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Purdie Shuffle 09-02-2012 03:03 PM

VDF Demographic (Age) Poll
In response to the, 'Who is a vintage drummer' thread, I was curious about what the actual age breakdown is among VDF members. In the, 'Who is a vintage drummer' thread, I called VDF a, 'senior citizen center' but I seriously doubt that is true. There's only one way to find out for sure... take the poll!

Should be interesting/revealing I think.


mlayton 09-02-2012 03:08 PM

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i'm in. i middle aged as long as plan on living to be 94!!LoLoLoLo


Purdie Shuffle 09-02-2012 03:13 PM

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LOL - I guess that makes you an old fahrt in training! Not bad though considering that at my age I have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel! lol

The more guys take the poll, the more accurate the results will be in terms of showing the average age of our members. Take the poll!


salty 1322 09-02-2012 03:52 PM

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Okay, I admit it, John, I'm sixty-three. Let me qualify that though. Besides drumming and writing, I am a six feet , 230 pound bodybuilder/weight lifter. I have been doing this for about forty years. I can still bench 300 pounds and my upper arms are about 19 1/2 inches. I boxed amateur as a light-heavy many years ago with a record of 15-3-1. Drumsx2s has seen a recent picture of me . He can vouch for the veracity of my statements. Most things are in the mind. I haven't eaten sugar or salt for forty years. I take supplements and numerous vitamins and have never felt better. I drum about twice a week. Just because we are getting older, doesn't mean we can't rock anymore!
P.S. I still enjoy the occasional beer or maybe three though! Nobody's perfect, especially drummers!

jccabinets 09-02-2012 04:49 PM

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Oh yes! there is hope I can be in shape and still drink beer,,,yay!!

Salty, I am impressed! keep rockin! ( iused to bench 315)

I just turned 50 in August. Started drums in 6th grade. Played thru high school. Sold my gear in 1970? Bought a drum set in 1984, played with a garge band but never went anywhere (too much beer). Took a very long break and now have started again ( for about a year now) and really love playing and restoring drums. I hope to get with a group ( blues) someday and just play again, not really gig for money just play for fun. Thats my story and Im stickin to it!

Purdie Shuffle 09-02-2012 06:49 PM

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Salty - I said in a post that; if anybody ever messes with you, they'd have to go through me first.... now, I think we need to change positions. I'd feel much safer standing behind you! lol I'm also 63 (same generation) and despite some problems health-wise I feel great and I'm happier now than I've ever been. The one good thing to be said about aging is, how much more comfortable you get inside your own skin as you gain life experience. (Wisdom.)


relayer 09-02-2012 07:01 PM

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I'll be 54 in October. I feel good about the fact that I've never stopped or took a break. I still play a couple of hours each day, mostly to my own compositions (I studied music at University). I started with vintage drums when a friend recommended a '20s Black Beauty for a recording project. Been hooked ever since. I now have a nice collection of snare drums (all of which are played and recorded), a modern Pearl high end kit, a BDP 'Ringo' '65 Ludwig kit, and a '20s Ludwig and Ludwig kit that I cleaned up and added period correct bits and pieces. Still have a few things on my list before I'll be satisfied.


fishwaltz 09-02-2012 10:33 PM

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HUZZAH! Some of you guys are older than me!

(If you're more than ten years younger... I'm not counting you)


Okay, I'll shut up and take the poll now.

drumfactory 09-02-2012 10:54 PM

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I'm 53, don't seem to have a lot of time to play much lately, but when I do it's with the pro's on the radio. Back in the day I felt I could hold my own with anyone but today it seems the real drummers are as advanced as all the real atheletes! Tennis serves at 160+ miles per hour and so on and on.
I will say that I was told by some "instructor" in 3rd grade that I tested well for trumpet but drums were not for me. In 5th grade I played in the pit band for the high school and never slowed down. But still, damn, the things I see drummers doing today is just way beyond my grasp.
Drums are still an awesome instrument and very respected by most.
I know I have a life time commitment with them!

ElMoonlightDrummer 09-03-2012 01:46 AM

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I guess at 35, I'm one of the babies in the group! I've been playing drums since the age of 17 and playing in bands non-stop since 18. My brother, who is 3 years younger than me, has been playing guitar with me for all of those years. I may not be the oldest one here, or even been playing vintage drums for the longest time, but I sure have some experience! I have a wife that supports me playing music, even if it means that I am gone some nights for rehearsals and one-off gigs, some weekends for out of town shows and sometimes weeks to tour across the world. I plan on drumming until I can no longer physically play.

Oh yeah...and just yesterday I played a gig at the Ventura Nationals Car Show in Ventura, CA and had the opportunity and pleasure to meet and talk vintage drums with fellow VDF member and drummer for Weird Al Yankovic, Mr. Bermuda Schwartz! I gotta say...he is a really cool dude and a great drummer. I also got to meet and chat very briefly with Mr. Marky Ramone, drummer for punk legends, The Ramones. That was pretty cool, too. There are also several of you fellas on this drum forum that have been cool and a wealth of knowledge! I'm glad to be part of this online community.

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