drumur wrote:One thing we have to keep in mind...we shouldn't judge a brand if we aren't the one who tuned it. I have played on high-end kits that were either at a gig where there was more than one band or even at a music store. Not knowing how to tune can make a high-end kit sound like sh!t.
I played a gig on this one guy's DWs and his tom lugs were "finger-tight." I guess you know that they didn't sound good.
About a month ago I played on a Pearl Masters Maple Custom with EC2s on it. Again the guy had no idea how good these drums could sound. I just had to bear with it.
Then, if you go to a music store(I'm not referring to yours, Garrett because you probably know how to tune) most of the time nobody at the store knows how to make the drums sound the way they can sound.
The point is, unless you own the drums and have tuned them(assuming you know how to tune) then I guess you can't judge cause I know if I got my hands on them DWs or Pearl Masters Maple Custom, they would have sang.
Too right. When I started working there pretty much everyone could tune but I was the last to leave who could. Now you're lucky to find a kit that's tuned really nicely. I think one of the differences is that when I worked there we were allowed to play on the kits and when I left they were really cracking down on that. So, of course, we all wanted the drums to sound good for when we sat down. Seriously though, I took pride in sending a well tuned kit out the door.
And I always tell people that if they want to compare drums they have should do it side by side with the drums tuned similarly. It's just not a fair comparison otherwise. One day at the store Mike Johnston gave me a 10" Rocket Shell tom to play around with one day, after he'd just gotten sponsored by them, and compare with a DW birch when they first came out. Mike used to and once again endorses DW. I put them right next to each other tuned exactly the same and played on them for a while. At first I was like, "yeah, that thing sings" but next to the DW it sounded good but lifeless. You could tune it out the wazoo and it was loud as hell, but it still lacked the warmth of wood.