Archive for May, 2012

May 24, 2012

Drum and Cymbal Testing Room

We finally finished it. It’s stocked with a bunch of new Paistes (finally), Zildjians, Sabians, Istanbuls, Supernaturals, and many more. Not to mention hundreds of used and vintage cymbals of all sizes, styles, and prices soon to be located just outside the door of the room!

But the cymbals are only part of the room’s cool factor.  As you can see from the pics, we put in a new Ludwig Clubdate kit so that you can check out a potential cymbal purchase with a kit in a nice, tuned, sonically isolated environment. No more dirty looks from the guys at the register trying to talk on the phone!  Since we opened it up a few days ago there’ve been lots and lots of players checking it out. And it’s a great space for seeing how a snare drum works with a kit, or a bass drum pedal.  Or maybe you want to check out the kit itself.  Over time we’ll be rotating drumsets in and out of there to keep things fresh and to give new sets a chance to be tried out.

We’re really psyched about this so come on down and check it out!


May 23, 2012

Help out Source of Uncertainty!

Source of Uncertainty needs your help to get going! Check out their website at and check out the goodies they have to offer, and support weird music at the same time.

Source of Uncertainty celebrates the Buchla 200e and DIY modular synthesis.  Centering around two free New York City concerts, on June 28th and July 7th, the series is a collaborative initiative of New York-based curatorial organizations, Harvestworks and ((audience)), and takes place as part of the River to River festival.  The first event will feature a modular synth fair and we will be interviewing Buchla musicians for a program on Art on Air.  See bios, exhibitors, links below.

Thurs June 28th // South Street Seaport // 210 Front Street NYC
Control Voltage Faire 3-8pm
Buchla Recital ft Alessandro Cortini, Carlos Giffoni, Mark Verbos 8-10
Late concert ft Xeno & Oaklander and Loud Objects

Sat July 7 // Schimmel Arts Center // 3 Spruce Street NYC
Richard Lainhart tape piece
Morton Subotnick premiers “Energy Shapes”

May 20, 2012

Random Cool Photo #42

A cool picture for a cool day.

May 9, 2012

Something’s happening at Main Drag……

Can you see the look of imminent change in these fine Main Draggers’ eyes? Ricky might even have vodka or gin in that glass in celebration, who knows? Adam’s looking joyous, and the New Guy (who’s fitting right in) is looking like he knows a secret.  Hint: They’re  psyched because it’s going to be a lot quieter in the store. And a firm no to the idea that less noise will actually be made at the store, it’ll just be contained a lot better.





And here’s another hint in the form of a photo.  What could Main Drag Founder Karl Myers possibly be doing in that gray room?  Is he working on his staining skills? Faux finishing a wall to look rustic?  He’s got crazy finishing skills already, and the barn look really doesn’t really mesh with our aesthetic………hmmmmmm. Give up yet?



Since you’ve read this far, you might as well know that we’re building a drum and cymbal testing room located back in drumland. The room will have tuned walls, new carpet, mood lighting, blacklight posters of Spanish galleons, busty dragon slayers bearing broad swords……actually no decor to speak of, but more importantly, most if not all of our cymbal stock will be arranged neatly and provocatively in there. And there’ll be a drumset of fairly neutral size so that jazzers, rockers, beats players, and all else will be able to try out cymbals, snare drums, bass drum pedals, thrones, etc. with a set in a nice sounding, comfortable room. It’ll be awesome, and look for it to be done in about a week.

Also awesome is the fact that we’ve got lots of new drumsets in with more on their way from Ludwig, DW, Gretsch, and more cymbals from Sabian, Zildjian, Istanbul, and newcomer Paiste (finally). And if you don’t see it, we can order it at prices matching the Center of Six-Stringed Instruments. And all of this in addition to our always cool selection of used and vintage gear. Look for more updates as the date gets closer.




May 8, 2012


Here’s something to check out that you’re not likely to see anytime soon — a set of Smoke Gray Tivoli Vistalites!  Click on the image to see them in all their glory. Almost all Tivoli’s are a color combination called Tequila Sunrise and these babies are rare as hell in this finish.  Yes, there are lights inside!  Very Studio 54!  The sizes are the classic Big Beat configuration which is 8×12, 9×13, 16×16, 14×22, and 5×14.

Norman and I got into the task of rewiring them and replacing a transformer and they look unbelievably cool in the dark.  There’s a switch on top of the bass drum that lights everything off, and I can’t imagine that there’s anyone in any size audience wouldn’t notice just how badass this set is when the drummer hits the switch.

They’re priced at a very reasonable $3200 as they’re both unbelievably cool and also very collectible.  We’ve seen the more common Tequila Sunrise kits selling for lots more.


May 5, 2012


The centerpiece of this photo is this 60’s Slingerland kit rewrapped in purple sparkle.  Truly a great sounding, awesome looking little kit.  *Bonus* It’s under a grand.

Flanked by the sweetest Coronet (1965) I’ve ever played and a gorgeous example of a Crestwood custom (1966).  Check out the tailpiece on the custom.  ImageImageImage