In my new bands studio. The bassist owns a huge amp/guitar/drum warehouse here in Nashville, so I can pick any kit. I picked these for last night's session because I was curious. STRANGE looking drums...but they sound great!
Back in 1999 and 2000 my then band played several Peavy sponsored events, and I had to use a Peavy house kit.
The drums sounded terrible, but it may have to do with the fact Peavy didn't send a drum guy to set up, and they had been tuned by guitar players who didn't bother to change the very dented heads.
Heh...Oooooooo! Very dented heads....NOT good.....drums tuned by guitarists..."OK, gimme a "G".....ok...a DROPPED 'D".....ok
OK! Good to go!
That was my first thought. Anyone got the skinny?I wonder what those big honkin' wood rings are for?!?
From where you were sitting, I'm surprised you even noticed the dented heads. Given the view, I'm pretty damned sure I wouldn't have.and they had been tuned by guitar players who didn't bother to change the very dented heads.
Those "big honkin' wood rings" form the bearing edge profile and tension "lugs" system. Radial Pro's where the Peavy flagship of the day. The idea was to use an independant tuning system that allowed thin shells to be used. A free floating drum, if you like. I think the concept is very smart indeed, but the execution was patchy, both in terms of production & theory. Tuned well, they sound really good, but the bearing edges didn't make life easy, & the use of metal hoops means they missed the mark on tone to some degree. Peavey's other lines were a more standard construction of varying quality.The kit I played last night certainly LOOKS weird...I wonder what those big honkin' wood rings are for?!?
Here's an overhead shot I took.