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1975 Kit

Updated: 03/17/2018

At a Glance:

  • Drums: Slingerland in Chrome Finish; first album with concert toms

  • Used from 1974 - 1977

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian

  • New percussion: The cowbell tree has now moved to the right side of the kit.

  • Sticks: Pro-Mark 747 wood tip (played "backwards")

  • Hardware: Ludwig, Pearl, Slingerland, Premier

  • Snare: 5x14 Rogers Dynasonic; chrome over brass with10 lugs

  • Drum tech: Ian Grandy

This Slingerland kit was the first drum kit Neil played with Rush. It was used to record:

It was also used for tours supporting all the aforementioned albums, as well as Rush

The inspiration for concert toms

"I think Kevin Ellman, then with Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, was the inspiration for wanting to add concert toms. He was so powerful and melodic with them. Nick Mason with Pink Floyd was also very effective with them on Dark Side Of The Moon.” (Drum! Magazine: "Mean Mean Stride: The drums of Neil Peart")

Kit Specifications: June 1975, Caress of Steel tour

During the 2009/2010 "Chromey restoration," Michael D.F. Lowe of researched the different versions of the Slingerland Kit. Thanks to Michael for allowing me using this detailed information here.


3-ply Shells of Maple, Poplar, and Mahogany with Chrome Wrap
9x13 Tom with W&A Diamond Plate Clip Mount
9x13 Tom with Set-O-Matic Mount
10x14 Tom with Set-O-Matic Mount
16x16 Floor Tom
(2) 14x22 Bass Drum
5x14 Rogers Dynasonic Snare - Chrome Over Brass with 10 lugs
5.5x6 Concert 5.5x6 Concert Tom with Copper Wrap and Slingerland Clip Mount
5.5x8 Concert Tom with Copper Wrap and Slingerland Clip Mount
6.5x10 Concert Tom with Copper Wrap and Pearl Clip Mount
8x12 Concert Tom with Copper Wrap and Pearl Clip Mount

Avedis Zildjian 8" Splash Cymbal
Avedis Zildjian 13" New Beat Hi-Hat Cymbal Pair
Avedis Zildjian 16" Medium Crash Cymbal
Avedis Zildjian 18" Medium Crash Cymbal
Avedis Zildjian 20" Medium Crash Cymbal
Avedis Zildjian 22" Ping Ride Cymbal

Ludwig 4" Gold Tone Cowbell
LP Standard Agogo Bells
LP Black Beauty Cowbell
LP Rock/Bongo Cowbell
Wind Chimes with about 5 bars
Cluster Chimes with about 10-12 bars
3-piece Temple Bells - vertically strung

(2) Ludwig Speed King with Square Beater
Ludwig Consolette Tom Holder with 3" rod and tongue on stage left bass
Slingerland Set-O-Matic Double Tom Holder on stage right bass
Slingerland Dynamo Hi-Hat Stand
Slingerland Rocket Snare Drum Stand
(2) Pearl Model #803 Single Braced Heavy Duty Cymbal Stand
Pearl Model #803 Stand Base coupled with Premier Lokfast Upper Rods with Cowbells and 8" Splash
Slingerland Extra Sturdy Double Tom Stand with Set-O-Matic Double Clip Mount Tom Holder
(2) Pearl Tom Tom Clip Mount (Replacing Slingerland mounts on 10" and 12" concert toms)
Premier Lokfast Flush Base Cymbal Stand with Pearl Model #813 Stand Upper Tom Mount Tube
Ludwig Hoop Mount Cymbal Holder on stage right bass drum
Ludwig Seat Case
Pro-Mark Rock 747 Drumsticks
Rogers Stick Tray Assembly #48-1280

Evans All Weather Heavy Duty Rock Chrome Heads - 13"(2), 14", 16"
Evans All Weather Heavy Duty Rock Blue Resonant Heads - 13"(2), 14", 16", 22"(2 bass front 1975)
Remo CS Black Dots - 14", 22" (2 bass rear)
Remo Ambassador Snare-side Head - 14"
Ludwig Weathermaster CH-Batter Silver Dot Heads - 6", 8", 10", 12"

After Rush

Peart gave away this kit as part of his 1987 Modern Drummer Drum Giveaway. For detailed information about where the kit is now, go to the "Chromey" restoration page.

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