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Old 01-19-2007, 09:19 PM
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Default Your very first drum set thread!

This is where you show your very first drum set. For some it was days ago, for others it make be many many years. show use specs and pics of your first tubs.




I got this a few years ago. Tama swingstar.

It has a porkpie snare and a wide assortment of cymbals.
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No one? cmon, im sure you all have had a first kit.
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h, want to show a pic of my first kit!

PP ( Performance Percussion ) Crap :(

Sizes ( correct I think )

12x10"
13x11"
22x16"
16x16"
14x6,5"



The Setup is a little wobbly, but I think it was comfy ;)

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Hmm, i find the first kits of people very interesting. the kit that made them the drummer they are now. looks like a fine learning machine mate.
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I don't have any pics of it (maybe my mom does somewhere), but it was a four-piece Ludwig in orange sparkle, probably from the late '60's or '70's. I got it when I was about nine, and gradually added stuff onto it for about ten years, and it became a Frankenstein kit if ever there was one.

When I was about sixteen, me and a buddy painted the whole thing purple. Didn't sand it or take the wrap off or anything, just went at it with Krylon spray paint. We were classy.
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This was the first kit. Had a set of pie plates for hats, and Piaste 302 crash and ride. $300 bucks.
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1979. I was 19, and working a cheap job, I saved up and had the money in the bank. I forget what I wanted to buy, really, but I came home from work one night, and my parents had spent all of my money. They knew nothing about drums except one name, .... Rogers.
First pic was taken that night, Nov. 1979. 14x24, 9x13, 10x14, 12x15, 16x18, with 5x14 Dynasonic COB Snare, Paiste 2002 14" Heavy Hats, 2002 Paiste Crash, 2002 Ride, Memrilock stands, Humes and Berg Econoline Cases. 950.00, set was purchased new in 1977 for 1450.00, I have the original sales receipt. My brother set them up that night and took the pic. I dunno why I cant find other pictures from then.

Second pic, same drums, Nov. 2006, 14x24, 9x13, 16x16, 16x18, (still have that snare too), this one is 8x14 Dynasonic Maple, Stands are DW, Pedals are Tama Iron Cobra, Cymbals are now Zildjian K Custom. And those econoline fibre cases lasted 22 years.
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Old 01-20-2007, 04:32 AM
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Sorry I don't have any pictures but my first kit was made in Japan and the name on them was Cortley. At the local music store they had two kinds of kits Cortley, and Royce. They were identical but had two different names, I'm pretty sure they were made by Pearl. Anyway it was a three piece snare, tom, and a bass drum in a silver finish. I had one cymbal and it was one of those cheap aluminum cymbals that sounds like a trash can lid. It wasn't much but it got me started.
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first time a i played, with my first band, was on a very old and beaten cheapo 'Power Beat' drum kit. From then i borrowed a pearl rythm traveller before about 3 months into my musical journey, picked up my gretsch catalina birch second hand for 800 australian.

Still have it, and it still does me proud.

I also have bits of the powerbeat kit, the floor tom has now become the bass drum for my bebop kit!

IM tooo lazy to find the photos!
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http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21852

It's a little different now, I might take some updated pictures.
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Old 01-20-2007, 07:34 AM
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My first drum was my father's Slingerland field snare from the mid 30's (still have that one). First kit was an early 60's black (painted) Ludwig Club - the ones with the double lugs in the shell center and the long tension rods. Had a black wooden Ludwig 5X14" snare (wish I had that one now - burned up in a club fire). 12" tom and a 22" bass. Took the snares off the old marching drum and used it for a floor tom on a stand. Gave these Luddies away to a buddy of mine last August (36 years after I got 'em).
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My first kit was an no-name Japanese kit consisting of three drums: a 12" rack tom, a 5/14" wood snare and an 18" bass drum,all outfitted with drumheads made out of very cheap,coated plastic,in a weird fake wood finish. It did not include a hi hat or cymbal stands,only a very poorly molded 10" brass cymbal on a shell-mount holder. Needless to say,I destroyed this kit on the second day I played it but,being a child of poverty,I had no recourse other than to keep using it. I was too ignorant of drums and drumming to realise that I could've replaced the broken heads with "real" heads; hell,I didn't even know how to tune the bloody thing as I had no drum key.I think because of having possessed such junk as this that I keep an inordinate amount of drum keys on hand and own more cymbals than I probably need as I understand completey what it is like to have to go without.My heart goes out to the younger kids in this forum that are still too young to work and must make do with inferior garbage; they are lucky in so far that things like "beginner cymbals" exist and that today's "starter kits" are far more resiliant than anything that I ever owned in my younger days....My second kit was a four piece Japanese "Trump" outfit in nice gold sparkle; that one lasted me almost forever and I played my first gigs with it....but that's another story for some other time....
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:33 AM
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I'm still using my first drum kit.
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This was my very first drumset and current drumset. Played on my dads kit before this baby:) Mapex saturn by the way...
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So here are the picture.. tried on the first post, but something went wrong.
And it happened again so here his the link:
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My first kit consisted of a 12(x7?)'' pearl White consert tom, a 16x14'' vintage ( No badge, still have it) unknown brand floor tom, a 22x14 pear bassdrum, a 14x5 Tama swingstar snare, 14'' Paiste 2002 heavy hats ( yes, I was lucky, still use them), 14'' Sabian Pro hats (Yay, two hats!! ) and a 17'' cracked Zildjian A Custom Crash, I sold the hats for about the same amount of money that I bought the kit for. Translated to american: 1500 NKR = $ 230, 76.
I later sold the kit for Twice that without cymbals and some extra toms I got for free from a friend, I held on to the Paiste hats and the floor tom. All together I sold the kit for 630 bucks!



P.S. I must say:

All the starter kits look SOOO classy with the white remo reso kick head! They look, and must sound, alot better. I need to get a clean bass head!
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No photos, but my first set was a partial set. Gretsch, 20 x 16 Bass drum, and a 14 x 5 snare drum with a 18 inch zildjian crash/ride. If memory serves. These were in white pearl finish. I had these stored at my sisters house, and literally just found out that about 10 years ago my son, love em to death, GAVE, them to a friend without asking Dad. He is number one on my poop list right now. Oh, these were from 1964. I'm starting to tear up again.
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I found a picture (kinda). It is a two (?) year old picture of my old band playing live.


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heres me when i was 11, combining my first kit with a friends set







heres my kit, with my new (at the time) pedals, with the marshmellow beaters, and the new heads (reso and batter).



heres the kit right before i sold it



bye bye old drums

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My first kit was a second hand Premier made in the early sixties and purchased for me in 1966. My dad also bought me some Zyn cymbals through my hometown's record & music shop. Having my own kit at 16 was the most exciting thing that had happened up to that point in my life. I am still a drum tragic 40 years and five other drumkits later.

14" x 4" snare
2 x 12" rack toms
16" x 16" floor tom
14" x 20" bass drum
2 x Premier cymbal stands + hi-hat

Ludwig cowbell
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20" Zyn ride
14" Zyn hats

We were playing inside a store in 1969, our jazz trio demonstrating a new Hammond organ being played by my twin brother.
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Nice crazy premier cymbals. But does anyone know where to get those initialed bass heads? Someone hook me up.
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www.vintagelogos.com for the vintage logo initial shield.
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Nice crazy premier cymbals. But does anyone know where to get those initialed bass heads? Someone hook me up.

Or try this ebay auction I found
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My first kit was a $100 generic piece of crap off ebay. It was just sort of a test to make sure dtumming was for me. I got rid of it after about a year. I like to think of my Rockstars as my "first" kit, because they're the kit I've grown the most with, worked the most on, traveled the most on, etc. I don't want to ever sell them. Hopefully I won't have to. :)
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This was the best picture is found, around 5-6 years ago.. My oooold band, Its a pearl world series kit.. Those where the days..
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My first kit was a Slingerland Tiger Red Pearl kit. I don't have a picture of it with the cymbals. (They were Zildjian)
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Heres my first kit, older Mapex venus series, they sounded ok.I was still learning how to tune but my new kit my PDP Fs sounds great, even with the stock heads.



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my first kit: a generic no name.



edit: i also agree to the sticky suggestion

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Great idea! Let everybody see our humble beginner kits. we would have to ask Nutha or Dog..
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www.vintagelogos.com for the vintage logo initial shield.
Hey thanks so much, and to the guy that put the ebay link up.
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These is my first drum kit. My mom bought them for me when I started playing in 1971. I was 11 years old. They are a silver sparkle set of Maxitone drums, made in Japan. These were NOT cool drums to have at the time. They were cheap and cheaply made. The foot pedal was a nightmare, and the 'cymbal' probably dented on the first couple of hits. BUT, I loved this set. It was my first set, and I learned a great many things on it. I have logged many. many hours behind this kit.
Sizes? Guessing; 20" bass, 12" tom, 14" snare. I didn't get a floor tom (14") until much later. I also didn't have a floor cymbal stand. The cymbal stand was on the bass and because I was lefty, I was forced to cross it behind the mounted tom. It was kinda a disaster, but I survived. Today, beginner kits are much better constructed.

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i know this is way more than a beginner needs, but when i bought it i technically wasn't a "beginner" persay.. i had never owned a kit or played for an extended amount of time, but that didn't mean i wasn't following/memorizing rhythms and patterns in all the fusion and progressive music i enjoy.

had it since late September of last year - started with no cymbals, have added these gradually -
14" Wuhan china
17" Zildjian K Thin-Dark crash
20" Zildjian K-Custom ride
13" Zildjian K Hi-hats
6" Zildjian A-Custom splash
8" Zildjian Avedis splash

12x5 Sonor 3003 Maple snare is being shipped, along with a full set of Protection Racket bags..

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Pearl 2002B Eliminator belt-drive double pedal
Sonor 600-Series Hi-hat stand
Sonor 400-series cymbal/tom stands
Sonor 400-series snare stand/throne

kit specs - 8x8, 10x9, 12x10, 14x14, 14x5 snare, and a 20x17.5 bass drum - 9-ply birdseye maple.









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My first set was a Sunlite that I got when I was about 11 or 12 years old.

Drums:

14x22 Bass
10x12 Tom
11x13 Tom
16x16 Floor
5x14 Steel Snare

Cymbals:

20" Paiste ColorSound Ride (Red). It was used, really dirty, and had a slightly bent edge. Sounded terrible if I remember correctly.

16" Sabian B8 Pro and 18" Sabian AA Medium-Thin Crashes. I wound up cracking both of them, the 16" within about a year and the 18" within about 3 years.

14" SoundSonic (I think) Hi-hats. These were used, just like the ride. I eventually blew $70 and replaced them with Camber hi-hats (I think) I didn't know any better. I should have saved my money *lol*

In the pic I had LP Jam Blocks (red and blue, low/high, and an LP cowbell)

The drums were lousy. The bass, snare, and floor tom only had 6 lugs. The 12 & 13 toms had 4. The wrap eventually starting coming off by the time I got a new kit (Ludwig Rocker a few years later). The strainer on the snare broke and I had to duct tape the wires to the head. The drum stool also broke on me and my dad had to fix it.

Hardware wise, I remember that the cymbal stand that came with the kit was really cheap. The threaded rod that held the cymbal was actually just a screw that you would find at a hardware store. The stand would always slip and get lower on me as I was playing. The hi-hat clutch constantly slipped and the threaded nut would always come loose. The bass pedal was lousy. The only support on the bottom of the pedal was one flat metal bar that was connected to the heel plate and was held in place by the hoop clamp. It always slipped and I wore a hole in the head by the footboard rubbing against it. I even remember that the tom arms were two different lengths. They were off about 2" and I assumed they had a blind guy with a hack saw in the factory cutting them. I had a Tama cymbal stand which was sturdy until the tilter broke a few years later, and I had a CB Percussion stand that was good by todays entry level hardware standards. That lasted me years.

I played this kit for HOURS. It's kind of sad looking at it now because the kit was so lousy, but I played constantly anyway, just for the love of it. Now I've gotten to the point where I obsess about gear and that takes a front seat to the actual playing sometimes. I'm actually pretty proud of how well the kit is set up. Usually with a first set you see severe tom angles, cymbals sprawled everywhere and what not. This kit isn't set up that bad...it's kind of funny because I'd never be able to get comfortable on that kit now. I set things so much lower these days. Even if the 11x13 was touching the bass drum it would be too high for me.

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My first set was a Sunlite that I got when I was about 11 or 12 years old.

Drums:

14x22 Bass
10x12 Tom
11x13 Tom
16x16 Floor
5x14 Steel Snare

Cymbals:

20" Paiste ColorSound Ride (Red). It was used, really dirty, and had a slightly bent edge. Sounded terrible if I remember correctly.

16" Sabian B8 Pro and 18" Sabian AA Medium-Thin Crashes. I wound up cracking both of them, the 16" within about a year and the 18" within about 3 years.

14" SoundSonic (I think) Hi-hats. These were used, just like the ride. I eventually blew $70 and replaced them with Camber hi-hats (I think) I didn't know any better. I should have saved my money *lol*

In the pic I had LP Jam Blocks (red and blue, low/high, and an LP cowbell)

The drums were lousy. The bass, snare, and floor tom only had 6 lugs. The 12 & 13 toms had 4. The wrap eventually starting coming off by the time I got a new kit (Ludwig Rocker a few years later). The strainer on the snare broke and I had to duct tape the wires to the head. The drum stool also broke on me and my dad had to fix it.

Hardware wise, I remember that the cymbal stand that came with the kit was really cheap. The threaded rod that held the cymbal was actually just a screw that you would find at a hardware store. The stand would always slip and get lower on me as I was playing. The hi-hat clutch constantly slipped and the threaded nut would always come loose. The bass pedal was lousy. The only support on the bottom of the pedal was one flat metal bar that was connected to the heel plate and was held in place by the hoop clamp. It always slipped and I wore a hole in the head by the footboard rubbing against it. I even remember that the tom arms were two different lengths. They were off about 2" and I assumed they had a blind guy with a hack saw in the factory cutting them. I had a Tama cymbal stand which was sturdy until the tilter broke a few years later, and I had a CB Percussion stand that was good by todays entry level hardware standards. That lasted me years.

I played this kit for HOURS. It's kind of sad looking at it now because the kit was so lousy, but I played constantly anyway, just for the love of it. Now I've gotten to the point where I obsess about gear and that takes a front seat to the actual playing sometimes. I'm actually pretty proud of how well the kit is set up. Usually with a first set you see severe tom angles, cymbals sprawled everywhere and what not. This kit isn't set up that bad...it's kind of funny because I'd never be able to get comfortable on that kit now. I set things so much lower these days. Even if the 11x13 was touching the bass drum it would be too high for me.

ROB! what year was that?
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ROB! what year was that?
Um, I think it was either '92 or '93. Why do you ask, the Bart Simpson poster? *lol*

That's a Yamaha Maple Custom poster on the wall next to it.
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Um, I think it was either '92 or '93. Why do you ask, the Bart Simpson poster? *lol*

That's a Yamaha Maple Custom poster on the wall next to it.
hah no reason really it just looked 90s ish so i wanted to make sure.. what became of that set after you got a new one?
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hah no reason really it just looked 90s ish so i wanted to make sure.. what became of that set after you got a new one?
I think my dad sold it to a guy he worked with for his kid. It probably got put in a landfill somewhere. I then got a red Ludwig Rocker set. Ludwig was THE drums I wanted to have growing up and I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe because that's all the local music store sold. I remember there was an emerald green either Classic or Super Classic set there, 22/10/12/13/16 with a 6.5x14 hand hammered snare for like $3000 that I would have killed to have. My dad never played drums but even he liked the look of it. I could never talk him into buying it though *lol*
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I think my dad sold it to a guy he worked with for his kid. It probably got put in a landfill somewhere. I then got a red Ludwig Rocker set. Ludwig was THE drums I wanted to have growing up and I'm not exactly sure why. Maybe because that's all the local music store sold. I remember there was an emerald green either Classic or Super Classic set there, 22/10/12/13/16 with a 6.5x14 hand hammered snare for like $3000 that I would have killed to have. My dad never played drums but even he liked the look of it. I could never talk him into buying it though *lol*
haha i dig man, ive always wanted a pearl or high end kit but then i realized that my tama stagestar isnt all that bad.. my first set a rockwood honer was by far THE WORST set ive ever played on
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