I know I've been neglecting my blogging duties, but I have a good reason.

I think I finally found the ultimate accessory for my iPod:

Right. I just got these bad boys, and I cannot TELL you how good it feels to have drumsticks in my hands again. I played in a rock band all through high school and most of college, and I missed playing a lot. When I moved into my first apartment, I traded the acoustics for an electronic set, but the technology wasn't quite there yet. I ended up selling them a short time later to buy a flatscreen monitor.

Not exactly the same as trading the Bluesmobile for a microphone, but close.

Anyway, these things are pretty amazing, and the feel is very natural. In fact, with your eyes closed, they don't feel like rubber at all. They have just the right bounce, and once you get used to them, they're easy to use. They could stand to be a bit bigger, but for the cheapest decent set available, they're pretty damn fine.

I realize that sounds like I'm describing my wife's new boob-job, but I'm not. I will say, however, that you would have to have some pretty spectacular knockers for me to be drawn away from this drum set any time soon.

I am still mulling over the answers to the war-pig test. I'll get back to you soon with the winners and the prizes.

I know. You can hardly wait.


  1. You're a drummer. This explains a LOT. I think my son is destined to be a drummer.
    Exibit A:

  2. You suck! I wanted those.

    Damn you.

  3. Anonymous11:23 AM

    Gunna join Lolotanale? :-)

  4. No, they just weren't the same after the barefoot keyboard player left.

  5. are these the roland td-3sw's? i've been trying to delve into the electric kit thing lately and am having trouble picking one.

  6. Peter, yes -- what I did was buy these, sell the module on ebay for a couple hundred bucks, and pick up a used TD-8 as a brain. I am also driving a PC running DKFH superior, along with an EMU 1820M. With those samples, the high hat pedal that comes with the kit isn't great for triggering, but it does work. Just requires a little tweaking.

  7. Awesome. Is it still holding up well? I'm thinking I'm gonna pick it up here in the near future. And the brain switch was probably a good idea, I might have to do something similar. I have to admit, though, you lost me on the PC things you got running and triggering?

  8. Peter - yes, but I don't play out with them, so I don't know how they'd hold up on the road. They are fine for a home studio, and will take a beating as long as you're not one of those drummers who breaks sticks and puts dents in drumheads.