Finally! My First Final Phil Collins tribute kit

Bozozoid

Well-known member
I'm pretty excited about my newest project and wanted to share.

I've been a huge Phil Collins fan for well over 30 years, but I've never really put too much though into actually having a kit like Phil's. But this year I finally decided to go ahead and put together a set like his.

I know Phil never played a full Ludwig kit, but I've always loved their drums and decided that would be my own spin on the project. That Ludwig concert toms are plentiful also helped convince me. But with that detail I suppose it isn't really a replica kit as much as a tribute kit. No matter, it's a blast to play.

Even though his setup didn't change too much from 1981 on, I decided (at least for now) to try to replicate the specific kit he used in 1981 on his first solo album Face Value, and the Genesis albums Abacab and Three Sides Live. It really just boils down to cymbal placement, but having that big swish right up front is a lot of fun!

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Compared to what I was replicating:
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Phil a bad mood. And a hell of a nice man. What a wonderful inspiration. Great job!.
 

Winston_Wolf

Platinum Member
That's a serious drum collection you've got there. Jaw dropping, really.
Thanks!

I have 17 of the natural finish drums, and surprisingly they were all acquired one or two at a time for the most part. This whole unwrapping/refinishing odyssey began with a four piece set of Ludwig Rockers that I wondered what was hiding under some really worn and wavy wrap. Finding some really beautiful wood underneath started me on a long journey of picking up a drum or two as I found new sizes. With a single exception every Ludwig Rocker I unwrapped had really fantastic looking shells and they've turned into a labor of love and are truly my "forever" drums. It doesn't hurt that they all sound fantastic too. :)
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
Only the bass drums and some stacked on the left side look like they have Rocker lugs.
Did you replace some of the lugs on the other drums?
 

Winston_Wolf

Platinum Member
Only the bass drums and some stacked on the left side look like they have Rocker lugs.
Did you replace some of the lugs on the other drums?
Yes. The Rocker lugs are notorious for being prone to breaking. I replaced most all of the lugs with Large Classic lugs since they have the same hole spacing and are much more robust. Unfortunately the Rocker bass drum lug has a completely unique hole spacing so I just have to baby them and hope my stock of spare lugs will hold out.
 

DrummerJustLikeDad

Well-known member
So my latest project is to set up something more like Chester Thompson's kit too, and since I (just barely) had the room I figured why not have Phil and Chester's kits side by side!

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Simply fantastic.

Even without the print material in the room, and despite some of your brand choices, were I to walk into your room unescorted I would instantly recognize the tribute you're paying with those two set-ups side-by-side.

Very nice work.
 
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