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Is it instructional? No. But you should know that from looking at the case. Is it educational? Absolutely. The evolution of what eventually became the drumset in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is a fascinating story, and what you get with this 2-disc set is that history told through the drums, cymbals, and hardware across the decades.
Starting with Civil War drums Mr. Glass takes us on a highly entertaining and informative romp up along the time-line of the history of the drum "Kit or Set" to what has become today's modern style drum kit. Daniel Glass's knowledge of the subject is of Master Thesis level and he is incredibly adept at making the presentation understandable and did I mention entertaining as well?!?!?!
Throughout the DVD examples of vintage and highly collectible drums from rope tension civil war era drums up to early turn of the century sets featuring the latest innovations to big band bop and rock. Notable were the evolution in the early 20th Century of the bass drum pedal and sock cymbals [they evolved to the hi hat] as the drummer consolidated what had been three or four instrumentalist in an orchestra into one person able to play bass drum, snare, cymbals and trap sounds. Dixieland, Chicago Blues, Swing, be-bop and rock are all covered by decade and each era is illustrated by some of the most majestic and pristine editions of signature vintage drums and sets you'd be hard pressed to see anywhere save for Mr. Maxwell's heady emporiums of fine drum antiquity in NYC and Illinois.Read more ›
I love the format. It's Daniel Glass - the 'star' of the Century Project and a vintage drum collector and player in his own right - and John Aldridge who is well known to the vintage community as an author, publisher (he established Not So Modern Drummer) and engraver who transforms modern drums into works of art.
The format itself is both a discussion between Glass and Aldridge of the gear and the evolution of drums that follows the chronology of the century project. Of course it's scripted, with Glass asking rhetorical questions and in some spots contributing his own insights and knowledge.
However the real star is Aldridge who displays not only an amazing knowledge of drum evolution, but materials science in general. For example, in more than a few places he was able to tie together innovations like ply shells and a 1930s console that employed plexiglass to the innovations in the airline industry.Read more ›
Including a great bonus section on how to get a vintage sound from modern drums.
Omitted name the inventor (Dee Dee Chandler, I think) of the bass drum pedal; however, did include information about the first BD pedal manufacturer, Ludwig. Overall, I did enjoy "Traps.....". Included the definition of term, traps, which I did not know, thank you!
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Being a drum historian is a niche interest. But if are one, this is a must for your library.Published 7 months ago by H. S. Doc Holliday
this DVD is very detailed and the quality of drums that are presented here is outstanding...Daniel Glass sure does his research and is a great interview... Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. L. Coulter
I enjoyed this DVD. But I wished Daniel Glass would shut the hell up and let John Aldridge talk more. John is the real authority here not Daniel Glass. Too much mouth from Glass.Published 20 months ago by S. Arthurs
I just loved this DVD as much as The Century Project . I have watched both many many times . So much info and amazing drum sets to drool over . Read morePublished 20 months ago by donnie baird