Do you let other drummers play on your kit?

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Post Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:43 pm

What can I do, My band plays alot of weddings and such. Their
seems to always be some one in the family of the Bride and Groom
who "PLAYS THE DRUMS" so my band plays a Beach Boys or Beatles tune and everyone is happy (and drunk most of the time)
Except for me. This is why I bring my MAPEX kit to these type if
gigs. Iguess it is ok if they get beat up a little,but I still don't like it.
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Post Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:46 pm

When playing small shows, it's difficult to justify pickiness over who uses who's drum-kit, especially when one considers time constraints. That said, other drummers have hurt my kits in the past, and it still pisses me off when i see those marks on the bass drum. :x

There's nothing like knowing you're the only one that's playing your kit or that your kit will be exactly as it was during soundcheck. One less thing to worry about on stage...
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Post Fri Dec 22, 2006 6:16 pm

unfortunately i do alot of headlining shows which means i have to lend parts of my kit out apart from the more personal stuff like cymbals, snare pedals ect..... i hate it n ive had bad experiences with it. i always tell the drummers to take it easy its mic'd up it doesnt need beating the crap out of. but sometimes you gotta realise it isnt the drummer you gotta watch out for. i had an incident where a bass player from a supporting band put a foot up on my bass drum n kick off n jumped off it!!!!! i couldnt beleive it i prayed to god it wasnt damaged. lucky it wasnt the leg embedded itself into the ground instead of bending!!!! but now i tell the band they will treat my kit with respect coz its more than they can afford n they wont get away without paying i can assure them.
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Post Sat Dec 23, 2006 1:33 am

I only let people who are around my height play my kit. Those tall fucker put dents everywhere in all the heads.
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Post Sun Dec 24, 2006 9:34 pm

I go on tour all the time, and don't have enough money to bring two of everything with me, so if something breaks, I've got to ask to borrow something. It's times like those that I realize that being a stuck up prick and super defensive about your stuff is going to make you look like an ass when a band that's better than yours is on stage with shitty equipment that breaks. I'll always lend my stuff out to fellow drummers because that's happened to me before. Plus it's generally just a nice thing to do. I've stripped the torque bar of my Iron Cobra out and haven't had a chance to replace it, but luckily it's the most prevalent pedal out there, and I'll pretty much always be able to find a nice kid to let me use one. I couldn't let that kind of kindness go unpaid though. That could be because of the kind of music I play, us hardcore/metal kids are a little less stingy with our stuff (it's also probably worth a lot less).

But yeah, point is, don't be an ass about your stuff unless you want to come off as an ass. and don't do that either, because it's not going to help your career.
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Post Mon Dec 25, 2006 1:13 am

Letting another drummer borrow something (Because he's in a bind) and letting some schmuck from the crowd play your kit are two very different things I think though.
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Post Mon Dec 25, 2006 5:44 pm

i guess i really have to trust the person really. but most of the time i dont like it when most people sit behind my kit or help me break it down or anything...
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Post Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:37 am

The Heel wrote:Letting another drummer borrow something (Because he's in a bind) and letting some schmuck from the crowd play your kit are two very different things I think though.

well yeah, I don't go to/host many open mic jams. The only reason I'd use something that wasn't mine was because mine was either absent or broken. I know for sure when I get my new snare I'll be reluctant to let some one use it, but I play pretty hard, so if it can stand up to me, it can take anything. =p
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Post Tue Dec 26, 2006 4:34 am

Yeah I'm alright them playing my kit but I'm not too great at using it for gigs. It's only a starter set and my heads havn't been changed for months cause I can't afford it. The last thing I want is some newbie hardhitter smashing it up then declaring it was like that when he got there. Hmph.
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Post Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:25 am

The Heel wrote:
Besides that, I would assess that 75% of the people who have asked me to sit in can't play the tune they sat in for, and 50% of them can't play to save their lives, and usually just turn a crowd off.

Ya, I had that happen a time or 2 and now I don't let anyone "sit in" for a song unless I know them very well (prime example, our guitarist's old band's drummer.....always respectful, plays well, etc......he can sit in....but a neighbor of mine who's been playing as long as me butchers "tulsa time" so badly one night, he won't be "sitting in" anymore). Drunks? NEVER! But opening acts are welcome to use my kit, there's a reason they've made it this far, and they are usually quite respectful...I had a opening act with a lefty the other night....He brought his own kit, but the lazy ass sound guys wanted to just have him switch it all around. He didn't move mem locks or anything, just reversed the kit and slightly adjusted the tom angle. I'm no primadonna rockstar or anything, it didn't take 2 mins to re-adjust and he was super nice, as well as a good drummer. Sharing a kit is a good way to meet people and make new friends as well, so don't bitch, just play....and remember, the soundguys can make you sound great, or they can be real assholes and not work with you if you don't work with them and give them an attitude. It's rare, but if you piss one off enough, they can really screw your band over sound-wise and of course in the end, the club takes his word because they've known him longer.
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Post Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:36 pm

Well the only time that ever happens is at a gig when there is lots of using happening i,e amps etc. But at that point no changes to the setup made and there own cymbals and snare used.
And obviously any damage is paid for.
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Post Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:43 pm

I used to play in a cover band, and when drummer friends of mine would come by to see the shows, I'd be more willing to let them sit in and play a song or two on my kit (since I knew them of course) than now, that I'm with an original band. If it was just some random drunk person, my stock answer was always no lol. Unless I knew them, and knew they could play.
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Post Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:42 pm

Last time I lent my kit was at a very hot club in soCal ( the kind where your soaked after the first song), the drummer played in his boxers on my cloth rockin sock seat
soooooo lame...I still have that dudes ass sweat in my seat..
Im over it now, but I think that was the ultimate in disrespect
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Post Fri Dec 29, 2006 12:58 pm

I used to let my friends play them when they came over because they were just oh so fascinated by them and had urges to BANG on them as hard and brutally as possible.. since then i get shivers from someone else just stroking a cymbal =S but the drummers who I know are actually good, not overly violent and know what they're doing, them I don't mind playing my kit as long as im in the same room.. i'm overprotective, it is afterall my baby =)
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Post Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:34 pm

i mean if i know the other drummer really well and i want him to play on my set, then i'll let him.
but sometimes i get the feeling that other drummers try to be better than me on my own set and that pisses me off!
i usually dont let other drummers on, unless i really reallyknow them and i like them.
good topic by the way