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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:07 am

I'll always let people play on my kit...Just because I know they're not gonna hit harder than me! :D
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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:03 am

Nobody else uses my kit except my bandmates or a few select individuals i've toured with (and that's only for soundchecks so I can hear the kit from the front of house).
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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:19 am

I share my kit all the time. Most of the clubs around here are small. They have 4 and 5 band bills and dont have the storage space for that much gear. Gear sharing is encouraged and Drum sharing is insisted on. If you wont agree to share kits, you wont play these places again. I find the attitude that "no one but me can touch my kit" or "I wont use any kit but mine" frustrating. I understand most of the issues involved but its all circumstnacial. There are some instances, our club scene being one, where it is just not feasible for every drummer to use their own kit. Each drummer supplies his own snare, pedal, sticks and cymbals. I usually will take my throne too. I dont like using someone elses kit but thats just the reality of the situation, in my area. There was a night that I was so pissed at this drummer. We played a show. We headlined. 5 bands on the bhill and every other band used my gear....except the one right before us. He just HAD to use his kit. They took almost 45 minutes to get on stage cause we now had to draqg my kit off stage and set his all up from scratch. It was retarded. I use a Tama Rockstar 4 piece kit. 2 crash, ride, china and hats. He used the EXACT SAME setup! It was just plain stupid to use his own kit on that situation. I understand if you use a 15 piece setup and the house kit is a 4 piece but other than that I just dont get it.


I just want to comment on the posts about guitar players not sharing their amps or axes. My guitar players are quick to let someone use their amp or borrow someone elses. As far as guitars go if someone busts a string theyre right there holding out their axe so no one has to wait for a restring. Granted, the guitars usually only get lent to guys we know.
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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 9:04 am

Call me Gideon wrote:I share my kit all the time. Most of the clubs around here are small. They have 4 and 5 band bills and dont have the storage space for that much gear. Gear sharing is encouraged and Drum sharing is insisted on. If you wont agree to share kits, you wont play these places again. I find the attitude that "no one but me can touch my kit" or "I wont use any kit but mine" frustrating. I understand most of the issues involved but its all circumstnacial. There are some instances, our club scene being one, where it is just not feasible for every drummer to use their own kit. Each drummer supplies his own snare, pedal, sticks and cymbals. I usually will take my throne too. I dont like using someone elses kit but thats just the reality of the situation, in my area. There was a night that I was so pissed at this drummer. We played a show. We headlined. 5 bands on the bhill and every other band used my gear....except the one right before us. He just HAD to use his kit. They took almost 45 minutes to get on stage cause we now had to draqg my kit off stage and set his all up from scratch. It was retarded. I use a Tama Rockstar 4 piece kit. 2 crash, ride, china and hats. He used the EXACT SAME setup! It was just plain stupid to use his own kit on that situation. I understand if you use a 15 piece setup and the house kit is a 4 piece but other than that I just dont get it.


I just want to comment on the posts about guitar players not sharing their amps or axes. My guitar players are quick to let someone use their amp or borrow someone elses. As far as guitars go if someone busts a string theyre right there holding out their axe so no one has to wait for a restring. Granted, the guitars usually only get lent to guys we know.


Exactly. Sometimes it is just not feasible to use your own kit, and that's the reality of it. If you want to INSIST that you use your own kit, like the guy Gideon had going on before him, don't expect to be asked to play by those bands again, or possibly the club. Unless you're a national touring act, and your rider specifies the use of your own kit, learning to adapt to using other people's kits will make your life a lot easier.
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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:52 am

No cause some drummers talk shit about how your set up is.
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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:02 pm

Yeah i bring my practice 5-piece to certain events.. for simplicity.. but they must provide throne, sticks, brass and pedals.. BINGO! In fact on the 20th of October, i will be setting the stage with that kit again for the below...... if any of ya'll are in the neighborhood.. do drop by

Saturday October 20th
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2600 N. 6th St. (Hwy 77).
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7pm - 1am


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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 2:38 pm

I've let some drummers I already knew use my kit reluctantly before and have had good and bad results. I usually only will let someone I know play my kit anyway, but I hardly ever let anyone. I feel like - I've spent 1,000's of dollars on my equipment and taken my time to learn and grow, why should I let someone who isn't as passionate play my set?

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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:42 pm

who cares. maybe you'll learn something. If they start messing with memory locks, different story. Otherwise, they are drums...meant to be hit hard (or soft). But anybody who is anal about that shit is weird in my opinion.

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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:01 pm

My band has alot of openers at shows that require my kit, as always if we are in touch with the opening band I always request the the usual snare, cymbals, and pedal but sometimes other guys have their own agendas and bring whatever, I had one cat who needed to use my sticks!!!! I'm not fond of the whole situation but what do you do?
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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:33 pm

I don't mind especially if the person asks to adjust before just doing it. I'm a big guy and i know my set up is gonna be different from a smaller persons preference. The guy who taught me the basics of drumming was my manager at BK and he was about 5' 2" and I'm 6' 4" and he taught me on his kit and needless to say I had to adjust it and he did the same when he played my kit. Also, all I ask out of people who play my kit is that you be nice, I don't care how hard you hit your kit...this is my kit and its a different story.
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Post Fri Oct 12, 2007 7:20 pm

i let ppl use my kit, mainly cos im to lazy to move it lol

but i wont let ppl use it if i know they r bad or somthing, like if they use thick sticks, cos my cymbols are only thin i wont let them id take my cymbols off

but depending on the person i have no problem with them playing my kit, if i am sure they are harmless that is
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Post Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:16 am

usually no, not ever, and not because i'm selfish but i don't like other drummers moving my set-up around, then i have to re-adjust everything later for myself, and if someone breaks something on my kit i want it to be me, you feel me... however i have a select couple of drummers i would let hit up my kit if they needed it bad at a gig...one is my buddy Doug from Kavena rock on big dawg!!! :shock: hey i don't mind someone using my practice kit but not my studio kit except the few i really trust
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Post Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:01 am

I do not let other drummers use my kit... It is with my experience that I have noticed that most drummers do not actually care about their own drumkits, so carin about someone else's seems more unlikely to them. Plus, they tend to figure that it isn't their kit they are messing with and lay into with all their might whilst you stand idly by cringing and squinting at what they are doing to your baby... So, even if I know the person, I won't let them play mine...