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Old 05-22-2009, 07:12 PM
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Default New Premier Heritage

This is my new all birch Premier Heritage in WMP.
Sizes are 18, 12, 14, with a 14 Broadway snare from the 50's.
This kit is part of the Artist series so it isn't top of the line but not far off.
They absolutely sing and look better in person!
Please tell me what you think!
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:21 PM
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Default Re: New Premier Heritage

I have questions:

Price?
sound clips?
comparison to other equally priced competitors ?
No snare included?
Who manufactured factory heads?


I have previously seen YouTube clip from this forum on the same kit and was intrigued for use in a small acoustic setting. Any impressions?

Congratulations. Classic looking setup.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:19 PM
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Price was a ridiculously low 150! I found it on an english drum forum and it was local(ish) so it was a deal I just could not pass up.

We are recording soon and I will try to get some video from a gig this weekend.

Full price you are looking at comparing with the Gretsch Catalina Club and Ludwig Accent CS Custom. I have played these and they are great but the Luddy was just a bit of a hobby kit whereas this is more what I would call a semi-pro kit. I think it is a market no-one else seems to have tapped, a great but not crazy priced kit that won't let you down.

It is about 5 years old and the guy only had the toms and bass, but I have my rebuilt broadway anyway and its retro sound fits nicely with the kit.

The stock heads are by Premier and are ok, they are quite thick but have a nice tone, the bass drum head was rubbish so I switched it for an aquarian and it is great, so easy to tune but still loud when needed.

The kit is great for a more intimate setting but can also play loud, as the only "small" drum is the bass drum and that has a surprising ammount of punch.

I think that this is the best kit, in terms of sound and looks, that I have ever owned. I would recommend it to anyone.

Thanks by the way! She is terribly cute! By the way it is made in England rather than the far East so build quality is great.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:25 PM
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Nice looking kit. Classic Jazz setup. Im liking that finish too
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:28 PM
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Thanks man, I normally have a 12" china splash and a cowbell but I thought the "Classic" look would be nice for the forum. Cheers for your comment!
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:32 PM
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I like the fact that many manufacturer have dropped isolated tom mount for their vintage set ie.: DW, Ludwig and now Premier.

We always come back to the source... Was Isolation tom mount system a marketing hype, the question is left open...
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:36 PM
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Good point man, I think its a fashion thing and as a result moves in cycles. I only ever use 1 tom anyway so it suits me fine.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:39 PM
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Very nice, and a very nice price. You can't beat classic white. Nice find.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:41 PM
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Thanks mate I am really happy with it and the finish is not done justice in the pics, it seems to glow! HA HA
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:45 PM
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I like the fact that many manufacturer have dropped isolated tom mount for their vintage set ie.: DW, Ludwig and now Premier.

We always come back to the source... Was Isolation tom mount system a marketing hype, the question is left open...
I completely disagree, i mean for a start, what do you mean "was"? It's still being used by all the top manufacturers for all the MODERN drum kits. I personally think it's great and sure mounting the tom directly to the shell might be "vintage" but there are a lot of other "vintage" things on drum kits that i personally am GLAD aren't widely used any more!
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Old 05-26-2009, 12:01 AM
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This is georgeus kit, you could not spend your money better. Professional jazzy sound!
Could you tell us something more about snare-very interesting?
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:57 AM
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The snare is a John Grey Broadway made in London in the 1950s. It is 14 by 4 1/2. I found it hiding at the back of a drum shop. I had both hoops but one was wrecked so I got a sonor hoop and snare mechanism and set to work. I put ambassadors on it and it is great! It has a lovely crack to it. The shell cost me 20 and the hoops, lugs, skins and snare were about 50 so I managed to get a weird little snare that sounds cool for about 70! It is quite a conversation peice at gigs as other drummers always ask what it is!
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Old 05-26-2009, 10:14 AM
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Really sweet kit. I think Premier is having a bit of a problem (again) with distribution, here, in the states, but as long as they can build and sell "somewhere", it's all good.
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:08 PM
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Yeah I think the recession has hit them really hard, but for some reason they have let ludwig gretsch etc overtake them in england which doesnt make sense as they are made in Leicester which is pretty much the middle of the country so they should be able to distribute anywhere? So it seems people would rather have cheap wood made in taiwan than good wood made in england? People are weird!
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:29 PM
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I'm a big fan of Premiers, can I ask what forum you got them on mate?
Really like the sizes on that kit, do you have any youtube videos, recordings etc?

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Old 05-26-2009, 06:53 PM
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nice snare, yes you are right people are weird,next kit that i want to own for forever is Signia Maple
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:02 PM
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I'm a big fan of Premiers, can I ask what forum you got them on mate?
Really like the sizes on that kit, do you have any youtube videos, recordings etc?

Tom
Mike Dolbear, might be recording tonight so will see what can be done! If not I will try to sort a you tube, just a bit worried about looking like a jerk playing on my own!
Cheers Tom
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:04 PM
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nice snare, yes you are right people are weird,next kit that i want to own for forever is Signia Maple
Glad you agree! People truely are freaks at times! I played a signia at a gig a couple of years ago and it was brilliant, really warm and rich tones (probably the maple?) Hope you get what you want mate!
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:31 PM
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Very nice looking kit indeed, hope to hear what it sounds like as well.
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:42 PM
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Very nice looking kit indeed, hope to hear what it sounds like as well.
I am on the case I swear!
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:35 PM
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http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/v...d=109768685195
If you copy and paste this it should work, the video is a bit rubbish sorry!
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:20 PM
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...How did these slip by without me seeing them until now ?

Very nice. Great finish, great sizes. great score, great kit all around.

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Old 06-29-2009, 02:47 PM
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Very jealous of that little kit. I would love something similar, perhaps in a different finish, but lovely never the less.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:56 PM
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Wow!


SaaaaWHEEEET kit there! Gorgeous, I'd say!


Does it sound as nice as it looks?


Bet it does!! ;-)
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:36 PM
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Thanks to everyone for their comments, the little kit sings and I think it looks really cool!
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