What's your latest purchase?

NouveauCliche

Senior Member
I had a total freak beater failure on my Gibraltar bass beater - the felt like...separated from the plastic beater. It like...ripped off and left me this super small piece of felt on the hard plastic part - wild thing.

I picked up the Vic Firth Beater that looks like a mallet - and I have to say...I'm super impressed with how much a difference it made. Great punchy felt tone...but it feels amazing. That's really the best thing...I think because it drops the center of gravity from being so top heavy with a traditional beater (at least the Gibraltar one, which had a very head top) - it made the whole throw smoother and more comfortable. Played one show with it last and have two tonight and so far, so freaking good!

Below is their marketing for it:


This meticulously crafted beater is as unique functionally as it is visually. A large maple shaft and reduced size felt head creates an even distribution of weight from top to bottom, resulting in smoother action and more control throughout the dynamic range.

Developed in collaboration with the legendary performer and educator, Peter Erskine and tested with drummers across every genre of music, the VKB5 is the new standard for any drummer looking for exceptional feel, balance and control.

“As drummers, we like the feel of wood,” states Erskine. “The reason we’re drawn to choosing a specific stick is because it’s an important part of the touch and tone that we get from the drums and cymbals. The way a stick feels – the length, the diameter, the position of the shoulder, the density of the wood – all contribute to the way it’s balanced and weighted. Why would we not want to have the same feel and experience of wood for our bass drum?

”The new VKB5 was carefully designed to work for all drummers on any pedal setup. A standard size rod and tapered wood shaft ensure that the beater fits universally into the hub with plenty of clearance over the cam. A 1.75” felt ball packs a punch, while still being slim enough for clearance on a double bass pedal.

Erskine states, “After receiving the first prototype, I discovered that I had a whole new relationship with my bass drum. I’ve connected to the instrument in subtle ways that’s hard to explain.”

  • Unbelievable sense of balance and throw
  • Offers touch and control like no other beater on the market
  • Unique wood shaft design distributes weight for added balance and control
  • Felt head gives the right balance of attack and warmth, great for any style of music
  • Head Size - 1 3/4"
  • Length: 7 1/2"
 

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C.M. Jones

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I got a leather stick bag, ProMark Raw 5B Rebound and Carter McLean signature sticks.

Also got an Aquarian Super Kick 10, not pictured.
Great-looking bag -- very reserved and tasteful. Also, though I use AHEAD sticks now, Promark 5Bs were my standard for years. I like the long taper of the Rebound version you purchased. Its response is excellent.
 
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drumnut87

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Lefty38-55

Active member
Wanted to get back into drumming after many, many, too many, years away. Other hobbies, family, and bad tinnitus took its toll.

Oh I always had a good Remo tunable (for rebound) practice pad and an assosrtment of sticks to use, albeit used intermittantly, so I started looking around. Admittedly I was trying to identify an electronic kit just for home use - no gigs, likely no jamming with anyone, just something fun to have around - and to JUST HAVE FUN again!

Not that budget was a consideration, as it wasn't really, but I wouldn't just jump into a $2K or higher 'flagship' Roland set or such. Began looking at the various Alesis sets, but quickly moved from rubber triggers to wanting mesh heads, yet then became aware of single vs. dual or triple zone triggers and with other 'Oh that's cool' options, my search stalled for a bit ... as the street price that started @ $600 to $800 went over $1K, then higher and higher and before you know it I was looking at $2K+ Roland sets, doh!.

Then I saw the videos by 65 Drums and Hellfire Drums of the Simmons SD1200 kit and thought, "Hey, that could be fun, mesh heads with 2 and 3 zone triggers, hmmmmmm". Played one extensively at a local Guitar Center and when I saw the sale pop up for the expanded kit, no sales tax, and no delivery/shipping fees ... and for pretty cheap (less than lesser quality/option Alesis kits and only $100 more than where I started out) ... then it was a no brainer to me. Any weaknesses in the module are offset by additional options added by the IOS app for iPhones and tablets. But I haven't delved too, too much into that stuff, as I'm back concentrating on my rudiments, which I will say are coming along nicely.

I'll just add here that practicing any sticking exercise with a double stick in the phrasing, and leading the rudiment(s) with both hands is by far the fastest, most efficient way I know to rebuild or build (and improve) upon one's chops. So after fooling around with the set a bit, I went back to just the snare setup to force myself into the rudiment practice.

Luckily with good noise-canceling headphones, my tinnitus is not a factor. Anyway ... am new here, have read TONS of great posts and advice and to all those acoustic drummers that are still playing? Keep at it! But for now, I'll go back to my basement, LOL!
 

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JonHWLondon

Member
Custom order 14" hats from Bosphorus. Nice & light, approximately 850g top, 992g bottom. These have the same patina finish that they put on their Philly Rides. They've got a really nice shimmery quality to them, but give a solid, chunky clunk when you stomp them with the foot, so they instantly make me feel like Art Blakey.

Went through the folks at Drumshack here in London, UK to place the order, they've got close links with the Bosphorus folks and couldn't have been more helpful!

Haven't got a decent photo because the lighting in my practice space is awful 🤦‍♂️

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ronyd

Silver Member
Luv mine - previous version. Bought from same owner of the S-Classix birch - rosewood finish kit i also purchased last week. 👌
 

iCe

Senior Member
Some 'minor' things;
Three Remo 6" clear Pinstripes for my rocket toms
14" coated CS for main snare
Pearl NP-208 Rubber Hi-hat washer (to see if that fixes my hihat issues)
Tama QHC7 Quick Hi-Hat clutch
Vic Firth hickory 5A's (just to try those again)
 

Fred D

Pioneer Member
Another A&F snare. This one is a 3 X 13 with 6 lugs. Very open, high pitched, and loud. Great side snare. Also came with a Big Fat Snare ring that I wasn't expecting. It is was nice of the seller to include it. I messed with it a little and won't pass judgement until I record with it.
 

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Justinhub2003

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I’ve been really down sizing my gear lately. Sold a lot of gear.

But I’ve been really interested in playing small micro sets lately so I decided to pull the trigger on a Sonor AQX jungle set. 16” kick, 10” Tom, 13” floor Tom and 13” snare.

I’ve never owned a kick smaller than 22” so I’m excited to play this. I’ve been really thinking about adding a 3 piece micro sized kit to my drum room with just 3 cymbals (hats, ride, crash).

Can’t wait to test it out.
 

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Bozozoid

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I’ve been really down sizing my gear lately. Sold a lot of gear.

But I’ve been really interested in playing small micro sets lately so I decided to pull the trigger on a Sonor AQX jungle set. 16” kick, 10” Tom, 13” floor Tom and 13” snare.

I’ve never owned a kick smaller than 22” so I’m excited to play this. I’ve been really thinking about adding a 3 piece micro sized kit to my drum room with just 3 cymbals (hats, ride, crash).

Can’t wait to test it out.
Every time I see sonor on a drumhead I feel lust..in the RIGHT way. Forgive me lord for there is lusteth in my hearteth. I think that's ok though.
 
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