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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. The 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.
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.
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 demos 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.