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    Speedninja, thanks for the NFUSD system opinion and your right, they are expensive! I watched a Sweetwater review on it and it "looks" great but I know they just tell you all the great things about the product. They leave out any software problems and other quality problems they might have. After all, they're out to make money! I think that you can expand with this product and I'm pretty sure the ECO BFD program is not included with Rock bundle purchase but I could be wrong. As far as the Acrylic kits go, just about all the big companies are made in China. Ludwig, I think is US made. I could be wrong. I know the Maple line is made here. I think down in the Carolinas. The composites are interesting. I've seen them in catalogs but I think I can forget about hearing one in person. I'm having trouble finding Acrylics around here to test out. I'll keep looking! I'm in no hurry to buy. I also would like to play an all Steel Kit not wrapped but finding one of those also seems impossible! Custom Drums are more than likely going to be out of my price range. I emailed Q Drum Co. they're really responsive but I browsed their web page and they only list snares and they are listed at $799. So, a whole kit? I don't know but I'll send them some particulars and see what they say. What about cymbals and hardware? Cymbal packs or individual? Hardware packs or individual? Thanks for your opinion!
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    One of the local Guitar Center stores has an NFUZD kit. I didn't sit down to try it out, but it's interesting. I was looking at combining it with the Zildjian e-cymbal stuff for a practice kit that's easy to record with my friend's setup, but that stuff gets massively expensive quick. If I were to do it, that would still be the way I go with it. I haven't checked out the acrylic kits much. They're pretty big money and I'd say it's more for the looks. I have seen acrylic shell packs being sold on eBay. They're from China, but if you see sizes you like then you could go custom. If I was getting a non-wood kit, I'd go with carbon fiber. I think it looks nicer, thinner shells, light weight and probably a similar sound to acrylic given it's half resin, but the shells should resonate more since they're thinner.
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    Most of the newer acrylic kits are essentially sourced from the same shells so the only differences will be choice in hardware and purely cosmetics in the event they are anything but clear. The vintage acrylic shells leave a bit to be desired and can have a lot of issues. Even though the newer acrylics are usually seamless they still need to be treated with care i have received damaged shells straight from the manufacturer and seen some pretty bad cracks/damage over the years on kits that get gigged. expect loud, bright and punchier than a typical plywood shell. With most acrylic bass drums I've used (crush, dw, pearl, and tama) I'd suggest an aquarian superkick ten batter and a clear resonant with some tone control (like a force I) to control the tone and give you a great punch and attack but control some of the low end mud. Most acrylic kicks need to be controlled as by nature they tend to be all rumble and no defined attack. I also tend to prefer two ply tom batter heads (performance II, response 2, pinstripes, emperors, etc) they'll warm up the tone and mellow some of the overbearing aspects of the acrylic design. If it were me I'd probably suggest the dw design series acrylic kit based on the hardware alone. They use smaller lugs but the stm mounting system and overall hardware quality and look in my opinion blow away everyone else's especially crush and pearl (neither of their hardware is impressive in function or form both aesthetically are very bulky and cumbersome and I've had a lot of durability/reliability issues with those two brands hardware wise). DWs hardware on the other hand is rock solid and trouble free. On the design kits the lugs are smaller which I prefer to the larger collectors turret lugs.
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    The easiest thing to do is go to youtube and compare drums as they are auditioned by the various drum shops posting there. My particular favorite is Drum Center CZ, because they keep things very consistent as far as the room and mics, and the drummer uses the same procedure most of the time. I have never owned acrylics but, in the past, up close and personal, I have found acrylics "plastic" sounding, simply because they are. The tone is not bright, as one might expect because of the hard material. I find them "thuddy" sounding because acrylic is not a material that is musical itself, like wood or metal. They are not as "musical" to me but, more percussive sounding in nature. The sound is totally heads. Sound waves cannot really excite the shell. That said, the subtly drier sound makes for a good recording palette. Acrylic snare drums have been popular with many players for decades because of that. Watch some youtube videos of Billy Cobham, back in the 70's. You get a good idea from his large Fibes kit.
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    Outside Pawtucket, The Village Drum shop. Not big. In a house. New and used. Other instruments, too. I looked up drum shops in RI some years back. I have relatives there. That's the only place I found. I'm surprised Providence doesn't have anything.
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    Alright well here is the official teaser more to come in the days ahead
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    Man! That was impressive! Love how he's out there in front of the music! Attacking it instead of letting it come to him! The phrasing that he uses in these pieces are second to none. His playing determines the feel of that particular passage. I don't listen to Metal much but man, I really enjoyed those performances! Watching him is very inspiring not to mention some real cool patterns to learn! Well done Alex! Thanks SpeedNinja for turning us on to his music!
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    cheers man! Just messing around there... hopefully we'll be able to finish the project we're working on. They're kinda like jams but with some sort of structure... We'll see man. I really enjoy playing with this lad. He's mind is fucked up like mine
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    Sorry man. I just thought I could get a brighter *thwap* instead of a darker *thwup* sound. Maybe I should try brushes... steel ones, of course.