Sam sent me two kits:
one is a custom-built kit from an English drum company,
Highwood Drums and
Percussion. The second is beautiful replica of Neil's Slingerland kit that
was featured in Rhythm magazine.
The kit was featured in an issue of Rhythm magazine and Iíve attached the photo
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I bought three Slingerland Niles badge kits — two kits in chrome wrap,
but one in black wrap. My kit is based around two Slingerland set-ups that Neil
used. The finish is the same as his chrome 1974-77 kit, but the
configuration is of his 1977-79 black-chrome set.
The set-up is as
follows: two 24"x14" bass drums, 18"x16" floor tom, 15"x10" (still waiting for
15"x12"), 13"x9" and 12"x8" double headed toms, 12"x8", 10"x7", 8"x5Ĺ" and
6"x5Ĺ" concert toms (the latter with UK custom-made maple shell), 13" and 14"
timbales, 14"x5Ĺ" snare. Thereís also an 18"x12" gong bass drum, Neil didnít use
one until the Tama years, but I wanted one and this is the closest I could find.
It should really be 22".
The black bass drum has been re-covered in
chrome plastic wrap, acquired from the US. For the snare, I took the hardware
off an old Slingerland metal snare and fitted it to a maple shell, covered in
chrome wrap. I will eventually invest in something more authentic. The stands
are a jumble, mainly modern. The trickiest to replicate are the stacker stands.
They should be Tama Titans, but Iíve used Premier Triloks to stack the 18"
crashabove the 22" ride and to mount the cowbells under the 8" splash. The
easiest bits to find were the Premier bass drum cymbal mounts and arms, one for
each bass drum. The cowbells are two old LPs, plus a new Pearl Tri-bell. The
original Gon Bop Tri-bells that Neil used are rare, as are the super-long
chimes. Cymbals are A Zildjians in Brilliant finish, so not exactly following
Neilís set-up but the sizes are all the same, just missing an 18Ē china to go
beneath the Wuhan.....and of course all the percussion ;-)
The drum kit was custom built for me last year by an
English company called Highwood. The shells are all
birch with the exception of the steam bent maple snare.
When I commissioned the drums I asked specifically for a
1980ís Tama styled shell, with bearing edges and
thickness the same as the old Superstar drums.
My drum influences are varied but Neil Peart will always
be the most obvious in my playing and my kit. However
Iím also a huge Stewart Copeland, Phil Gould (Level 42)
and Simon Phillips fan — so their influence is also
apparent in my set-up.
Crucial to getting the
sound right was tom depth, so many Peart replica kits
have Power tom depths and not the old standard size, a
huge oversight in my opinion. Especially key was the
12x8, both Neil Peart and Phil Gould have a really
distinctive timbale type sound from their 12x8
toms....annoyingly I still havenít been able to
replicate that sound, even after tightening the heads up
as far as was possible!!!!! Any tips?
to get some concert toms and a gong bass drum made in
the same finish, when finances allow it, so could be a