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I have been playing drums for over twenty years now and I consider myself a pretty savvy buyer when it comes to drums and cymbals and all the things that go into building a drum kit out of something other than felt and cardboard. That said I just want to put out a word of caution for those of you who ‘beat the skins’ like me, but may not be the most mechanically inclined. Like me.

I have had many people compliment me on my drum kits over the years and it is a testament to the level of OCD that I therapeutically release upon them. I like my drum kit to look as good as it sounds and I have been lucky enough to find cymbals, drums and such for a lot less than the retail they usually go for. On occasion though I have to do some upkeep on them and I have always gladly taken to such things as they come up. But not being very mechanically inclined as I am has brought with it some challenges to say the least. All I know is that I don’t mind the thought of dying while playing my drums, I just don’t want to die while fixing them..;-)

I know some of you must be thinking; “So what are you getting at Scott?” Good question..

I have a double bass drum pedal on my kit so I can play double bass stuff without having to lug around an entire second bass drum just to do it. It makes my kit fit on a lot more stages and is more visually pleasing because you can actually see me behind my kit instead of being hidden behind a wall of drums. The pedal I have I got used for $75 bucks which was a great deal because they retail for at least three times that amount.

I have had the pedal for several years now and the springs that make the pedal come back off the head when you are playing I had noticed were not as strong as they once were. I had adjusted them as far as I could and there was no more room and I was having to bury my foot into the pedal just to get the thing to do what I wanted. So I got the great idea to replace them. Easy right? Riiiight..

I was alright with taking them off the pedal and such and not breaking or killing anything in the vicinity. I went to the music store I frequent and asked if they had replacements and they referred me to my choice of hardware store. I was amazed for some reason to think that the guys at the music store would not be able to help me. Am I the only person who has ever wanted to replace the springs on his bass drum pedal?

It gets better..

So I take the springs with me to an ACE hardware near my house and a nice older lady helps me find springs that are roughly the same size so they will fit in the area of the pedal for them and to make things even better they are at least two or three times stronger than the ones I was replacing. Awesome I thought, I will not have to adjust them all the way out, I’ll have some ‘wiggle room’ and it should leave me room to adjust them later if I wish. I buy them and rush home to install them and get cracking on learning some new songs for a band I am trying out for next week.

I installed them easy as pie, they are stronger just l like I thought and the pedal feels better than brand new. I am doing all kinds of cool double bass fills I haven’t been able to do for some time and having a grand ole’ time…

All of a sudden, PING!

I instinctively duck out of the way as one of the connectors that holds the spring to the pedal fulcrum snaps and ricochets off the ceiling above my head, off the floor tom, back off the ceiling, off my snare and then veers to bounce off the far wall of the room and disappear into thin air never to be found. If it had hit me I am certain that I either would have died or had quite the scar to wear proudly for the rest of my life. I wasn’t sure if I needed a drink, or a depends..

Note to self; If your going to replace springs that are a lot stronger than the ones you had, you should replace the connectors too. Oh and your shorts in case you poop in them from the scare it gives you.

Needless to say I went back to the hardware store and got some small plant hangers made out of real steel that I then bent slightly to fit and son of a gun if my pedal is not working fantastically and I am alive to tell the tale of how I almost killed myself doing what I love..

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February 24th 2010..


The Day Curium’s music hit the stores on the Internet..

Itunes US, UK, Japan, Amazon mp3, Rhapsody and Bandcamp.

Tunecore Page

iTunes Page

Amazon Page

Bandcamp Page

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LXer Article

In this week’s LXWR we have more news coming to light on the Microsoft vs. TomTom suit, fat free XFCE, going back to dial-up to save some cash, news and opinions on netbooks, Flock ditches Firefox for Chrome, Linux gets put to the Mom test and much much more.

It seems that even with the sever market in contraction mode, Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux is not making a dent in Red Hat sales. TuxRadar attempts lift the veil on the ‘mysterious’ Linux boot process and how fix problems that can arise. It seems that with everyone looking to lighten their load, that dial-up is making a comeback of sorts and Flock that up until now was a version of Firefox, has decided to move to Google’s Chrome as a base for their browser instead.

There was a fair amount of netbook related news this week, starting off with our Tracy Ann Barlow taking the BENQ netbook with EeeBuntu on it for a test drive. Linux Loop asks what their pixel density is on a 10 inch 1024×600 screen. Tech Radar compares a samsung netbook to a Macbook pro in their “Netbooks: proof the tech industry has gone nuts” and like Wayan Vota of the OLPC, I don’t think that just because netbooks are small that it means they are a good fit for children in developing countries.

Glyn Moody tells us the real reason for Microsoft’s TomTom lawsuit and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols tells why Microsoft likes those patent protection pacts it signs. Ryan Paul of ars technica has a great hands-on with Xfce 4.6 and reviews some of it’s new features. Make Tech Easier has a guide for managing your audio/video files in Linux, Rikki Kite puts Open Source to the Mom test and Steven Rosenberg doubles the amount of RAM on his Ubuntu machine and rants on Java too.

Now I usually save the FUD stuff for last but I am starting with an article on how Joe ‘Zonker’ Brockmeier fights FOSS license FUD and then we are on too a good piece of non-research on Governments and Open Source. This next piece isn’t exactly FUD, its just really bad. Anyone who does a review of Linux networking with a Windows 98 machine and then complains about it, needs to start using Operating Systems that were made in this millennium. Windows 98′ was never meant to be networked in the first place so the fact that it is hard to get on a network shouldn’t come as any surprise. I end this week with Rob Enderle’s entertaining take on the Microsoft vs. Tom Tom suit, enjoy!

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One of my Favorite Songs

Its the song that plays during the end credits of the first X-Files movie.

I like the drum beat..

Teotihuacan

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