So, today I played a gig with my jazz trio and I got to try something interesting. For the last few gigs I felt like I was playing the same thing all night and I wanted to alleviate this. So I looked at my setup on the Zendrum and said, "you know, I have a few empty pads; I'll put a second ride cymbal in!" It's not like I'd be adding real estate to my setup, right??
I decided I wanted something very different from my main ride which is a fairly bright sizzle; I went with something darker and dryer and for the time being just stuck it where I had a free pad.
Tonally, it was a joy to use. It pretty much solved my monotony issue and added so much in terms of color. Kinesthetically it was a little awkward and I felt my hand tiring out at points, but now that the concept is solid I can work on refining it.
This experiment was one of the first times I've messed with a Zendrum map in a while and I loved the results. Moreso I think the fact that I could make that experiment without adding bulk or complexity to my current setup. Yet another reason I adore my instrument.