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  1. Yes, great to hear from you again, wondered what happened to Clay. I don't see our site as a popular go to and never have. It's about the people that are here at the moment., medium-large user numbers (Which we produced as CSM) or smaller numbers like now. I'm not out pounding the net for traffic that's for sure. This site has always been purely just a labor of love .. I pay the bills month after month, year after year because I enjoy the people that are here and have been here for years. They as you were are part of a closer knit community than most. Admittingly the closeness of this community has created some ire in the past. The people here are so close as a matter of fact you see just about everyone talk to each other like longtime lost friends or family. The jokes, arguing, laughing, fighting etc... That same closeness I also feel has caused divisiveness years past, just like with family or friends. Some family and friends also make up and some don't. Life must travel forward either way Clay. We do what we can here and the people here are truly wonderful people. Let me share I've met our resident mod logogogue, so has my middle aged son. Truly, one of the best people you'd ever want to meet ever. To this day my son who's 22 now still asks me about K... For a few hours of meeting time, he left an everlasting impression on my son. Speedninja - not onoly has this character stuck it out with me here since pretty much day 1, he has a heart the size of a woolly mammoth. Medical issues broke me at time. I lost a lot in my life financially. I had to sell my kit for experimental drugs to save my life. I went without drums a loooooong time. It killed me. Mike sent me a pretty much new Mapex kit Glen ..... really... How could we live without Glen here at OD? If any of you had a chance to talk with Glen on the phone you'd soon come to realize who he is. Another great guy imo. Resident mod Frodis - His dedication to our community has been unwavering over the years. One of the most level headed people there are out there. Between him and K I couldn't ask for more in helping keep this site moving. I've had a couple of other past members drive through and stay for a couple of days with me and I still talk with them once in a while. And there's more.... A LOT more I wont bother you with. The type of site we are probably just isn't a match for your interests now. Our site really has never changed. This site and the people here are part of my life and have been for a long time. That will never change as long as I can make it so Great people, great humans.. Again, great to hear from you Sir
  2. This has been the case for years now. I've been singing this from the mountain top. The change really occurred when Jeff I left the company. Next came the new president. Next the ma and pa dealers got stufffed under the rug over the Musicians Friend push, next Mapex started ending lines and degrading hardware imo. Next they combined all the hardware and features into the drums to the point the only thing being changed was their composite shells. I talked to Mapex, I explained to them the direction they were going was not good, I could tell by how we were being treated here they gave zero cares. The time came, I switched our domain name and distanced this site from the Mapex fiasco. I'm very thankful I did that when I did. I have only one regret however, that was supporting Mapex at all. The problem is the people running it. Their fortune 500 attitude just sucks. Just sucks major.... They lost touch with the people who cared and promoted their products. The little guy... I've watched this train just keep rollin, I seen the train wreck danger . If we see this here, others must see it... Oh wait, others have... Look at their artist roster. I keep coming back to this artist roster list but I can't tell anyone how important that really is. If no one is playing your gear that says something and says it very very loud... Very loud... Mapex has made it through some pretty tough times in the past, I'm sure they can weather the storm due to their global trade but they will suffer at some point again if they're not already at that point now. Not sure, all I know is what I see and hear others saying and doing, no one I know now even mentions Mapex. Anyone but... Not sure many of you remember this and I'll be damned if I can find the video "I looked" it's been a while, this to me was my turning point for the company and told me lots in a few frames what I thought would be the companies future. A time after Jeff I left his replacement at the time, Kevin, attended NAMM. Someone was shooting video "drum store maybe" and Kevin started talking to a crowd in the display area. He didn't sound really enthused to be there in the first place however, some guy in the back was tinkering around on one of the display kits and kevin drops everything he's doing to go over and if I remember correctly he takes the sticks from the guy. I can remember thinking, "And this is the future of Mapex?"
  3. And this is the issue I have with this, they push the limits on something that shouldn't even exist. They should come right out and tell you what their drums are made of instead of not. Man, Mikes post is really right on here Exactly what they should do, exactly... The average Joe looks at these drums then reads the description which just says Maple, birch etc... They assume that's what they are getting thus the reference from SpeedNinja. Here's exactly why I have become a hardcore DW fan. You know what the hell you are getting, straight up. You pay for that rare expensive wood yes, but at least you know what the hell you're getting and they don't hide that, as a matter of fact, it's the meaning behind why some drummers purchase these exotic kits. They are getting what they're paying for and no questionable practices in their advertising for these exotic kits.. The same can be also said about some custom drum makers. There we go... That's one of them threads. My issue here is how the drums are sold either leaving out their exterior shell mention or implying/saying these shells are just one wood without the mention of the composite exterior leaving one to believe the shells are just Maple or Maple and walnut or....... Let's take a look at a couple of their lines right off their website. When a company says "Shell Material" they better tell me the entire story and not just half of it. Kinda like when people lie sometimes and tell half truths and leave out the meat of what happened to make themselves out to be the victim instead of the instigator.. So to me here, Shell Material doesn't tell the entire story, why mention only half of what the shells are made of? Or... Are they implying the outer is really Maple? People get these drums and look at the finish and say, wow, that maple looks great... little do they know what that really is that wasn't advertised in an area they specifically mention shell construction. To be very honest, my first Mapex kits I got and thought wow, what a finish on that Maple that sits over the walnut or what a finish on that North American Maple Orion kit I just got. Burl looks awesome and guess what, I just paid more for these burl covered drums with the same exact product covering on it as the more in-expensive kits from Mapex. Take a look at somewhere like musicians friend for example only here. When you type Mapex into the search you get this. The exotic kits are always more expensive.. There shouldn't be a big price jump if these are Alpi veneers for both. Same process and material right? So now I ask myself to this day, "I wonder what the shells are made of from Mapex?" One thing for sure, their Maple is not North American Rock Maple.. I'll also mention as I had before, it's said other drum manufacturers are using Alpi composites too. And to be totally fair to Mapex here I also do not see any other manufacturers advertising a composite veneer finish either. SO Mapex is not the only ones telling half the story. Then it's not wood Glen. If and when it gets to that point manufacturers will need to come clean and start advertising all the wood in the drum is composite and tell what the composition of the product is. I don't doubt what you're implying could be a reality in the future or near future even.
  4. We "I think" if I remember correctly broke this info years ago I pressed the issue of this subject with Mapex, the post is here somewhere. My original question to Mapex was about advertising maple shells and what kind of Maple were they. I wondered if they were Chinese Maple or North American Maple. At the time also other manufacturers used alpi also. Yep... You're not wrong... Sooooo, http://www.alpiwood.com/en/woodmore.php I believe also Alpi wood could be called a composite veneer imo. So now this brings up some more questions I didn't get before. I wonder since seeing again what these shells are made of how someone could say their products are Maple when they use Alpi composite veneers?
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  6. Here we go again folks. When all was said and done Peael Jam and Edder Vedder didn't come clean with giving dues where they're credited. in the end Abbruzzese wasn't invited from what I can tell and according to what Abbruzzese is saying on his FB page What a croc this whole thing has been from what I see. No matter what the reasons for the split years ago, no matter what the reasons for anything else, Dave was there history. To ignore this says a lot. It appears Eddie Vedder is still trying to whitewash anything to do with Dave. Well, what's done is now done and we certainly can't or wont be able to ever turn back that clock for a redo. To not acknowledge someone for their contributions in this type of scenario is not in my eyes even fathomable. It's disgraceful. Especially when you're a has been band living off this mans beats. keep on Dave and keep the chin up. Great drummers do great things Official Drummer View full article
  7. Here we go again folks. When all was said and done Peael Jam and Edder Vedder didn't come clean with giving dues where they're credited. in the end Abbruzzese wasn't invited from what I can tell and according to what Abbruzzese is saying on his FB page What a croc this whole thing has been from what I see. No matter what the reasons for the split years ago, no matter what the reasons for anything else, Dave was there history. To ignore this says a lot. It appears Eddie Vedder is still trying to whitewash anything to do with Dave. Well, what's done is now done and we certainly can't or wont be able to ever turn back that clock for a redo. To not acknowledge someone for their contributions in this type of scenario is not in my eyes even fathomable. It's disgraceful. Especially when you're a has been band living off this mans beats. keep on Dave and keep the chin up. Great drummers do great things Official Drummer
  8. Seen this already. Back in the days the HEMI was king for a reason and was used in pretty much all dragsters and funny cars until Keith black remade the block just for racing. The HEMI by itself was tough, but not as tough as some production off the line cars from competitors, however, it appeared up front... Where the hemi had it's issues originally was in the heads. The hemisperical heads really didn't do what they were supposed to until forced induction was added. The forced induction was needed to move enough air to make the heads work properly imo and many others opinions. Once forced inducted however, they couldn't be touched anywhere especially at the dragstrip. Still to this day that's the case. Keith Black HEMI's rule the NHRA and IHRA and TFX blocks. The new HEMI heads are similar to the old ones in some respects but do differ in other areas - chamber size is one aspect and so is valve positioning. Combine those new alterations then focre induce air and you have a monster made in heaven, especially for the street. I suspect there's still more room for improvement here also. Some of you may remeber my 1970 Challenger RT Street/Strip car. I put about 35k out to make that car run in the high 9's at the time. I of course done all the work myself saving myself a massive amount of cash. As it stands now, that 35k would be around 45-47k I suspect to do the old way. At my age I say why now.. You could go get one of these for a tad more and have looks and performance without tearing up a great car, they now come awesome right out of the box.. Turn key and go.
  9. Man Mike, Kane is full of personality. Possibly a little too much at times He's settled alright he's with me forever You like rotties huh, my oldest son has a purebreed one in the 150lb range I believe.
  10. So my best friend passed away last year. Gotta tell ya. To this day I still call my newest family member his name. When he passed I found a place called paws to Angels. I loved my buddy so much I couldn't bare the thought of having him thrown in a dumpster. paws to Angels is like a animal funeral home. They come and got him in my home where he passed away and took him away in a casket. After they got him cleaned up they asked if we wanted to have a viewing. I declined this because all my family was here right after he died to say their goodbyes. So afterwards they creamted him and called us before they put him in and after they finished. When they came and picked him up my wife and I got a ceramic heart that was broken in two. One half Paws to Angels gave to us, the other half was tied around his neck with a ribbon and went into his cremation. Afterwards, we got the other part of the heart to make a whole heart. Fuckin tear jerker.. Still have my moments months later. 12 years with my buddy... So anyhow, my wife and I was finally able to move on and consider another family member. We drove a few hours away and picked him up. His names Kane. We also got him a partner. He's a black mask brindle and she's a flashy fawn. Both AKC registered As you can tell, I'm particular to a specific breed. ...
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  12. That's not a 2017 list Mike, that's a 2017 and 2018 list Goodness... I do remeber that list a few years back when I built my own home though.. i don't have any envy for you right now..
  13. So spring is here, I've started another project myself. In the past I put up my deck build, now I'm gonna put up my steel post/wood fence project. Hoping today to get some pics to share. Long story short to begin with, I've got about 160 feet to do plus a couple of gates, side entry and drive. After I'm done with this I have to do a bathroom remodel, new shower, floor etc... Sooooooo, what's your 2017 projects?
  14. I would say if anything it's the other way around. The Sonor Artist roster is outstanding.. Mapex artist roster just sucks and is probably at the worst I've ever seen it. And that's not really saying much because they've always struggled in this area.