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Forum: General Drum Questions 10-25-2019, 04:15 PM
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Posted By loach71
Re: What's up with head prices going through the roof?

I am in CONUS but I now shop for my drumheads on Alibaba.com.
The increase in drumhead prices from USA manufacturers has exceeded the increase in the consumer price index. Notably, Aquarian has held...
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-25-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,458
Posted By loach71
Re: What's up with head prices going through the roof?

Twenty bucks for a top quality batter head (14 inch snare) would b great. BTW -- on my last tour to Taiwan I tried some of their locally produced heads. The quality of these heads is as good or...
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-25-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,458
Posted By loach71
Re: What's up with head prices going through the roof?

You economic nationalism aside, competition either foreign or domestic is good for the consumer.
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-25-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,458
Posted By loach71
Re: What's up with head prices going through the roof?

Have your wages as a working drummer risen by the same percentage as the rise in drumhead prices? The whole supply chain that contributes to the production of drumheads is involved in price gouging....
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-24-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,458
Posted By loach71
Re: What's up with head prices going through the roof?

Tried that. No significant price relief offered. I hope the USA drumhead manufacturers are hit with significant overseas competition. Tama and Pearl fixed the high prices of Rogers and Slingerland....
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-24-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,458
Posted By loach71
Re: What's up with head prices going through the roof?

It is your right to be a corporate apologist. Bowing.

When the input costs of production are not significantly increasing (look at hydrocarbon pricing) then radical price increases in consumer...
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-24-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,458
Posted By loach71
Re: What's up with head prices going through the roof?

And the Mylar suppliers are not exhibiting corporate greed? Wake up!
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-22-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,458
Posted By loach71
Re: What's up with head prices going through the roof?

Corporate GREED plain and simple.
Forum: General Drum Questions 09-30-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 860
Posted By loach71
Re: It's all in the 'Sticks'...

"Sex Wax" does work, but it wears off and is expensive. Therefore I devised my own DIY replacement for "Sex Wax."

1) Sand down the drumsticks with 320 grit sandpaper to remove all of lacquer top...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 06-06-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,730
Posted By loach71
Re: Formica for black cortex Ludwog kit?..

Another term for this material is "post-forming laminate." Many suppliers make this material. However, it is not available in big-box home improvement stores like Lowe's or Home Depot. Consequently,...
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-26-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,785
Posted By loach71
Re: Slippery sticks

I have been making my own stick-grip wax for decades.

Go to the grocery store and buy a couple of boxes of PAROWAX brand paraffin wax. This wax is used for sealing the tops of Mason Jars for food...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 02-15-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 976
Posted By loach71
Re: Speed King "Spring Tension" Cap Screw removal-Any thoughts?

My favorite penetrating oils for stuck parts:

KROIL

Sili-KROIL
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 02-04-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,354
Posted By loach71
Re: Speed King-Should I "pre-lube/clean" before the lithium grease?

Tri-Flo now makes Teflon infused grease...
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