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Old 11-29-2019, 03:26 PM
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Some of our members are endorsing artists. I'm willing to bet money that no two of them with the same brand of endorsement have the same deal.
That's probably correct, Howie, in fact, I'm quite sure it is true that some of us don't have the same deals as others. Most MI companies have grades of discounts they offer to artists. When I came aboard with DW, I was told I had the same deal as many of their name drummers, and of course, I was very appreciative of that and still am. As I mentioned, DW has been very, very good to me over the years. I have a great working relationship with my artist relations guy, as well as John Good.
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Old 11-29-2019, 05:18 PM
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There are some interesting and funny stories about how Buddy Rich would demand new drum sets from the company he was currently endorsing, and then give the drums to other people before demanding another set for himself.
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Old 11-29-2019, 07:03 PM
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There are some interesting and funny stories about how Buddy Rich would demand new drum sets from the company he was currently endorsing, and then give the drums to other people before demanding another set for himself.
Very true. Buddy gave a set to Johnny Carson at one point. He'd then call Bill Ludwig and order a new set. It was usually Bill Ludwig, someone Buddy never liked.
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Old 11-30-2019, 05:45 AM
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Very true. Buddy gave a set to Johnny Carson at one point. He'd then call Bill Ludwig and order a new set. It was usually Bill Ludwig, someone Buddy never liked.
Based on what Bill Ludwig has to say in his autobiography I believe the feeling was mutual.


About what I said about DWs in my earlier post. I have used DW backline sets on a few occasions and they always sounded very good. I can certainly see why people like them...they just don't happen to trip my trigger is all. I do like and use their pedals though and I have a bunch of their hardware and at least one DW snare drum.

I actually won a DW set thru Classic Drummer magazine a few years back. They were the Performance series drums which had just been introduced. They were stunning to look at (a cherry red stain) and sounded great but they weren't the sizes I favor. At about the same time a kid posted on DFO about a set his grandfather had gifted to him. He didn't know the brand and he didn't like the sizes. They were a green sparkle set of "bop" sized Nashville Slingerlands. I half jokingly suggested that we trade sets and he excitedly accepted. We shipped each other the drums. I was able to use the original shipping containers which I still had (the drums all still had the tags on them and were essentially showroom new). He had to improvise and as a result the bass drum reso head got destroyed during shipment but that was, luckily, the full extent of the damage. The Nashvilles were like new and had obviously never been gigged. I know the kid just had them set up in his bedroom and I suspect the grandfather had only used them in his basement or living room. The DWs sounded and looked great but I have never regretted the trade. About a year later I saw that he had the DW kit I traded him up for sale, so maybe drumming just wasn't his thing. I did keep all the top of the line DW stands that came with the DW set, except for the tom stand which had to go with the drums. I also kept the set of Supernatural cymbals which were included as part of the prize. I currently use the two crashes as part of my gigging set for rock gigs. All in all a sweet deal for free. My brief stint as a DW owner.

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Old 11-30-2019, 07:27 AM
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I got one of those Performance Series kits as part of a trade deal. I only took it in to flip, which I did for $600. I played it a few times before flipping and I wasn't too impressed.
I've had several dw Collectors snare drums, I sold them and rather easily. DW has done a great job of marketing, the drums look fantastic, but as far as I'm concerned, they don't sound as good as they look.
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Old 11-30-2019, 09:11 AM
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[QUOTE=johnnyringo;DW has done a great job of marketing, the drums look fantastic, but as far as I'm concerned, they don't sound as good as they look.[/QUOTE]

Could it be possible that we agree on something? Or, am I still asleep and dreaming?
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Old 11-30-2019, 11:36 AM
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Could it be possible that we agree on something? Or, am I still asleep and dreaming?
Isn't that amazing?
I'll bet the same thing will happen with the new Slingerland, they'll look cool, but lack that Slingerland sound we all love.
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Old 11-30-2019, 12:32 PM
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The Gretsch drums have gotten good reviews.
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Old 11-30-2019, 01:28 PM
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A friend of mine who just turned 60 is having a "mid life crisis" and called to ask me what I would recommend for a new set of drums. I told him to get the Catalina Club Jazz kit by Gretsch just because SO many people are saying good things about them. I think he was going to snag a set of them on yesterday's Black Friday sale. I know a few clubs around town that bought them as house kits for drummers to use and they sounded like Gretsch drums to me so....

....but Gretsch has always had a very distinctive sound as far as drums go. I honestly can't tell the difference between the sound of Ludwig and Slingerland drums -vintage drums, I mean. I don't think I could pick out a Rogers sound, either....but Gretsch? Yep.
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Old 11-30-2019, 03:12 PM
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O-Lugs... You have just made a very valid point. I think that's why drummers are either Gretsch lovers or don't care to own them. Notice that I didn't say that I think drummers either love or hate them. I think that the people who don't love them are indifferent about them. I'm in that indifferent group even though I think they are great looking drums.
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