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About SilenceFriction

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  • Birthday 10/31/1954

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Country
    United States
  • Location
    Gig Harbor, Wa.
  • Drums
  • Cymbals
  • KOTM
    January 2017

About this Drummer

  • Interests
    Wide variety of styles - rock, pop, blues, country, ---
  • Bio
    Drumming since 1967.
  • Current Band
    Steven Allen Voight Band - Alcyone
  • Previous Bands
    The Fallen Angel Band
    Rock Formation

Current kit Specs

  • Current Kit Specs
    Live: Mapex Pro M 10/12/14/16/22/7x14 - Paiste 2002 20/r 18/c 18med/c 16/c Zildjian Mastersound 14 hh - Ludwig Atlas hh - Pearl Demonator bd pedal - Gibraltar rack
    Studio 1: Gretsch Catalina Maple 10/12/14/22/5.5x14
    Studio 2: Mapex Mars Pro 10/12/13/14/16/22/ - 8x15 acrylic custom - Gibraltar rack
    Evans heads - Promark sticks

What I Like

  • Favorite Drummer
    Ginger Baker
  • Favorite Drum Sticks
    Promark Kashi Oak
  • Favorite Drum Heads
  • Favorite Bass drum heads
  • Favorite Snare
    Ludwig Supraphonic
  • Favorite Cymbals
  • Favorite Hardware
  • Favorite BD Pedal
    Pearl Demonator - Ludwig Speedking
  • Single or Double bass
  • Traditional or Matched grip
    Matched - open hand

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  1. If those were the only sets from which to choose, judging from a few quick YouTube sound samples, I think the Sonor set has better tonal quality. Bear in mind that they have been tuned and miced to sound their best, by experienced drummers. Since experience can only be gained through, well, experience, and opinions are based on knowledge of fact, experience, and belief structure, they tend to vary widely depending on those factors. Just because I have been playing drums since 1967, does not qualify my opinion to be best, because it is only my opinion of my limited experience and knowledge base. While there are few that were lucky enough to start out with professional grade equipment, and more with intermediate grade, many, if not most, can attest to what you are proposing, beginner's grade equipment. I started with a Japanese "Vibra" beginner's set (Photo from 1967), Obviously you don't get this quality today for $79.00. Most will tell you that their experience with beginner's grade equipment gave them fundamental knowledge in choosing their next set. One will gain experience in drum tuning, if they are paying attention to their sound. Also in choosing heads, in effort to obtain a desired result. There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained in making a cheap drum sound fantastic. I have to agree with those that suggest getting a used intermediate set. The higher quality construction and usually substantially better tonal factors can lead to a much better beginning/learning experience. An intermediate set can take you farther toward a higher goal, depending on your interests. Cost vs. Enjoyment I consider myself a hobbyist, meaning that I will never recover equipment costs from paid performances, if I factor any level of earnings for my time spent. A recent performance that I did, netted about $3.00 an hour when I considered rehearsal, tear down, transport, set up, 3 hour performance, tear down, transport, reset for next rehearsal time spent, and transport and sustenance costs. What I did receive additionally was a lot of enjoyment with friends sharing our love of music, making others happy, and more experience. It's hard to put a value on that, but it is worth the effort and expense. What's in it for you? I can't know what your expectations are, but if you are enjoying the experience and product of your effort, it doesn't much matter what vehicle brought you there. You may be perfectly happy with your purchase for many years to come. In my experience, one strives to obtain the proper skills and equipment to produce the required result. For me, that seems to evolve over time, and most likely will for you, as well. A journey begins with the first step. Don't be so critical that you don't take it out of dilemma. More than likely, it is only your first kit. More to come.
  2. As a matter of fact, yes. I played with some friends at FCI Lompoc on Thanksgiving Day, back in 1979. Guards pulled heads off of my kit to search them for contraband. We did a set outdoors for minimum security (somebody from "Watergate" was there), had dinner in maximum security mess hall with Bubba and friends (great food), and played a set on their theater stage that evening. We had a gal singing a few songs, but I'd swear there were some inmates checking me out. I know we played Folsom Prison Blues and a bunch of rock tunes. I had a good time, and felt good to donate my effort. P.S. It was nice to have a captive audience for once.
  3. Not likely, but my 12/31/2016 purchase hasn't yet been delivered. Thanks!
  4. Thanks. Yes, there is a huge amount of masking. I counted around 200 pieces for the white flake application alone. I am old school. Make do with what I have, skills and materials. Determination is a great asset., as well. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. I learned a long time ago to - "Plan Your Work, and Work Your Plan" - You can't fail, but only successfully administer a faulty plan.
  5. Here is a project that I have been progressing for about two years. I bought a used maroon Mapex Pro M kit at Tacoma Guitar Center, and began working on the paint project in spring 2015. Having limited resources from a fixed income, the lacquer project extended into cold humid weather, which postponed it's completion. Spring of 2016 I was able to complete the color portion of the project, but unable to continue with the clear coat. The drums were sanded to bare wood, interiors masked, and painted white lacquer. The white was masked and the red stripes were applied, re-masked and the blue was applied. The red and blue colors are micro flake added to clear lacquer, not a colored paint. The application of white micro flake to the stars and white stripes, required much masking time. It may be hard to notice in the pics, but I tried to present a gradual faded effect across the set, with the 10" tom being the most faded. This graduation is more apparent in person. This is my live kit, so I am hoping to complete the clear coat this spring. A deep clear coat should bring out the shine of the flake colors much better, while adding luster also. I haven't painted the snare drum, as I wish to replace it. When it's all said and done, more gets said than done.
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