Here at Dubs, we don't take ourselves too seriously. Every month-ish, we like to update our fans via carefully tailored emails by a consummate professional. If you need a good laugh, look no further and scroll to your little heart's content. And make sure you read all the way to the bottom...
What. A. Year.
2022 was THICCC. We had a remodel, found many dirty pillows, lost one phone and nearly lost our minds watching Dua Lipa. Here's a recap...Dubs style.
Spring cleaning came early this year. We did away with a wall and some counters, giving us a very open concept feeling. Perfect for those clinics we used to have. Remember??
Love month was cookin'! Our buddy, Jerwayne got his dream Gretsch kit & and some dude played Darren's tubs. #ohmygadd
Dubs, 6th birthday came in March and we said "I DUA" to our first concert since the pandemic started. And some rad kids came to the store too...
We fooled around and found out in April. Darren found a new disguise, our towels got dirrrty and we FINALLY sold the Batman kit. I LOVE YOU, VINCE!!
Darren did some ugly crying this Spring/Summer as he watched his only child, Claire, graduate from high and head off to college at Western Oregon. How he birthed such a great child is a mystery to all of us.
Darren and Tara were grounded from hanging out together after A LOT of August shenanigans. Lost phones, hot dances and many a beers made us overdose on Ibuprofen and Gatorade.
I'm just gonna leave this right here....
Tara turned the big 42 in October and was granted permission to hangout with Darren again! And another dude played Darren's drum set...Weckman was his name, I think.
Running Man was doing God's work in November when he ran the NYC Marathon for St. Jude Children's hospital. Thanks to all you Dubsters, we raised $6325 for children's cancer research. Thank YOU!
We closed out the year with a bang. December marked our busiest month to date and boy, did we celebrate! Shuffle board & shots, courtesy of our local watering hole, The Back Lounge. Thanks to all the customers who made this year our best ever!
JANUARY SPECIAL DATES
January 10th - National Houseplant Appreciation Day January 14th - National Dress Up Your Pet Day January 22nd - National Answer Your Cat's Question Day January 24th - Compliment Day January 27th - Fun at Work Day*** Party you say??
*Honestly, I'm pretty stoked for 2023. I'm manifesting more hot pants, less cold wars and a moderate amount of alcohol consumption. Oh! And Darren and I are committed to a 1 phone year...We shall see. Hold on to your hotrods, Dubsters. I'm gonna be delivering this email hot n' ready every month. R U READY??
SanTara says, "Don't delay, we still have stuff that sleighs!"
Lookin' to slide some last minute gifts under the tree?
No problem! We still have snare drums, cymbal packs and drum keys galore. Can't get lil drummer girl/boy to tell you what they want? Gift certificates are a great option for any picky/choosy drummer.
Wanna get your kid into drums but noise and price got you scared? We still have some of these NU-X DM210 electronic drum sets left and they aren't pricey! Come by and ask for the Taraffic discount!
Tara ~ Procrastination is my middle name. What are your holiday hours?
Same, girl same. Unlucky for us, Christmas & New Year's Day fall on a Sunday so no change there. Darradiddle will be here to serve on the Eves of Christmas & New Year's. Please bring him bananas.
Christmas Eve - 11am - 3pm Christmas Day - Closed New Year's Eve - 11am - 3pm New Year's Day - Closed
Looking for something to do Christmas Eve?
TaraBull will be DJing at Club 1220 in Walnut Creek Christmas Eve night. Come by and get your boogie on!
Cool kit alert!!
This just in! Ludwig 110th Anniversary Legacy Mahogany Van Buren Pro Beat Shell Pack. Complete with SKB hard cases, this sexy beast has barely been played and ready for a new home.
*What a f'in year, man. We've been busier than ever and have you to thank! And me. Mostly me, actually. We all know who does the heavy lifting around here and it's definitely not the marathon runner. It's this gal right here..::pats self on back::..::tries to chest bump herself but fails::.. *
Ohh Ohh Baby, it's everyone's favorite shopping day of the year!
It's that time of year again, my little Toy Soldiers! Dubs has all your needs for the perfect drummer's holiday!
Yamaha Stage & Tour Customs
All in-stock Yamaha Stage & Tour Customs 15% OFF
Zildjian Low Volume Cymbal Packs
All in-stock Zildjian Low Volume Cymbal Packs 15% OFF
Tara, what if I buy a Stage Custom AND the Zildjian Low Volume Cymbals?
Buy BOTH and receive 20% off!
Wow! That deal is Heaven on Earth!
Don't worry, we also have full volume cymbals on special that are Hot as Ice from Sabian!
Got an e-kit on your Radar? These NU-X Electronic Drum Sets are 10% off
Yes. I did have someone call about trombone rentals today, I am NOT joking. And I know favorite albums are subjective but c'mon guys, Blackout is BY FAR her best album and it's not even close.
What's tall, skinny and runs like a baby giraffe?
I'm sure you've seen DP galloping around town, training for his marathon. This time around, it's the New York City Marathon November 6th, but some things never change...and they shouldn't! Darren of Dublin, once again, is running to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. #godswork
Tara, I would love to contribute to Saint Darren's run. How can I help?
Well, first off, you can bring me food & beer while he's gone. Secondly, we will have a series of some super special drum stuffs for purchase with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Saint Darren, I mean St. Jude.
Our first of many items!
This absolutely stunning steam bent hard rock maple snare drum from local builder Brooks Drum Co. Big ups to Mike Damico, founder of Brooks Drum Co. for creating this absolute masterpiece of a snare drum.
Don't forget, we have all your back to school needs! Drum sticks, drum heads, mallets, OH MY! We just got a boat load of practice pads AND stands so no excuses, people! Get 'em while they're hot!! (and in stock)
*Well this summer has been interesting to say the least..price increases galore, product shortages up the wahzoo and Darren still has that damn 4Runner. Me? I'm waiting for the VW electric bus to come out so I can put it on airbags so my dogs can trot right out like they're on the Savage x Fenty runway.
It's been too long, Dubsters!
If you like it then you should've put a ring on it..
Big ups to the Warriors for bringing home their 6th championship! As a Knicks fan, I'm not bitter at all...I swear...But do any of you really watch sports? Or do you just like the color blue? #itbringsoutmyeyes
While people have been out, celebrating the Warriors great success, Darren and I have been taking in a TON of gear!
Tara, I thought Dubs only did consignment and trade-in for gear. Why did you start buying used gear?
Great question, figment of my imagination.
Getting new gear in the shop has been harder than trying to get Darren to eat a 3 course meal. Between labor shortages and supply chain conundrums, it's been a stressful 6 months to say the least.
This means our inventory is changing on the daily, but Tara is trying mildly hard to keep the website updated with all our current drum sets. Click here to check out what we might have.
CLINICS? WHEN WILL THERE BE CLINICS?
I'd love to answer this question but like most things the past two years, I cannot predict the future. Let's say...
*I know, I know, it's been awhile. I've had a lot going on, ok? It's very busy juggling the drum shop, DJing and being Darren's personal assistant/therapist/beer companion. Plus, it's summertime, yo! All the concerts! All the festivals! If you have any recommendations/tickets, send them my way!*
Don't drag out your holiday shopping. Get to Dubs this week!
We've got some fun stuff at the shop!
From African hand drums to cowbells, we have something for every drummer on your Christmas list!
Tara, my partner is the bestest, most awesomest drummer ever. What's the holy grail of drums?
BEHOLD! The limited edition DW Collectors Series Dave Grohl Icon Snare
Dubs was lucky enough to score 2 of these sexy beasts. One can be yours for a cool $1699....(FREE Pearl Vision Batman kit with purchase. Yes. I'm 100% serious.)
As per usual, Tara (80) & Darren (20) will be at your service this week to ease the pressures of holiday shopping. Can't decide on the perfect gift? Have no fear, we got your back with a Dubs Gift Certificate! They never expire and Darren signs them for FREE! #pleasantonlegend
In all honesty, who would've thought that Dave Grohl would become America's sweetheart? He could run for President and would totally win. Unless he ran against RuPaul. Now that would be a drag race for the ages! Also, just realized the "inbox" comment could be taken inappropriately but I'm leaving it since my initial intention was 100% pure.
Stock is low but our hopes are high!
If you've been in the shop lately, stock is thinner than Darren after a half marathon!
But don't worry, Dubsters, we are still offering great prices and moderate service to all our customers.
Tara, do you have the info on the Black Friday sale?
3 days only! 15% OFF any one new, in-stock item. Does not apply to used gear, consignment items or special orders. Valid 11/26, 11/27 & 11/29. Monday-Friday: 11:00am-6:00pm Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday: Day of rest
Don't sleep on this deal! Product is hard to come by these days so if we have it in-stock, buy it now!
*Well let me tell ya how tough it is to write an email when the only things you have in stock are cowbells and 2B nylon tip sticks. But on a side note, I want to give a shout out to you, the customer, for being so patient with us this year. We have faced many challenges in the past 18 months and not one person made Darren cry (present company excluded). So here's to you, Lil' Drummer Person!
You know what's so hot right now?
DUBS HIGH FASHION
Dubs is paying tribute to Bay Area baseball with our 5 year anniversary tees! These are limited AF and will Shirley sell out.
But Tara, I live in a land far, far away. How can I get ahold of one of these warlocks?
Both drum studios are outfitted with fresh Yamaha Stage Customs, Yamaha hardware and Sabian QuieTone cymbals.
So fresh & so clean clean!
We even cleaned the carpets, added fancy air filtration systems and removed all the contents from Darren's '98 4Runner (das a lot!)
Just a little shout out to this guy. You may have seen Pepper at the shop within the past months (Apologies if he snapped at you, Dan.) P Man crossed the rainbow bridge after a 9 month battle with lymphoma. Rest In Pepper-dise!
*Funny story; I actually got sent to the principle's office in 7th grade for wearing a Spuds McKenzie shirt to school. My sister was a Budweiser girl so we had all the swag. My mom was not thrilled when they called. "You pulled her out of flipping class for a forking t-shirt? What kind of shitake mushroom is this?!" ::said in thick, Long Island accent using much more colorful language::
Ready to get the kids out of the house??
We can't wait to have everyone back in the store! We miss human contact/getting sick of each other's company.
Tara, what precautionary measures will you be taking to ensure the safety of students, teachers & staff?
Here's the lowdown on the lesson plan:
We will be working diligently within the next month to provide a safe and healthy environment for teachers & students. All three lesson rooms will have air purification systems, masks will be provided to teachers & students (if needed) and hand sanitizer will be readily available. Here is a list of guidelines to ensure a safe teaching space:
Student’s temperature will be taken prior to the lesson by the teacher. Anyone over 99.1 will not be allowed to take their lesson.
Surfaces in the lesson room including the drums, music stands, door knobs, etc. will be sanitized between students. Teachers will have time in-between lessons to make sure everything is clean and ready for the next student.
Masks are to be worn at all times no exceptions.
Parents will not be allowed in the shop. Please communicate pick up/drop off time with your children. Parents may come in the store when the lesson is over but may not wait while the lesson is taking place. PLEASE make sure your child knows how to use a landline phone in case they need to get a hold of you and do not have a cell phone.
In addition to these steps, we will be outfitting the studios with brand, spanking new drums, hardware, and cymbals. w00t!
Interested in taking lessons at Dubs? Click the button below, fill out the lesson inquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
Production, ordering & shipping has been MURDERING special orders and inventory stock with pretty much all our vendors. Please be patient if something is not in stock. I'm no Jessica Fletcher and this problem cannot be solved in 60 minutes.
You've probably seen Christian in the shop from time to time when he's not on tour and he will now be teaching at Dubs! He currently tours the world with popular Celtic-Rock band Seven Nations, as well as many other International artists such as The Stepcrew (Canadian Dance Production) and The Family Crest (Orchestral Pop Band). Crisco brings over 30 years of playing experience and 20 years of full time touring tips and tricks into his teaching.