I played on several Peavey Radial Pro Kits back in the 90's and even early 2000's. All of the ones I played sounded amazing. Peavey was just distributing and I believe had a licensing deal if memory serves me correct. I used to have the business card of the guy who was the brainchild of the whole thing, I think his last name was Volpp, but I can't exactly remember. He was making them well before Peavey got involved. This guy was deadly serious about having no interference of any kind within the shell of the drum. I remember looking through the top head and seeing nothing but wood when looking downward, it was really impressive. I remember speaking with a Peavey rep at the NAMM show and they told me that they had to tell him (Volpp?) lacquer finishes were a must, because initially he only wanted the finish applied by hand, similar to a hand varnish, but Peavey couldn't guarantee quality control with something like that. Again, this guy was serious about maximum resonance. I actually own a Radial Pro snare drum to this day. The Radial Pro drums could rip your head off is the best way to describe the sound. Thin maple shells with no interference. They were very powerful and full sounding. I strongly considered getting a set many times, but never pulled the trigger because I was worried (justifiably) that the concept and look wouldn't win people over, and that a few years later they might not be selling them any longer, which would make add ons or potential repairs extremely difficult etc. That is exactly what happened. They did sound great though. I played on 3 different kits that I can remember, and they all sounded fantastic. I liked the look of them, though most consumers seemingly did not.Just wondering if anyone has owned/played this kit? ...the only well known drummer I've seen playing them was Don Brewer Of GFR in the late 90s
I did look into unbelievably correct statement Uncle Larry, and yes that would be the Radial Pro 1000 series in OP's inquiry, they are 3 ply 1/10 inch or 2.5 mm shells. Ultimate resonance maple shells, I wonder how they project live?There was a member here some time ago. I can't remember his handle, but he had a set of Radials and just thought they were all that and a Playa bowl.
He told me the shell was only 3mm. Wow. 3mm is thin. The thinner the better to my ear, especially with wood.
These shells were crazy thin; 1/10 inch or ~2.5mm...the apex of the thin maple 90s! I had assumed the Radial Bridge was acting as a reinforcement hoop as well as a lug systemOnce again, an innovative concept that sounded great died because the hardware wasn‘t designed around the concept. So what if that ”lug ring” looks weird.
I played a set of these at an open jam once. Same color too. They were tuned so poorly that I really couldn't hear what they were capable of.