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DiehardDIYer last won the day on January 18 2018

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About DiehardDIYer

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    Sr. Member

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  • 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

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  1. JAW DROPPING. I can't believe I have never heard of this place.
  2. Serious stuff. I wouldn't have expected this given the general atmosphere I've seen on the show. I assume the bass player in the band is "white?" Racist and misogynist. So, the unnamed stagehand told an unsolicited "dirty joke" about a black woman, I guess? Strange story. I hate the subject of "race." I believe there is a human race, that's it. Beyond that is nothing more than elitist social engineering. There are no white people. Everybody is a shade of brown to lesser or greater degree. It's just melanin variation. The actual genetic differences in humans as far as facial features and hair and all is something like 1.2%. Reverse "racism." It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I figure the two camera guys get their jobs back, if they want them.
  3. This is control. You have to love it. He makes it look so easy.
  4. Well, jack of many, master of none, for sure. well, you have more fun doing more things! So screw being a master of a thing. lol.
  5. Nice looking device. He makes lovely drums, as well (website). Beautiful work. There are some very fine drum craftsmen in Austria. I see direct drive conversion links for Iron and Speed Cobras. I don't see anything about direct for his own belt drive. I can't seem to get the English option to work, either. I agree. The sliding clamp is the best feature. Otherwise everything else seems already working on other pedals. The spring design is like DW 9000. Eccentric cams have been around a long time. Straps, too. Foot board height, beater angle, and beater are basically Trick designs. The driveshaft U-Joints are very Trick-like, as well. The design looks like it would accommodate a cam change for concentric if he wanted it. Would raise the price to offer another part, though. Most companies use a 5/16", 8 or 9mm axle. Using 18 mm is enormous, and yeah, the bearings as well. Might create a stronger, beefier or more stable and smooth feel, to some degree? Would be interesting to try it. !!!$$$!!! High end of the high end. Tops out the Machine Drive, even at the Euro rate. I don't see a lot of Americans getting it.
  6. Okay. Redone. Better audio.
  7. Yeah, you totally wreck a head right quick if a tip comes off. I like nylon on cymbals, wood on drum heads. Would be nice to have something in between. Actually, the bamboo sticks do but, they have a flex that just makes the snare drum sound thin. I can't get used to it. Otherwise I really like the bamboo sticks. Time wise, yeah, diy always includes that. In this case I can shape 10 dowels and hand sand them in less than 30 minutes. I can glue tips on and finish them while I sit here and watch something on youtube. If I had to go through a really laborious method and time scale just for sticks I probably wouldn't do it. On the other hand, if ten sticks lasts me many months before the shafts wear out and they snap, spending some hours of some kind of detailed work would not be a major thing for another many months of use. For me, anyway. I just find it cool they can be made so easily and I like them better than all the sticks I have purchased for a lot more money. If I got fancy with the bench sander I probably could do tips. Maybe I'll try that next and see what it's like. I just know birch tips would be too light sounding for me. They'd be nice on the toms, though. I have birch sticks, made by Kittools, back in the 90s. Their Ghost 5B model. Great stick. Light and fast. I went up to the factory, in Maine, where I lived at the time, and the owner's son showed me around. He got into doing the drum sticks. They make all kinds of wood stuff there. I asked him if he'd send me some nylon tips I could use and I'd take down the tips, and he gave me a few dozen, and I've been using them ever since.
  8. I was confused at first. Didn't see op's print was in black. For 2300, like Logogogue says, just about anything out there. If you'll be touring, and the band is very loud and you'll be mic'ing everything anyway, I'd be looking at hardware more than the drums, themselves. You can get a good sound out of anything these days if they are mounted for full vibration and resonance and have the best heads for the job. Get drums with thicker shells if you want more natural volume but, it wouldn't be enough to make an audible difference when dealing with PA volumes. Finding roadworthy hardware and features you like is the more pressing issue. Especially if you'll be doing the set up and take down every show. Weight factors, angle/tilting mechanisms, memory locks/features and all that stuff.
  9. Yeah, I didn't realize it until the video was on yt. I was shocked. Sounded fine when I recorded it on the ZOOM Q3. I have to make some vids today. Too cold to paint. May as well do some things I have been holding off because of the renovation. Need to make sure my volumes are good before I upload. I usually prefer nylon tips anyway, and I have lots of them from broken sticks. I remove them and reuse them. I wanted to try some new sizes and shapes and the Ahead, slightly softer nylon (they have regular harder nylon, as well) are really nice. I have enough nylon tips to last the rest of my life, really. Sticks wear out and break and I remove the tips by twisting them off with some small pliers lightly clenching them. A lot, maybe most companies just pressure fit their tips on. Better companies do something to keep them on that way. Nothing I have actually seen when removing them but, some of the smaller, lesser known sticks, like Stagg, or On Stage, or individual shops just lathing their own sticks to sell on ebay, can have tips just fly off under playing stresses. The carpenter's goop has worked great at keeping tips in place. This gig of making my own sticks is the ticket now, though. I never have to buy sticks again, per se. Just the dowels.
  10. DiehardDIYer

    DIY sticks

    I'm having volume issues with my camera for some reason. Or maybe it's an upload issue? You'll need headphones for this.
  11. Well, considering cymbal companies are now making 22" crashes and I have some, I'd say those drummers are somewhat narrow-minded. If it feels right for you, that settles it. Done. Unless the band says it's too loud, which is rather ridiculous considering the volumes guitarists play at (unless it's jazz, and if it was, yeah, a 20" crash is pretty overkill, although, a 20" crash ride can be even more loud, and who are drummers to argue with people like Elvin Jones and others that used/use big cymbals because they like the sound and feel? Let it roar if the music can handle it. Two of my favorite crashes are 20." I like their pitch and wash and volume, and the UFIP just feels right when you ride on the edge. Sounds like the same people who say Terry Bozzio (and others) has too big a drum set - "What does he need such a big drum set for?" I don't know if its ignorance, jealousy, narcissism, or just total lack of understanding personal creativity.
  12. When you say modern recordings you are referring to certain genres? If what you say is true across most genres, then the situation of drums being hyped is not just on the part of the manufacturers but, maybe more so, the endorsers who make their claims for recordings and sessions. Digitizing everything and sound replacement would render truth in the industry to a small segment of edrum users. At least you know what they use are samples and patches outright. Then the whole nature of transient response in the microphone industry becomes an issue, as well. I know Tom uses various filters and EQ to get a final sound for the drums on our recordings but, they still sound like the drums I'm using. The filters and software change the personality of the drums some but, the nature and character remain pretty accurate. I know Kieth Carlock uses a wide open bass whenever he is allowed to. Some artists just prefer some muffing and more definition but, if he can, he unloads some great stuff on his wide open Gretsch kicks. As far as "feel" in relation to cymbals, players talk about the feel of their hats and rides all the time. You can listen to cymbal auditions from the Memphis Drum Shop (My Cymbal.com) and they mention the feel of hats and rides pretty consistently in the ones I've heard. Why would anyone laugh at someone who mentions feel for cymbals? Or toms, for that matter? Rebound is a necessary component of playing drums.
  13. Speaking of Jimmy Ford (Ford Drum Co.), a recreation of the Krupa/Rich battles. Well done. Entertaining.
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