All entries for April 2006

April 21, 2006

Revision done…

= zero

Drum kits set up = 1

Probability of failing two exams next week = high

Happy though :-)

The kit

April 19, 2006

And it continues

Today I decided to wait eagerly at home for the exciting delivery of my new drum kit, which I had been told was arriving at 1ish. This has meant that I've been working in the front room, jumping at any sound, being petrified when something is put through our letterbox and having a minor heart attack every time I hear a car door slam outside…

Anyhow, I thought I'd better try to stop all this jumpiness as it wasn't really going to help me get a good grade in groups tomorrow, so I decided to call UPS at 3 to check the progress of my kit.

"What's your order number? And how can I help you?"
"It's blahblahblah. I'm just wanting to know the expected time for delivery of my package today."
"One second, I'll just check… It says here your package was delivered at 11.45 this morning to someone called Sam."
"... what …"
"Yeah, definitely, it was delivered to a block called Sam, he signed the slip at 11.45"
"... what …"
"One second I'll just call the dispatch people"
[Nice, relaxing jazz music plays, just about stopping me from going into the foetal position, rocking slowly and crying. At this point I also check all over the house to make sure I definitely hadn't signed for the kit]
"Hello again"
"... hello …"
"The item has been returned to the sender"

Right, so with a new lead and feeling slightly better for thinking that I hadn't signed for the drum kit myself, I called soundcontrol where I had bought the kit from where I learnt of the problems they'd been having…

Firstly, when sending the kit down to Southampton from the Birmingham branch that had it in stock they only sent 2 of the 3 boxes. This meant that, to save time the Birmingham branch decided to send the 3rd one to me directly (the package I missed yesterday). This would have been fine, except that the people up in Birmingham had also sold the brain of the kit, the module that produces all of the sounds, but had forgotten about it so were about to send me lots of lovely pads that I could hit to my hearts content, but nothing to make any sounds… Anyhow, so the lovely Southampton people then asked for UPS to return the 3rd package to them (where it was signed for by an assistant named Sam) which they will keep now until the new brain arrives tomorrow.

So it should arrive on Friday.



April 18, 2006

The drum kit…

Arrived back in Coventry today, was just eating my lunch before going to campus to revise when I heard a noise outside of something revving off… It was the UPS van with my brand new drum kit still in it due to our doorbell being faulty :-(

Ah well, it means I'll do more work for the first of my finals I guess, handy as it's in less than 2 days …


April 12, 2006

Good, but somehow empty

Hi all,

After weeks of thought and deliberation, I finally ordered myself an electric drum kit today, a Roland TD20. This is an amazing piece of kit, cutting edge technology and all that, feels exactly like a real drum kit to play and means I finally have volume control! However, after buying it I'm feeling quite strange. I think this is because it's the most expensive thing I've ever purchased by quite some margin, and that I'm spending money I'm yet to earn, something I have never really done before (except with my student loan, but that doesn't really count!).

It's going to be absolutely awesome to play with in the various ensembles I'm in though, and very useful for its main use of letting me continue playing next year in whichever small flat I end up living in, so I'm pretty sure it'll be worth it in the end.

I hope this was the right decision…


P.S. This is the kit, but in black instead of white, and with a double bass drum pedal instead of single :-)
Roland TD20

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