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    With that 20" XSR Monarch gamble being a bust I...

    With that 20" XSR Monarch gamble being a bust I went to Fork's Drum Closet, SA, & GC. Everybody's stock is down!
    I heard a used 18" HH Vanguard on one of the online shops that posts demos. It's a...
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    Arrives tomorrow. Was able to hear it online. I...

    Arrives tomorrow. Was able to hear it online. I sure hope this is the one.

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/a106/rongerber/Sabian_18_22_HH_Vanguard.jpeg?width=590&height=370&fit=bounds
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    Do what your ears tell you. My set up is...

    Do what your ears tell you. My set up is basically Sabian but I sometimes use a 22" Istanbul Agop Traditional Dark Ride. I nearly bought an 18" Byzance crash today, still might go back for it. It's...
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    I was hoping the 20" XSR Monarch was going to...

    I was hoping the 20" XSR Monarch was going to work out as a crash/ride but I guess it's not within the nature of the beast. The 22 to the left of it has taken 4 years for me to finally crown it my...
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    I know the Masters kit was glitzier on the...

    I know the Masters kit was glitzier on the surface than the Vision and it's a higher tier kit but IMHO the finish on the Vision is a more tasteful presentation than any sparkle. Handsome kit without...
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    Very cool to have cymbals with Mark Love's...

    Very cool to have cymbals with Mark Love's signature.

    I just got 15's. First pair since the NB's I had nearly 40 years ago and didn't like. You really had to muscle them to slosh, they were...
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    This from Peter at Sabian customer service: ...

    This from Peter at Sabian customer service:

    "The top of the Monarch hats are only pinpoint lined, not lathed. Rather than the full lathing treatment which would open the sustain totally, the pin...
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    I'm hip. Will try to get info from the horse's...

    I'm hip. Will try to get info from the horse's mouth. They're good about that.
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    You're right, the top of Monarchs are supposed to...

    You're right, the top of Monarchs are supposed to be un-lathed but they have spiral lines so I'm unclear about that but the lathed underside of XSR Monarchs look like any other cymbal except the bell...
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    Can't wait to play these 15" Monarch hats with a...

    Can't wait to play these 15" Monarch hats with a band tomorrow night. So far I'm really pleased.
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    Totally agree, just look how sucky this Session...

    Totally agree, just look how sucky this Session Studio Select kit looks! And you should hear how big and round the toms sound and the way the matching snare cracks, it's pitiful. ;)
    In a world where...
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    At $139 + tax and shipping they were still cheap...

    At $139 + tax and shipping they were still cheap and have that "woody" stick definition like my 22" Monarch Ride.
    Here's a sample:

    https://youtu.be/JpOMfSRgP7o
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    "This just in": ...

    "This just in":

    https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/a106/rongerber/IMG_20210818_180933410.jpg?width=590&height=370&fit=bounds

    Can't wait to play out on them Saturday night. Steal of a deal...
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    Thanks, playing again at the same bar this...

    Thanks, playing again at the same bar this Saturday. Might even mask up. After all, it's Tennessee.
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    The COB was in my trunk, I always carry a...

    The COB was in my trunk, I always carry a back-up. I just like to change it up so I don't feel like any of my small collection of snares are just sitting around gathering dust. There are 8" and 16"...
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    Just before lockdown I bought a Mapex Meridian...

    Just before lockdown I bought a Mapex Meridian Birch kit to use at blues jams instead of my new Pearl Session Select drums. After using them the past few months I decided I really like the drums but...
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    Pearl STS 10, 12, 14, 20 Configuration

    Finally played a gig that wasn't a jam. Got to leave the Mapex home and play out on the Session Studio Select kit. I've been Zoom recording all my recent gigs. These Session Select drums sound so...
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    Instead of every last cymbal how 'bout my current...

    Instead of every last cymbal how 'bout my current set up?

    Sabian:
    22" XSR Monarch Ride
    18" HHX Complex Thin Crash
    16" HHX Evolution Crash
    15" XSR Monarch Hats
  19. In the mid to late 90's I installed a new coated...

    In the mid to late 90's I installed a new coated Ambassador on my snare. That night during the first set I noticed some coating had chipped off and by the end of the night the head looked like it was...
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    I just went through that with a mid-level Mapex...

    I just went through that with a mid-level Mapex kit I picked up to use as a beater kit at blues jams and outdoor gigs. Problem is now I like them too much. An FB Marketplace sale it came with a black...
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    The Pacific Blue looks great! Splendid job....

    The Pacific Blue looks great! Splendid job.
    About 25 years ago I played the engagement party of the lead singer of one of the most popular bands in our area of Florida. His band sat in on a break...
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    Since since your 14" floor tom is "square" I...

    Since since your 14" floor tom is "square" I would would also cast a vote for a "square" 16" for consistency's sake. Also for consistency's sake I suggest not going for rounded bearing edges. Why add...
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    At least they make mid-level kits with wooden...

    At least they make mid-level kits with wooden hoops. Used to be metal BD hoops were the first give away of a mid level kit. The interior of the hoop is finished, just not with the exterior finish...
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    More like one of those "suppose they opened a bar...

    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...
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    This is a fun one! Dated and of its time the...

    This is a fun one! Dated and of its time the theme song to the 1967 Twentieth Century Fox film release "Tony Rome" starring Frank Sinatra was sung by daughter Nancy with Hal Blaine on drums:
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