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Music / Re: Songs featuring the Zendrum
« on: November 12, 2010, 07:20:31 AM »
Would it be possible to upload them again, at least a couple? Myspace maybe? I'm really curious, some of those song titles sound interesting especially since I'm quite a fan of christian contemporary music. Also, if you dont mind me asking, what are your musical plans for the future? Cheers,

What's 'myspace'??   ;D  email me directly Tyler with an address and I'll be happy to burn you a CD of the songs.  The 8 years I spent with the Christian band was some of the most rewarding musical work I ever accomplished.  landin82@frontier.com

In regards to my current musical plans, I am in a happy place right now.  Last year I scored a sweet Sonor 6 piece studio maple acoustic set and used that along with my Zendrum at a weekly jam session.  Then early this year I hooked up with some like minded musicians and I am now in a great fun band playing classic/southern rock, blues and new country a couple times a month.  I use the Zendrum on 20% of our set list and the crowd just loves it.  Here's the link to my band Hindsight:  http://www.facebook.com/HindsightBand?ref=ts&v=wall  WARNING:  There are a lot of hot chicks in the photo sections!!  We have a gig tonight which promises to be a lot of fun!!

Music / Re: Songs featuring the Zendrum
« on: October 30, 2010, 06:44:30 AM »
The links don't apepar to be active any more..

So true, the website folded a year or so ago.  At least I still have them hear at home.

We'll for once, stimulus money could be properly spent for a Z4 and internal wireless MIDI upgrade!!   ;D

White Noise / Re: So close, yet so far....
« on: September 26, 2010, 05:17:44 AM »
So we're rocking out at the gig last night, crowd is amazed at the Zendrum and some guy with a smart phone pulls up Zendrum.com.  He comes up to me on break and says 'Holy s&*% man, that thing sure cost a lot!"  I didn't have the heart to tell him my true 'customized' cost!   ;D  Non-musicians can never appreciate the cost of true art and quality.  And heck, it's really an investment - at the current gig rate, divided by 5 members, minus gas, speeding tickets, food and beer - I'll be $$ ahead by the time I'm 83!!  At least I know I'll live that long!!  ::)

Anyhow, maybe a drive-by visit in Dec or May on our way back from visiting (well watching really) Matt Antilock in Disney!

White Noise / So close, yet so far....
« on: September 25, 2010, 01:21:21 AM »
I'll be in Atlanta all next week for a meeting at INPO (Galleria Area) with no car.  I had originally wanted to drive now with a side trip to Douglesville Zendrum World Headquarters, but it's just not in the cards this week.  Oh well, another excuse for a road trip.

I have done all three power methods.

1.  Merge Brick (in fact I have the first one ever made).  Huge improvement over the 'plastic' Merge Box.  You are however tied down by a cable.  I hate cables!!

2.  External MIDIJet Pro with Battery Merge Box.  This was an evolutionary leap for me.  However, you still have to have a 1' cable connecting to the Zendrum along with the 2 external components, again connected with another 1' cable.  I had mine well affixed to the back of my strap, however, I lost track of the number of times a cable would work it's way out and I'd lose the signal/power.  Also I found that this setup ate up batteries like crazy!!

3.  Last Christmas I treated myself to an internal upgrade.  What a difference!!  The 9V battery lasts forever.  Very clean look with no cables to worry about.  The receiver unit fits perfectly in the Zendrum carry bag pouch.  I have the Merge Brick/Cable in the back of my car just in case, but have not had to every use it.

IMHO - go with the internal wireless.  Being able to roam the crowd with out worry while playing is priceless!

ZenChat / Re: tired of spam
« on: August 17, 2010, 12:34:01 AM »
A primary function of the forum is a sales tool.  To limit it to owners takes away a primary sales channel for Zendrum.

I have sent 3 people to this site in the last few months.  One fellow was looking with his kid, and once he saw the spam, he was adamant about how he would not deal with a 'second rate business that doesn't care about it's internet impression'.  The other two potential buyers were similarly shocked at the level of spam on what is purported to be a 'sales tool'.

I for one want as much success for 109 and all involved, but this spam has gotten out of control and may actually be hurting Zendrum - you only get one chance to make a good impression.

ZenChat / Re: The Merits of Backing Up your A's with your Z...?
« on: August 08, 2010, 07:17:42 AM »
Excellent postings Jaay/Rob!  Sorry I'll miss you in Atlanta later this month, but our time will come.

So I am one of those 'people' - Acoustics and Zendrum hybrid freak-a-zoids!  ;D  Initially it developed out of necessitate.  My 3 man band that had me playing only Zendrum was a great opportunity, unfortunately out here in the 'corn desert' of central Illinois, not many people understood it (including my band mates) and eventually the group dissolved.

By chance one day I bought a killer set of Sonor F3000 SSE's at a pawn shop and set them up at a weekly jam (1.5 hrs away) where I was also welcome to use my Zendrum.   This was my salvation escape while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up, and refined my aged chops.

Several months later, I happened into a group a mature musicians who needed an acoustic drummer, but also wanted a 'hook' that was unique for the bands' image.  My Zendrum was a perfect fit and currently accounts for 25% of our set list songs.  Let me tell you, the audience loves it (especially the chicks!!), great crowd participation, and the exhibitionist side of me couldn't be happier.  We are now gigging 1-2 times a month.  We play local bars, private events and an occasional benefit.  Gigs are from 2 to normally 4 hours long.

Along the way I came to the self-realization that as much as I love playing the Zendrum, I also derive great personal satisfaction from playing my acoustics.  I had forgotten how much pleasure is obtained from playing acoustics, the intricacies of the HH, the crack of the snare, and thumping feedback from the bass and toms.  From 1999 - 2009 I was totally electronic (Roland VDrums and Zendrum).  I recorded 6 albums with my all-original Christian Contemporary band and I do not regret a single minute of it.  However, I have moved on to a new musical chapter of my life, and that involves both the acoustics and Zendrum.

Regarding the dual gear aspect.  My footprint with my Sonors is small and light.  I intentionally went with a 20" bass studio short stack toms to minimize weight and size.  I integrated multi-clamps on my bass tom mounts to eliminate 2 cymbal stands, and have gone with single brace hardware as much as possible.  Acoustic set-up/tear down is relatively quick and painless.  I am blessed to be in shape at 52 years old and still be able to do it.  I am usually set-up in less than 20 minutes and ready to go before the guitars are even tuned up.  Currently I do not mic my drums.

The Zendrum gear addition only involves the Zendrum, stand and TD-10exp module.  In less than 3 minutes, I am plugged into our board and fully functional.  Wireless Zendrum is a godsend!

I play acoustics because: 1) I love playing them; and 2) It's a necessary sacrifice in order to have a gig.
I play Zendrum because: 1) I love playing it; and 2) My band has welcomed it's uniqueness into our eclectic mix.  I also play the Zendrum exclusively at church.

I am a musician who plays drums and percussion using a varied palette of instruments!!  And yes, sometimes other musicians need to 're-program' themselves for the better good of the band, the music and the performance.  It is a miracle when you can find such open-minded musicians.

In the end - be true to yourself and have fun along the way.  Having a gig is much better than staying at home!!

PS - anyone remember the days of hauling a Hammond B5 Organ to the gigs!! :o  Now that was some serious dedication!

Media / A Zendrummer's life is so tough....
« on: August 05, 2010, 09:47:39 PM »
Local college town annual Pub Crawl...  18 bars, 40 bands...

Hey are these my 'grand kids'?


Why does everyone have to touch my thingy while I'm playing?


Now that's what I'm talking about, my own stage!!


Enjoy the rest of the pics on the Facebook page.  Alas I won't be at the Zen GTG next week, but only because I have to go out and gig again!!

White Noise / Re: Not feeling very Zen right now...
« on: July 18, 2010, 07:42:45 AM »
Been there,done that, got the T-Shirt.

Little over a year ago, I got booted from a great 3-piece group the day after I paid $50 for our personalized shirt!!  The other two members have dropped off the scene....

I was in a Zen blue period for a while, then found a great local jam that welcomed me in with the Zen.  Even though it was an hour plus drive, it was worth it.  They had an old piece of junk trap set in the room, and I would play it from time to time.  Actually felt pretty good to pound the ol' skins.  I had also started the process of having the Draken built, so I knew I would still be committed to Zen performances somewhere.

While pursuing one of my favorite pastimes, cruising Pawn shops, I came across a new Sonor 6-piece Force 3000 for a steal, and brought it home.  With acoustics back in the mix, and the Zendrum in secret reserve, I started looking for a gig again.  The local jam allowed me a place to get my chops up to speed again, and I actual got to sit in for a drummer or two who couldn't make their gig. 

I auditioned for a few bands, but it wasn't working out until one of the bands called me back (previous thread) and asked if I join their 'reformed' group'.  That was 6 months ago, and we are quickly getting up to 2 good gigs a month.  They love the Zendrum!!  I use it for 8 - 10 songs out of our 50 song set list.  The crowd loves it - a great change up from other bands they have seen.  With the internal wireless, I can really interact with the audience. 

So in summary - I think the best way to keep the Zendrum out there, is to find a balance between acoustics and the Zen.  100% Zendrum gigs are a rare and special thing. 

Hang in there Jaay - your internal musical drive will find the opportunity matched to your talents.

ZenChat / Re: Zendrum gathering in Atlanta
« on: July 07, 2010, 06:46:12 AM »
Just booked a gig for 8/28, so that's no good for me....

ZenChat / Re: Help a Zendrummer open for Kiss.
« on: July 01, 2010, 06:52:45 AM »
I voted but put my zip code in vs 15021.  Was that bad?  Good luck, great website you've got.

Media / Pics of latest gig
« on: June 14, 2010, 04:11:27 PM »
Instead of me trying to edit these pics (I didn't take then), I'll just post the link to our Facebook page.

Reason #1 why you should be wireless....  Chicks Dig It!!   8)


It's all about the fashion!!   :o


Zendrum backup!  ;D


And finally, this is why speakers have drain holes in them...


Trailer was in a foot of water before they righted it.  My drums were fine, my throne was a bit wet though.  The Zendrum and TD10exp was in my car.

ZenChat / Re: these spammer c*&^%ers!!!!
« on: June 14, 2010, 03:16:12 PM »
I could not use my wireless setup. My guitar player is going to check the  transmitter for me which is what I suspect had failed as I could not get the power light to come on . I had my other wireless transmitter with me but not my other Zendrum and I plugged the power into it to check and it also had no power so I now I am thinking it might be a power supply that went bad. I will know for sure in a couple of days and let you all know what I find out. This is a good time to remind everyone to ALWAYS bring your WIRED power brick as a BACKUP. 

About the same thing happened to me this weekend.  I was all set up, plugged the wireless in, and nothing.  I tried it in several different outlets with no success.  I did have my Merge Brick/Cord, so I got that working.  Right before the gig started, I tried it one more time, and it worked!?  ;D  The next night's gig I didn't have any problems (other than lack of sleep). 

I'll need to start bringing extra batteries 'cause it is such a hassle being tied down to a cord!

ZenChat / Re: Zendrum Clinic
« on: June 01, 2010, 08:31:22 AM »
Just checked my work schedule, and I can make the 8/27 weekend.  It would need to be on a Saturday to allow for Friday night travel time.

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