I write a lot of posts in this blog about making and acquiring new music equipment, but this time I’m writing to say goodbye to a few pieces. I’m donating four pieces of well-loved but lightly used equipment to a local charity.
- Pearl Short Fuse 4″x11″ snare drum and hi-hat mount: this drum featured in some of my busking drum kits but eventually I determined that the strong cross stick sound and stable base of a traditional 14″ snare drum is worth the extra size.
- Sabian 20″ XS ride cymbal: this cymbal was my starter ride for many years. I purchased it to match my 18″ XS medium crash and only when I got home did I realize ride cymbals had a thing called a bell sound! Years later and after a lot of hunting I chose a Zildjian 20″ K ride so my old starter ride is ready to find a new home.
- Sela Snare Cajon Kit: this cajon was my first foray into hand drums, and I assembled it from a kit. Although building the structure and finishing the wood was fun, the poor ergonomics of playing cajon and my desire to use drumsticks and pedals turned this cajon into a glorified chair for many years.
- Novation Launchkey Mini: this compact MIDI controller came with a copy of Ableton Live Lite which I still use, but the hardware itself was just a little too small for me to play comfortably. I played a few basslines on the 25-keys and drum beats with the 16 RGB pads, but these days I prefer using a bass guitar and my e-drums instead.