there have been many phone calls in the last couple of weeks. Many of you have been wondering if we were getting in a new shipment of Cryptic contact mics. Some of you have been wondering if they even really existed. Alas, they do exist, and, they were actually on their way. Wait no longer and come get ’em while they are still here.
Main Drag is currently rolling in drum sets, I mean, they’re coming out of our ears, falling off the shelves, jamming up the refrigerator, getting under foot……if you’ve ever wanted one of the sets in here or any of the ones coming in soon it’s a good time to come in and make a deal! If you can find a better price on ANYTHING, let us know! We need to make some room, even the mice are starting to complain.
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.
We’ve gotten in a ton of new, used, and vintage Gretsch kits in the last few weeks bringing us to 11 on the store. This pile happens to include one of the new Brooklyn sets and a few Brooklyn snares. They’re fantastic sounding, great looking, and the prices are really spot on. Most of you probably know that Brooklyn was the home for Gretsch for about 90 years and their pride in these drums runs deep. The shells are 6 ply American maple and poplar, and sport 3mm double flanged hoops in a bit of a throwback to Gretsch’s pre-diecast hoop days. The resulting combination is warm and punchy and a little rounder sounding than the traditional Gretsch shell/hoop combo. And for all of you retro-grouches, the badging tastefully harkens back to the hallowed Round Badge. These drums are fantastic, and look for more here soon.
Also in the lineup are some new USA Custom drums including a gorgeous 12/14/18/4×14 bop kit with Pratt Mufflers in the bass drum on both heads, and mufflers on the batter and resonant of the toms. The snare has a single muffler on the batter. This kit is built up to be as faithful to old Gretsch drums as possible. I tried to order them with the Round Badges that they used on the 125th Anniversary kits but no dice.
There are also a few Catalina Clubs, one of our most popular inexpensive kits, and a couple of used and vintage bebop kits as well as 12/14/22 used Catalina birch set. And the blue glitter fade lacquer on the Renowns looks incredible. Hard to believe that these drums are priced where they are, and they too, sound fantastic. And just wait for more USA Customs to arrive.
We’re serious about ramping our stock of new sets – we’ve been listening to you. Look for more new Ludwigs soon, and we’re bringing in a bunch of DW sets as well. But don’t worry, we’re still obsessed with used and vintage drums and we’re always looking for more.
And one last thing: We’re working on a major improvement/addition to experience of trying out drums and cymbals here so stay tuned!
We recently added a new counter for the drum department in order to have someone on hand to answer questions and show people gear. And expect to see some new faces working there.
And we moved the snare rack so that’s it’ll hold more snares, be easier to check out, and just to move things around a little for the spring. Come by and check out some of the awesome snares, drumsets, and cymbals we’ve been adding daily. We’ve currently got over 60 snares and 30 or more sets!
This is a photo of just a few of the be-bop kits that we’ve got here right now. We presently have 10 (yes, 10) kits here with 18″ bass drums that are calling out to anyone who needs some portability. Or an Elvin sound. They range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and they can be the perfect set for playing with anything from a piano trio all the way to a small rock gig. Or anything really that doesn’t need massive volume.
Have you seen all awesome additions we’ve made to the drum shop? Not only have we underwent a complete shift in layout, we’ve been getting in some really amazing gear.
Have you seen all the vintage Zildjians that have been piling up? 60’s, 70’s and 80’s 13″/14″/15″ hi hats, 16″/18″/20″ crashes and 18″/20″/21″/22″ rides galore!
Have you seen Murph from Dinosaur Jr’s custom C and C kit?
Have you seen the new Turkish cymbal line we’re now carrying, Supernaturals Cymbals?
Have you seen the incredible collection of vintage snare drums we’re amassing? We’ve posted a bunch of them under drums in the “gear for sale” portion of our website if you’d like to check some out, but we’re getting them too fast to put them all on. Come check em out before this batch is gone!
…..are all out on the floor here. We’ve got some killer sets here right now and it changes fast, so come on down and check one out. And if you need hardware, cymbals, accessories as well as a great selection of snares we’ve got you covered, including a giant handfull of Radio Kings.