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    Just curious...

    There are so many advancements in drums now, I feel totally out of the loop and left behind sometimes.

    I'm wondering how many different brands of drum sets you have played. You don't have to have owned them. You may have been sitting in or have borrowed them. You must have actually played them. No finger tapping drums at the music store. A set of the brand not just a snare or something.

    Here is my list and it's surprisingly short...

    Ludwig...owned

    Gretsch...own

    Premier...(old ones) someone else's

    Slingerlands... (vintage) someone else's

    Pearl...(old ones) Someone else's

    Fibes....borrowed

    That's about it. I've never played Yamaha, Tama, Rogers, Mapex etc... or any of the boutique brands.

    all the best...

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    Tama, Pearl, Sonor, Yamaha, Gretsch, Maidstone, Canwood (AWESOME!!!!), Ludwig, DW

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    Ashton - owned

    Pearl - owned & at practice studio

    Mapex - currently own & at practice studio

    Ludwig - at practice studio

    Yamaha - at practice studio

    SJC - someone else's (shared at a gig)
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    Ludwig - Owned in the 80's (first set)
    Gretsch - Owned one set
    Tama - Own (two sets, one from the 80's one current)
    Yamaha - Owned one set
    Mapex - About to own

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    Ashton, Astro, Pearl, Tama, DW, PDP, Mapex, Yamaha, Roland, Sonor, Ludwig.

    Edit- I've also played a Remo set.
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    Tama, Sonor, Ludwig, DW, Mapex, PDP, Premier, Pearl, Roland, Yamaha

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    tama, ludwig, rogers, dw, orange county,yamaha.sonors.
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    My two favorite brands Gretsch- own, Tama- owned (will own again soon). The rest, Ludwig- owned, Mapex- owned, and at church, PDP- at church, Sunlite- owned, OSP- owned, and many different brands due to playing at many other churches over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern Redneck View Post
    Tama, Pearl, Sonor, Yamaha, Gretsch, Maidstone, Canwood (AWESOME!!!!), Ludwig, DW
    Maidstone???
    I am guessing your computer spellchecked Milestone and came up with that?

    I have never kept track of anything of this sort, guess I have owned and or played on almost everything. Except, most boutique builders, including Brady, Sleishman, Guru, and a few of the newer lines, like Crush, Peace and Truth. I think I have had a go on any and all the mainstream drums.
    click to see my kit re-veneer/finish
    http://www.drumchat.com/showthread.p...168#post379168

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    Owned:
    * Premier Club 4 piece
    * Tama Granstar 7 piece
    * Mapex Meridian Birch 7 piece

    Used
    * Premier
    * Yamaha Stage Customs
    * Pearl
    * Ludwig Bonham series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by signia fan View Post
    Maidstone???
    I am guessing your computer spellchecked Milestone and came up with that?

    I have never kept track of anything of this sort, guess I have owned and or played on almost everything. Except, most boutique builders, including Brady, Sleishman, Guru, and a few of the newer lines, like Crush, Peace and Truth. I think I have had a go on any and all the mainstream drums.
    yes Milestone thats it, the fibreglass drums.

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    Mapex - own
    Yamaha DTXpress IV electronic set - owned
    Tama Starclassic - Guitar Center Drum Off
    Pearl Masters - My church
    Gretsch Catalina - another church
    Gretsch USA Cust. - a friend's
    Gretsch Renown - Grand Ole Opry
    Mapex Meridian Maple
    12"x9", 14"x14", 16"x16", 22"x18"

    Addiction Drum Design custom 14"x7" segment snare
    Ludwig Epic 14"x7" "Brick" snare with custom paint
    DW Collector's Series 14"x6.5" Black Nickel Over Brass snare

    Zildjian A Custom
    14" Mastersound HiHats
    16" Projection Crash
    18" Projection Crash
    21" Rezo Ride

    Evans Drum Heads

    Meinl Cajon
    Meinl Large Studio Shaker
    LP Egg Shaker
    LP Cyclops Tambourine

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    DW - Own lots of stuff
    Camco - Own. Restoring the set, but the process is currently in limbo. before the restoration began, I had a bit of fun on it. Have an 18" Camco shell currently set up as a kick drum for my micro setup.
    Pearl - Own a pearl export, woo... Nested in the kick drum and hasn't been played since 2009? Something like that.
    PDP - Owned previously. Played a bunch of shows and recorded some songs on it. A buddy of mine also owns one that he uses as his rehearsal kit.
    Ludwig - Owned a clear Ludwig Vistalite for a minute. Wasn't a fan of the sound, returned it.
    Ddrum - play on one quite a bit as my keyboard player owns a high end Ddrum kit with mappa burl finish. A drumming friend of mine also brings his out to the jams he hosts. Also own a Ddrum 17 ply snare. It felt like there was a lot of punch, but not a whole lot of resonance in the shell.
    Crush - Played on an ash Crush kit that belongs to one of the killer players in the area at a jam he hosted. Very similar tonally to the ddrum kits I've played.
    Tama - A drumming buddy of mine owns a intermediate or high level tama kit, I never bothered to look at the line because it just sounds good and looks good, might be a starclassic. Played it at a jam that he hosted.
    Mapex - A buddy of mine plays a Mydentity birch as his gigging kit, I've sat behind it before. Similar feel to the ddrum and crush kit.
    Roland - Own a TD-12

    I've tapped on a bunch of other kits at shops, but I don't think that's what's meant by this.

    The only two constants I have are DW and Zildjian.

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    Own:
    WJM Percussion (No name brand)
    Yamaha DTX500k (E-Kit)

    Used:
    DW
    Two different Tama kits

    I guess I haven't gotten out much

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    Rogers-own two of these.
    Ludwig-own.
    Trixon-own.
    RIMS Purecussion-own.
    Hybrid Alesis /Roland (e-kit)-own two of these.

    Other people's kits I've played on over time:

    Yamahas.... Custom Recording (from the 90's), a couple of Stage Custom Advantages, a Power Tour Custom (again from the 90's or so) and a Stage Series from the 80's.
    Tamas.....Rockstar (from the 90's), Artstar II and a couple of Starclassic Maples.
    Two Bradys.
    A Sleishman.
    Pearls.....old and newer Exports, an MLX, a BLX, a couple of Visions, a Pearl Rhythm Traveller and a Pearl Masters Custom.
    A Mapex Mars Series.
    Ludwigs.....a Vistalite (reissue, not an original) and a 90's Maple Classic.
    A Remo Acousticon.
    A Sonor DeLite.
    A PDP with a DW snare.
    A CB700.
    A DW.
    A few Roland e-kits.....TD20, TD12, TD8, TD3 and an older TD7.
    A few Yamaha e-kits......DTXpress IV, DTXpress III and a DTXplorer.
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    Tama
    Gretsch
    Premier
    Pearl
    DW
    Ludwig
    PDP
    Rogers
    Slingerland
    Yamaha
    Ddrum
    Reuther
    -Tama Granstar II (12x11, 16x16, 22x16)
    -Yamaha 7000 Series (12x8, 13x9, 16x16 22x18)
    -Crush Sublime E3 (12x8, 16x14, 24x17)
    -Pearl Mixed Series kit (8x7, 10x8, 15x13, 20x14)
    -Brady Jarrah Ply 8x14
    -HHG Purpleheart/Cherry Stave 7x14
    -HHG Red Birch Stave 7x14
    -Pearl Masters MCX 5.5x14
    -Pearl Steel (Pre-Sensitone) 6.5x14
    -Pearl Vintage Professional Series 6.5x14
    -Tama Imperialstar Seamless Steel 6.5x14
    -Tama Soundworks Maple 6.5x14
    -Premier (African Mahogany with Beech Re-rings) 8x14
    -Remo Bravo II 5.5x14
    -OCDP Maple 6x14
    -Crush Aluminum 5.5x14
    -Crush 10 ply Maple 6x14
    -Trixon Birch 5.5x14
    -Wuhan Traditional Cymbals
    -Paiste 2002, 602,

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    late 60's Ludwig - borrowed
    Tama Rockstar - owned
    Pearl Export - borrowed
    Roland TD-3 - borrowed
    Roland TD-20 - own
    DW Performance - own
    Yamaha Stage Custom - tried it
    Mapex Meridian birch - borrowed
    Peavey Radial - own
    DW Performance Series
    Peavey Radial Pro RBS-1
    Roland TDW-20

    Gibraltar rack system
    Sabian AA/AAX/HHX/Vault
    Tama pedals

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    Tama, Yamaha pearl, Orange County, pdp
    Sabian!!!

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    Great responses guys. I am amazed that at 40+ years drumming that I have never laid a stick to a Tama, Yamaha, or Rogers or DW set. Some huge names there.

    all the best...

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    Owned:
    ddrum
    Gretsch

    Played:
    Roland
    Simmons
    Mapex
    Pearl
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    At 1 time or the other, I've played on probably every set of drums that were available from the late '50's to around 2005-6.

    I've owned Kents (my 1st drum set) Rogers, Slingerland, and my favorite, Ludwigs.

    Almost forget the set of Pearls that I have.

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    no particular order

    mapex
    drum craft
    DW
    tama
    brady
    ludwig
    pdp
    oc
    grestch
    roland
    yamaha
    pearl
    peace
    impact
    powerbeat
    sleishman
    sonor
    rogers
    remo
    ashton

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    Apollo, Ludwig, Tama, DW, Taye
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    C&C- My current "main" kit for gigs and studio. Big freakin' drums. Still learning to tune with those curved bearing edges, but I've gotten great results so far, especially in the studio.

    Mapex- My "backup" kit, per-se. I'll use the kick at times with my C&C toms because it's a bit smaller thus a bit more punchy. I need to get some new heads on the toms because I'm pretty confident that they could sound great.

    DW- My old "main" kit. I miss it so much and wish I hadn't been forced to sell it to get my C&C's. The best sounding maple kit I've ever played.

    Ludwig-The main kit that I got to play in high-school. Was a 1993 classic maple in 12-13-14-20 sizes. Sounded insanely good.

    Pearl- I've played an export for a while at church and a friend of mine has a Masters. Both the export and Masters sounded VERY good (especially that Masters kit).

    PDP- The main kit at a church I played with for a while. It always made me mad at how good it sounded because for a long time it was sounding way better than I could get my DW's to sound. If I'm ever in a pinch and need to sell my drums for money reasons, I'll be getting a PDP to take its place.

    Gretsch- A friend of mine has one of the Catalina kits and it sounds really dang good. Those toms especially.

    Yamaha- My highschool had a recording custom with a huge bass drum and some deep toms. I didn't know much about drums in high school, but I remembered loving it.
    Kits:
    -C&C Player Date 13/16/22
    -65' Ludwig Super Classic 13/16/22

    Snares:
    -DW Nickel Over Brass 6.5x14 snare
    -Ludwig Black Galaxy Acrolite 5x14 snare
    -Ludwig 65' Super Classic 5x14 snare
    -Ludwig 64' Pioneer 5x14 snare
    -PDP Classic Wood hoop 6x14 snare

    Rides:
    -Zildjian 22" Constantinople
    -Zildjian 22" Kerope
    -Zildjian 20" Constantinople
    Hats:
    -17" A Medium crash over K custom dark crash

    -DW 9000 pedals

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    Sonor Spec. Edition-own
    Slingerlands-own
    Rogers360-owned& sold
    Ludwig Vistalites-at practice site
    Ludwig with Double bass- at practice site
    Pearls-2 diff. Auditions
    Yamaha-audition site
    SONOR 6 pc Special Edition 3007's red maple, old Pearl Brass 14x6 FF snare, Yamaha Tour Custom maple 8 pc., Tama 4 pc., honey amber B/B, Ludwig Supralite chrome 14x6.5 steel snare, Paiste, Saluda & Zildjian
    Loaned out Slingerland upgraded 4 pc 1963 black, wrapped maple + 14" Pearl birch FT
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