« on: August 09, 2013, 05:00:44 AM »
That made me laugh out loud Jimmy... I love it when somebody says "traditional" and Zendrum in the same sentence!
The really funny thing is that people said the same thing when we released the LT in 2000 and the ZAP in 2008.
There have never been rules as to how you hold or approach any of our instruments. I've seen some "unorthodox" artists just smoke on a Zendrum and defy any logic I could apply from my perspective.
Futureman has always flipped my ZX upside down and backwards and used my sound layout and acted like he'd played it his whole life.
(that's a humbling experience!) Kim and I made many prototypes for Futureman, most of which were more like the EXP than anything else.
Because John Emrich had a traditional hand-drumming technique developed that he could apply- we took on his challenge.
Doc Smith has been asking for this design for YEARS. If you've ever seen Doc's videos you know that guy can flat out PLAY.
John did the same thing wearing the LT with a strap- yes it was designed to be extremely adaptable, left or right handed, sitting, standing, stand mounted, tabletop, or laptop,
but the original intention was to fit inside the 18" rails of a wheelchair... but that's a whole different conversation.
John proved it could be just as impressive as a strap-worn ZX. It's all imagination and inspiration and then somebody's lightbulb went on.
I'm so glad Doc finally got what he needed!
Thanks to Darin for the post. EXP does make me rethink everything I know about my own playing, too.