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    • That's a really great art piece, tribute to Zappa as well as Bozzio and a beautiful instrument as well.  I know something like that is meant to sit in a glass case, but I'm curious to hear the sound with the 10 ply shell and the black suede heads.   Classy drum.  Almost on par with Speedy's fan.  
    • What a beautiful snare drum! I was never into Frank Zappa so, I never heard about "Black Page". I knew of Terry Bozzio, mostly from Missing Person. I am blown away by the intricate patterns! In my opinion this composition is right up there with Rush's "Villa"! I love this Drum Site!  It's members and moderator's turning me on to material I've never heard or explored! I've been learning so much! Every time I scan this site my eyes are open to something new! I wish I learned of this Drummers oasis sooner!
    • That's pretty scummy of them. I'll just leave it at that.
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    • Thanks Diehard, I knew I asked the right guy! You brought up factors I never considered. I will go universal! I have sever range of motion limitations so being able to adjust to change even at slight angles will definitely benefit my playing! Buying this new kit has been exhausting. With the advance in technology since I last purchased a new kit has given me a lot to think about. Good problem to have. I agree Bill Cardwell's kits are more than a musical instrument! They are truly a work of art! Thanks for your input! Really appreciate it!
    • Sweetwater has good bundles. Musicians Friend. Of course, Ebay. Shop around. As far as manufacturers, everybody has  good features now, even on lower levels. For me generally comes down to a la carte and prices. Except for my teens, early 20s, when I had Ludwig, and even then I had scattered equipment from others, I have never owned hardware from just one company. I look for features/price, and go that way. Some want everything to match, which is fine, and I'd say, find bundles if you go that path. Used hardware is fine if you can make sure to get a refund if things are not what you expect. I don't generally get used hardware, unless it's vintage stuff. I expect things to be so-so and if I have to modify, that's okay. Otherwise, you never really know how tight people twist wing nuts and T bolts, etc., so, you never really know if something is about to strip out. I stick with new and get pieces that meet the need. That might be heavy duty or light duty, just depends. I recently got some Tama flush base cymbal stands and love them. Got a Gibraltar, too. Ludwig has them. DW, as well. Takes me back to my younger days before tripod stands. The Tama are cool because I can mount two cymbals on one stand, a la Ginger Baker, back in the day. The early stands had 3/8" solid upper rods which allowed it. Lots of fun. You just have to put something around the rod to protect it, and the cymbal. I'm a pretty big guy, play with enough force, and these stands go nowhere. I've been re-positioning the new 26" ride I got, and wondered how it would do on one of these stands and it did just fine. They don't go as high as tripods though. I always liked Pearl cymbal stands for features for the price. I don't know if Ludwig still makes telescopic boom stands but, I have had those for many years and they are great for the price. As far as h-h stands, I can use just about anything there. Some may be smoother than others but, they all work. Aside from my Drumnetics, I have a Mapex, sold a nice Yamaha I should have kept, have owned stands by Ludwig, Slingerland, Pearl, Tama, and others and they all worked fine. Snare stands, same thing, though features come into play for me there. I can live without universal tilt for cymbals, though I'd much rather have that but, snare stands, uni-tilt all the way. Toothed gears always seem to be an angle I don't like. Get something with universal tilt on that. That goes for your tom stand, as well. Unless you play with everything flat. Doesn't really matter then. Although, it is very possible to get a toothed gear tilt and their 'level' is not truly level. Just depends on how that gear assembly is manufactured and mounted on the tube. Go universal, if you can. Even secondary models have that now. It's pretty standard for everybody. Right now I have stands by DW, Gib, Tama, Yamaha, even some no-name, much less expensive snare stands off ebay that really surprised me for quality. So, yeah, man, enjoy the hardware hunt. The drums, too. Bill Cardwell is top notch. None better.
    • Thanks Diehard on the kit comment! I'm thinking of doing an unboxing video when they arrive. I will not sleep well till they arrive here safe and sound! Really excited! This kit is some of the best drum porn I've ever seen! I was just using Dream as an example. Their website has a function that you can hear what they sound like. I was unaware that they have an issue with repeatability! I've only ever owned Zildjians but I've had the opportunity to play the Paiste 2002's ride and crash. They sound amazing! I'm looking new or mint condition used cymbals. I need hi-hats, crash and ride to start. I'm open minded and not exclusive to any one manufacturer. Although, I am looking for higher end cymbals! I'll give Sabians a good look! Love getting input from you guys! I value experience over popularity! Thanks for your comments! I also will be needing hardware too! Snare stand, tom stand, cymbal stands and hi-hat any thoughts? Manufacturers? Individual vs. bundles? New vs. used?
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