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Chris Hutchinson

  • Hi all. What have I done….. What have I done….Sold my Yamaha DTX542 to offset the cost of the Alesis Strike Zone. Assembled it. Big Footprint. Great looker. Does what it says on the tin. Except for the Hi Hats. And to a certain extent the crash. And while we are on the ride is not to die for. Had Firmware 1.2 added, and 1.3….. Better but no…[Read more]

  • Excellent reply as always Hector. It seems that Yamaha and Roland are the BMW and Merc of the electronic kit market, and Alesis has for so long occupied the place of Ford. But they now seem to be looking like Audi. Don’t know if that is a fair or accurate analogy.

  • Excellent reply as always Hector. It seems that Yamaha and Roland are the BMW and Merc of the electronic kit market, and Alesis has for so long occupied the place of Ford. But they now seem to be looking like Audi. Don’t know if that is a fair or accurate analogy.

  • Hi all. I have a Yamaha DTX 542. I’m thinking of trading it in for an Alesis Strike zone kit. Does anyone have any experience of this Alesis ? Which seems to be a serious upgrade to compete with Roland and Yamaha. Many Thanks.

  • Hi all, Can someone explain to me the difference between a thin & fast crash. I have a 16″ & 18″ paiste 8 medium crashes that came in a set. But looking to finish this kit off now. So looking for your advice again. I will not be ever playing anything heavier than Free/BadCompany . So looking for something that cuts through nicely but decays fairly…[Read more]

  • All the beat Kev and Paps. And all.

  • Hi yes I also got one. That’s what I was trying to contact you about. All ok now . Cheers Mike.

  • Hi all. Does anyone have any experience of the Gibraltar 9709 UATP cymbal stands. They have a rotating ball assembly for huge variation of angles, and this ” no wing nut ” technology. Would they be any good to be used for hanging toms ?. And when buying pre loved hardcases. Is there any old tricks of the trade where I can line the cases out with…[Read more]

  • Firstly thanks to everyone for your continued help and advice. I have now got the kit home. And am now turning my attention to hardware. I,m looking for a couple of cymbal stands to hang my toms from. I have been particularly drawn to the Gibraltar 9709 ua-to. They are not cheap i know but seem particularly sturdy, able to be positioned at any…[Read more]

  • Hi all . Sorry for the conufusion. What happened was I bought a kit. Which is still in the warehouse of the shop as I don’t have anywhere to put it till Friday. But I have paid for it. I then realised the kit had a 22″ x 18″ Bass drum when I had actually wanted to a 20″ X 18 it was an oversight on my part. The shop has been very helpful but the…[Read more]

  • HI ALL. My thanks as ever. Struggling with this dilemma now. So to come in from a different angle. Does anyone have any thoughts opinions re. Sakae, Gretch, and DW. I have also tried Yamaha but they seem reluctant to go the hanging toms route. I have basically till the 17th to make a decision. I know you all probably think I’m a right Fanny but…[Read more]

  • Hi all. As ever thanks for the advice. So I bought the kit. And I got the snare. AndI have now added a 21′ Zildijan A custom Rezo Ride. Plus 14″ Rezo hi Hats. However…. When I was going over some things last night I realised I had bought a 22 x 18 Bass. My old one was 20 x 16 and I was really only thinking of going 20 x 18. Not sur if I’ve…[Read more]

  • Hi all. Went my local drumshop and hit every Effin ride in the shop. Honestly even the ones on kit displays. Took my 20″ paiste 8 to compare and found nothing. They did have a 20″ Zildijan ride, but it was for a customer. So I went to my local music shop and found a 21″ Zildijan A Custom “Rezo” Thought it was great. 3 Cymbals in one. Ticked a lot…[Read more]

  • I need a bit of clarification here. This is where my inexperience shows. It’s the meaning of the terminology I’m struggling with. Let’s start with the ride. The one I have 20″ Paiste PST 8. When I play it the “ping ” seems to get lost in the ” wash ” . And when I play the bell it is not distinct. And again when I play the bell the sound it gives…[Read more]

  • Hi team. So with you help I now have the 4 piece shell and the snare. Now for the Cymbals ? To give you some background I have been using PST 8. They were bought as a set and have served me well, but I,m looking to upgrade. I recently spoke to a professional drummer in London and he told me he try’s to go as big as he can size wise which I can see…[Read more]

  • Hi. Lads right here we go. First off I’ve made myself out a liar. I have ended up with a rack/ stand mounted Tom kit. Pearl masters premium. I have to say I was lucky and got it for a very good price. The snare and thanks for the advice ended up being a 14 x 6 mapele Craviotto with inlay. It is signed and will be passed on to my kids when I go. I…[Read more]

  • Hi Paps. Thanks for the words of encouragement as ever. Great to hear from you. but whats this ailment. And where is The Captain. Have to admit finding it a bit of a job finding my way round this new forum. Glad I have mind. But not sure if I prefer the old one. But as I said great to hear from you again.

  • Thanks to all. This snare thing is getting deeper. Let me try to centralise a few things. I am not a very good drummer,I am in a position to buy a kit for my 60th and if never played would be passed on to my daughter. but as a teenager would have killed for a metal shell snare. When I started playing again a couple of years ago the kit I bought…[Read more]

  • Hi all. looks like i have chosen a 4 piece shell kit . With Bass mounted toms. The pearl Masters is looking like the one. Now for the snare….. 14 x 5.5 or even 6.5 I throw this open to you. Think it will probably be Maple, but really I look forward to your suggestions. Cheers.

  • Thanks lads. To prove I listen to the advise you all give, I was very much leaning towards rack toms. Purely because of the brining the Toms closer aspect. MarkW explained the ease of set up which at me age is very important. Thanks all .

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