What do non-drummers say about your gear?

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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 5:34 am

Greetings, everyone :)

We have some threads here about what we think of our gear, what we think of other drummers' gear...but I'm curious: what do other musicians say to you - if anything - about your equipment? I'm thinking along the lines of:

- comments from other musicians non-drummers, non-percussionists) in your band
- comments you get from other musicians who are in the audience
- requests for certain bits of gear ("Hey, bring that piccolo snare next time...", or "Do you REALLY have to use that china cymbal?")
- comments about tuning ("Your toms sustain too much...your toms don't sustain long enough...")

Or anything else along these lines. Or, if you don't ever get any comments, please share that as well.

If you care to share anything on this topic, please also mention the context(s) of these comments - recording sessions vs. live performances vs. jam sessions vs. rehearsals, the styles of music you play, etc. I'm just curious to compare how we view our equipment, vs. how our peers view our equipment.

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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:34 am

I weigh 320 pounds, they ask me if I need a beer.. :twisted:
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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 7:25 am

Lets see..... Here's a few live questions:

Can't you just play a 3 piece kit?

Do you have to have so many cymbals?

Your bass drum head is really cool!

Your ride cymbal is LOUD!

I thought you were getting in on the other side. (anyone else get that one?)

You didn't bring the cowbell?

Is that cymbal new?

I don't think I've ever played with someone that noticed tom sustain or a difference in my snare sounds. It would be nice to have someone notice the things we do, just hasn't happened to me yet.

Fact is, I switched from a starclassic birch kit with a 20" kick (indigo blue) to a mapex pro M with a 24" kick (black) and we had been at the club for over an hour before our guitar player noticed.

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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:52 am

the most often from all non-drummer people (especially girls :>) is "you have a nice colorful set of drum" :)
as far as musician's comments it usually is something like "dude, does that cymbal have to be SO loud?" ;]
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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:02 pm

I always get from the girls...
"do drummers really do it in rhythm???"
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Post Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:21 pm

live shows:
i love ur china how many diff sounds u get from it!

ur wood is warped [i know stupid!]

i like the way ur toms sustan n have alot of attack

ur snare sounds weird without the band...but with the band it sounds like a cak..[love that one! all in the tuning fellas!]

i like the big red shiney set of banging drums u bang on! n ur cute too! [:D]

the heads to make the difference!!!

ur style changes when u play live from recording

ur cymbals dont cover the band i like it!

jam out sessions:
ur toms always sound good man...its the heads!

ur bass sounds beautiful!!!

ever since u got those evans heads wow...

just hit the shit outta ur cymbals man...

ur wood is warped [damn haters! its just the lacquor! the inside is kool!!!!]

man...alot more stuff has been said but meh im lazy!!! thats y i love largo!!!!! :D
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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:45 am

The one that I usualy get is... "Do you honestly need all that?"

And my kit isn't even that large!

I hopefully will have pictures soon and a performance so you guys will understand more
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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:29 am

Nice kit..why is it backwards?

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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:14 am

"Why do you have so much stuff??"

"There's no way you'll ever use all of that stuff."

"So I see you're an eBay junky....."

"I love the sound of your snare."

"I got a fever, and the only cure is more cowbell."

"Looks like you've got a fever and the only cure is more cowbell."

"Do you always come in to sit behind your kit from the same side?"

"Can't you turn them down??"

"So what happens when you finally have everything you need? Then what are you going to buy?"

"Holy shit! I've spent less than that on a frickin' car!"

"Can't you muffle them just a little bit?"

"I don't care what you say, we're going to have to take the front head off the kick." (Grrrrrr! Clearly a very lazy and/or inexperienced engineer if I've ever met one.)

And my personal favorite:

"You have to tune drums??"
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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:24 pm

I always get...we cant record w/ in here because of those loud ass drums, your set is too small, get some more toms...then after i play...wow u really can rock that three piece haha...ive got the "you can tune drums?" from ppl too...and i wish i could get the "do drummers do it in rhythm?" haha
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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:01 pm

When I gig out with my vintage Premier kit I get tons of comments because they're beautiful. When I first started gigging with my Gretsch Renown Maple, I didn't get as many comments from people who would come out to see us. It's a nice kit, but the cherry red doesn't jump out the way the tiger wrap on the Premier's does.

My lead singer notices the tonal differences between the two kits because he listens to everything.
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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:07 pm

So I must be the only drummer who's band dosent notice jack shit. haha!

I put a new head on my snare to see if I could dabble with the ghost notes and more accented hits, but I couldnt get the head to sound good and it was getting lost when we played, and nobody even noticed it.

And lastnight at practice I decided to test their awareness again and hit my 8 inch tom every time I was supposed to hit the snare...nobody even looked. It was a sad day.
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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:29 pm

lets see.

'the tops of your drums are all beat up'

'why are your sticks chipped?'

'thats fucking loud, can you pay lighter?'

'haha u make a funny face when u drum'(only non-musicians notice the drummer face)

musicians (non drummers)

'dude when i get near your kick it fucking pushes me back'

'could u stop keeping time on the crash? i think i need an advil'

'dude play that thing people play when somebody makes a joke'

'dude i didnt make that crack in your hi-hat!' (right after i watch them)

yeah, lotta stuff
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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:21 pm

"Haha... that cymbal is SO loud"


"Why'd you replace the sweet Joey Jordison head?"

"I like all the stickers on your bass drum... tool, system of a down, etc."

"Just play really fast double bass for a really long time"

"So, how much in debt are you now?"

"Do you really use all of that?"

"Why do you have that little cymbal?"

"You always look expressionless when you play drums"

"Those are some shiny drums. Shiny and theres a lot of them"


"Dude two basses is for douchebags"

"Slipknot sucks"

And my personal favorite - "Nice"
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Post Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:34 pm

1. "Those are some awesome looking drums!"
2. "Love the front heads!"
3. "What kind of cymbals are those?"
4. "Can I jam on your drumset?" (NO!)
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