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Old 04-10-2012, 06:18 PM   #8731
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Not bad at all

Should go check it out

I'm sure you could talk him down quite a bit

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Old 04-10-2012, 06:37 PM   #8732
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Ah yes, the other factor that has proven to be a large hindrance, it could be up to a month until I'm cash worthy for a purchase.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:56 PM   #8733
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That's ok

Having a good amount of patience helps in getting a good deal. Look around online with gear comparisons, watch youtube videos of drums and cymbals being tested, read reviews and look around to further aid your buying.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:39 PM   #8734
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Yeah I've been scouring the net for various reviews and such, most of the time it's just smoke being blown in dark places.

But I've learned being able test it out in the shoppes is worth it even if I'm not going to purchase it. I mean I've already got a bass, but anytime I'm in there I always play at least 4 or five of them. Except one shoppe that has a sign "If you're not buying Don't touch", He's reasonable about it but, someone went in a few years ago and was just breaking strings trying to play and then left without buying anything or paying for the damages.

Anywho, my eye is out for deals and whatnot for possibly a Gretch.

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Old 04-12-2012, 12:49 PM   #8735
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Except one shoppe that has a sign "If you're not buying Don't touch", He's reasonable about it but, someone went in a few years ago and was just breaking strings trying to play and then left without buying anything or paying for the damages.
That's hogwash. Like saying you can't test drive a car before you buy it. That guy will be out of business shortly.



Stapler, for your budget. You really aren't in a position to pick and choose.

The Sonor Safari 4-Piece Mini Drums is like $340 online. There are maybe a few PDP kits like the Z series, but even still you are looking at over $300 for the drums alone.
Craigslist may be your best bet for snagging all your drums, hardware and cymbals for your price range.

Again though, you will be digging through the bottom of the barrel. Patience in waiting and watching for a good deal is going to be your only asset.


Forget brands too:

1. It doesn't matter. You are looking at the bottom of the rung gear. PDP is the best company for the price. You are bargain hunting. Whatever is cheapest is what you can afford.

2. It doesn't matter. You are years away from developing the ear and technique to differentiate between different brands of drums, shell construction, and so on. Buy something cheap now, because you'll have to upgrade it again later anyway.

3. It doesn't matter. Nobody is paying you to play or giving you discounts. Close your eyes and see what you like, remove all preconceived notions about brands and names attached to sound. They pay marketing people a lot of money, and the marketing has nothing to do with the sound.


IMO Gretsch is a bit of a rip off anyway, since they are just using Keller shells. If you want to get into great drums and drum sounds. Start with the companies that actually build their own drums. But like I said, you are many years away from developing the ears and playing personality for that stuff to matter.

If you want to know where you will get the greatest gain to dollars spent - get private lessons.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:32 PM   #8736
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Wonderful advice, I did also forget to mention that the 300$ was just drums, cymbals and stands not included. I've priced those out at quite a bit before hand so I've taken that out of the equation.

So I've upped my cash to 700$. Was checking out some of the pdp z series on youtube, taking the crappy camera video/audio into consideration, I would definitely buy new heads for it and cymbals.
I'm looking at 668$ for the pdp z 5 piece, evans ec2s tom head, evans genera snare beater, meinl 14" crash, meinl 13" hihat set, Yamaha 7210 Chain Drive pedal, a tama throne, the hardware, and some vic firth 2b sticks.

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:37 AM   #8737
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Damn, I have missed you guys, I have been here since '03, I have been here since high school, first girlfriend, first gig, first marriage, first recording session, divorce, 3 drumkits, now I have a baby on the way with a girlfriend that is a drummer, Mxdp is the best!!! I miss plexiglass!! He an I were friends, I tried to find him on Facebook and failed though /: Anyways, it's good to have Internet connection back again lol
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:54 AM   #8738
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I remember this forum being a lot more active back in the day. Did everyone get chased off by trolls?
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:56 AM   #8739
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That and general lack of interest in forums
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:08 AM   #8740
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:17 AM   #8741
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A shame it is. I learned quite a bit from here back when I began drumming. I'd like to hear from any active member who is willing to share...What are you up to these days?

I have had more time to sit behind my acoustic set after a couple years of playing electronic drums due to my schedule. I practice with a bassist once a week which isn't enough IMO and solo practice 3 times a week for at least an hour each day working on various material. Playing elec for so long really made me realize how sloppy I've been. The break from acoustic was definitely missed.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:58 AM   #8742
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I come here just about every day too but there usually isn't much activity so I only stay for a minute or two.

Right now I'm starting a Masters program in Computer Science and working for a local software startup company. I'm lucky if I can play drums once a week which definitely hasn't happening lately.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:05 AM   #8743
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A shame it is. I learned quite a bit from here back when I began drumming. I'd like to hear from any active member who is willing to share...What are you up to these days?
5 shows in 8 days. Including a 50,000+ strong festival on Friday.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:20 AM   #8744
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I turn up here every day or two, I was surprised to see so many unread posts today :P

I'm finally in a band that makes music that I actually want to show people and we've had a show pretty much every week since our first one in late February.

I have also just discovered that I love playing swing music, who would have guessed?
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:32 PM   #8745
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Wait, so we all still come here every day?

I though that was just me.

From now on, If we're here we should post. See if we can get some conversation going.

As for what we're up to, I'm sound engineering
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:57 PM   #8746
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:10 PM   #8747
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Good to hear such positive things from you guys. Keep up the hard work.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:58 PM   #8748
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At the moment I'm still with my band that does nothing, I take lessons and teach one student. But the main thing I'm working on is a rock musical about Vikings that I wrote that we'll be putting on in August.
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:53 AM   #8749
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Wait, so we all still come here every day?

I though that was just me.

From now on, If we're here we should post. See if we can get some conversation going.

As for what we're up to, I'm sound engineering
Deal.


I'm currently balls deep in research papers, one of which I have to give a 40 minute presentation about on Thursday.

Oh and the company I work for is having a huge press release tomorrow so we're going to be getting tons of site traffic and hopefully bring in some new customers.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:03 PM   #8750
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But the main thing I'm working on is a rock musical about Vikings that I wrote that we'll be putting on in August.
Now that sounds awesome!!!
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:28 PM   #8751
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From now on, If we're here we should post. See if we can get some conversation going.
Agreed.


Going to practice here in a bit but yesterday went a little something like this:

various rudiments around the kit
a few systems and melodies from New Breed
more rudiments

I always get stumped on what to practice so I always go back to taking a simple rudiment and spreading it out over the set. Ive only had 3 drum lessons in my life and it really helped. Got my hand technique corrected and headed in the right direction. I wish I could afford lessons right now.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:07 PM   #8752
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Hey, is Bonham#1/AmericanMotor still around?
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:25 PM   #8753
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I remember seeing him within the last year but not recently.
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:14 PM   #8754
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:45 PM   #8755
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:00 PM   #8756
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:31 AM   #8757
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I'm inviting my lady friend over tomorrow night for the first time, cooking her some dinner and then maybe we can play on my Wii or something.
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Woo Hoo americanmotor, bowel movements, and wii???? What a great day!! I also just picked up my Rolands XD
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:36 AM   #8760
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I can't think of anything to say but I made up the stupid rule so I'm gonna post anyway...
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