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DiehardDIYer last won the day on November 17

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About DiehardDIYer

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    Sr. Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Country
    United States
  • Location
  • Drums
    I make my own
  • Cymbals
    Mix Brands

About this Drummer

  • Interests
    God, creation, gardening, home renovation
  • Bio
    Been playing off and on for 50 years. Started making my own drums in '91.
  • Current Band
    Miledge Muzic
  • Previous Bands
    Asaph 91-01, Legend - 1977-79 - Album: From the Fjords

Current kit Specs

  • Current Kit Specs
    I make my own drums. Currently using a 13 pc. set, 6" thru 24" all half toms and kicks. 13" Ironwood segmented shell snare. Cymbals, effects, gong - Paiste, Sabian, UFIP, Wuhan, Zildjian. Electronics - TrapKat, Roland, Alesis, Boss.

What I Like

  • Favorite Drum Brand
  • Favorite Drum Sticks
    Ghost 5B
  • Favorite Drum Heads
  • Favorite Snare
    6.5x13 Ironwood
  • Favorite BD Pedal
  • Single or Double bass
  • Traditional or Matched grip

Recent Profile Visitors

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  1. Brandon Burkhalter

    I got seasick. Way over-produced for me. Nice composition, though. Very Italian classical/opera-sounding, like 70s Italian prog. What was the name of that band? PFM; was/is probably the most well known. Great band. (*looked it up - Premiata Forneria Marconi). Still out playing with some original members. I haven't them in 40 years. Brings back memories. Anyway, this kid has super-chops, for sure.
  2. 21 Piece Mapex Saturn Arctic Monster!

    Would that fit on a typical bar stage? People don't realize the time. Only drummers get it. I think the biggest set I played out with had 23 drums, 30 cymbals. You take it down, pack it up, unpack, set-up, play, take it down, pack it up, get home, unpack, set-up again, next day or whenever. If I drove to a concert location my day began at around 3 a.m. and ended at 1 a.m., not including setting back up at some point so, well over 24 hours. Plus PA, keyboards and stuff. I loved playing live but, never again.
  3. Hello from AZ

    I haven't seen those lugs in awhile now. Most of the parts suppliers had them. The throw off is generic, as well. If there's no identifying tag on the drum, I'd say you have a drum someone made from component parts.
  4. Mapex Black Panther Black Widow Lose Throw-off

    Welcome aboard. It seems all the Panther snares and others listed at the web site, have the same flip-type/drop strainer mechanism, which, if it was a faulty design, would effect dozens of drums. Seems like the company would have been plagued with returns and fixed any issues (which should never have left the factory to begin with). I have flip strainers that work fine. Not Mapex. Some players like side throws and that eliminates any problems of the mechanism dropping upon rim shot impact. But really, a mechanism should not drop when the drum is struck. Seems there is some kind of length problem in a link. If it's too short it will keep the strainer from working easily. If too long, it will create a tension problem (not enough) and fall backwards upon impact on the drum. If you like the drum, take a look at the hole spacing, go to any of the online DIY/component parts merchants, and look at their snare parts section and see if any of their offered strainers have the same footprint. Drum Factory Direct Drummaker Drums on Sale are a few that carry stuff you might be able to use. A larger list is here, if interested: http://pdgood.us/drumshed/suppliers.html
  5. I'am a drummer not a sound guy

    Seems like ages ago I got the TD20 and then the expansion card for it. About the only thing I mess with is room sound and pitch of each instrument, and of course, panning. Having the Trap Kat I can set up a lot of drums and cymbals with it (24 pads plus kick and h-h triggers). Drums sounds are pretty good, though the "machine gun" effect is always present when doing fast runs around the toms. I can tweek that by adjusting the pitch of each drum but, it is still there. For me, cymbals are the weak spot in all modules. I find things that "work," but, nothing that really has reality written all over it. The module is 64 bit and it's good but, when I really start moving fast between drums and cymbals, especially if the bass drums are going, the unit clips. Just too much data for it to render smoothly. The newer Roland flagship is probably better but, I'm sure it costs as much as a good used car so, I'll stick with what I have. Software is the other option, and people claim it is superior. I'm just used to the roland mod so, going through all this again; and I have not seen any software packages that actually have the sound quantity the TD20 XL has, especially cymbals so, may as well stick with it. I find the module to be pretty intuitive to use. I just will never use every feature on it. Yeah, night classes. Actually, youtube has a lot of help for edrums. Youtube didn't even exist when I got this edrum set-up. You can probably find tutorials for the TD10.
  6. 26" - Unbelievable

    Had a few minutes and made a new video with the 26" and the stacked plywood set. One thing I did not do is ride the edge of the cymbal. Not because I don't ride the edge of my rides, I do, it's just that riding the edge of this Giant Beat is so loud it literally drowns out the resat of the cymbals. I call it - the Green Monster. I do love the cymbal, though. It is incredibly responsive at any velocity. You'd think you have to really lay into it to get it going but, not so.
  7. $700 drums vs $5000 drums

  8. Tré Cool SJC snare

    I've done wood burning in the past. I have the stuff. Just don't have the time, and I have wanted to do an entire wood burned set someday. Right now I'm starting a engraving process on my aluminum shell. I engraved knives and aluminum wind chime bars 35 years ago. Haven't really done anything in a long time. I need to just take my time and get it right. You can't use an eraser on this gig.
  9. $700 drums vs $5000 drums

    I saw this a few days ago. I might be expected to chime in here but, seeing my position is known, and I have my own experiment developing, I would just say the biggest difference in the video is the way he used to two sets. Most of the fills were on the Truth set. That made comparison imbalanced, really. The obvious difference between the snares is moot. Closing your eyes would do no good because it's obvious which set he's playing. Because of multiple variations you can have very noticeable differences in snare drums of the same high, mid, or low end cost. If he tensioned the snares with the drum dial, owing to its more shallow depth, obviously it would sound different. That leaves the toms and bass drum and seeing the kicks were different dimensions as well, the comparison was surprising, as mentioned in the comments section. For me, the test was odd in a number of ways. Drums will sound and record differently when positioned differently in a room. It's only a four pc. kit. Why not take one down and place the other in the same spot in the room? Why is the fl tom so high in the red kit? It made an obvious difference in the way he struck the drum, which made a difference in tone. In saying the kits were mic'd the same, I'd have to conclude the smaller red kick was muffled differently. But, even there, they sounded very close. Why did he split the song as he did and put most of the fills on the Truth kit? By the end I was highly skeptical of what I had just watched. That said, listening in ear monitors or speaker monitors, the differences were not great enough to warrant a $4300 difference. The test would have been more succinct for me if both sets basically looked the same. Visual differences can create audible differences in the mind. But, he just used what he had. Understandable. I found the comments interesting. For me, the Truth set didn't sound better, per se, just more balanced, drum to drum. Obviously it looked a lot better. As far as recording, having used entry level drums on some of our recordings, and seeing what Tom could do to them once he got into his software, it is rather pointless to spend $5000 on a 4pc kit. Some people play better on more expensive drums. I get that. I tend to be inspired more by the music than the drums, so, I just play on what's in front of me. It is more fun to play a nice set because of details, obviously but, it isn't necessary to sound professional. I need to get busy on my own test. Just too much to do on this renovation.
  10. Tré Cool SJC snare

    I was confused by the whole Lady Gaga title. Is it an inside joke or something? I remember watching that Lemonis episode. Man, to have a shop like that, even before Lemonis took over the reigns. The snare. A drum after my own heart. I need to get busy on some projects.
  11. Hello from AZ

    Welcome aboard. It's a nice place here. Post often. Share your stuff, your playing. I'm curious about your unknown brass pic. No nameplate at all, huh? What do the lugs look like?
  12. Music Industry vs Musicians

    So, how does one learn the "new game"? I remember reading things in Modern Drummer back in the 80s and how drummers had to learn the new stuff - midi programming- if they wanted to stay current and keep working. Edrums haven't taken over a predicted but, the premise seems to be the same? Computers have changed everything, period. That said, if hard copy sales are down, if touring is not making the money it used to, if, in smaller communities (not big cities) places to play are few and getting people out to hear is harder than ever because of PC/electronic competition , what, exactly, is the new game for musicians? I have to admit, making our own CDs is beyond cool. We don't play out so, there's no way to promote our CDs. That's okay. I'd love to play out but, the thing is, how does an artist/band whatever, get their music known without playing out? It seems that aspect is not going to ever go away for another avenue. You can make the best videos on earth and place them all over the web from youtube to vimeo but, that doesn't mean anyone will ever see them. Promotion of some kind is still key, and that key seems to remain playing out live and getting a fan base started. Someone asked me the other day, a lot of bands sound the same, what do I do to sound different? Like I have mentioned before, the 60s and 70s created the largest ocean of music creativity that remains unique in history. Regardless of genre, bands and artists sounded different from one another. The industry took advantage of that fact and gave bands a real chance. Now ... the dying industry is dying because they chose to control the bands and the sounds. Actual innovation became anathema to them. It may be the best time ever for musicians. I'm still glad I lived through what I did and experienced it firsthand.
  13. KBRAKES - Stop the Creep!

    How did I know these things were going to cost $40 a pair? Is it just me or does it seem anything new made of some type of plastic that comes along for drummers is $39.99? I just believe drummers are really taken advantage of when it comes to their wallets. I'm sure the things work but, $40 for some Delrin parts? Man. For more than 20 years I've been using floor protectors (the little round or square things you place under furniture legs) with velcro affixed underneath with some carpenter's Goop. Nothing slides on my rugs in all that time, especially if I use industrial velcro and just leave the things on the rugs when I roll them up. I also fill the protector with silicone so the spur tips don't eat through the the plastic protectors. On floors, same deal, I just put pieces of slide control material under them, you know, the honey-combed stuff you put under rugs and things to keep them from sliding around. An even tougher type is what you place under pieces of wood to keep them from moving when you router all four edges and can't clamp it down. All stuff I have around the house, anyway. If I had to buy it all outright ... $15? And I'd have enough stuff for more than one drum set and lots of other chores around the house. It's no wonder China is going to rule the world someday.
  14. No drum for family man

    Yikes, Glenn. I think you just got compared to Larry Flint! I think I see Glenn more as the curator of the Smithsonian: Arts and Industry Building.
  15. No drum for family man

    So, So True. My wife loves that I play the drums. My wife just hates drums. More specifically, low frequencies. She doesn't do well with anything on the upper end of volume scales. I'd like to put in at least 30 minutes a day at the set but, just doesn't work out that way, especially on weekends. And when I do take the time, sticks are flying all over the place because my mind is on something else, or the kit just feels foreign for lack of time with it. We all can get to the place where we can play with our eyes closed but, it takes time so memory can take hold. Daily stuff just busts up that rhythm. I'd play my set at home, go to the guitarists house to record maybe once a month, maybe every couple weeks if we were fortunate with time schedules and I'd have sticks all over the floor trying to get used to his drum set ... again. I remember when living in TN. I had the drums totally surrounded by an enclosure. The drums were in a single wide used for music and office and homeschool. I had bags of leaves all around the perimeter. Neighbors still called the police on me. The cops came in and looked at the drums, totally encased and said, Well, we can see you have done all you can to keep the volume down but, we have to answer the call when we get it. Right now I can play because neighbors are far enough away they really wouldn't hear anything. Just the same, I have to take time away from the renovation to play. Makes me feel guilty, like typing on the internet right now. I need to be hanging doors. I can build a separate place, I just know we are moving again and spending the money ... I'll be 68 before I can have a set-up like Sticks does. Then I'll be too tired to play anymore. I think of the last year, making the new table top set, and now using this plywood set. I haven't touched my leather set in ... I forget how many years now. No time to really get used to anything. As far as edrums, I have a great edrum set-up. I just seriously dislike programming. The amount of time is incredible, unless you just stay with stock kits, which I just cannot do and have any fun. And now, having my Trap Kat in storage for so long I'm sure the battery went dead and all my set ups are gone. I never really understood how to put it all on a computer to save it. A "dump," as they call it. So, I'd have to start from scratch. That thought is so mind bending for me ... I may just sell it all. The OP is so not alone. Welcome aboard, btw. Many of the Pros out there that we believe are so far above normal human beings? I believe it is just time. They have the time to keep expanding and learning by doing. It's their job. If we were able to put in six to eight hours a day, even three, just about every day, where would we be? I know where I'd be. I don't know how Sticks can just sit down at different sets and comfortably play away. Or, are the angles of each set basically all the same?

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