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A promo poster from a clinic Tony did at MDS.

A promo poster from a clinic Tony did at MDS.
One of Steve Jordan's kits, complete with gaff tape on the floor tom.

One of Steve Jordan’s kits, complete with gaff tape on the floor tom.

I had a wonderful experience at Memphis Drum Shop last week when the Sara Bareilles tour was in Tennessee for a day off. That place is amazing.┬áThe cymbal selection is apparently the largest in-stock assortment in the world, and I was able to play a bunch of cymbals that I’ve never seen in person before. However, my favorite part of the store was the vintage room, showcasing owner Jim Petit’s incredible collection of old drums.

A collection of old Black Beauty snares... etched and engraved models, nickel-plated models, etc.

A collection of old Black Beauty snares… etched and engraved models, nickel-plated models, etc.

One of Elvin Jones' Gretsch kits. NBD.

One of Elvin Jones’ Gretsch kits. NBD.

A collection of rare Solid snare drums, the first company to manufacture single-ply snare shells.

A collection of rare Solid snare drums, the first company to manufacture single-ply snare shells.

One of Ringo's kits. 13/16/22 Super Classic in black oyster.

One of Ringo’s kits. 13/16/22 Super Classic in black oyster.

I take that back, my FAVORITE part was the gong chamber. This is the only place in the world where multiple 60+ inch gongs can be played in the same room. Jim even has a once-a-month “sonic massage” session where he plays the gongs in succession while the massage clients experience the audio presence and force that only large gongs can produce. He gave me a sampling of this experience and it was incredible.

Jim and I trying to look natural with an 83" gong behind us.

Jim and I trying to look natural with an 83″ gong behind us.

Lastly, I was beyond honored to be recognized by one of the employees as a Paiste endorser, which led to an invitation to film a few demo videos for mycymbal.com, the online store for MDS’s mammoth cymbal stock. This is where I was able to play a bunch of cool rare/new Paiste models. It was a total blast. My favorite of the ┬ádemos was the 17″ Steve Jordan style Traditional-over-Dark-Energy hihats. All the videos can be seen under my name on the special guest section of the website.

Best day off on tour ever.

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