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Old March 14th, 2013, 12:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cocktail Drum Sets are cool - look at this craigslist ad....

I know this isn't everyone's thing but have you ever seen a cocktail drum set?

There is a floor tom with a bass drum pedal working the bottom tuned lower (for kick drum) and a tiny tom and a snare that mount to the floor tom. You have snare and two toms (you use the top of the floor tom and a tom) and there is a closed hi-hat and a crash ride. The point of it is using brushes or sticks in a cramped corner or a jazz club or orchestra pit.

Cocktail sets are kind of rare.

I think they are cool as hell.

I picture a drummer smacked in the corned of a tiny jazz stage in a bar.

It's really all you need. Kick - tom - snare - crash/ride - hi-hat).



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Old March 14th, 2013, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd buy that in a heartbeat. I'd need hats though, but's that's easy enough. Very cool, John.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 12:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When I saw the Stray Cats back in the day, their drummer used a pretty simple setup too. I do like the cocktail set you've pictured.
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Just sold one myself. Great kits though... a lot of fun!! I could never getting use standing up playing drums though so I use to bring a high stool to gigs!!
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Old March 14th, 2013, 12:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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First I heard of this.

Why do they call it a cocktail drumset? It looks more like a beer keg.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 12:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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that's a deal....the Mavericks drummer is a believer

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Old March 14th, 2013, 12:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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During the BSO Christmas Extravaganza, the drummer often uses a cocktail kit during the trio portion

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Old March 14th, 2013, 01:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Brady Blade used one when i saw him with Buddy Miller, supporting Emmylou.
I like that sound, but he would sound great on cardboard boxes and pans too. Marvelous drummer.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 01:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I think those are really cool...for a small jazz setting, or even an acoustic performance! I'd snap that up in a heartbeat if it were near me!
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Old March 14th, 2013, 01:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm a fan of cocktail kits.

I always thought it would be cool to loop a guitar part, and play a cocktail kit and sing over the loop. I haven't seen anybody do that.

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Old March 14th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I had one when I lived in NY, had to sell it because I needed the space. Now in NC, I have the space. I'd LOVE to get another one. They are loads of fun, and the perfect kit for a guitar player to unleash their frustrated drummer alter ego.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 02:17 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Jonathan Richman's drummer Tommy Larkins uses one.
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