What dreams are made of pt. 2

Continuing from where I left off, here is the rest of my collection. As I only plan on keeping a few special ones, anyone got a suggestion of what to do with them?

I also have a bunch of drum stickers, but I will save that for another post.

Let’s first take a look at what else I have in that pile, shall we?

Starting with two magazines I actually purchased, normally I’d be content just reading them in the local Chapters, but these two are different:

The first one I’ve ever bought. Modern Drummer featuring Jimmy Chamberlin, my biggest influence thus far. Monster chops and technique and a unique jazz approach to hardrock drumming. When you see me keeping time with my left foot or doing some 32nd rolls, that’s Jimmy right there. Well, I try to be, anyway!

The other drum mag that I bought, because it had an article about Tempus Drums – the answer to my dream drumset search. Also the end of my teenage life savings. Rest assure there will be a post about Tempus Drums soon.

And now, onto more brochures!

OCDP – This brochure opens up into a collage of custom snares. No prices and no descriptions, just a slew of all the crazy snares in crazy colours and specs. I think I picked this up from the now closed Pacific Drum Centre. Which was a shame, really, it was the last boutique drum shop in Vancouver, and it offered an amazing array of custom brands. Spaun, RMV, Pork Pie, Tempus, Ayotte, Phattie, Craviotto, Ahead, just to name a few.

Peavy RadialPro1000 – Supposed to sound amazing. But it had a couple things going against it: Premium price, unusual looks, small dealer network and crappy generic hardwares. Which ended up with a topline drumset that looks like a botch job. If anyone is shelling out $3k+ for a top line drumset, it should also look the part too, no?

Sonor – This massive catalogue is 1″ thick. Thanks to all the percussion productions Sonor also carry. I almost bought an 3001 drumset a while back. Good stuff.

Tama – I am using mostly Tama hardwares these days. My experience with these had been better than Pearl’s, and they offer the most choices and configurations for the price.

Yamaha – Being part of a mega company that also makes motorcycles and pianos, their drums have always seemed too mechanical and calculated to me. You can rock out on aLudwig, or a Pearl, but a Yamaha? Go play some keyboards.
However lately I am starting to appreciate the precision in their products. My experience with their hardwares have been great, and there’s high praise for their signature snares. Maybe there is a Jimmy Chamberlin Signature Snare in my future?

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