50th Birthday Present

Recently bought a Brady 5.5 x 14 jarrah ply snare. Oh my goodness - it's unbelievable (obviously this won't mean anything to most readers of this blog...)

P.S. I used this snare at our first Heavy Dexters (jazz funk) gig at Wheatsheaf in Chinnor on Sat 20th.


mat roberts said…
After listening to the video I found this on youtube which I though you might like
Tony Lloyd said…
Happy birthday.

To tell the truth the total awesomeness of the drum wasn't entirely obvious to me! ("Eh? It's a drum. Sounds a lot like...er..a drum." etc. etc.)
Stephen Law said…
Kelly at Brady drums just wished me happy birthday, which was unexpected! Yes, I realize it's total awesomeness will probably be lost on non-drummers.

Mat - thanks for link. I am trying to work the Purdie shuffle into set list (maybe Steely Dan's "Home At Last")

Anonymous said…
Although not myself a drummer, i first got turned on to the tonal aspects of a ( jazz ) drumkit when listening to
Billy Martins drums as part of Medeski Martin & Wood on John Scofields album “A Go Go”.

the word “wood” definitely comes to mind. SO i can well
understand why you should be excited about that snare.

Happy Birthday


Stephen Law said…
Yes it is a weird thing, this sort of obsession.

By the way Brady is a small Australian company that hand-builds drums out of native hardwoods. It's kind of cool they read noticed this post and sent me a happy birthday message.

A reviewer suggested an aquarian satin head and canopus vintage dry snare wires on this drum, so I tried and they improved the sound even more. But will any one else notice £50 worth of improvement? I am guessing not.

A Go Go is a great album.
Anonymous said…
I think punters or even listeners rarely notice or appreciate tone and how “gear” affects it the way instrumentalists do. How many listeners would be able to tell if a real vintage gibson is being used on a recording instead of a well made copy ?.

But if the player ( you ) really does notice the sonic difference that is arguably going to positively effect how you play, and THAT the punter will hear.

On a related note - i’ve been noticing something of a correlation between atheism ( or to be precise atheist bloggers, personalities ) and “muso"-ness.

Many times i’ve heard of ex christians such as Dan Barker being heavily into the church music thing.

LukeProg at “CommonSenseAtheism” seems to have a very broad and cool taste in music ( dont know if he plays ).

Could there something about the brain of a musician that makes him more likely to be a sceptic ?

Just some thoughts,

Stephen Law said…
Well I previously noted a possible link between good drummers and Jesus - http://stephenlaw.blogspot.com/2010/02/will-kennedy.html