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Old 02-26-2007, 08:15 PM
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Here is my fairly new [within a year] Whitney penguin nesting kit.
These clever drums all pack into one 16 inch hard case, with a hardware bag.
The kit is; 16x16, 13x5, 8x7, 10x7, 13x9. The beauty of having no lugs, is
the drums are one inch bigger than the head itself, thus being 'Fat in the Middle'.
The collar/ bearing edges are maple, and the shells are 3ply birch. The bearing edges are all really well cut, and the shells resonate freely. This little jazz kit has a great sound, producing warm tones with the Aquarian Dejohnette heads. Engineers love it. Very well balanced, great low-end/ highs.
It is very quick to assemble, and is also very light. All drums ''Russian Doll' themselves into each other [apart from my add-on 8 inch'] with the thumb screws removing the resonator heads of the floor tom, and the kick, without loosing tuning. Great design...The kick is huge sounding, and has a channel to fit a mic cord into,,thus having internal miking capabilities.

They all hang on 2 posts that sit in the ''nest'', so it takes up very little space as there are no tri-pods,,,,, and is easy to move if the bass player needs more room. 2 little boom cymbal stands come with it. The kick beater can hit in the middle of the head if desired, or off-set. I argue to show me anything like it with the same quality and sound.

www.paulclifford.moonfruit.com

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Old 02-26-2007, 08:30 PM
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What a great idea, remove the head with the edge, very good looking too, must be a bit expensive!
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:31 PM
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I like those a lot! How much they cost you?
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:32 PM
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What a great idea, remove the head with the edge, very good looking too, must be a bit expensive!


Not really, about 2 g's Canadian, and seeing what you get, you save that in extra luggage fees at airports!!
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:36 PM
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Very cool set. Most of what's posted here is very good but very run-of-the-mill and it's a real treat to see something so unusual. As someone who schleps a few hundred pounds of drums and gear around, your setup is streamlined and elegant. Is there no hihat?

$2,000 is about the minimum to spend on a good custom set, which is what the Whitneys are.

I would love to try the set. I hear Penguins have a great sound as well. Good job!
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:44 PM
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Yes they sound very cool, very unique, and they take a little getting used to, but that was fine with me! I left the hihat out, as it is not part of the kit,,just an ol' beat up Yammi.
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:47 PM
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[quote=Deathmetalconga;280937 As someone who schleps a few hundred pounds of drums and gear around[/quote]

Yeah your bass drum alone looks like it weighs 100lbs :)

What an awesome looking kit. I don't like the look of some of them on the site, but the ones in the darker finishes are damn cool. So you have to take the heads off every time in order to pack them up?
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Yes they sound very cool, very unique, and they take a little getting used to, but that was fine with me! I left the hihat out, as it is not part of the kit,,just an ol' beat up Yammi.

Also, what do you sit on? When you travel, do you really take a seat and hihats and hihat stand? What kinds of cymbals do you have?
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:03 PM
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Yeah your bass drum alone looks like it weighs 100lbs :)

What an awesome looking kit. I don't like the look of some of them on the site, but the ones in the darker finishes are damn cool. So you have to take the heads off every time in order to pack them up?
No, just 2 ''collars'', that attach with thumb screws,,it only takes about one minute for both. [kick and floor tom]

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Old 02-26-2007, 09:11 PM
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No, just 2 ''collars'', that attach with thumb screws,,it only takes about one minute for both. [kick and floor tom]

Where do you stack the snare, 10 & 13 toms?
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:14 PM
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Wow, that's a great concept and your set looks gorgeous. Me wants to have!
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Old 02-26-2007, 09:34 PM
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Where do you stack the snare, 10 & 13 toms?
The 10 goes into the 13 floor, and the 13 [with the 10 inside goes into the kick, with the snare on top [all packed with folding bags, ever so snug], there for all 4 drums inside a 18 case. The 8 goes into your ladies purse
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:26 PM
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Also, what do you sit on? When you travel, do you really take a seat and hihats and hihat stand? What kinds of cymbals do you have?
My seat is a stool from a yard sale, ultra comfy, and it packs nicely into my car.
my cymbals are;
21 mel lewis istanbul ride
20 hohner flat ride
15 sabian med/thin crash
10 turkish slash
14 dream hihats/ 14 sabian metel axx
21 sabian dark light ride
18 wuhan china with a bite out of it!

i mainly use the mel lewis!
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:39 PM
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My seat is a stool from a yard sale, ultra comfy, and it packs nicely into my car.
my cymbals are;
21 mel lewis istanbul ride
20 hohner flat ride
15 sabian med/thin crash
10 turkish slash
14 dream hihats/ 14 sabian metel axx
21 sabian dark light ride
18 wuhan china with a bite out of it!

i mainly use the mel lewis!
But you don't take all those with you, do you? Seems like your kit only has room for a ride and a crash and the hats.

Looks like you have an SKB hard case, which is top quality. With a few dabs of Velcro, you could affix the padded cymbal bag to the top of the case and sit on the case, thereby eliminating the need lug around a stool (but maybe the case is too low). I know the Yamaha Hipgigs come with a wooden tube that doubles as a seat and hardware case.
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:17 PM
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yes
I only take the 2 cymbals + splash and china [an extra stand]. I have a stacker thing [not pictured]
I have used the case for a seat, but prefeer my stool,,in a pinch i can always find a chair.
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:09 AM
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The 10 goes into the 13 floor, and the 13 [with the 10 inside goes into the kick, with the snare on top [all packed with folding bags, ever so snug], there for all 4 drums inside a 18 case. The 8 goes into your ladies purse
That's awesome man. How do they sound? I have to say I have G.A.S. for a kit like that now with a 20" bass. A darker stain like yours with natural hoops looks amazing.
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Old 02-27-2007, 01:17 AM
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Definitally a cool lil kit. Easy to transport and if it sounds as good as you say it does, then 2g is a nice price to pay i guess.
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:21 PM
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There is another kit i use for busking , and recording, And a better picture of my Penguins. Travel to;
http://www.drummerworld.com/mydrumse..._Clifford.html
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Old 02-27-2007, 02:33 PM
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what do these sound like? that would be so useful for me to have a kit that easy to transport!!!
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Old 02-27-2007, 03:23 PM
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I have 2 sources that will give you an idea of how they sound. First is a 4track off a piece i wrote for my proposed TV show Shed
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Shed at www.paulclifford.moonfruit.com {he's a monkey}

or listen to Everybodys Got a Lot to Say @ www.laughinggravy.net

The drums are sensitive, and dynamic,, i have found my voice in them,, If you are a heavy metel player i wouldn't get the Nesting kit. It is small and jazzy. Other musicians/ engineers love them,,They are different, but really cool.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:38 PM
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Wait a sec here ... the photo shows your drum case, a hardware bag and a cymbal bag, but no stool. Sounds like you are hauling around more stuff than is in the picture?
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:00 PM
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Wait a sec here ... the photo shows your drum case, a hardware bag and a cymbal bag, but no stool. Sounds like you are hauling around more stuff than is in the picture?
The problem is i am in Canada now, but reside in the UK, where my stool is,,its an old piece of furnature that i got for 2 quid, but it is really comfy.i just pack it on my case, and thats all. The one pictured is an old piece of crap. I like your idea of velcro and the cymbal bag. However the hieght is wrong. I also have a stick bag, and some left over stir fry in a tupperware container under my arm! lol. I fing a samsonite luggage cart is good, but in europe those bloody cobble stones!!
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That is totally cool man. I also just checked out their website, great stuff.
Check their "sidekick set" where the hanging floor tom is also used as a bass drum.
Nice set.
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Old 02-28-2007, 08:23 PM
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The problem is i am in Canada now, but reside in the UK, where my stool is,,its an old piece of furnature that i got for 2 quid, but it is really comfy.i just pack it on my case, and thats all. The one pictured is an old piece of crap. I like your idea of velcro and the cymbal bag. However the hieght is wrong. I also have a stick bag, and some left over stir fry in a tupperware container under my arm! lol. I fing a samsonite luggage cart is good, but in europe those bloody cobble stones!!
I see in the photo you are sitting on a standard throne. I think it could be possible to take that with your set and not add much. The throne stand would fit in the gear bag, while the seat might fit in the SKB case. You might need to make a custom low-profile seat (less padding), or maybe a smaller seat. It would be less comfortable, but the trade-off would be greater portability.
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unbelievable.

Thanks for posting this, and the link to the website.

I definitely know what jazz kit to get now. No more "compromising" for a catalina club or hipgig. This is the perfect kit for me.

The fact that it comes with all the hardware AND good cases makes the price seem almost rediculously low.

I can't wait to order one!
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Very cool-reminds me a lot of the Arbiter "pickle jar" setup, with smooth toms, and no visible tuning lugs...(yours are very subtle, but I can see them;))
I absolutely love the finish on the shells too....
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Makes me wonder if Whitney does wraps, or different finishes and woods.
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Innovative, useful, beautiful, easy, inexpensive, good sound...

Pure genius!
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Wow, really clever design...and they look great too. I want one.
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Awesome stuff mate.

I wish we could get them in the UK....
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Awesome stuff mate.

I wish we could get them in the UK....
You can order them to the UK,,,,
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This kit is so cool I just wanted to bump this thread.
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Absolutely beautiful. Do they sound as distinguished as they look?
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Here is my fairly new [within a year] Whitney penguin nesting kit.
These clever drums all pack into one 16 inch hard case, with a hardware bag.
The kit is; 16x16, 13x5, 8x7, 10x7, 13x9. The beauty of having no lugs, is
the drums are one inch bigger than the head itself, thus being 'Fat in the Middle'.
The collar/ bearing edges are maple, and the shells are 3ply birch. The bearing edges are all really well cut, and the shells resonate freely. This little jazz kit has a great sound, producing warm tones with the Aquarian Dejohnette heads. Engineers love it. Very well balanced, great low-end/ highs.
It is very quick to assemble, and is also very light. All drums ''Russian Doll' themselves into each other [apart from my add-on 8 inch'] with the thumb screws removing the resonator heads of the floor tom, and the kick, without loosing tuning. Great design...The kick is huge sounding, and has a channel to fit a mic cord into,,thus having internal miking capabilities.

They all hang on 2 posts that sit in the ''nest'', so it takes up very little space as there are no tri-pods,,,,, and is easy to move if the bass player needs more room. 2 little boom cymbal stands come with it. The kick beater can hit in the middle of the head if desired, or off-set. I argue to show me anything like it with the same quality and sound.

www.paulclifford.moonfruit.com

www.whitneydrums.com
That is one wild looking set of drums! I would love to play them.
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:22 PM
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Hey FIM,

Love your kit! Did the hard case come with the drums and does the Whitney hardware bag have enough room for the base of your throne and does it have wheels?
Do you have problems with large (20-22") cymbals hanging so far over the floor/rack tom that there's barely any drum to play? How long did it take to get the kit once you ordered it? Do you know the total weight of the kit?
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Wow...that is beautiful.
Do you have some sound clips?

Very interessting!

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go to see Shed at www.paulclifford.moonfruit.com {he's a monkey}

or listen to Everybodys Got a Lot to Say @ www.laughinggravy.net
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At first I thought it was american dollars and I wasn't too happy about the price. BUT now it's canadian! That means I don't have to wait as long. (I'm from the UK and very interested in buying one of the kits.)

I hope Whitney replies to my email soon about how much it costs to send over here blah blah.

They look amazing and my band and I are doing a lot of gigging soon so it's great transport wise. ARGH I WANT ONE NOW!!!!!!!
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www.drummersworld.com

These are great looking/sounding nesting kits as well. 6 ply maple keller, $1350 US. I use one as my primary.
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Man im so glad this got bumped those kits are killer!
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