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  1. i go thru my jazz (fusion) phases, jaco, brecker brothers, weather report, and yes, even chick. i can appreciate good music, but that doesn't necessarily make me wanna play it.

     

    the only stuff that really got me was michel camilo. amazing band, all the way around. you wanna talk excitement? that guy can lead a band, and it always looks like everyone is having so much fun.

  2. Rodent: In an inconspicuous place, take some "bar keepers friend" on a micro fiber cloth (wet) and try to see if the pitting comes off. Bar Keepers Friend is a best kept secret for cleaning cymbals (You don't even have to "rub" it in, just having the wet power touch the service removes light oxidation. It is gentle enough that I have used it on the paint of my truck to remove scuffs (without scratching).

     

    Try behind the throw-off first just to make sure you are applying the right amount of pressure as to not affect the surface.

     

    Hope this helps.

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    how does that compare to brasso?

  3. as for the brass, i've not cleaned drums specifically, but other bad brass i've used paint/varnish stripper, then vinegar. anything stubborn, i've been told to boil some vinegar and submerge the piece. keep in mind ventilation is the key, as boiling vinegar is pretty strong. after all of that, toothbrush scrubbin' (with or without toothpaste,) is the call.

  4. tape, man, tape. same thing happened, but i was using one of those plastic pieces instead of string. anyway, it broke , i finished the song w/o snares, then slapped a couple of pieces of duct tape to the snares, to the bottom of the head. not perfect, but plenty of buzz, and it finished out the set.

  5. i started traditional then my next instructor made me play matched.

     

    there really is something to be said about finger control, especially starting out. too easy to tighten up when playing hard/loud.

  6. the only thing i can add is you get what you pay for. i needed wires once and sprung for the good ones. man, what a difference it made from the stock steel wires. much more pronounced and sensitive. it feels like robbery to pay 25-30 bucks for a set, but imo, it's worth it.

  7. i agree with the steel drums sounding like crap. mine is a yamaha that came with my lower level kit when i was 16. 14x6.5, or something. anyway, i never played it and was gonna scrap it until i decided to mod it. it made it a new drum.

     

    forgive me, old guys, who have heard this story before.

     

    anyway, i stripped the drum and painted the inside with a full can of that spray rubber stuff. it worked very well. it still sounds like a steel drum, but the ring has been cut considerably. since then, i've found crap snares like that at flea markets, etc, for $5 or so and applied the same treatment. so, basically, for about $15/drum, i've made really nice sounding drums, and sold them for about $40-$60 per drum. not bad return.

  8. i agree.

     

    personally, i find a lot of metal snares too ringy. i should note i haven't played brass so much. i have a metal snare that i didn't like, did some mods and it sounds pretty damn good now. by far, the best metal snare i've ever played was copper.

     

    bottom line is, i'm stuck in the cheap snare world. my 12" is a premier too, i think i paid about $150.

  9. there's a reason for any flavor, imo. but, for the most part, i tune about in the middle.

     

    i have a 12" main snare i tune pretty low (but not so low that i get muddy ghost notes.

    my 14" i tune higher for better rebound.

     

    depending on depth, you can get all kinds of tunings you wouldn't expect. in fact, that's how that 12" ended up being my main. it's 7" deep and is NOT timbale sounding at all. holds different tunings pretty well, imo.

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