So I'm playing a casual at a friend's house tomorrow, and last night we had a rehearsal. This was the first time we'd be working with some of the members--couple of string players and a vocalist. The string players I'd worked with before, but I'd never met the vocalist so she had never seen my Zendrum. I took it out of the case, showed it to her and bragged about it for a minute or two. So, then dovetailing from a different conversation, she says to me, "well, you know, if you're gonna play in MY band, you're gonna have to play a real kit." So I just shrugged and said "Okay". No point in arguing it, right?
Then we started practicing.
The first song I had an electronic kick, dance-snare, and a few scratch-type sounds. She turns around at the end of the song and yells, "That is the coolest ----ing thing I have ever seen!!!". Then the next song was this nice laid-back funk song, so I simply stepped to a new Patch (ha!) and enjoyed me brass snare, big ol' kick, etc. I played a few fills and this singer gives me that same "holy crow" look. It was hilarious.
When we finished a few songs, the singer says to me, "that was awesome man! I didn't think I'd like it when I saw it, but it looks so different when you're actually playing it. That thing rocks!" And I just laughed and said, "I know, doesn't it?!".
Don't you just love it when an instrument speaks for itself???