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About DiehardDIYer

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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. I have to admit you paint a pretty bleak picture all around. The suits don't care. The fans don't care. The musicians don't care. People just want to make fast money or save money. Nobody wants to really spend anything for the sake of making serious music anymore. Everything is watered down. I'm glad I lived through the 60s and 70s and experienced it. On the other hand you believe the music industry is stronger than ever because of technological freedom. So, people are free to produce nothing very interesting or innovative? That is a sad, if not an enigma.
  2. I only have an edit button for a certain amount of time. Once I log out and come back it's gone. Not there now. I have to believe if Colaiuta has taken the time to think this "file sharing" problem through, it must be a serious issue at every level. True, maybe kids are the ones doing it the most regarding big pop artists but, while Vinnie played with big names in pop music, like Sting, he also plays with people like Herbie Hancock and those that have nowhere near the sales levels. I would think it is a matter of whoever listens to your music, regardless of genre or the level the artist is at. If someone posts it on youtube or somewhere it is downloadable by everyone. For me it's a non-issue. Recording multi-genre, instrumental improv would have the smallest of audiences. On the other hand, the of every CD counts, regardless of whether someone is trying to make a living at it: which, just about everyone agrees, is not possible anymore, save for the biggest acts, and even there sales are down for major acts. I agree, the economy plays a huge role. I haven't purchased a CD in a long time. Just don't have the disposable income like I used to for that stuff. I'd rather purchase other things and listen to Pandora. I'll be honest, though. I was a fusion lover and still am but, back in the 70s the groups played real compositions. Now, the new stuff just seems nothing but platforms for soloing. I am bored with that. There's only so many ways you can manipulate 7 notes and scales and for me, I'd rather hear someone play a melodic solo that follows the theme of the piece than burn up the fret board or keys scattering notes in every direction for five minutes, then do it again on the next "song." So, buying CDs today is a risk I'll end up being disappointed. Just because I like the artist doesn't mean I will like the newest recording.
  3. Thanks! Looks pretty cool. I passed it on to Tom. He's the file ninja.
  4. Well, so much for Abstract Logix. They are going to cease selling CDs and just become a "content" web site, whatever that means. Just selling downloadable files? This really goes to the subject matter of the Artist Series/Sessions thread. Recorded music is just not selling, at least hard copy. Guess it's back to CD Baby, or somewhere else.
  5. Oh, man. Did I do that? I had no idea. Sorry. Can the mods do something about that? I definitely see, as players Dom interviews attest, that gigging is the aspect of the business that makes money, not recording. Simon Philips mentioned the aspect of a recording capturing a moment in time that you can keep, something more valuable than the live gig. He laments that the recording industry is now secondary to live work. Although, obviously live gigs can be recorded as well, and some bands have those as their recordings over studio ones. I remember small towns having so many places bands could play. I do not see that today. Maybe I need to look harder? But that would seem to prove my point. I didn't have to look hard back then. Everything from schools to "coffee houses," to clubs, to concert halls, to outdoor bandstands abounded. I don't see that in small towns anymore and I have seen the disappointment mentioned by drummers on forums to that situation. No places to play, and certainly no decent pay scale to play. One of the interviewees mentions the thing of club owners giving tickets to bands that they can sell and make their money that way. The club owners don't want to pay bands anymore. No audience is guaranteed. There was no real problem with that back in the 60s and 70s. People constantly went out to clubs and other places to see live music of all genres. Jazz, America's music, has dwindled so badly it pains the hearts of every jazz musician out there. At one time Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report, et al, were rock stars. They were Fusion bands, not pop music. Not anywhere close, today. Save for those same artists that retain a following. Billy Cobham has done some very successful tours in the last few years based on the anniversary of his album, Spectrum, still a classic. The technology has afforded anyone to be able to record fine audio. The technology also affords people to rip it off easily, as well, which is the irony of the matter, to me; the thing Vinnie speaks out about. People don't have to purchase music when it's all over the web for free. For the drummer, all these people interviewed state emphatically it is recording, both audio and video, instruction, gigging, writing, internet involvement, networking and other things that can possibly offer a career. It isn't just joining a band, making a recording, and hoping you have a career from that. Not anymore. The technology opened doors to bypass the suits.That is fantastic. It also caused a saturation wave. Like I said, CD Baby gets over 100,000 new titles a year and so few actually sell anything it's rather ridiculous. It is constant self-promotion in other ways and maybe you can someday, actually quit your day job. Most, almost all, no. Won't happen. For Tom and I it is just a hobby, something to show material results of a lifetime of playing our instruments, regardless if we sell a single unit. That is what it is for many, I suspect. The technology has afforded that. It's nice. You can leave something 'hard' behind. I agree with you that the industry has aided in its own demise. I don't know as I agree music is background stuff for most people, at least in the sense most people aren't going to shell out exorbitant prices for concert tickets for background music. People do invest themselves into music to at least that degree. Just the fact that one of the networks has this "boy band" competition shows the stagnation of the industry, though. It also, possibly, shows the impact of the independent scene. The suits have to go backwards to create interest in their industry. I understand this new movie, Valerian, is an independent production. Technology has afforded that. By the same token the only movies making money anymore are those with mostly CGI. Again, the technology has created actual limitations, and at some point, technology will become boring. People will have seen it all and nothing new will be there, until technology arises to fill a gap. That is kind of frightening when you think about it. At least as far as humans and music. I understand your point about technology saving he music industry. I just see it as a two-edged sword; one that was not really predicted.
  6. I have to plead ignorance about file types. I have no idea, really. Everything seems txt, rtf, doc, dot but, those are what publisher converts when you import. I don't know how to tell what a final file is.
  7. In all the interviews I have read or seen, Vinnie is a pretty deep thinker. Personally, I believe the present state of the music scene is pretty dismal. In my parents day big band jazz was both the most popular and most proficient music played. In my day there was something happening for everyone: every genre expanded and created new ones. Monster musicians everywhere. Then something happened. It all began to change. Bands that could never have gotten out of the garage in my day were making millions. Noise became music. Record companies were dropping like flies and those that remains just closed up and rallied around anything and everything but high end musicianship and the big names were struggling to keep things going. Everything funneled to a few suits controlling everything. Vinnie is right, too. Technology via "file sharing" made things worse and worse for recording artists making a living. Technology regarding super-shows made the local music scene tame by comparison and all the venues began to shut down and save for major cities places to play dried up as local support for local groups faded away. This stuff happens, obviously. Printing presses put scribes out of business centuries ago. Autos put ranchers out of business. Things change but, when it comes to music, it is sad that young people are satisfied to hear thumping for hours and that is considered entertainment. DJs have replaced live music. I was asked if I believed robots would replace human musicians and live music. Of course it will if that is what people accept. The suits could care less. Easy money. Animusic is fascinating but, if it actually gets to that some day, to me, that would be tragic. Sure technology makes it easy to make an album. I just made one. Our second and more can easily follow but, then what? CD Baby gets over 100,000 new entries a year. Easy to make, extremely difficult to almost impossible to go anywhere from there. The industry, itself, has committed musical suicide. I got another offer last week to reissue the Legend album from a new American record company. I tell them all the same thing - the masters are gone, you can download the album for free all over the web, bootlegs abound, you can't make the recording any better so, what is the point? Technology, ironically enough, has ruined the music industry. Dave Weckl said it well in another of those interviews with Dom: if you think you can have a lifelong career in music by joining a band that makes it big, good luck. The chances are so minuscule as to be a never going to happen. Especially with the whole planet involved now, not just America and Britain.
  8. I've been watching these every day at lunch. Not a lot of new insights per se but, still enjoyable. I think thus far the one with Russ Miller has been my favorite, and the one with Vinnie.
  9. I did all the artwork in MS Publisher. It's an old version (2000). Tom has the newest so, if there are issues I just send a file to him and he can correct anything. It's interesting that the actual liner has no fade lines or jagged edges like you see here. Very smooth color transitions and lettering. I can't figure out how to get something from Publisher into another program, like pictures, to place on a forum, like here, without it being a huge file. So, I send it to Paint to reduce it but, looks like that white bar is left over after reduction. Not a big deal. I just wanted to show the front and back liner. Yeah, the cruise control on my van died awhile ago. I really miss it. Of course, now that I have settled in Texas, no more long, late night trips back to Virginia. I don't really need it. But, if you have owned a van you know how little space there is next to the engine hub and after a few hours, let alone 20, my knees and ankles are pretty sore on my right side. Even the left side, with the wheel hub, creates discomfort on long drives. Cruise control allowed me to sit in more comfortable positions. I've been driving vans for so long, though, it's all I know. I keep using them because of the drums but, it is so unlikely I'll ever play out again it's moot. Maybe I'll join the southern culture and get a pickup when this critter finally dies (318K and still going strong despite dead speedometer, door lights, etc, etc). Abstract Logix is mostly fusion, jazz rock, world music, and those genres. They have a review offer. For $75 they will review your CD. We're going to try it. See what they think.
  10. Took forever but, it's finally out. We're going to see how things work with Abstract Logix this time. It's a site much more into our wheelhouse. Hm. Not sure what that white bar is all about. Must be a holdover from Paint.
  11. You know, honestly, heads just cost too much to experiment with, especially if you play larger set-ups. Bass drum heads went through the roof years ago. It's a shame. I'd experiment more but, if you don't like something then the head just sits around. I will say, at one time, I would never have gotten a kick reso head with a ring on it. Even on batter heads I cut half the ring out but, using the Evans EQ4 calftone on my kicks in the last year has really proved successful for me. Basically it was a fluke. I wanted the calfskin look and tried the Evans over Remo's offerings. Never thought the ring would work for me. Figured I'd just cut it out. There's an informative video that Evans has with Bob Gatzen about Reso heads. I never heard the papery sound of 7 mil reso heads until placed up against something else. I haven't tried the new Evans reso heads but, the video made a believer out of me. I'll have to see if I can find it again. https://youtu.be/HIcUBJrtKTg
  12. I forgot that I purchased a bunch of batter and snare side heads some months ago. Haven't tried them yet. Two are an Aquarian single ply texture coated and a classic clear for the wires. If I can just get started, I'm making a matching snare drum for the plywood set and got the heads to see what works best. The coating does feel different than the others: more rough. Should work nicely with brushes. I also remembered many years ago getting an Aquarian bass head. It wouldn't sit on the drum. Too tight. Evans, Remo, no problem. I didn't know if it was a fluke in manufacturing or what but, I just stayed away from them.
  13. Last year I made a new set of drums out of stacked plywood. Just a 4 pc. A free-floating, duo-tensioning system. Normally I use a single ply Attack batter and Evans resos on toms. This time I decided to use two 10 mil single ply Attacks for both, per the combination Simon Phillips has used forever (though Remo for him). Came out sounding great. I was actually surprised. I ended up using a power stroke 3 for batter and a Evans EQ4 calftone for reso on the bass, after trying a couple different things. I enlarged the set and one of the toms I made was a 9." Only Remo makes 9" heads (as well as 11 and 17 for two more toms I'm making). I don't like Remo heads but, had no choice. The tom was much lower in volume and clarity. I added a diplomat bottom and it made a big difference. I got the same combo for the 11 and 17. Haven't made those yet. I don't know why Remo's mylar has a more muted tone than the Attacks. I used to use Evans on everything but, the Attacks are just a lot less expensive and brighter sounding so I switched. On snare drums it has always been a single ply coated. There again, the Attack's coating lasts longer than Remo or Evans. I've had Evans coating literally melt. You can scrape it off with a finger nail. I haven't tried Aquarian heads. Mostly the price has kept me from experimenting with them. They're all pretty close in price these days, save for the Attacks.
  14. Did I miss it? What is that finish? I can't quite make it out. Nice stain. Is it an exotic veneer? Looks a little like lacewood. Or maybe sapele pommele.
  15. Terrible, terrible loss. http://www.msn.com/en-us/music/celebrity/princes-former-drummer-john-blackwell-jr-dead-at-43-after-battle-with-cancer/ar-BBDLApu?li=BBnb7Kz