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    Thursday and last night I played with a blues band called Pork Chop and the Leftovers at a new bar called Helenbak. Typical roadhouse, I think it was called Duffy's when I last played there 4 or 5 years ago.
    Thursday night was a jam so I used the Mapex Meridian Birch kit I got off of FB Marketplace so my new STS drums wouldn't be subjected to potential misuse. The stage is big with a short drum riser that is also spacious so last night I set up the full Session Kit with the full cymbal set up. I can't express the jolt I get playing those drums. Listening back to the Zoom recording I am totally knocked out by these Session Studio Select drums. Un-be-lieve-able! Seriously, I have no words.
    At age 65 (now 67) there's no guarantee you're going to wake up tomorrow so I thought if my new kit was going to be my last what would it be? Perhaps a throwback to my my first which came out of the Sears & Roebuck Catalog in 1965? It was red sparkle and although it carried no brand name, no badge of any kind, the underside of the hi-hat footboard read, "Pearl Drum Company LTD Japan", my introduction to Pearl Drums. Who the frig were they? Nobody I knew ever heard of them.
    I loved the Session Classic series and could have gotten an even more affordable close-out but I wanted to see what the Session Select series was all about. It's a different sounding Session series than the Classic or even my vintage Prestige Session drums. I can't imagine another set of drums I'd rather be playing at this point in time. If this is a sappy fan letter to Pearl Drums in their 75th year than so-be-it, happy anniversary!

    The first and last outdoor band rehearsal of The Undertakers, summer of 1966. Three of five of us in the back row with some neighborhood kids.
    Last edited by Ron Gerber; 05-30-2021, 09:18 PM.

  • #2
    Kit looks great Ron. Love that last picture
    so much. Have fun and be safe please.
    Eric G : Pearl,pAiSTe,Remo,Vic Firth,SKB,Roc n Soc,Roland V-Drums. Masters MCX Chestnut fade.
    22"x18",10"x8",12"x9",16"x16". Ian Paice Snare.sigpic Why not ...


    • #3
      Cool story. Sounds like you are every bit as geeked about drumming as you were when you started.


      • #4
        Nice to see you are still passionate about drums after all these years Ron.
        Originally posted by dexplosion
        Boom stands are for sissies.


        • #5
          Looks like a sick gig, Ronn!


          • #6
            Originally posted by Feenix View Post
            Looks like a sick gig, Ronn!
            More like one of those "suppose they opened a bar and nobody came" gigs so far. I've done this before though where a place opens and needs time to get established. They have other bands booked now as well and that will help get the place introduced to a lot of people.