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Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Bottom Heads
« Last post by Chris Whitten on August 06, 2015, 02:47 AM »
Hi All.
When did drummers start to use resonant (specific) heads?
I just can't quite remember when I first started as a pro, but I think we used to install a plain (batter) Ambassador on the bottom of our toms.
I'm thinking about exploring that sound, and wondered if Ambassador's top and bottom on toms would sound OK.
Heads are expensive, so I didn't want to go for it unless I understand what the outcome might sound like.
Shameless Self-Promotion / Published in Modern Drummer
« Last post by Jeff Johnson on August 04, 2015, 11:54 PM »
I am extremely exited to share my news!  I have a series of three articles in Modern Drummer magazine starting this month (Sept. issue - they are ahead by a month). Subscribers should already have the issue. It ships to the news stands today, although it may take a day or so to hit the shelves.  This month's article deals with single stroke roll development.

I have been reading Modern Drummer since 1986 and am honored to have my writing published!]

For updates on future issues, be sure to check my website or facebook page.


Terri Lyne Carrington's hotly anticipated new CD, the second installment of 'The Mosaic Project' but with a stronger R&B influence features an all-star group of female musicians.

Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Tension rod locks...suggestions?
« Last post by Matthew Warwick on July 16, 2015, 07:09 PM »
I guess I'll have to try it out when I replace the heads next. The snare came with a Remo Ambassador SS, which is good, but I replaced the Evans Genera Dry with an Ambassador X-14. It works fine, but it's a bit thick and has a tad more ring than I need for my Free Floater Snare. I have to use 2 moongels near the edge to control it and I can't tune it down past a certain point or else it starts to resonate like a tom. I think I'll go back to the trusty 'ol Remo CS Reverse Dot Coated, maybe the X model of that (with an Aquarian CC SS on bottom). I have to wait a bit though since I've got some other stuff I need to focus on paying for (like student loan paybacks, lol!).

I'll PM you with my experience of it once I'm able to replace the heads.
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Tension rod locks...suggestions?
« Last post by Bill Bachman on July 16, 2015, 11:34 AM »
Hi Matthew! It's actually very simple--no extra threads or work involved.

Buy 12-24 thread nuts (in stainless steel so they'll stay looking nice), they'll cost about $.11 each. Unscrew a tension rod and then screw the nut on and reassemble such that the nut is on the rod in between the rim and the "nut" in the lug casing. (The "nut" in the lug casing is the metal piece the rod threads into--or the top of your free floating drum's post with the threads.) Once the drum is tuned exactly where you want it tighten the 12-24 nut tight using a 7/16" wrench against the nut in the lug casing (you may want to hold the rod up top with a key while doing this). At this point one nut is tightened up against the other on the tension rod which prevents it from turning/loosening. And that's it! With a broken in head the sound will stay exactly where you left it.

I keep a little wrench in my stick bag just in case, though loosening up the lug with a key will usually unlock the nut.

I've punched in a week after recording something having played all week and the drum sounded exactly the same. I've tried other methods & "lug lock" types of products and none have really done the job. The nut job (hey, I like that!) is the perfect simple solution.

Nut job!
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Tension rod locks...suggestions?
« Last post by Bart Elliott on July 15, 2015, 08:42 PM »
I've sent a message to Bill Bachman, who is a member of this forum, to see if he might chime in and further explain his suggestion, which you mentioned.

As far as other products ... there are a lot of different products on the market, many of which work very well ... so pick one and try it; find out what works best for you. I have successfully used LugLocks for decades, but they can be a pain to mess with if you put them on every lug, so I just use them on the problem tension rods.
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Tension rod locks...suggestions?
« Last post by Matthew Warwick on July 15, 2015, 06:05 PM »
I was lucky enough last fall to find a Pearl 14"x6.5" Maple Free Floater, so I brought it along with me to each of the three weeks I've played at Christian camps so far this summer. I love how it looks and sounds, and I have literally gotten nothing but positive feedback on both of those aspects of it. Something I've noticed that is apparently an issue for MANY others is that when doing rimshots, the nearest lug to where the stick hits likes to detune a bit every few songs.

There seem to be A LOT of products out there designed to prevent this. I even ran across a post by Bill Bachmann on the drummer world forum about his own method. I'm just not sure what would work best. Who here has used these products and which are the best in your opinion?

To be honest, Bill's idea sounds awesome, but I need a slightly better explanation of how it works than I found on that other forum. It almost seems like it would just be adding another set of threads for the rod to screw into. How exactly would this particular method keep threads from unscrewing?
General Board / Semantic Listening Experiment
« Last post by Antonio Pinto on July 09, 2015, 05:09 PM »
Hi all!

I'm here to ask for your participation in a Online Drum Semantic  Listening Experiment. This experiment is part of a series of tasks connected with my master in Sound and Music Computing (@MTG-UPF]  ), which comes under the Project GiantSteps - Seven League Boots for Music Creation and Performance (] ). In summary, we’re trying to discover how we can use semantic information to characterize drums’ sounds (and eventually enable the use of  this kind of features in DAW’s or similar gear). 

Beforehand, I apologize this spam inconvenience, but even so I would be very appreciated if you could spare a moment of your time, and participate in this experiment, until next monday:]    

If you have any question or comment don't hesitate to contact me.
Thanks in advance !!!

General Board / Re: outof print Joe Morello books
« Last post by Pat Brooks on July 02, 2015, 03:41 PM »
Thanks for the information. As it turns out I was able to score the book from another source. Which is just as well as I always get carried away when bidding on EBay.
The book is fantastic, it contains nine very accurate( to my ear ) solo transcriptions
plus many four measure breaks. I love this book, somebody should get it back in print.
General Board / Re: outof print Joe Morello books
« Last post by Larry Lawless on June 29, 2015, 08:14 PM »
Here's some info about the book:]

I used to have a copy about 30 years ago, have no idea what happened to it. I mainly remember the solos, which are transcriptions of Joe playing on those tunes. I would go for it.
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