Welcome to the last Newsletter issue of 2013. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and ate lots of “drum sticks”. Turkey, that is. For those of you in countries besides the USA who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, we ate lots of turkey drum sticks for you. Turkeys are basically fat buzzards that can’t fly and Thanksgiving is a one day holiday of gluttony that lasts four days! Silly Americans.
In this issue: Lots of great new articles and vintage eye candy from columnists Mike Curotto, Phil Wilson, Harry Cangany, Brian Hill and Chet Falzerano. My “Life’s Little Drumming Lessons” column is about cleaning your hardware – you know you need to! I reviewed three new innovative drum accessory products – Cymgard, DrumClip and Snare Kick Riser Stand. They are also new advertisers and I would appreciate you clicking on their ads to see what is at the other end.
And welcome to new columnist Mark Cooper of Cooper's Vintage Drums! Another heavy hitter joins the team!
There is also a new column I am hosting called Blue Book Values that some of you will be very interested in. I posted what I know about the history and timeline of the Ludwig Supraphonic LM400 snare drum and what the current new and used resale values are according to Ebay sales and personal experience. I would appreciate your comments on this at the end of the column. If you would like to contribute your knowledge of specific drum brands and models to this, just contact me and I’ll send you the form for filling in your data and pictures. This will be an ongoing project that may lead to bigger things.
Our monthly ad prices are very attractive - starting at $25 - whether you are a major manufacturer, a drum builder, a drum entrepreneur, a drum shop, an online retailer, a teacher or a drum trader on Ebay you can put your products and services in front of 30,000 plus drummers' eyes with an ad in Not So Modern Drummer which links to your site.
The staff at Not So Modern Drummer attended the PAS international convention in Indianapolis, Indiana a couple of weeks ago, and did a lot of damage. We garnered a lot of new advertisers and subscribers there and plan on having a booth there next year. The show was great!
Yes, yes, yes, the 2014 Nashville Drum Show is still on for next September. I have been looking for a month at bigger and better and more fun venues in Nashville. I've just about narrowed it down to either the Municipal Auditorium and Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame, or perhaps the new event center next to the Nashville Predators hockey team’s new practice rink - at the new Global Mall at Bell Rd. and I-24. We will have details posted early in December. Please support the drum shows that are presented around the country. The internet is great but drum shows are “hands on!”
We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Snare Drum Olympics. This year we are expecting a slew of drums, especially small drum builder brands and custom brands. There are so many drum smiths now. We are adding an auction this year. You can win one or more of the great drums that are contestants in the Olympics.
Please email us for an entry form.
My new (and first) full time 9 to 5 job at Not So Modern Drummer finally started adjusting to me after a couple of weeks. It finally figured out that 9 to 5 actually means noon to midnight if you are the boss!
Until next month, sayonara...