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Old 10-29-2011, 05:55 AM
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:14 AM
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So, if you could pick just ONE, which kit is your favorite?
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:24 AM
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So, if you could pick just ONE, which kit is your favorite?
Probably the Red Tama kit on the floating dock. I like the depth of his newer drum sets, but I like the tom setup better on the old setup. I don't like the ride taking up the tom placement.

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Old 10-29-2011, 06:39 AM
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I think my favorite is still the black Slingerland, but that's because he was playing that kit the first time I saw Rush.

Playing-wise, I prefer the ride cymbal under the right hand, so I know why he switched. But I know what you mean. Especially when I was a young buck in the 70's, there was something about seeing a guy surrounded with toms!

I'll even admit to to having an exact replica of that black kit, long ago. I had exactly the same sizes and even had the mount for the 12" tom on the left side of the bass drum so it would fit correctly and allow the two bass drums to sit close together!
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:44 AM
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I'm a tom guy first, so I really don't like the stretch from tom to tom with the ride in the way. He has had some beautiful kits over the years. So much to look at, and so much fun to play. Everything is still within reach. Everything is used, not just there for show.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:30 AM
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My fave is still the Black Slingerland's too. Look at all that cool stuff!!

Second would be the Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures wood finished Tama kit.
Never cared for his Ludwig kits for some reason.

There's something really cool to me about the "junky-ness" of that chrome & copper Slingerland kit too.
Can you imaging anyone NOW going on tour with a miss-matched kit like that? That's what people did back then though, and it was no big deal. Mix and match drums too.
That was your kit, and you played your shows. No one cared or noticed those things, just like they don't now--unless you're a drummer.

The electronics are cool, but I think people would sh*t if he went and put the gong, chimes, tympani, blocks and all that back up again for a tour.
A roadie nightmare...but look at all that cool stuff!
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Out of all those I really like the R30 kit the best. Something about that black sparkle just jumps out to me.
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I'd like them better if they were Ludwigs. Nice fanboy thread.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:40 PM
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The candy apple red kit floating on the water was my fave of the old-time kits.

Of the new ones, I would take that Hockey Night In Canada kit in a heartbeat. I'm a die-hard hockey fanatic and watching HNIC has been a Saturday night ritual for me since I was a kid, and still is today. Full disclosure: I'm an unapologetic Don Cherry fan, too.

Plus, reading Neil's blog entry about how that kit was made was fascinating. The color of the finish, the blue and red lines, the way they got the hardware to have a tint of ice blue... just awesome.

I've never been a collector of drums, but that hockey kit is something I'd spend too much on, probably.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:30 PM
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I'd like them better if they were Ludwigs. Nice fanboy thread.
Well if you actually looked at them you would see that two of them are.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:33 PM
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The candy apple red kit floating on the water was my fave of the old-time kits.

Of the new ones, I would take that Hockey Night In Canada kit in a heartbeat. I'm a die-hard hockey fanatic and watching HNIC has been a Saturday night ritual for me since I was a kid, and still is today. Full disclosure: I'm an unapologetic Don Cherry fan, too.

Plus, reading Neil's blog entry about how that kit was made was fascinating. The color of the finish, the blue and red lines, the way they got the hardware to have a tint of ice blue... just awesome.

I've never been a collector of drums, but that hockey kit is something I'd spend too much on, probably.
Well it is cool that Neil has put so much thought into some of his kits. Probably one of the best collections out there.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:35 PM
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Out of all those I really like the R30 kit the best. Something about that black sparkle just jumps out to me.
That is one of my favorites just on looks alone, but I don't like his new setup. Dark colors don't work very well on stage either.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:40 PM
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My fave is still the Black Slingerland's too. Look at all that cool stuff!!

Second would be the Permanent Waves/Moving Pictures wood finished Tama kit.
Never cared for his Ludwig kits for some reason.

There's something really cool to me about the "junky-ness" of that chrome & copper Slingerland kit too.
Can you imaging anyone NOW going on tour with a miss-matched kit like that? That's what people did back then though, and it was no big deal. Mix and match drums too.
That was your kit, and you played your shows. No one cared or noticed those things, just like they don't now--unless you're a drummer.

The electronics are cool, but I think people would sh*t if he went and put the gong, chimes, tympani, blocks and all that back up again for a tour.
A roadie nightmare...but look at all that cool stuff!
I agree with you Karl on the Slingerland days with all the percussion. That is what drew me to him. All the different stuff he would play. Seemed like a real percussionist, not just a kit player. I used to be an electronic drum freak, but since getting my new kit, I have no use for them anymore. I think it is time Neil did the same. They lack hugely in the presence category in his solo's.
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Old 10-29-2011, 03:47 PM
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Probably the Red Tama kit on the floating dock. I like the depth of his newer drum sets, but I like the tom setup better on the old setup. I don't like the ride taking up the tom placement.
My first Tama kit came with a banner with that pic on it..that's the classic Peart kit..saw him play that kit on tour a few times..
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:19 PM
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My first Tama kit came with a banner with that pic on it..that's the classic Peart kit..saw him play that kit on tour a few times..
Mine didn't, and I was inconsolable about it. I think I just missed the cutoff or something, because my buddy bought his set a few months earlier and got one and I never forgave him. I wanted that banner so bad.
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:23 PM
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My first Tama kit came with a banner with that pic on it..that's the classic Peart kit..saw him play that kit on tour a few times..
I want to know where that banner is now. Do you still have it?
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:42 PM
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I want to know where that banner is now. Do you still have it?
Actually I sold it a few years ago..for quite a bit of money if I remember correctly..:)
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Old 10-29-2011, 04:45 PM
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Actually I sold it a few years ago..for quite a bit of money if I remember correctly..:)
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I have seen a few auctioned off and they go for quite a bit. A local store has one hanging up but he won't give it to me. :(
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great thread,

I have the superstar floating on the lake store banner hanging in my studio.

I would have to pick the superstars, for me that is the quintessential Peart kit.


the DWs are worth more though ;-)
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:29 PM
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great thread,

I have the superstar floating on the lake store banner hanging in my studio.

I would have to pick the superstars, for me that is the quintessential Peart kit.


the DWs are worth more though ;-)
I personally like Neil's drum sound more on those older recordings as well...
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:40 PM
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I'll take the one I can get the most money for!!! That guy must have extremely long arms and obviously be a contourtionists!!!!! How the hell do these guys utilize all that gear. I understand the "show" aspect of rock n roll concerts but every drummer knows thats just over kill and theres no need for a pop drummer to set that stuff up other than a visual effect. I just recently had a friend send me a clip of Mr. Peart playing jazz on a 5 piece set and he was very solid and very thorough. I just looked at a Rush video with one of those over kill set ups and honestly hes less proficient and who wouldn't be hahahaha!!! Decisions Decisions what the hell to hit next, if I roll down to the right to fast I just might fall out of this set up.........oh well its just not me but I am happy he doesn't destroy anything at the end of the shows......................he doesn't does he?????? Doc
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:57 PM
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I'll take the one I can get the most money for!!! That guy must have extremely long arms and obviously be a contourtionists!!!!! How the hell do these guys utilize all that gear. I understand the "show" aspect of rock n roll concerts but every drummer knows thats just over kill and theres no need for a pop drummer to set that stuff up other than a visual effect. I just recently had a friend send me a clip of Mr. Peart playing jazz on a 5 piece set and he was very solid and very thorough. I just looked at a Rush video with one of those over kill set ups and honestly hes less proficient and who wouldn't be hahahaha!!! Decisions Decisions what the hell to hit next, if I roll down to the right to fast I just might fall out of this set up.........oh well its just not me but I am happy he doesn't destroy anything at the end of the shows......................he doesn't does he?????? Doc
No Doc, he doesn't. He is more mature than that. When you are good you don't have to break things to be noticed. Believe me he uses it all and has lots of fun doing it. :)
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I personally like Neil's drum sound more on those older recordings as well...
Me too. Not a big fan of his DW sound at all. Maybe I could send him a picture, and sound sample of mine and get him a new sponsor. :)
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great thread,

I have the superstar floating on the lake store banner hanging in my studio.

I would have to pick the superstars, for me that is the quintessential Peart kit.


the DWs are worth more though ;-)
Only in dollar value.
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:01 PM
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Karl mentioned the wood-finished Tama kit that came after the Slingerlands. I have to say, I LOVED the concert tom sound he got out of that kit! They were tuned really high and had just the right blend of brightness and woody tone (listen to the solo on Exit Stage Left).

I like the look of that candy-apple red Tama, too, but I never liked the sound as well. Whether studio or live recording, they always sounded a bit sterile or something to me.

For overall kit sound, my ear loves the red DW kit on Test for Echo, too. But I miss the small concert toms.
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I've always been partial the cherry red Tama Artstar prototype kit.

Although it was several years before I realized the Mahaogany finish Tama Superstars were actually a different red kit, given back in 81/82 my only reference point was when ever MTV would play a Rush video, and on the Exist Stage Left videos, there so many red lights on stage, it made it difficult to differentiate the two.

And Neil was playing the cherry red artstar protoype kit the 1st time I saw Rush live, on the Power Windows tour.

Although I admit the R30 anniversary kit is a close 2nd. I was surprised he retired that one.
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:26 PM
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I'd like them better if they were Ludwigs. Nice fanboy thread.
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The Pink-ish white and Purple kits Ludwigs were actually the same drum set. Neil had the pink-white kit re-finished in purple.

Neil then went to a blue Ludwig kit when he switched to a single bass drum kit.
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My choice would begin single bass drum Blue Ludwig kit with the gold lugs and hoops that he used on Roll the Bones.Runner up would be his Blackchrome Slingerlands.

My least favorite is the snacks and arrows kit, I find that just hideous.
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My choice would begin single bass drum Blue Ludwig kit with the gold lugs and hoops that he used on Roll the Bones.Runner up would be his Blackchrome Slingerlands.

My least favorite is the snacks and arrows kit, I find that just hideous.
I agree on the snakes and arrows kit. I had a chance to buy the replica snare and just couldn't do it because of the color.
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"Snacks and Arrows" kit..wasn't that the Weird Al cover kit..:)

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My choice would begin single bass drum Blue Ludwig kit with the gold lugs and hoops that he used on Roll the Bones.Runner up would be his Blackchrome Slingerlands.

My least favorite is the snacks and arrows kit, I find that just hideous.
Sorry I missed that one.

I really like that one also.
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The four piece Steel Gray Ripple Rogers from way in the past.
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Well if you actually looked at them you would see that two of them are.
I was just performing an experiment, I didn't really mean that.
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I was just performing an experiment, I didn't really mean that.
Hahahhahahahahahahaha!!! Too funny, Larry!
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That one and snakes and arrow I just find ugly. Too busy for my taste with all the graphics . The R30 kit the logos blended a little better.
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Steampunk kit! Cool!
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:59 AM
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That one and snakes and arrow I just find ugly. Too busy for my taste with all the graphics . The R30 kit the logos blended a little better.
This one I actually like because, even though it is busy, it really does a great job of capturing the steampunk look - a case in which more is better! IMO
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:14 PM
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Well, Neil always had flashy drumkits, but from a cosmetic point of view, I prefer the double bass kits, they feel like I could play on them, not like the current ones.
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