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    Saw this on another forum that is geared more towards vintage drums, thought it would be interesting to see what everyone here thinks. So if you had to pick one brand of drums (has to include snares) and one brand of cymbals and stick with those brands for the rest of your life, what would they be? You could change kits (say move from Maple Absolutes with a Steve Gadd Signature snare to PHX with an Akira JImbo snare in Yamaha, and from A's to K's in Zildjian) but had to stick with those brands what would it be?

    As you can guess from above I think my brands would be Yamaha and Zildjian. I have been so impressed with the build quality of my Stage Custom even though it is a lower end kit. My instructor also has a Maple Hybrid Absolute that I just love. He has a Gretsch USA Custom that he prefers over it, but the Yammies just sound better to me.

    So what would you guys pick?
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Ludwig and Zildjians
    JOE

    Seven piece vintage Ludwig kit (1971), Sky Blue Pearl, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 22
    Snare drums (all Ludwig): 1971 Supraphonic, 1969 SBP Classic, 1990s Blackrolite, 2012 6.5x 14 Black Magic
    Zildjian Cymbals - 21 ping, 20, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14 HH, 10, 18 China, Wuhan 18 China
    Five piece Sonor All Maple 3005s: 12, 13, 16, 22, 5x 14 snare
    Roland TD4SX
    SPL Birch Bop Kit: 13, 8, 13, 18

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    Definitely Sabian, and probably DW. I like every line of Sabians, and the factory’s in Canada where I live. For that, they also have fast customer service. I’ve only owned 2 Ludwig kits, but who could go wrong with DW?
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    Ludwig's, Zildjian's, and Black Beauty SS's and Supras.

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    I'd go DW for drums as with the millions of custom colors, you could theoretically never get bored.
    Cymbals would likely be Sabian.
    Kevin
    DW Performance series - Gun Metal Metallic Lacquer
    24/12/16 6.5x14
    Sabian AA/AAX hi-hats & crashes
    Sabian HHX Evolution ride

    Drummers can be very tempomental.....

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    Pearl drums for their quality and sound. Zildjian A that is all I ever own.
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    Ludwig & Paiste

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    This is tough because I love my DW Collectors and my Sonor Essential Birch kits but if forced I would Probably go with Sonor and Zildjian, what other cymbal company makes sticks? Also this is assuming I could afford any drum they make, I played on a Sonor one of a kind beech snare at the drum center and WOW..
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    DW Collectors

    Sonor Essential Force Birch

    Zildjian K Cymbals

    Decide whether this is love for the craft or simply an ego thing.

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    I'm also sticking with DW.... They have sooooo many beautiful options and sizes... accessories... everything

    For cymbals it's tough... I'm primarily all Sabian now and I've played Sabian my entire life.
    But in college in my Jazz phase I played and bought all Istanbul and just loved them... I just cringed when I swapped to rock and started breaking those incredibly gorgeous and even more expensive cymbals lol But if budget wasn't a factor I'd go with Istanbul.
    19pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 8pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini | 5pc Gretsch Energy | 41 Snare drums and growing!

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    Gretsch USA and K's hands down!

    For me, this is not hypothetical. This is what I have and I have zero intention of getting anything else for the time I have left.

    all the best...
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    Gretsch USA Customs with Zildjian K's.

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    Make it three in a row.................
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
    (What Else Would I Ever Need ?)


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    Ludwigs and Sabians.
    Second choice is Yamaha and Paiste.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Sonor (SQ2) Zildjian

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    So far the results are:

    Drums:
    Ludwig 4
    Gretsch 3
    DW 3
    Sonor 2
    Pearl 1
    Yamaha 1

    Cymbals:
    Zildjian 9
    Sabian 3
    Paiste 1
    Istanbul 1
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    If it ain't broke then..... DW Collectors and Sabian. Twenty years now with this one kit and more than that with Sabian. My cymbal choice has changed from AA to HH and most recently to Artisan. Classic great sound and looks to die for with both.

    Collectors Black Ice Finishply
    10x8,12x9,15x12,16x14,20x18,24x16
    14X6 Collectors 10 and 6 snare Natural Satin
    14x8 Collectors Black Nickel over Brass

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDog View Post
    If it ain't broke then..... DW Collectors and Sabian. Twenty years now with this one kit and more than that with Sabian. My cymbal choice has changed from AA to HH and most recently to Artisan. Classic great sound and looks to die for with both.
    I play AAX and HH but the 14” artisan hi hats sound fantastic. May be my next pair!
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    Same thing as the past 40 years ... Ludwig and Zildjian ...

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    yamaha and zildjian anyday

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    Tough call between DW and Tama. I've played Tamas for several years and have had Tama hardware my entire playing career, and I love them, but now that I have a DW kit and bass pedals, it's close. I'm going to say if I could have any of the Tama line, including the Star Series, I would pick them over DW.
    Oh yeah and Zildjian all day.


    2017 DW Design 6 piece Tobacco Burst
    Evans, Remo

    2010 Tama Superstars 5 piece Birch BPG
    Evans, Aquarian

    200? Gretsch Catalina Ash 4 piece Black and Silver Sparkle
    Evans

    1980 Slingerland 7 piece Poplar/Maple White
    Evans

    Tama SLP Black Brass

    Yamaha DTX532k

    Alessis Sample Pad

    Tama RoadPro hardware
    Speed Cobra 310 bass pedal
    Camco/Tama bass pedal
    DW5000 double bass pedal

    Zildjian

    13" New Beat High Hats
    14" New Beat High Hats
    14" A Custom High Hats
    6", 8", 10" Fast Splashs
    12" A Custom Splash
    15" A Custom Crash
    15" K Custom Dark Crash
    16" A Fast Crash
    17" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Rock Crash
    18" China
    18" A Medium Thin Crash
    19" A Rock Crash
    20" A Ride
    20" A Custom Ride

    Miktek, Audix and Shure Mics

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    Yamaha UFiP

    would miss my Pearl FF snares though
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyByNight View Post
    I play AAX and HH but the 14” artisan hi hats sound fantastic. May be my next pair!
    They're pricey, but wow they're good. I love mine. I love this thread too. No wrong answers, just drummers and their preference. I could live happily with any of your guys choices.

    Collectors Black Ice Finishply
    10x8,12x9,15x12,16x14,20x18,24x16
    14X6 Collectors 10 and 6 snare Natural Satin
    14x8 Collectors Black Nickel over Brass

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    Updated:

    Drums:
    Ludwig 5
    DW 4
    Gretsch 3
    Yamaha 3
    Sonor 2
    Pearl 1
    Tama 1

    Cymbals:

    Zildjian 12
    Sabian 4
    Paiste 1
    Istanbul 1
    Ufip 1
    Yamaha Stage Custom
    22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16
    Cranberry Red
    14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats
    Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride
    Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series double chain pedal

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    Gave the drums an annual clean and polish yesterday. I'm in love with them all over again.

    all the best...

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    First choice would be: DW and Paiste.
    Second: Tama and Paiste.
    /Paiste/Remo/Vic Firth/

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