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DIY / Building & Repair / Re: Help me paint my (future) custom set!
« Last post by Tim Cake on December 29, 2016, 01:08 PM »
DuPont IMRON is a great choice for finishing drums. Many beautiful colors -AND- it has high flexibility which can adapt to the expansion and contraction of drum shells. IMRON is a paint SYSTEM conisting of primer, color coat, clear coat (if desired) and reducer / thinner. You must use the full IMRON system if you want beautiful results. It is expensive, but if appled according to manufacture's instruction will supply a dazzlingly beautiful end product. It is a spray-only system that requires the technician to use a chemical respirator with eye protection, nitrile gloves and tyvek overalls.

That said, I'd recommend you get an auto body shop to spray finish your drums with DuPont IMRON....

Music, Musicians & Musicianship / Alphonse Mouzon Dead at 68
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 27, 2016, 01:36 PM »
I am very saddened to report the passing of Drummer Cafe member and friend, Alphonse Mouzon, who died yesterday, December 25, having lost his battle with Neuroendocrine Carcinoma cancer.
General Board / Re: Drummer Cafe 20 Year Anniversary
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 22, 2016, 10:41 AM »
Thank you all for the kind words and for being a part of the community!
General Board / Re: Drummer Cafe 20 Year Anniversary
« Last post by Alex Sanguinetti on December 21, 2016, 06:21 PM »
Congratulations Bart!

Quite an achievement, the Forum has one of the best plataforms around!

Best regards from Spain!

Alex Sanguinetti (Valencia, Spain)
General Board / Re: Drummer Cafe 20 Year Anniversary
« Last post by Bryan K. Moore on December 21, 2016, 05:46 PM »
Hey Bart, Thanks for keep it going! I've been lurking on here since 2001. I should post more!
Gear / Equipment / Instruments / Re: Help Me With Drumsticks Slipping
« Last post by Bryan K. Moore on December 21, 2016, 05:43 PM »
Hockey Tape. In any colour you can find!
General Board / Drummer Cafe 20 Year Anniversary
« Last post by Bart Elliott on December 21, 2016, 05:02 PM »
Today, December 21, 1996, marks the 20th anniversary for Drummer Cafe, the oldest, longest-standing drum and percussion Internet resource and community, serving for drummers and percussionists around the world.

A big thank you to all of our VIP members and contributors over the years that have helped keep going for the past two decades.
This has become ironic in light of the fact that Universal Percussion has now decided to release a cymbal line called 'SPIZZ,' claiming them to somehow be a legit continuation of the cymbals made by the legendary Italian cymbalsmith, Roberto Spizzichino. Thay are claiming that "Roberto’s legacy lives on under the skilled hands of his Turkish cymbalmaking partners. Scrupulously employing Roberto’s techniques, they are now making a line of superior, collectible-quality cymbals that represent the best possible tribute to Roberto himself: great sound." Unfortunately, they are trying to cash in on Roberto's good name and reputation.

Appropriately, the Spizzichino family is NOT happy about this:

"We are the Spizzichino Family and we are issuing this release in regard to Roberto’s name and legacy. A few days ago it was brought to our attention that the company Universal Percussion was presenting and promoting a new series of cymbals branded "Spizz".

In addition, Universal Percussion was promoting this line as if it were somehow associated with Roberto, his family and his legacy, and have used Roberto’s reputation to further this message. To be clear – while we no longer control the brand name of “Spizz” - any use of Roberto’s name and image is neither authorised nor approved by his family.

The brand "Spizz" (now a registered trademark of Universal Percussion) was originally used by Roberto Spizzichino until 1989. From 1989 onwards, Roberto's cymbals were then branded "R. Spizzichino" and from then on there has been no connection between Roberto and the brand name “Spizz”. The Wuhan/Spizz was a collaboration that lasted only a few months in 1989 and, because Roberto didn't agree with the direction of the product, he decided to sever his ties with the company. At this point, his personal selling prices never reached 1.000USD$ and continued in this fashion up to his death - those who have purchased directly from him can attest to this.

Universal Percussion has represented that it has entered into a relationship with Roberto’s Turkish cymbal supplier. The truth is that, as a cymbal-smith, Roberto acquired blanks from many sources throughout his career, using several foundries in China before eventually switching to Turkish foundries - over the years he used blanks from over ten different Turkish factories.

The ONLY partner that Roberto has ever had, was his wife.

In addition, Roberto's hammering technique was unique and the secret formulas were applied at the finishing stages of the cymbal - a formula known only to him, that changed greatly throughout the years.

Many people have experienced seeing Roberto hammer and turn a blank cymbal into a fully hammered and shaped one, but the secret formulas and concepts applied to his creations happened at the end of the process - in complete secrecy, again a very well-known fact.

Roberto's passion/obsession for cymbals and music is what made him a very special person, musician and cymbal-smith and what helped him developed his unique sound - a sound that cannot be replicated without his exact combination of formulas.

The Spizzichino family has had no contact, involvement or collaboration with Universal Percussion. Universal Percussion has never sought permission or a license to use Roberto’s name and likeness and the family has never agreed to waive any of our rights in this regard.

We, as Roberto's family, deeply miss and treasure his art, so we feel that any allusion to the Spizzichino brand, image and likeness of Roberto are truly heartbreaking, inconsiderate and a careless tribute to his legacy.

We apologise to all of Roberto's clients, fans, followers, family and friends if they have been offended or confused by the association with his name. We intend to explore all of our options to maintain Roberto’s integrity as an artist and to protect our family name from being used to make a profit for others.

The Spizzichino Family "
Technique(s) / Re:Jazz Ride Techniques
« Last post by Bart Elliott on October 25, 2016, 01:12 PM »
Learn the important aspects of jazz time-keeping on the Ride cymbal for medium and up tempo jazz, as well as few time variations between the Ride and Snare drum, with this unique Premium Resource here at the Drummer Cafe.

Jazz Time-Keeping 101 and Beyond
Percussion Parlor / Best pro Doumbek/Darbuka to buy? need help!
« Last post by Jerome Leblanc on September 30, 2016, 09:08 AM »
Hi every one

I am new to this forum and I need some serious advice.

I own presently 3 doumbeks (or Darbuka), and I am doing some small concerts more and more and would like to purchase a better drum.

2 of them are of the Alexandria brand. One is ultra light, the other is covered in faux leather. The third one is in ceramic. I bought it in Morocco for almost nothing (but it nevertheless has amazing sound)

I am looking for something in aluminium of top professionnal sound with sharp contrast for its different sounds (fingerplay, bass, etc.)

It would like to be able to interchange heads also, and for instance use the Remo fishskyn (which I cannot mount on my alexandria drums)

I dont give much attention to the appearance of the doumbek, and therefore I am not willing to pay for mother-of-pearl ones

Are there amongst you professional Doumbek/Darbuka players that could help me and advice me what it is the best drum on the market actually considering my needs?

Thanks a lot!

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