Hello all. Just discovered this forum, have read over it, and am anxious to join in on the drumming conversations. I'm 36 years old and have been playing off and on since around age 6. Only recently has my fire for drums returned with a VENGEANCE!! I FINALLY purchased my first new kit. I'v been playing my Dad's Pearls that he bought when he was 15, back in 1962. Yes, those jewels have made it this long. I'v outgrown them, though, as I'v joined a band with some friends of mine. My early influences were Peter Cris, Steve Gadd, Ringo Starr, Alex Van Halen, and Neil Peart. If that sounds all over the road, well, it is. I love all kinds of music, and enjoy playing everthing from jazz to metal. I look forward to learning from and conversing with what appears to be a talented group of fellow drummers.