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Old 07-16-2017, 08:55 PM
johnnyringo johnnyringo is offline
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We played an outdoor patio gig at a place downtown called Pat O'Briens. I knew loading in and out would be a pain and there was a chance of t-storms, so I decided to go small. Fortunately the only rain we saw was a few hours before the show. My band mates flipped out a bit when they realized I had no toms, but I'd played this way before and I knew I could pull it off. It makes you approach the kit differently, we play mainly classic rock so I had to change up my game a bit. It can be quite challenging and fun scaling down sometimes.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:52 AM
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Pretty liberating to go with a bikini kit. Done it lots of times. It's just hard to leave your matching toms at home, when you've worked so hard to find them.............marko
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:49 PM
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to my world ! My two main gigging/pub kits are a vintage Stewart kit consisting of a 20x14 bass drum, nicely paired with a vintage (and rare) 10 lug, imitation Slingerland Supreme 5x14 steel snare drum..The other is my tiny powerhouse Sonor jungle kit, consisting of a small but beastly 18x17.5 force 2007 all birch kick, and a 3007 black galaxy sparkle 5x12 maple snare drum. They are my go-to kits now, as i'm in between "full drum kits"..I've learned to compensate and play more with using hi hats and kick drum patterns instead of toms, and i realized i was getting some cool and interesting sounds out of such small kits. Best part, and now you know this too, is set-up and especially tear-down are a breeze.. I'm literally done fully setting up with my vocal and kick mics in less than 20 minutes..Perfect for a gigging work horse drummer.. Hope you'll ignore your guitar players opinions on the matter, as i'm sure they'll thank you later..For me it was the opposite..When i finally started using a full kit at one of the bars i play, they all got discouraged, but quickly changed their tune when they realized i wasn't rambling over the kit for as many tom fills as i could throw in like when i was in my 20's and early 30's.. Trust me, if you do it often enough, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner !


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Old 07-19-2017, 12:32 AM
Creighton Creighton is online now
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Not the bandmates problem whether tom or not. Glad you had fun and the others will get used to the sound !!!
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Old 07-23-2017, 02:22 AM
R.Adam McHugh R.Adam McHugh is offline
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I love the small set-up. I do a semi-regular cocktail bar gig with just a snare and a pair of brushes. Now THAT makes you think about your playing!
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:40 AM
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I'd like to see more pics of setups w/o toms. I played a gig with a pro that used only a snare and kick, but he used a double BD pedal. Very cool and interesting for "classic" rock/pop.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:12 AM
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'64 Ludwig Club Date 22" bass and Pioneer snare in Sky Blue Pearl...Bikini setup! Tom mount used as a cowbell mount. Hats and a crash/ride with rivets. Lot's of fun.
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Old 07-27-2017, 08:58 PM
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Doing a two piece set is fun once in a while. I've done a bunch of small pub/unplugged gigs with just a snare, bass and hi-hat. You definitely need to rethink your approach.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:00 PM
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Sturgill's guy is workin' it here.
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Believe it or else!
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