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At a Glance:

  • Acoustic drums: Ludwig Super Classic with Black Cherry finish with "Vibra-fibing"

  • Used during 1994 to record and tour Counterparts.

  • Electronic drums: d-drum, KAT midi-marimba

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian, Wuhan (China type)

  • Sticks: Pro-Mark 747 wood tip

  • 5.5x14 Slingerland Artist Snare - with matching Black Cherry finish - 3-ply Shell w/8 lugs

  • Drum tech: Larry Allen

From the Counterparts tour book, by Neil Peart:


This photo was taken in October '92, during a Bicycle Africa tour of Mali, Senegal, and The Gambia. Djenne is a medieval town in the inland delta of the Niger River, not far from Timbuktu. The "Great Mosque," like the rest of Djenne, is built of mud, and every year after the rains they have to climb up and resurface that mud, using the exposed beams as scaffolding. The minarets are topped with ostrich eggs, and altogether it's about as amazing a thing as this reporter has ever seen. My friend Mendelson Joe says this photo looks like "a retired hockey player visiting another planet." And that's about how I felt ― except for the "retired hockey player" part.
     
So anyway... what's new in Drumland? Well, not a lot really. After the big changes I made to the kit for Roll The Bones, this time I just got a new color (Black Cherry, another one of the "hot rod" paint jobs.) The kit was coordinated, assembled, and "vibrafibed" (a thin layer of fiberglass on the inner shell) by Neal Graham, Larry Allen, and XL Specialty in Fort Wayne. The drums are still Ludwigs, and the cymbals are Zildjians (except for the two Chinese Wuhans).
Electronically, the aging Akai samplers are driven by d-drum pads, a KAT midi-marimba, Shark pedals, and Sid the amazing mini-trigger, while a Dauz pad also triggers occasional keyboard "events.

Otherwise, I still use that old Slingerland snare, a Remo "Legato" marching snare, a 13" Ludwig piccolo on the back kit, Tama gong bass drum, Promark sticks, Remo heads, LP cowbells, some wind chimes, and ― probably our most-asked-about piece of hardware―two little squirrel-cage fans to help keep my hands dry.

And those, despite any claims to the contrary, are my biggest fans...

 

After Rush

Lorne Wheaton, Neil Peart's drum tech, wrote the following about this kit's current whereabouts in November, 2010: "I reassembled that Ludwig kit around 7 years ago, for display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It was on display there for a year, then it was off to a new home in a museum in Ottawa, Canada."

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