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Redvan last won the day on April 10 2013

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About Redvan

  • Rank
    Red is right out.
  • Birthday 12/30/1960

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Country
    United States
  • Location
    Olathe, KS
  • Drums
    Mapex
  • Cymbals
    Zildjian
  • Sponsor
    Donated 2012
  • KOTM
    Kit of the Month - July 2010 + July 2011

About this Drummer

  • Interests
    Drumming, drumming, gaming, drumming, golf and drumming.
  • Bio
    Started playing in 1975 when I received my first kit for Xmas and was playing in a bar band within a year. Played that kit (Ludwig 5 pc in Champagne Sparkle) for 30+ years. Played in various cover bands through the mid 80's and then focused on original music and just jamming for fun for the next 20 years. Mostly progressive rock.

Current kit Specs

  • Current Kit Specs
    Mapex Meridian Maple Studioease+ in Midnight Steel (22x18, 8x8, 10x8, 12x9, 14x14, 16x16, 14x5.5)
    Mapex Black Panther Machete 14x6.5
    Zildjian K Custom Hybrid 18
    Zildjian A (8 & 10 splashes, 14 New Beat Hats, 16 Fast, 16 Med Thin, 17 Thin, 18 Med Thin, 20 Med Ride, 16 Low China, 20 Flat Ride)
    Mapex Falcon Double Pedals
    Mapex Hardware (H950 Hat, S950 Snare, T950 Throne, 3 B700 Booms, B74 Boom Arm, 4 AC911 Clamp/Booms)
    Cowbell, Tamborine, Bell Tree, Chimes
    Remo Roto-toms (6. 8, 10)
    Gator Bags

What I Like

  • Favorite Drummer
    Ehart, Bruford, Morgenstein, Harrison, White
  • Favorite Drum Brand
    Mapex
  • Favorite Drum Sticks
    Zildjian Dipped 5A Nylon
  • Favorite Drum Heads
    Remo Black Suede
  • Favorite Bass drum heads
    Remo Black Suede PS3
  • Favorite Snare
    Mapex Black Panther Machete
  • Favorite Cymbals
    Zildjian A and K Custom Hybrid
  • Favorite Hardware
    Mapex
  • Favorite BD Pedal
    Mapex Falcon Double
  • Single or Double bass
    Single w/double pedal
  • Traditional or Matched grip
    Matched
  1. Thanks, all. I'm really happy with the kit. Mike, I already had the Black Panther Machete which is also a 1mm steel snare, although 6.5 deep instead of 5.5 like the Tomahawk. Didn't want one that similar to what I already had and I love the Machete. Really liked the idea of a Maple/Walnut snare kind of like a Saturn. I also liked the look of it. I barely played the Tomahawk, but enough to hear the expected steel ring. The Sabre has a bit of a deeper tone, even when tuned somewhat tight. Really like it and the tube lugs are nice as well. I want to get the Armory matching snare at some point, which would give me a wider variety to choose from. So then I would have the Meridian (Maple 5.5 x 14), Machete (Steel 6.5 x 14), Sabre (Maple/Walnut 5.5 x 14) and Armory (Maple/Birch 6.5 x 14). But then there are some other BP snares that need me to buy them... It never ends.
  2. Yeah, I felt the same about the fade on the bass. Those shallow toms are awesome. They sound great and take up less space. Win, win. Also, I traded in the Tomahawk snare that came with the kit and got the Sabre instead. Really like it.
  3. Here's the new Mapex Armory kit in action with a Mapex Armory Sabre snare. Chicago's "I'm A Man" performed at Knuckleheads Saloon in KC.
  4. Wow, haven't been on here in a long time and not really sure why. Anyway, here's my new Mapex Armory kit in Photon Blue. Decided to try the shallow tom version just to mix it up a little. They sound awesome! Will post some video where appropriate.
  5. This was at an outdoor venue in KC called On The Hill. Shortly after we started playing, a storm rolled in. Quite a few of the crowd moved up close to the stage to get out of the rain. Several times during our set, the sound crew came up on stage with long polls to push up the tarp so the rain water would run off to the sides. You can see that the tarp is sagging because of the rain. Considering the conditions, it was a great gig. https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UU29sMAwfGPd6gBnM47k-dMg&v=oqF3PxHKSis&feature=player_embedded
  6. Welcome! Probably my favorite Saturn finish. Wish I could buy a every size made right now!
  7. Here's another from our first gig. An old Kansas tune that I've always liked, Down The Road. No violin, but we get by. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHdkKgN7sVU
  8. Thanks, guys. This stuff is a lot of fun to play. We've worked on vocals quite a bit, though I'm not sure if it helped or not.
  9. Sorry, I've been away. I missed you guys! I was unemployed for a while, computer was down for a while. A series of unfortunate incidents, blah, blah, blah... As you may recall, I joined a new band a few months back but we were having a hard time finding a singer. We finally found one and had our first gig last Saturday. It was a great crowd, lots of friends and family. Other than a couple of technical problems, a pretty good night. Here's the first song we did. 'Armed and Ready' by The Michael Schenker Group. Audio is not great, but you'll get the gist... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9xF5sEXtss
  10. Do you twat? I'm not sure there is a safe answer for that question, Boomer. But here goes... If it has something to do with social media, then probably not.
  11. I have also been considering remote hats and I think it would be great if Mapex came out with a Falcon model. But, sorry, I don't tweet.
  12. Thanks, Jean! Yes, I've been playing a double bass pedal for a few years and I have a Falcon. Been getting a lot of practice lately, but I'm still not very good at it. Hell, I'm still not very good with one pedal on fast and repeated double hits. Switched to the strap on the Falcon for last night's rehearsal and it seemed a little better. I just haven't dedicated as much time as I need to for messing around with all the adjustments on the Falcon to find what works best for me. Then again, maybe I'm hoping the Falcon will fix what can only be fixed by hard work...
  13. And besides, can you imagine moving that kit around with TWO 22" kicks? No way! Of course, this is from a guy who's getting lazy and has reduced from a 7-pc 22" kit to a 4-pc 18" kit. I still love a big kit, but I'm just realizing I can do pretty much the same stuff on a small one. That would probably put it over the top of the acceptable. I don't think it would even fit in my car, along with everything else. It would permanently live in the basement. I could play some of the songs we are doing on a smaller kit, but it wouldn't be a fair representation of the original. Or nearly as much fun.
  14. Thanks, Tom. Unless you find one of those deals you are becoming famous for, be prepared to pay $200+ and wait 3-4 months. But you never know... Maybe I will come to my senses and realize that I'm not a drummer after all. I'll take up harmonica and give you my kit.
  15. Thank you, sir! More cowbell? I do have one, but since none of the songs I am currently playing with the band have cowbell it tends to lie forgotten along with the tambourine.
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