a small kit: limited space. This is the only spot in the house where I can set up a kit without moving furniture, and this kit barely fits there. There's just enough room to the right of the hats for me to squeak by.
 

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Matt Bo Eder

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Thanks everyone.

Bo Eder, I actually got the idea for the Mirage reso from you in another thread somewhere, so you can take credit for that bit!
Thanks for the shout out! Those Remo Starfire heads were big in the 80s. Maybe if Remo sells just a few each year, they'll never be able to discontinue them. That'd be funny.
 

boomstick

Silver Member
Yeah, as a matter of fact, my first pro-level kit was an 80s era Tama Imperialstar, and it came stock with one of these mirage resos with the TAMA logo on it, so there is some nostalgia value for me too. I didn't know these heads were still being made until I saw you mention them.
 

boomstick

Silver Member
Yeah that's the idea, Mart. When I first started playing in bands and rehearsing/gigging on a regular basis, I was using a six-piece kit, but hauling all that stuff around got old real quick. So, I started looking for ways to lighten the load. Of course, the most obvious way is to use fewer pieces, so the kit kept shrinking until I got to this point. Along the way, I discovered I actually like playing smaller kits. I feel like it spurs creativity because I have to think of ways to do more with less, and it leads me to try and maximize the potential of each individual instrument.
 
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boomstick

Silver Member
Still evolving as the kit makeover continues. Got a lighter weight hi-hat stand for gigging, tightened up the setup a bit more with a cymbal boom, and added a new LP tambo. Almost done now. I will be adding one more item...once I get the funds together.

I made a sound file of the kit using a Zoom H2, but I don't want to post it since it doesn't do the kick drum justice, not surprisingly. I really like the sound of this kick, and I don't want to give any false impressions. Guess it will have to wait until I get a proper kick mic.
 

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dzarren

Senior Member
nice!
I usually play a big kit, and play a 5 piece with hats, ride, crash, and china at gigs.

Yesterday, my band wanted me to do a gig, but its on a day i dont really have time for. They offered to clean up for me after the show and deliver my drums back to my place for me in the days after, but i dont really trust them to not leave stuff behind.

so i toyed with the idea of just doing the show with kick, snare, floor tom, hats and ride, so i could at least give them a nice short list of things they make sure they bring back.

It would be a real experience of exploration for me to do the show with just one tom, but i think i'd be up for the challenge!
 
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