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Old 08-20-2012, 10:40 AM
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Default Mix n Match Drum Kits?

So I'm pretty tough on my drums, and just can't justify throwing down more money than I have on a brand new kit with no personality. But thats just my opinion. I just love the look of a bunch of random old drums cobbled together with some nice heads and cymbals and a good snare. I think its neat that every piece of my kit was once part of a matching drum set probably playing very different music than I do, before I was even born. So show me your mix n match kits. Whats the kit's story, and What kind of music do you play.



Pretty much the only thing I payed for in this picture is the snare stands and the drum heads(minus the bass drum heads)

Bass drum is a 22x14 Royce. Heads are Powerstrokes, given to me by my bass player. I found the drum in a church basement and was told I could have it.

The Rack tom has no brand, it just says Made in Japan on the mounting hardware, I found it the same place as the bass drum.

The floor tom is from my 1st drum set.

The Snare I received in Grammar school

Cymbals are Z Customs, The crash is broken, 18" Medium a yard sale find, sounds great and has lasted ages. 22" ride and 14" hats were given to me.

I have Aquarians all around besides the bass, and for being damn near free this kit sounds awesome, its very fun to play as well. I use it for a jazzy ska punk band with horns and a thrash/dbeat punk band.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:04 PM
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That kit screams "Punk's not dead".

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Old 08-20-2012, 02:24 PM
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...the drum seat looks painful ... but the rest of the kit is alright :)
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:50 PM
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Nothing wrong with mixing drums, just as there's nothing wrong with mixing cymbals. Especially if you're tough on your drums, this is a good way to go, & if you like the vibe, even better :)
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:37 PM
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Nothing wrong with mixing drums
Yeah. Iím looking at getting a 12 inch Guru tom to complement my Mydentity toms around my Stewart snare over my Staccato kick drum. Mmmmmmm!
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:00 PM
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Yeah. Iím looking at getting a 12 inch Guru tom to complement my Mydentity toms around my Stewart snare over my Staccato kick drum. Mmmmmmm!
What??? ... that's utter blasphemy, you can't do this, there's mix and match and mix and match, but a 12" Guru tom?... you're out of you mind man!!! ...it will kill the look of the beautifull... Staccato kick drum :) *jk Andy*
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:14 PM
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What??? ... that's utter blasphemy...it will kill the look of the beautifull... Staccato kick drum
...and the Staccato kick drum is the only piece I mentioned that I actually own. (Great for late-night mellow jazz gigs.)
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:47 PM
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My Frankenstein ...... wish I still owned that kick.
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Old 08-21-2012, 12:40 AM
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Yeah. I’m looking at getting a 12 inch Guru tom to complement my Mydentity toms
The Staccato bass drum I can live with, but Mydentity toms? Complement, how exactly? :) Ah hell, why not, it's a sale ;)

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What??? ... that's utter blasphemy,
a 12" Guru tom?...
.it will kill the look of the beautifull... Staccato kick drum :) *jk Andy*
You're right Henri, it would. I like the stage presence of a Staccato bass drum :)

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...and the Staccato kick drum
(Great for late-night mellow jazz gigs.)
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:33 AM
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I did that as a younger man back in the late 80s and what cured me of never using a kit like that was this conversation:

"Hi, I need a drummer for a small party this Saturday, you available?"
Me: "Sure, what do you need?"
"A little bit of everything, dress is black and white, downbeat is at 6PM. You do have a tux?"
Me: "Of course!" (As I rush out to find a tux for the weekend....)

And then there's this conversation:

Me: "Hi"
"We need a drummer for a musical at the local theater. You'll be sight-reading the book, the equipment is already there. Bring sticks and brushes".

I wish I could have a mixed-up kit sometimes.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:43 AM
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I love the mixed kits you guys have.
I think there is a certain charm to it

the first kit I ever had was a mix of 60's Ludwigs and Slingerlands......so ever since I was a kid I have had a soft spot for Frankenstein kits
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:46 AM
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I started a thread on a very similar topic last week, over in the "Your Gear" forum: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=94040 .

The story on mine is over there, so I won't repost it here- I'll just link in one of the pix. Chase that thread for the story behind the beast...

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Old 08-21-2012, 03:24 AM
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All the same color now, but this group is 4 different drum companies.
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:35 AM
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Got this kit [70,s Ludwigs]one piece at a time.First kit I have owned since the late 60's...
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:55 AM
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A buddy of mine bought this radial pro "jelly bean" kit from the band Stryper a few months ago, there is also a 12" tom in clear green gloss not shown.

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Old 08-22-2012, 04:58 AM
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I always loved Bill Bruford's mix n' match kits from his late Crimson days, with the roto toms
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:16 AM
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That kit screams "Punk's not dead".

Nice one.
Thanks guys, lots of good kits here! Glad to find some like-minded drummers here! Punk's not dead and neither is Jazz. My uncle Warren stopped through for a visit and put old Frankenstien through her paces. (And showed me a few tricks)

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151384813619778

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_...(jazz_musician)

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Old 08-22-2012, 06:24 AM
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I started a thread on a very similar topic last week, over in the "Your Gear" forum: http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=94040 .

The story on mine is over there, so I won't repost it here- I'll just link in one of the pix. Chase that thread for the story behind the beast...


I dig this kit alot too, my kit previously included a 14x20 Slingerland silver sparkle bass drum.....It wasn't quite cutting unmic'd with a big marshal half stack and full bass Stack, so when the head broke on it, i went to the 22x14...i just love 14" depth bass drums
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:16 PM
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I love Frankenstein kits,and I mix drums all the time.Hal Blaine's famous monster kit was a mix of hardware with Ludwig and Blamire drums.Steve Gadd used a brass supra with his Yammy RC's.It's really not uncommon to use multiple brands in a studio setting either.I know this makes the everything must match crowd insane,but maybe you should try it sometime.It might prove to be thereputic.After all,your brand of cymbal dosen't match your brand of drum.Not pro level cymbals anyway:)

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:33 AM
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I've been collecting drums of late to build a proper small kit (ie not a kiddie special that sounds horrible) for my 7 year old daughter and am really struggling to buy anything that doesn't match. I think muy issue is my intention to use it as an ultra portable substitute for my Saturn big kit for acoustic gigs.

I have a 12" Premier Royale tom, a 16" royale floor tom for a bass drum, both in black wrap, total cost £31 so far and a really mice piano black 10x5 yamaha stage custom snare in piano black lacquer for £45 with a protection racket case thrown in. I can't make up my mind whether to go 8-10-12 or 10-12-13. Anyone out there got any opinion, or even better, a black 10" royale or APK tom?
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:58 AM
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My little kit above, the Bumble Be Bop has 12 tom and 13 floor tom. 14 snare and 18 x 16 bass drum. May you could do a 13 or 14 floor
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:56 AM
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haha cool thread. i have a bit of a "mutt setup" as i call it. i have a gretsch catalina club jazz shell pack with mahogany shells and a white marine wrap, a steel pearl drumset timbale, an a maple pork pie 12x6 with wood hoops (pictured in my avatar) in a kind of "algae green" matte, and a gretsch full-range snare with a natural lacquer maple shell, mostly zildjian cymbals and an ufip crash
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:44 AM
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ddrum Duo Fade blue to black shallow maple toms with powder coated cast hoops. 7x10, 7x12, 12x14, 12x16
Pearl Forum 16x20 inch bass in black wrap.
Sonor Special Edition maple snare in piano black. 5.5x14
I spent abut a year on eBay finding the drums that I wanted.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:53 AM
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Yamaha and Pearl toms and mounts. Anyone know how to cut felt straight? - ha ha:
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:12 PM
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You guys ROCK!!! A lot of character in those mix 'n' match kits!! Love it.
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My little kit above, the Bumble Be Bop has 12 tom and 13 floor tom. 14 snare and 18 x 16 bass drum. May you could do a 13 or 14 floor
Tis decided- going 10/12/13 with 16x16 bass, possibly as a 1 up, 2 down- all Premier Royale/APK except the 10 which is a Mapex M Birch in Trans Black, the others are wrapped black and the 10x5 snare, with a 13x5 as an alternative if I use it. My spare cymbals- 14" Quickbeats, 17" A Custom (with cutout from a small crack) and my 20 K Custom ride, and the hardware from my old Tama Rockstar. Will post some pics over the next week or 2 as I put it together. the hardware from the 12 and 16 are in the kitchen at the moment in a bucket of dishwasher tablets and water!

I have to say I'm really enjoying this and my daughter has no idea!
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Good stuff guys - the kits look great!

I like mixing and matching too - seems to be each kit has it's "best drum" so it makes sense to try them together and see if they're compatible.

This is what I used when I started out with the current band (now my kit's more conventional) - at the time I hadn't owned a kit for a decade so I added a few pieces to the the few bits of drum gear I still owned at the time
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:49 AM
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...This is what I used when I started out with the current band (now my kit's more conventional) - at the time I hadn't owned a kit for a decade so I added a few pieces to the the few bits of drum gear I still owned at the time

Is that box on the lower right of the pic some kind of foot stomp box? Or were you going bass-less at the time.
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