December 4, 2012
That’s right. Critter and Guitari have a new addition to the family – it’s cute, but a total beast of a bass synth. 16 keys (1 octave + 4 notes + it’s midi so you can use a controller and get whatever you want out of it = come play one).
It has a Kaleidoloop™ – style recording/sequence function that not only records what you keyed, it records knob positions – even if you do a sweep while playing, it will play it back exactly as recorded.
Come get them while they are still here!
critter and guitower synthbot.
November 15, 2012
TJ and Beck did a little sprucing up yesterday and this picture shows how it ended up. There’re other sets not shown here as well as more coming in all the time. We’ve got a bunch of new/used/vintage kits in, and the new Gretsch Brooklyn kits have been flying out the door! We’ve sold a bunch off the floor and special ordered some too – they’re doing really well. Keep in mind that Gretsch has a deep Brooklyn heritage and being in the shadow of the original Gretsch factory is big for us. At least once a week I’ll take a tourist outside and point south on Wythe to just past the bridge where you can see one of the original factory buildings. But you locals know this already…….
We’ve also got new DW, PDP, Ludwig, and some gorgeous Canopus kits kicking around all looking for new homes. And judging by the piles of gear that we’ve seen come in for repair after our friend Sandy’s visit, some of you may need help getting into replacement drums. We’re sympathetic to your plight and we’ll try to help you out on replacing your drums or hardware if it was destroyed. Mention this blog post and we’ll cut you some sort of break.
I hope all is well with you, blog readers, and as always, come on down and say hello.
October 28, 2012
We will be closing up at 5p.m. today to pick up supplies for our hurricane parties, we suggest you all do the same! Stay safe everyone…
ALSO we got this guy in…. 1961 Gibson Les Paul Junior. S/N 195
October 23, 2012
Thanks to all of you for coming and massive thanks to Paolo at the Deli and the many people that made these two days a huge success!
It takes all kinds.
People were smiling.
Heather and Paolo staring down the lens.
Beck selling yet another drumset over the phone.
Not much room.
Ryan the shredmaster.
Even a drummer or two dared to enter.
And readers are always welcome too.
Karl, the man that started it all, and Lex who’s been a MDM regular since the beginning.
More huddled masses.
Instruments other than guitar were welcome.
Another shot from the blimp.
The New Guy kicking some butt.
Ricky with a giant tee from Vemuram.
Paolo, the man behind The Deli talking to David who was hugely helpful in making this happen. Cheers guys!
October 18, 2012
Thanks to Beck, Ariel, and Jake drumsets have been flying out the door. We’ve sold more kits in the last few days than we did the last month! This is awesome because now we need to order more so if there’s a kit you’ve been dreaming of let us know and maybe, just maybe, we’ll order it up so that you can come in and drool over it. And maybe even buy it. Seriously, if there’s something you’d like to see in here now’s the time – don’t be shy!
October 14, 2012
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.
May 24, 2012
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 9, 2012
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.
April 26, 2012
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!