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Old 03-30-2009, 09:31 PM
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Default Re: Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson

Originally Posted by RobertM View Post
I think it is definitely a Yamaha kit with a '60s style wrap finish. It would be a major no-no for him to play a Ludwig kit when he's under contract with Yamaha. The finish is probably a custom job--when you are a big enough drummer, Yamaha will do some custom things for you (particularly custom finishes).

Does anyone know what kind of snare he generally uses? On the Fallon Show, it is hard to make out. The Yamaha site says 3.5x14 brass, but I think the only Yamaha snare in this size is the Garibaldi one. Does he use one of the older, discontinued brass piccolo models by Yamaha (i.e., non-nouveau lugs)? I really love his snare sound.
But take a look at the bass drum spurs, claws and lugs on this photo:
It' certainly looks like vintage stuff. The snare in this picture looks like a supraphonic but generally he uses the garibaldi piccolo or the old brass piccolo.

You can even see the rail mount on the bass drum on this picture:
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