I plan to buy a 26 X 14 shell and build a bass drum to augment my 22” bass drum. It will probably cost me in the neighborhood of $400 complete using secondhand hardware. Of course I buy all my drum stuff second hand except sticks.
I’m earning enough freelance drumming money this year to justify making a major purchase (I’ll definitely appreciate the tax write-off come January) and am thinking about buying a new kit. After working for the past couple decades on the West Coat blues circuit, I just joined an Eric Clapton tribute band led by my old buddy Kevin Russell (ex-707/Ted Nuget/Whitesnake). It’s really a blast, but my little 20”/12”/15” red sparkle blues kit just looks and feels slightly insubstantial in that context. I want a bit more of a rock kit and am thinking about looking into the Pearl Reference Pure series — either that, or something unusual from a custom company (maybe SJC). Any opinions?
In the next year, the biggest investment (drum-wise) that I’ll be making is a DW 9000 series remote-cable hi-hat stand! I will be purchasing the DW 9502LB Model (w/ 8’ cable)! Right now, my 2ndary hats are on a DWSM-9212 remote-closed hi hat arm which works well for me, but I am starting to yearn for the cable hat!
Great question & we’ll love to hear any other answers!
Are remote hihats worth the $? It seems like they come & go, but regular HH Stands are here to stay. Every year someone new is making one & someone else stops.
Speaking of someone new making one, I’d tell you about the Trick one due out soon, but I’ve learned you’re a DW junking, and you can figure I’m a Trick junky.
I do agree that the standard hi hat stand is a keeper…it’s 1 of the 3 rocks that our kit foundation rests upon. However, having a 2nd hi hat has always been useful for me. It makes certain syncopated patterns easier to play b/c you’re ‘open-handed’!
I’ll have to try out more Trick Percussion gear. I know of their reputation but havn’t really had the oppertunity to ‘test run’ many pieces.
I’m always looking for a new ride, but can never find one I like enough to cough up the cash.
Any ideas on a ride with good ping AND great wash/crash?
Not looking to make any large outlay for gear in the next year, I can recommend a Sabian AAX Stage Ride. Mine is a 20” and has a great ping, awesome bell tone and great wash. Really not a bad sounding crash when hit hard.
After buying my new Ludwig Epic shell pack this year I am drum rich and cash poor for the immediate future.
Yep! That`s the Ride cymbal I`m waiting on when I get my AAX pack and a B8 too.Paid off one paying off the others