I’ve been continuously researching any additional hardware and cymbals I’d like to add to my kit. Right now I have a ride cymbal, but no crashes yet. Part of the reason is because it’s not as critical in my practice space to have those cymbals yet, and I’d have to get additional mute pads for them. I have my ride cymbal set-up in a location where I can use it either as a ride or for a quick hit to simulate a crash, which is sufficient for my current level of playing. I’d like to eventually add at least one crash, so that with it and my ride cymbal set off to the right, I can use them as two crashes when learning more complicated fills.
I also need to purchase an arm for my cowbell. I’ll still need to find a place to set-up the arm, as my smallest rack tom is on a clamp attached to the ride cymbal. When I eventually add another cymbal stand then I can attach it there. One day I’ll hae to think about another arm for a splash cymbal, but that’s further in the future.
I’ve also been wanting to play a double bass pedal again. I used to have a Tama Iron Cobra double pedal, and while it was fun to play and had alot of power, it felt too slow, especially compared to my Pearl single pedal. While most of the popular pedals use either dual chains or direct link, I think I’ll look at ones that use single chains. While these have the perception of being cheap, I think for my playing they’ll be more than sufficient. My Pearl single pedal uses a single chain, and it offers plenty of power along with speed. I’ll have to test the double pedal version of it, but I would be surprised if it didn’t feel as natural to me to play. Also, I saw a clip on Youtube where Gene Hoglan showed the pedals that he uses. While they’re single pedals since he uses two basses, they were Tama single-chain pedals. If that’s good enough for Gene, then they’re good enough for me!