I stumbled upon a great cache of vintage drum and drumming videos from two English Gentlemen who are obsessed with all things drumming. I contacted Harrison Weston-Contell and Next Level Chops about collaborating and sponsoring each other. This video in particular shows how we would have all had to play a bass drum and snare drum and cymbal at the same time before the invention of the bass drum pedal. “Sticky Wicket’ is full of joy and very entertaining when he demonstrates these historic techniques. There are many more videos with Sticky demonstrating vintage drums and authentic vintage drum playing styles. Looking forward to presenting more of Harrison’s deep site and video channel. Thanks, guys!Read More
nobody else in the family plays the drums, we have decided to sell this set to someone that can really enjoy it and appreciate its historical valueRead More
You’ll notice in this issue that there are many more links to DrumSellers.com, the new classifieds and forum for Not So Modern Drummer. I am incorporating drumsellers.com ads into this monthly email publication. All the ads you see in this issue were posted for free. If you want to advertise your items for sale to the 60,000 subscribers of Not So Modern Drummer, please join drumsellers.com, post your listing there for free, then contact me via email about placing your ad in this monthly email. It’s $5 per ad.
Several well known collectors are now posting a lot of their gear at DrumSellers: Phil Wilson and Gary Astridge to drop a couple of names. Several manufacturers just started posting ads: Walberg & Auge Drums, Alternate Mode/Kat, Queen City Drums, Hayward Custom Drums. I’m inviting all retailers to use DrumSellers.com, whether brick and mortar or online dealers.Read More
The set was a four piece bebop size kit - 14 x 18 bass drum, 8 x 12 mounted tom, 14 x 14 floor tom and a Zelkova snare drum. It was tuned extremely high, in the jazz and bebop range. It sounded beautiful. Extremely clear tones.Read More
Sent in by Bill Smith of Lafayette, La. He wants some opinions on the value of these drums before he decides if he wants to sell them. I will post contact information if and when he decides to sell. Please post your opinions in the comments below or email me email@example.com. Jeremy Esposito at Walber & Auge has already passed on them because he has four of them already!Read More
Dave Grohl + five fresh pots of coffee per day + hospital = not good.Read More
"My Dad's kit is stamped 1957 (snare); the added floor is stamped 1962 and is the only one with chrome plated hoops. It is really close to mint condition with original heads also in great shape. The other three pieces are in excellent condition as well - the sizes are so interesting. I found a 1957 WFL catalog and don't see the snare or tom sizes listed!Dad said his Dad took him to Biascos Music store for his 14th birthday. Dad was born in 43 so that adds up."Read More
I had no experience as a drum tech or even what my duties would be other than setting up a drum kit. So, our touring began late January 2002 and ran the entire year with only a few days off in between tours. We toured the world, performing in Japan, Australia, US, Canada, UK and Europe also doing TV shows which included The Carson Daly Show, Conan O’Brien Show and Saturday Night Live and festivals such as Ozzfest and the Vans Warped Tour (Ozzfest was the first time I had to fill in for Donald on a show, due to unforeseen circumstances).Read More
The Remo Classic Fit Drumheads feature a slightly narrower flesh hoop and step design to address oversized drums made prior to the mid 60s. They are also ideal for older vintage drums that are out of round with thick overlapping drum coverings.Read More
Everything you need to know about being a professional drummer . . . and a few things you may not want to know. Hosted by Matthew Crouse, co-hosted by Zack Albetta and produced by Mike Jackson: the podcast Working Drummer covers it all in interviews with dynamic pro drummers. WorkingDrummer.netRead More
1940's Ludwig Black/Gold Duco
Message: Hey, Long time....if you have any insight into locating my original snare form my 1940 Ludwig Duco set would be great. I would also love to find toms but I believe they didn't exist until the early 60's. Email me and I'll sen you the pics I have. Best, JR
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"Nashville, TN – Giving 100+ drummers a chance to test high-end drums, mingle with marquis artists, and enjoy great food in the heart of America’s most active live music scene, Pearl Corporation recently hosted members of the Nashville Drummer’s Facebook group at the Hard Rock Café’s Reverb Room in Nashville, TN. This unique event showcased six distinct Pearl kits, including their Nashville-assembled Music City Custom drums, as well as a variety of premium snares and hardware to players in attendance.Read More
I'm pretty sure I now have one of the last Slingerland kits ever made, and it's a good one, and I didn't have to pay Slingerland's ridiculous exorbitant prices for it.Read More
Canopus Drums has been very innovative in new designs of instruments, hardware and parts. Now their newest offering is a much needed improvement on an old classic- the CIM-20 baseball bat internal muffler. It is an exact copy of the baseball bat but with new features. Not So Modern Drummer carries all Canopus products.Read More
What is this?!Read More
This blog is taking the place of the old editorial column that was in the print magazines and the email newsletters. There won't be an editorial in the newsletter anymore. The monthly periodical format isn't working for NSMD so I'm going to post whatever is on my mind whenever it's on my mind! Here! Personal, business, gigs, music, past articles on a variety of subjects, fleeting thoughts and floating molecules, whatever, I'm going to be writing it here.
What's going on? I just finished two months submersed in the bowels of this new website and new newsletter. I have never built a website before or composed a digital newsletter. Thank the Great Pumpkin for Squarespace.com, a web building and hosting site, and the Constant Contact email service which have it all dumbed down to where even I can do it. You may have noticed there was no September 2015 issue of the newsletter. That was due to delays in building the new site and delays in switching over from the old site to the new site.
I bought Not So Modern Drummer magazine in 2008 with the intent of "modernizing" it. Well, three websites, two newsletters, three webmasters, and three business overhauls later, I'm flying solo and I'm on a mission to come up with my "final answer". I put everything on hold this year (2015): the Nashville Drum Show, the Snare Drum Olympics, while I figured out the new direction for Not So Modern Drummer. (Yeah, yeah, you've done this before, yawn). Well not to this extent. I realized this year that in order for Not So Modern Drummer to best serve the drumming community, I needed to immerse myself 24/7 in the process of running it, building it, promoting it, growing it, etc. And I've done just that!
I've been in hyper focus mode for weeks on end, many hours a day, just figuring out what NSMD is so a new direction and mission could be defined for it. NSMD is not a magazine anymore, obviously. We quit printing the paper magazine in 2012. It's not the email newsletter which replaced the paper magazine. It's not this website either. The old periodical format is not effective for it anymore. I finally figured out that NSMD is the 27 years of content that has been contributed to it, and the people who contributed it. So, I started a new mission to make that evident to everyone: To store/document/publish all the content since 1988 on this site and make it available to all for free. Long term project, I know, but it's off and running. I'm daily adding old content from the first typed newsletters, the old print magazines, and the three different websites and newsletter formats we've had.
The other part of the mission for 2016 is to re institute the buying and selling of vintage, custom, used and new gear by its readers that was the bread and butter of the original Not So Modern Drummer. It was originally a classified ad rag for drummers! Well Ebay did that in, but I've seen the need for a more vetted venue where buyers and sellers must use their real names and establish trust. So I've added a new forum that has a classifieds section in it. I thought that forums were passe since Facebook took over, but I think people are growing weary of Facebook. It's too much to keep up with and no one really owns their pages or groups. It could blow up at any day now when the next new online thing comes along. Forums can be more focused and niched, ..... and owned! I've noticed since I launched the new site that the page with the biggest number of hits is the Classifieds, so that's a good sign. If you have gear to sell, or or looking for specific items, please help me get this Classified forum jump started by posting there.
Captain logging off.
09/1999 I do a lot of work as a "sub"; a pinch hitter". I and a pool of other drummers that I share gigs with in Nashville have honed certain preparation skills to the point that we can guarantee an artist that we can come in with little or no rehearsal and play the parts right, catch all the cues and make the artist feel at ease. There are two gigs that I am presently preparing for. One is a Tanya Tucker gig that I am subbing for fellow drummer Steve Ebe who also plays with Kim Richie, Webb Wilder and used to play for the Dixie Chicks. The other gig is subbing for Brian Prout, drummer for the country band Diamond Rio, while he is recuperating from scheduled carpal tunnel surgery.Read More
In 2007 my friend Joe Lang suggested putting my little stories that I tell in the shop into writing because he finds them interesting to drummers, so if this bores you it just shows you how easily amused Joe is! My current gig (2007) with Poco is a lot different than the gigs I worked out of L.A. and Nashville in the earlier part of my career. This band is celebrating its 44th anniversary this year (2012) and has seen the glory days and the tuna fish sandwich days; from southwest flights and crowded vans to luxurious tour buses and Mac trucks full of gear. You should read the Wikipedia history on this band, it's quite a family tree. I joined Poco in 2004 as a sub for their original drummer George Grantham who was taken ill. When it became apparent that he would not be able to rejoin the band they offered me the job.Read More