I am so glad this thread came alive again!!
I remember the Slingerland kits back in Amsterdam in the sixties/seventies; every self respected Jazz drummer (rightfully so) tried to have one.
Do you have a Slingerland kit yourself?
Thank you also for your good advice, in the meantime I have been doing just that, a great help!!
Also, I am practising on a Dr. John CD, with invigorating Blues/Fusion, what a good work out!
It is quite funky, I style that really suits me. (I think)
Also, I started a new band called Tonik, (like life/elixer) which is soohh refreshing, we play all kind of music, basically in the "ladida $$$" circuit, meaning private parties , pool parties, weddings, restaurants etc.
My rolls have improved immensly from the moment I relaxed about them!!
Also I am "sitting in" a rock band now and then who are telling me not to be so "frivolous" and just stick to a straight and tight groove. (The nerve!!!!)
All in all I am having a ball, and to top it off I am going to a clinic of Simon Phillips!! within two weeks.
I do not know if you ever have seen him performing, but man is he something special!!
He is my drum-hero and I have seen him with TOTO in the beginning of this year here in Auckland NZ.
So the anxiety is pushed (a bit) to the background, there is more fun to be had at the moment, for which I am grateful.
Slingerland, thank you for your kind words;
Cheers and Happy Drumming,