Saturday, August 18, 2018

Site news: videos, cymbals


One thing: We're doing videos. I'm gearing up for that right now. That's what all of that camera jazz was about. I'm going to have to figure out a way to do it in keeping with this site's “thing.” I like very few drumming videos I see online— there's a lot of bad information, pointless gabbing, and time-wasting happening there. I'm not going to do “lessons” where I show people who can't read music how to do things by rote, and I'm not going to slime-blast you with site branding BS. We'll probably start with some videos of me playing site materials, and demonstrating things there's no easy way to write about, and see what develops.

Photo courtesy Revival Drum Shop
The other thing: I'm talking to Cymbal & Gong about selling cymbals through the site. We're not sure what that will look like yet; ideally I'd like to hand select cymbals and make videos of them for you to buy, most likely on a limited time basis. Or I could take requests to hand select cymbals. I'd like to make a personalized thing out of it, but we'll see what we can come up with.

If you don't know about this brand yet: they make traditional hand-hammered, K-type cymbals, and old-school A-types. They're designed and beautifully finished by a guy in Portland, and crafted by a group of artist cymbal smiths in Turkey. I think they're some of the best things available. You've seen me rave about my 17" Holy Grail crash— how special does a 17" crash have to be to drive somebody like me out of my mind over it? Everyone else I know who has gotten to play them— expert players who have played a lot of cymbals and are picky about their instrument— has loved them. I've got a full set of them and I basically never leave the house with anything else now. No reason to.

Please comment or email if that's something you would seriously be interested in— like, if you can conceive of actually buying a cymbal off the site on my recommendation, if you heard something you liked. Prices are competitive with other hand made Turkish cymbals.

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