Cocktail drums – first gig

8×5 snare , 10×5 tom, 15×24 bass, 10″ hihats, 15″ crashride.
Worked pretty well for my friend’s wedding yesterday. The wooden church acoustics certainly helped.

The bass sounded especially good, high ceilings ftw.

Right leg took some getting used to.

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The 3 buckle still holding up well. It’s good that everything fits inside a hockey bag.

Fun fact : The modification to the drum was done with help from the groom’s dad last year. Thanks Uncle Mok!

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Best acoustics.

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One practice only … Time to wing it
tomorrow
#makebackgroundnoises

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First show with spd-s

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Have to work on my stationary dance moves..

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On the menu this week

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Playing reinforcement

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Cleaned supra

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Even with the ripped bottom it still sounds like a supra!

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Supra!

Bringing this back from storage.
Serial # 686469… From 1969.
ludalloy shell, steel hoops.
14×5 size. Classic.

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Spent 10 minutes and cleaned up one panel using only chrome polish. Looks pretty good. Very slight pitting.

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The before shot.

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Ludwig branded original snares.

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Butt

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Muffler knob

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Inside, original screws and tension rods all around

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The other panel looks like this. Same condition as the panel I cleaned.

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Ludwig throw, the handle is perfectly straight.

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Slight rust on tension rods and hoops.

Time to clean this up!

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TD – 4 its a toy

4 .. For Practice .
Nice sounds, but the pads and the frame is very limiting.

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Tape tape tape

Don’t know what the guys at PDP were thinking, lime green and wood definitely don’t go together.

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Black it is! With a little lime left as pseudo pinstripe.

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Ahhh much better.

Should I do the inside too?

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Farewell matte black

So a while back I bought a bunch of Yamaha Stage Custom Nouveau stray toms and lugs online and put them on my Tempus kit for moar lightness , and have even done a few shows with it. But since then the Yamaha shells (12, 13, 14, 18) had been sitting in my storage unloved and it always bugged me to let a decent set of drums go to waste. It didn’t help neither that the Yamaha Nouveau lugs , although were very light, were made to accomodate thicker drum shells and required extra washers to fit onto the Tempus 3mm shell, which took a big hit on the weight savings.

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A few months went by and I finally decided to swap the lugs back to their original spot, and it was time to say goodbye to the Stage Customs.

It would’ve been a nice 12″-14″-18″ jazz kit with an extra 13″ tom, but initially the 14″ floor tom was a wine red lacquer and nobody would buy that thing. A few weeks went by and someone offered good money for the 18″ so I took it. Bye bye 18″ You were great in all those years at the studio.

The 12, 13, and 14″ stayed with me for another month or so, along with a stray 22″ YD series kick, until I decided to try to find a similar wrap and match them up for an easier sell. Ebay delivered! I found wrap that was a near perfect match, including the matte and textured finish. It was only a shade more glossy, but you can’t tell unless you put a light to it the right way.
From this…
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To this…
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Not bad at all.

Two months later and they were picked up by a nice New Zealand chap to add to his existing Yamaha set.

Bye bye Yamaha !

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White or Black?

Not sure whether to go with the golf theme or the grave digger variant.. (I’m missing some purple i know i know)

Thoughts?

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