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At a Glance:

  • Drums: Slingerland in "Blakrome" Finish with "Vibra-Fibing"; last Slingerland drum kit

  • Used from 1977-1979

  • New percussion: Tubular bells, bell tree, and two timbales. The glockenspiel was moved from the back of the kit to Neil's left.

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian

  • Sticks: Pro-Mark 747 wood tip

  • 5.5 x 14 Slingerland Artist Model snare with original Copper Wrap finish: 3-ply shell with 8 lugs

  • Drum tech: Larry Allen

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

From A Farewell to Kings tour book, by Neil Peart

My drums are all by Slingerland, with the shells all treated with a process called Vibra-Fibing, which puts a thin layer of fiberglass on the inner shell. This helps to improve the natural warmth and resonance of the drums, while it sharpens the attack to give greater projection. The kit consists of two 24" bass drums, 6", 8", 10" and 12" concert toms, 12", 13", 15", and 18", tom-toms, and a 5" x 14" wooden snare drum. The cymbals are all by Avedis Zildjian, a 6" and 8" splash, two 16", one 18", and one 20" crash cymbals, a 22" ride, an 18" pang, and a pair of 13" hi-hats.

My collection of percussion 'toys' currently includes tubular bells, glockenspiel, wind chimes, temple blocks, timbales, bell tree, triangles, and a set of melodic cowbells.

I use Remo Black Dot drum heads on my snare and bass drums, Ludwig Silver Dots on the concert toms and timbales, and Evans Looking Glass (top), and Blue Hydraulic (bottom) on the tom-tom. I use Promark 747 drumsticks, with the varnish sanded off of the gripping area.

After Rush:

In a letter that Neil published in Modern Drummer on Sept 15, 1982, Neil wrote, "I still have my black Slingerland kit at home for practice..."


  • Neil Peart playing his black Slingerland kit
  • Neil Peart playing his black Slingerland kit
  • Neil Peart playing his black Slingerland kit
  • Neil Peart playing his black Slingerland kit

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