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Old 04-03-2022, 04:31 PM
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Default How have your drum sets evolved over the years?

My first drum set in the mid 1950s was a three piece Gretsch two-tone Duco set. I replaced this in 1961 with a four-piece Rogers set with every imaginable Swivomatic doodad I could order for the set. I then cycled through a few other new four-piece sets of mostly Slingerland drums until I ordered a six-drum set of Camco in 1964. That set felt too large for me. So, I then went through a few five-piece sets of Slingerlands. Then, after I stopped gigging, I went back to playing a four-piece set at home. My vintage drum collection for the past ten or so years has included four and five-piece sets of Slingerland, Leedy, Walberg & Auge, and the occasional John Grey or Gretsch set. I recently downsized my drum collection from thirteen drum sets to the four sets that I currently own. They are a four-piece bop set of re-wrapped Leedy orphans, a four-piece set of Leedys, a five-piece set of Slingerlands, and a Gretsch cocktail set. What about you?
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Old 04-03-2022, 08:20 PM
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I don't remember the 50's but I do the 60's.

My sister got my kit in 77 and I had my hands on it in 81 or 82,ish, so since then, it's done the same thing as me, aged well.
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Old 04-11-2022, 11:08 AM
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First kit was a Japanese Kimberly blue sparkle (bass tom and snare) in the early 70s. Added some random Gretsch pieces. Moved to a nice white 6 piece Premier kit in the mid 70s. Still have that but rewrapped in chrome and added another bass drum and tom. Got a second set-mid 70s 5 piece Slingerland in red a few years ago. But then there are the snare drums....
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Old 04-11-2022, 06:56 PM
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Refined.....
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Old 04-11-2022, 08:37 PM
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I felt lucky to have gotten any drum set at all. Where I grew up, you basically had the choice of inheriting the ranch or working for the guy who inherited the ranch.

I wanted a Ludwig kit more than anything when I was a kid. I got a Tempro kit, instead. And, honestly, it was the best drum set ever. I couldn't even sleep at night when I got that kit. I played it from the time I was 10 until I was 15 and I even did my first gigs with it.

Then I got a Rogers Memriloc kit. That was my working kit forever.

I got the collecting bug back around the late 90's and started to wheel and deal for the kits and drums I wanted. I think I have something like 7 kits now -mostly jazz sizes and mostly Ludwig with a few oddballs thrown in. I don't really play any of them anymore. I just have them in cases and I have no idea what I'm going to do with them. No one is wealthy enough to afford my prices to sell them...heheh hehe
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Old 04-11-2022, 10:27 PM
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Less and smaller drums,more cymbals.
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Old 04-12-2022, 02:02 PM
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1st set (after two years of snare lessons) in 1970
and 2022 a few days ago;
Lot of time, notes, evolution in-between
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Old 04-12-2022, 03:19 PM
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Joe...what brand was that good-looking black diamond pearl set?
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Old 04-12-2022, 05:08 PM
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You know it buddy; found those (well my dad and his musician buddy friend did for me)
Around 1964-ish Ludwig BDP 20/12/12/16/supra...cases, stands, 20/18/14s Zildjians.... $225.. )
I say 63-4ish because the Twin Tom Mount was the "slide-clip" style with the "black wood block" stabilizer in-between.

some were white interior some were clear Keystone Badge Ludwigs

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(messin with contact paper on the bass ; little day-glo on snare head; and a "bicycle accident (quickly recovered;
rare to see -20- 12/12/16/Sup- today- usually they are 22's..
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Never strayed (maybe briefly once) from a 5 piece single bass
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Old 04-13-2022, 10:28 PM
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Less and smaller drums,more cymbals.
1977: What eventually became known as Slingerland's "Country Road" set (white 13-14-15-16 concert toms; 18" FT, 24" virgin bass + 8-lug Zoomatic ... one superb 16" A Zildjian thin crash, an awful 18" Camber, and a set of 14" A Zildjian New Beats that I still have). Way too much kit for a 15-year-old newbie, but the seller was motivated.

1982: Had bottom heads installed on the 14" and 15" toms and a Tama center mount installed on the bass. No comments, please: vintage drums weren't a thing then.

Acquired a fuller set of cymbals over that period, including a 20" Paiste 2002 China Type as a high school graduation gift (inspired by Terry Bozzio on "Honey, Don't You Want a Man Like Me?" from Zappa Live in New York), 17" and 18" A Zildjian brilliant thin crashes, and a 22" Sabian HH Leopard Ride.

2001: Hot Red Yamaha Recording Custom (10-12-14-22) bought used from Mike's Drum Shop in Santa Barbara, CA. The Slingerland kit was too large for the venues I was playing at.

2005: Donated the Slingerland kit to a New Orleans musician who lost his gear in Hurricane Katrina. Drove it out there along with a van full of other gear, rewarded with tickets to the Voodoo Fest which featured a reunion of The Meters ... I was 20 feet from Ziggy.

2010: Slingerland 50N (12-13-16-22) in Blakrome (fantasy finish since high school). First of 8 similar kits in various finishes (see details in my signature).

2014: Traded the Yamahas for the the 50N in black diamond pearl.

Since 2010, accumulated a bunch of snares and cymbals. Most recent: 5x14 10-lug Slingerland snare (Rapid strainer, silver sparkle).

Current A-team cymbal set: 14" A Zildjian New Beat HH (1977) or 14" Paiste Sound Creation Dark Sound-Edge HH; 11" Sabian AAX O-Zone Splash 2005 prototype; 17" A Custom thin crash; 17" K Zildjian medium-thin crash; 18" K Zildjian thin crash; 18" Sabian HHX Chinese 2005 prototype; 22" Paiste 2002 Medium.

Unless a sweet deal arises on a 50N in white marine pearl or aqua satin flame, my buying days are probably over.
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1975? Silver Sparkle + 5x14 SD (Rapid strainer)
1974? Chrome + 5x14 COB TDR and 6.5x14 COW Zoomatic SDs
1973 Purple Sparkle
1973 Phantom (clear)
1971 Walnut (gold badges) + 5x14 TDR SD
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1972? Butcher Block + 1979 big R Dynasonic SD

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