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1 Artists Endorsing products on Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:18 am

Just a question-

Why do Artists jump from one drum manufacturer to another claiming that 'these are the best drums'' or cymbals only to see them endorsing another brand the very next year?

Is it a taste change?..or because they can get a cheaper deal? (maybe an advert in a magazine, or better ass kissing)..

Because these days I think just about all the major drum and cymbal companies are producing great sounding equipment.
I think this is misleading to younger guys out there emulating they're heroes. (Oh so these are NOT the best drums in the world..thanks for making me believe that and spend 4 grand on a drum set like yours, cause I took your word for it..)

I really don't think there is a ''Best Drum'' out there.

What do you think?

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2 Re: Artists Endorsing products on Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:31 am

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'll put my
$800.00 maple dominion ddrums up against any
of these mega dollar, super kits on the market
today.

I think with many of these endorsement deals
it comes down to perks... I mean really. How
many more ways are there to make a standard
drum? And whose to say that the common red-
wood tree absolutey produces a less superior
tone than bubinga?

Of course you're going to pay more for a set of
drums made from logs that have been submerged
at the bottom of some lake for the past 100 years.
Can you imagine the cost of escavating those pillers?
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the
cost is going to be passed on to the consumer... Duh!

I will say that if what one drum company does a thing
that is better than the other. It's gonna likely be found in
the hardware and not in the shell. Companies like ddrum
and Tama makes wonderful sounding kits with very reliable
hardware without breaking the bank. That's what it's all
about for me.

The PDP set that I have is a hybrid of woods, one of which
is pine! PINE, of all things. The same wood they make
cheap bunk beds and mattress slats out of, and they sound
awesome. That set was the set I used when I put up those
clips of me playing different grooves and time signatures.

a 4 pc. Craviotto kit (No Snare) will run you 8 g's. Billy played
a set of these at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center which was the very
last performance of the Spectrum 40 tour. The set sounded
good but it wasn't all that. I imagine much of the cost of that
8pc kit was in the craftsmanship as it had beautiful hand-
crafted inlays. But I can say that the cost certainly wasn't
reflected in the sound.

The industry competition is serious and they will say what
they feel they must to get you to buy THEIR drums. I for one
am really attracted to the companies without all the hype and
that just allows the resonant and tonal qualities of the drums
do the talking for them.

Now, would I take an endorsement deal If offered?! YOU BETCHA!
Free is still free! But That only goes so far. It also has to feel and
sound good... After all, it's ME and MY reputation sitting behind
whatever it is I play.

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3 Re: Artists Endorsing products on Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:17 am

Don playing Tama
Free Kits and Gear.


Must put he plays Tama on all news feed and ads


That would be good







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4 Re: Artists Endorsing products on Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:02 pm

They really are great sounding kits, Colin.
Very easy to play. Feels good when you
strike them. They have a high degree of
resonance and are very responsive with
great hardware.

The ddrums mirror those same qualities of
the Tamas. Those two sets are my favorites. I
paid $800.00 for the ddrums and I paid about
$900.00 for the Tama Starclassic birch. The
ddrums are thin maple shells that resonates a
very even round tone but without losing the
intitial attack when struck, I really like that.

The Tama's are very resonant but with a noticeably
brighter tone and a bit more bite when played.
Two great sets of drums that'll sound even better
once I learn how to play them. Laughing

My ddrums.

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5 Re: Artists Endorsing products on Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:44 am

That kit looks sweet, Don!

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6 Re: Artists Endorsing products on Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:47 am

If there is a drummer who has jumped from company to company more than Carmine Appice, I don't know him. I reckon he does it to keep his face out there (ads and all). I find it all rather foolish.

I believe totally like Don on this factor- the gig is in the hardware. And finishes. Lesser lines, $$, generally offer less pristine finishes and tour-worthy hardware choices. Otherwise, to me, my ears, drums are drums, are drums, materials to materials.

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7 Re: Artists Endorsing products on Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:03 pm

I've seen some stunning finishes on some mid line kits, Asaph.

The finish on the Mapex set in my avatar pic is among the best fades
I've seen on any set of drums. Maybe there wasn't as much involved
in getting it but you sure cant tell by looking. Same with my Tama
Starclassics.

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8 Re: Artists Endorsing products on Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:25 pm

I have never seen anything quite as stunning as the Asaph rainbow line which i will proudly endorse as soon as he sends me a 7 piece prototype. 3 rack toms cherry cherry red, orange, gold, 2 floor toms green No blue, purple confused snare , and 20" bass natural wood okay Asaph!? tiger eye maple on that, with rims mounting hardware. I'll need 7 sets in each color so i can mix and match maybe go purple blue green for some occasions, red gold and green for reggae gigs. man think about it if you could get some high profile clients, with a modest facility, hire a small crew, stick with me kid and you will be the next big name in drums. & I like round camco style lugs sunny

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