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And Tom Thumb on drums, ladies and gentlemen!
on 30 January 2013
This was supposed to have been a Christmas present for my two relatives, aged seven and four. However it never made it down their chimney courtesy of Santa for two reasons;
1. As soon as I saw it, I was overcome by a sudden urge to unleash my inner 'Animal'. Fair enough, perched upon the little stool and bashing hell out of the various surfaces I'm sure I do look a little like Alice after she scoffed that cake with 'Eat Me' written on it. Perhaps I can play drums for Gulliver in the pubs and clubs of Lilliput?
2. The girls' father threatened me with various degrees of Actual Bodily Harm if this drum kit so much as crossed his threshold. He was worried about the noise, apparently, which was surprisingly closed-minded of him. It really isn't that cacophonous. Not that I have the faintest idea what I'm doing. I am certainly no Buddy Rich. Buddy Awful, that's a bit more like it.
The kit comes with no instructions, requiring a bit of an odyssey into the depths of the worldwide web. The pedal for the bass drum (is that what it's called? The big one in the middle, that one... you see? I know nothing) required the attentions of a can of oil as the squeak that was coming from it was starting to make me sound like a one-man band. Sort of like the one Bert from Mary Poppins plays, if I can be permitted to appear in three fictional works at the same time. Additionally, the pair of cymbals on their own stand (whatever the technical term for those might be. They have their own pedal anyway) don't seem to work at all. I can press on the pedal but the cymbals don't respond. I put my foot down and they completely ignore me. I was going to do a joke about my ex-wife there but I thought better of it. I daresay the problem is in the construction of the thing and I feel sure that is my fault in some way. I was going to do another joke about her then. I'd better go before I say something I shouldn't.