30th Anniversary

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At a Glance:

  • Acoustic drums: Drum Workshop with custom R30 black with gold flakes finish

  • Used during 2004 during R30 tour and to record Feedback

  • Electronic drums: Roland V-drums, KAT midi-marimba

  • Cymbals: Sabian Paragon

  • Sticks: Pro-Mark 747 wood tip

  • DW 14" "Edge" (indoors) DW 14" "Solid Shell" (outdoors), and 13" piccolo snare

  • Hardware: 24-carat gold

  • Drum tech: Lorne "Gump" Wheaton

Go to my report on the S.S. Professor tour for details and photos of the 30th Anniversary Kit.

Drum kit details:

Drums by Drum Workshop (DW)

  • Kick: 22"
  • Toms: 8",10",12",13",15",15",16",18"
  • Snares: 13" piccolo snare, 14" edge, 14" solid wood
  • Hardware: 24k gold plated DW hardware and pedals
R30-specs

Cymbals:

  • Sabian "Paragon" cymbals
  • Hi Hats 13",14"
  • Splash 8", 2x10"
  • Crash 2x16", 18", 20"
  • FX cymbals 19", 20" Chinese
  • Ride 22

Electronics:

  • Roland V-Drums (DW shells)
  • Roland V-Cymbals
  • Roland TD-10 Brains
  • Fat Kat trigger pedals
  • Emu 4000 Samplers
  • Dauz trigger pad
  • Mallet Kat
  • Remo Drumheads

Drumsticks: Pro-Mark 747 (Oak)

Drum Tech: Lorne "Gump" Wheaton

From the R30 tour book, by Neil Peart:


Just about everything in my workshop is new and different this tour―everything but the drummer, really. (And the equally aging, but invaluable, drum tech, Lorne "Gump" Wheaton.) Even the drum riser had to be rebuilt, after it was demolished during loadout after the Rio de Janeiro show (fortunately the last show of the Vapor Trails tour). Upended on a flatbed truck, the riser was being ferried to the semi-trailers outside the stadium, when the driver failed to notice that his load was higher than the exit. Just like in a cartoon, the whole big assembly flew off the back and went "boom."

After that Rio show (I've been dying to tell this story somewhere), we also had to leave behind the carpet that covered the stage (40' by 24', with the Vapor Trails logo in the middle). It had absorbed so much rain over those three shows in Brazil, it was too heavy to ship back to Canada. Apparently it finally dried out, decorated a Brazilian home awhile, then appeared on eBay.

But I digress.

The biggest news is the cymbals. In September of 2003, I had the fascinating experience of visiting the Sabian factory in Meductic, New Brunswick, and working with cymbal master Mark Love on the design of my own line of cymbals, called Paragon. The results have been extremely gratifying, first in how well they work for me, and second in how well they've been received by other musicians. I play a 22" ride, 20", 18", and two 16" crashes, 13" hi-hats, 14" "x-hats," 8" and 10" splashes, and 19" and 20" China types.

The drums are also brand, spanking new, a special "30th Anniversary" kit created for me by the good people at DW. As we worked together on the design, we aimed to create the drum-set equivalent of the "dream cars" displayed at auto shows, a showpiece that was also the ultimate expression of craftsmanship. John Good carefully selected the woods and laminates, even the grain direction, for maximum tonality, and the shells, as always, were timbre-matched to complement ― and compliment ― each other musically. Additional thanks to Don and Garrison for their overview and detail work, and the finish was developed with master painter Louie and transfer-designer Javier, partly inspired by Keith Moon's "Pictures of Lily" kit, to represent the "dream drums" of my youth.

The sizes are the same as the old red sparkle kit, 22" bass drum, toms 8", 10", 12", 13", two 15", 16", and 18". I have been favoring either the DW "Edge" model snare drum (indoors) or the DW "Solid Shell" (outdoors). The hardware is plated in 24-karat gold this time, rather than brass, and the heads are DW's own design, which have lovely feel and resonance.

DW also put together custom shells for the Roland V-drums, to give a nice completion to the electronic side of the shop, which also includes a MalletKAT, K.A.T. trigger pedals, and a Dauz pad, all running through a Roland XV5080 sampler and Project X Glyph hard drives.

Bringing it all back to basics, and keeping it real (not to say primitive), I continue to beat on all that with Promark signature model drumsticks.

Click the thumbnails below for hi-resolution images of the 30th anniversary kit:

360-degree photos of Neil's drum kit

Parts list (from the 30th Anniversary Commemorative Kit)

DRUMS
   
Qty Part ID   Comments
1 DREX0708TTGSG 7X8 TT Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW (STM)
1 DREX0710TTGSG 7X10 TT Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW (STM)
1 DREX0812TTGSG 8X12 TT Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW (STM)
1 DREX0913TTGSG 9X13 TT Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW (STM)
1 DREX1215TTGLG 12X15 TT Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW (STM)
1 DREX1315TTGLG 13X15 FT w/legs Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW (LEGS)
1 DREX1616TTGLG 16X16 FT w/legs Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW (LEGS)
1 DREX1618TTGLG

Drilled for 2 TB12's

16X18 FT w/2

mounts for stands

Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW
1 DREX1622KKG5G 16X22 Kick w/mount for 16" crash Custom Graphics W/ Gold HDW
1 DREX0614SEG 6X14 EDGE SD Custom Graphics Edge Snare W/ Gold HDW
1 DREX5514SMG 5.5X14 SOLID-PLY SD Custom Graphics Solid Snare W/ Gold HDW
1 DREX3513SSG 3.5X13 PICCOLO SD Custom Graphics Collectors Snare W/ Gold HDW
HARDWARE    
(All 24K Gold-Plated)      
Qty Part ID Comments  
1 DWCP9100M Tripod Throne  
1 DWCP9300 Snare Stand for 5X14 Snare  
1 DWCP9002PC DW 9002 Double Pedal W/ Case  
1 DWCP9500TB For Hi Hat # 1  
1 DWCP9700 For 10" Splash # 1  
1 DWCP9700 For 20" Crash  
1 DWCP9700 For 16" Crash # 1  
1 DWCP9700 For 22" Ride  
1 DWCP9700 For 18" Crash  
1 DWCP9700 For 20" China  
1 DWCP9700 For 19" China  
1 DWCP9303 Modified for Snare Stand for  
  36" Height W/ 9700 Tri Pod 3X13 Piccolo Snare  
1 DWSM770 Mounted on bass drum for 16" Crash # 2 (in bass drum part #)  
3 DWCP9991 Modified for 45" Height For 7X8, 7X10, and 8X12 Toms  
3 DWCP9991 For 9X13 and 16X18 Toms  
1 DWSP9213 For 14" Hi Hat # 2 and 8" Splash  
1 DWSMMG1 & DWSMMG2 & DWSM934 For 10" Splash # 2 off of 16" Crash  
1 09HWCBTR Cowbell tree for 5 LP cowbells  
CYMBALS    
Qty Part ID    
1 SABIAN NP0805N 8IN PARAGON SPLASH    
2 SABIAN NP1005N 10IN PARAGON SPLASH    
1 pr SABIAN NP1302N 13IN PARAGON HIHATS    
1 pr SABIAN NP1402N 14IN PARAGON HIHATS    
2 SABIAN NP1608N 16IN PARAGON CRASH    
1 SABIAN NP1808N 18IN PARAGON CRASH    
1 SABIAN NP1916N 19IN PARAGON CHINA    
1 SABIAN NP2016N 20IN PARAGON CHINA    
1 SABIAN NP2008N 20IN PARAGON CRASH    
1 SABIAN NP2214N 22IN PARAGON RIDE    
STICKS    
Qty Part ID    
30 pr PROMARK PW747W (PR) NEIL PEART SIG WT OAK STICKS    

 

Rush 30th Anniversary Neil Peart Snare Drum

After Rush

After the 30th Anniversary Tour, the S.S. Professor went on its own tour with Neil's drum tech Lorne Wheaton and Sabian artist rep, Chris Stankee. Go to my report on the S.S. Professor tour.

After the tour, the drum kit landed in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Columbus, Ohio, along with Neil's "Ghost Rider" BMW R1100GS motorcycle. The exhibit opened on June 28, 2008, and ran through February 2009. See my page about this exhibit.

As of November, 2010, the R30 kit is in storage (confirmed by Neil Peart's drum tech Lorne Wheaton).

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