Starting with the first one,
Let's see if I can remember them all......
Cheap, toy gold sparkly kit when I was about 6. Killed it in a matter of
minutes and it ended up in the attic for years until I hit about 10 and dug
it back out for some reason. That is when the bug bit hard.
A little no-name junior sized blue oyster kit with one bass drum, one tom and
one cheap, pressed cymbal. Tha bass drum was probably 14"! I remember
playing along to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack on them.
Finally talked the parents into a "real" kit-some contact papered, Tiawanese
pile of junk like Kent or Zim-Gar but had no badges or brand labels. The
music store salesman told me they were Ludwigs because they had a Ludwig head
on the bass drum. I believed him.
A Ludwig Chrome-O-Wood kit with a 24" Kick ,12-13" Concert toms and an 18"
Floor. My first real pro kit with real hardware and A Speed King pedal!
I later added a 22" Chrome Slingerland bass drum and a set of 6-8-10" Roto
Toms. My Neil Peart phase had begun. Sold them long ago.
Yamaha Recording Custom Piano White 8,10,12, 14, 16, 18 and 2-22 kicks.
Full hardware, cases, pedals-the works. Used 'em for years and split them
into a couple of kits and sold them to students.
Sonor Teardrop Rosewood 12, 13, 16, 20 bought used in '86. My Berklee kit.
Sold last year online.
Purple Gretsch Custom 8,10,12, 14, 16, 22 bought from Thoroughbred Music in
Sarasota. Wrapped them in silver sparkle and used them with CDB for the
last 6 years. Still have them.
Sonor Phonic in a copper-ish looking wrap 12, 13, 16, 22. Bought in
Florida and loaned to Matt Abts for the first Gov't Mule rehearsals/demos.
Sold to student.
ddrum3 Turbo. Still have them.
Rogers Concert tom kit 12, 13, 14, 16, 22 bought at a grage sale in Fla and
sold to a student after refurbishing them. Wrapped in a satin-y blue wrap.
Gretsch Custom Natural Maple 12, 14, 18 bop kit bought in a pawn shop for
$200. Sold them to a friend 3 yrs later for $300. What can I say? We
all have our stupid tax to pay.....
Noble & Cooley CD Maple Purple 8,10, 12, 14,16, 22. Used on the road with
Tanya Tucker and the first few CDB dates. Returned them to N&C to be
refinished in a darker metallic purple a few years ago. Still have them.
Used them today.
Baltimore Orange Satin 10, 14, 18 bop kit bought from Dan Radin. Gave
Grando the matching 6x13 snare for Christmas and still have the rest of the
DW Tobacco Burst 12, 14, 18 bop kit bought online a couple of years ago.
Still have them.
Gretsch Custom Purple 8,10, 12, 14, 16, 22 received as my first free endorser
kit. Beautiful! Sitting downstairs as I type this.
SonorLite Gray/Blue 8,10,12, 13, 14,16, 22 bought online about 3 years ago.
Sold last year to the artist rep at Evans drumheads. Beautiful kit but I
just didn't need them. He wanted them badly so I let them go. I kinda
regret it. If I find another kit, I'm buying them. Radcliffe and
Jeffrey Speegle have hoarded all the Yellow Lites but I will have some
Gretsch Custom 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 24 bought on eBay and wrapped in red
sparkle for this year's CDB tour. Using all but the 18 (which will be
converted into a bass drum someday) with CDB right now. They're sitting in
road trunks on the equipment truck.
I think that's it. 16 kits in almost 30 years of playing and I still have
6 of them. Not too bad I suppose. I'm certain there will be more before
it's all over.....