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Flytoo
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Texas/USA

Oct 5th, 2013 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well now, I'm considering buying a ddrum kit. It's the Reflex Uptown kit. Any fans our there? Any haters out there? I'd love to hear from all of ya before I pull out my wallet.

Flytoo
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Oct 19th, 2013 09:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bought'em and I love 'em! Alder wood shells are beautiful and sounded great to me with original Evans heads that came on the kit. Each drum sang! Still experimenting with various heads since our sound guy doesn't really appreciate "singing drums".

Hammond101
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Oct 23rd, 2013 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dampen them for recording & leave them alone for live use. Maybe some Moon-Gels would do the trick.



Flytoo
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Oct 26th, 2013 12:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Hammmond101! I haven't done any recording in many a year so I'd love to be in the "leave them alone" club! I may be part of the problem, cause all the way home, with the new drums still in the car, I kept telling our groups leader, that I knew I needed to change out the heads, because I've yet to buy new drums, that I've ever liked the heads that came on them. When we got this new kit to where we play, they sounded amazing with the original heads. I was drooling! But, he asked me to give the clear pinstripes a try, and I did. The clear pins sounded amazing on my old Tama kit, but they do not sound great on this new ddrum kit. He asked me to leave them alone until this week was over (we played every night), before experimenting with head changes. I agreed. We will play again on Sunday and after that, I will try re-installing the original heads and see how it goes.

Flytoo
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Nov 16th, 2013 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just a quick update. I did re-install the original heads but, I could never get them tuned to where they were when I bought them. I had an, almost brand new, 16" Evans coated G2. Slapped it on and with some help, from one of my band members, got it tuned to what we thought was a great sound. Then I called the drum shop and began asking if they had G2's in stock for the rest of my toms and they said sure, bring all the drums with ya, if you want, and we'll install them and tune them for you. I thought what the heck. I hauled 'em all over there, and the guy grabbed my 16" FT and I told him that one sounded great and already had the batter head that I wanted on it and that, I'd like, the rest of them tuned so that they sound great with that drum. It was like he wasn't even listening to me as he grabbed his drum key and began turning the tension rods on my 16" er. He had a stick in his left hand that he was tapping, close to the rim, but only in one spot, as he went around the drum turning every rod. (I was thinking that this guy doesn't know anything and he's going to ruin the sound of that drum.) He then quickly, flipped it over and the same routine began on the reso head. In a couple of minutes, he flipped the drum back over and hit the batter head pretty hard. It didn't sound great, but I got the idea real quick that he was definitely on the right track. Then he quickly, turned some more tension rods and had that drum sounding sweet! The whole thing took less than 5 minutes. He made the same sweet sounds come from the rest of my new kit as well. The SD actually took him close to 25 or maybe even 30 minutes to get dialed in. I asked him to change both heads as well as install some better snare wires. This kit rawks! AND, that guy is a drum tuning guru!!!

Lazmo

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Nov 17th, 2013 02:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use and love Evans coated G2's on the batter... with clear G1's on the reso side.

I do have a set of coated G1's for the batter side I have used for recording.

But not gigging or recording these days... just jamming with mates when they come around... so the G2's have been on there for ages.

Don't be afraid to experiment with tuning... if you don't, you'll never get the knack.


Flytoo
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Nov 17th, 2013 09:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's the sound I'm loving as well! I now have G2's for batters on both FT's and G1's are now installed as resos, on all of my toms. (The guy tuned my pin stripes up on my 2 rack toms, to sound good enough that we kept them on. Even though, they sound pretty dang good, I'm thinking they'd sound even better with G2's for batters? This guy didn't appear to be trying to sell me anything. He grabbed each drum and started tuning it, with the heads that were on there. If he couldn't get the sound he was looking for, then he'd say, you may want to consider buying some new reso heads, for example.)

As for the "Don't be afraid to experiment with tuning... if you don't, you'll never get the knack." ……… I get what you're saying but, I just really don't think I have good enough ears for proper tuning. If you know of any books, or anything else, that would help me, please let me know. I've watched countless youtube vids and I own a drum dial as well as the Apple idrum tuning program and I still can't tune worth a crap. I'd love to learn.

Lazmo

Australia

Nov 17th, 2013 10:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have you read Professor Sound's Drum Tuning Bible...?

Google it... a wealth of knowledge.


Flytoo
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Texas/USA

Nov 18th, 2013 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you Lazmo! There really is a wealth of knowledge there!! Maybe there is hope for me. Got some studying to do now.

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