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You tease.

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I will say I'm awaiting new hardware from Yamaha I'll officially be a hexrack II user, direct drive kick pedal, toggle link hi hat stand, and their top of the line snare stand.  And ideally all my aquarian heads will be here when I pickup the drums Thursday.  (So I just won't have hardware or the bass drum head graphics done) but I assure you all there will be drool worthy drum porn.

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Is that the FP9500D or the DFP9500D?  I'll be interested to see what you think about that.  I'm going to have to get a new pedal if I want to play fast again.  The cam on the older Mapex and the Raptor stuff is just too long of an arm.  The Yamaha stuff looks good too.

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I already have the fp9500d and love it to date my favorite kick pedal behind my old flying dragon direct drive.  I liked the falcon direct drive but no where near as much as the two yamahas.  They have a perfect balance for my foot of accuracy with a touch of power.  

At least in my opinion one of the most underrated or least mentioned kick pedals on the market.  I've played axis, trick, Ludwig speed kings, and dw machined direct drives in addition to the falcon and I felt the Yamaha was the best of the bunch.  Of course it's all gonna depend on personal technique, preferences and expectations but definitely worth trying.

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I learned on a Speed King and I've had a few Axis pedals.  I've tried a Demon Drive and the lower Trick pedal.  And obviously I have the Raptors.  All I've heard about the new Yamaha is that it's not as nice as the older Flying Dragon stuff, and that people keep playing their older pedals instead of buying new ones.  I liked the Axis A pedals, but they can feel a bit DIY in some aspects.  They have upgraded or adapted several things since I've had them.  Right now, I'm leaning towards getting another Axis since I can convert them from double to two singles easily, but I'll have to look more heavily at the Yamaha.  The Falcon isn't an inexpensive pedal when you add two DD kits to it, and the DD kits don't seem to be readily available.  Maybe I can find a used Yamaha to try out and resell if I don't think it's the best fit for me.  Much lower loss of cash that way.

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Yeah exactly I like everything my new Yamaha pedal does I don't have both to side by side but let's just say I don't feel like I'm missing anything.  I can also vouch for the older ones being excellent and they do tend to pop up used often enough that it'd be a low risk experiment if it wasn't your cup of tea.

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Oh I forgot you weren't a fan of the hexrack II sticks.  I just like that it's lightweight and the finish isn't deterring from my drums.  Out of pearl, tama, Gibraltar, dw, and Mapex hardware that I've used, sold, owned over the years I find Yamaha stuff to be my favorite for reliability, replacement parts available, durability and being relatively lightweight.  

My current Gibraltar and DW that I had before Mapex stuff were both just such a pain to lug around.  

This is my first rack system so I tried to do my due diligence and research ahead of time.  

 

Hopefully you'll at least appreciate the new drums when I get them setup and do a photo shoot.  

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Homeboy teases by busting out his hardwood right off the bat.

Is that a Saturn III?

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Birch/Walnut SE

Let's just say I had excellent timing/a complete fluke.  Mapex found this kit 1 of 28 in that finish and the last new in box Birch/walnut Saturn from 2012 in their warehouse recently and I stumbled upon it at drummer superstore in Indiana.

I traded in my Meridian Birch monster and my vintage maple kits and decided it was time to do it right.

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Holy shit man!  That's awesome!  My local shop had one of those in a different finish for a while.  They sound awesome.  That set is a keeper for sure.

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Been looking to downsize and upgrade and this is perfect for me I've always loved Birch and saturns.  Plus it'll go great with the Mayan black panther snare

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You sure you want to spoil that beautiful kit on a Yamaha Hexrack? :)  I have two of the Limited edition Saturn kits, and they are great.  Congratulations.  

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Thanks yeah I'm very excited but in a way almost afraid to do anything but admire them.

I may be picking up another maple/walnut Saturn 3 10-12-14-20 configuration from a friend whose about to get another kit.  If we end up doing that deal that kit will probably be bumwrapped and turned into my gigging/traveling kit so I can ensure the limited edition saturns stay pristine.   

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Two kits?  Damn.  Look at you, getting all Saturny and stuff.

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This is just crazy luck cuz I also found a brilliant finish 19" hhx legacy crash.  That saves me a special order from sabian.

My friend feels guilty keeping the saturns he just picked up because he's going to be getting a free sonor sq2 (unlike me downsizing he has quite a few kits and snares in the collection) which is a whole other discussion on jealousy and drum envy.  To be fair he is doing a lot of work for it.  I'm only considering that Saturn III cuz it's such a good deal maybe gonna cost $500.  If I were to do a Mapex armory or small sonor kit for gigging I'd easily spend more on a lesser quality kit.  Not that the armory or small sonors are bad they just aren't in the same league as Saturn iii.

if I do it I'm thinking of doing walnut bass drum hoops and a bumwrap like a matte forest green or possibly mint green/light blue and maybe incorporating a stripe of maple and walnut in the center or something.  Kinda a cool modern take on vintage colors.  I'd be outfitting it with aquarian vintage series heads and going for a warm retro vibe.  

i just really need my Yamaha hardware to finish showing up so I can reheat and get everything proudly displayed.

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You are killing it in drum deals right now man.

How long have you been waiting on Yamaha?  I heard some comments at my local shop within the past year or so about them not selling any Yamaha stuff until they get themselves organized.  I was thinking the company should be sorted out by now.

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So far I've gotten my hi hat, snare stand and the basic rack in.  But some items when I called were on backorder so I transferred from stores that had them already.  The perk of working at a family owned chain.

Just waiting on a cross clamp, 24" curved pipe, additional boom arm and clamp directly from Yamaha.  So I can wrap around by my floor toms for the additional cymbal.

seems like most of their stuff is sorted out now our rep has been by the shop and they seem responsive to emails and calls.  

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Good to hear.  I've never been a big Yamaha fan, but they were HUGE not too long ago.  I hate to see companies shrink that much, or go away altogether.  Also, I need them to stick around long enough to get some bass pedals and a hi-hat stand. ;)

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I hope they don't go anywhere either over the years I'd say they have proven to be one of the best drum hardware companies on the market not to mention some great drums through the years 

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