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At a Glance:

  • Drums: Tama in custom Rosewood finish with "Vibra-Fibing"

  • Used from 1980 - April 1982 (including on the Signals "warm-up" tour, AKA "Tour of the Nadars")

  • Notable changes: Wooden timbales instead of metal; tympani and gong replaced with Tama gong bass drums; burma bell added to percussion lineup.

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian, Wuhan (China type)

  • Sticks: Pro-Mark 747 wood tip

  • 5.5x14 Slingerland Artist Snare w/Copper Wrap - 3-ply Shell w/8 lugs

  • Drum tech: Larry Allen

  • Electronics: While Peart wouldn't add electronics to his recording and performance setup until Grace Under Pressure, he did use Simmons electronic drums to record sections of "Vital Signs."

Used to record and tour:

From the Moving Pictures tour book, by Neil Peart

I am still releasing my hostilities on Tama drums, all with wooden shells, and the inner side 'Vibra-Fibed.' The bass drums are 24", the toms are 6, 8, 10, 12" concerts, and 12, 13, 15, and 18" closed toms. I am still using my "old faithful" wood-shell snare, a 5 1/2 x 14 Slingerland, and have recently made a switch to wooden timbales, and retired my tympani and gong in favor of a pair of Tama "gong bass drums," which are open-ended bass drums on a stand, utilizing oversize heads to give a very deep, resonant sound.

My cymbals are Avedis Zildjians, with the exception of one genuine Chinese China type. The Zildjians are 8" and 10" splash, 13" high-hats, two 16", and one each 18" and 20" crash cymbals, a 22" ride, an 18" pang, and a 20" China type.

In the Percussion Department are orchestra bells, tubular bells, wind chimes, temple blocks, cowbells, triangles, bell tree, crotales, and Burma bell.

I use Remo clear dots on my snare and bass drums, Ludwig silver dots on the concert toms, and Evans Looking Glass (top), and Blue Hydraulic (bottom) on the closed toms. Clear Remos are used on the timbales and gong bass drums. Ludwig pedals, Slingerland hi-hat, Tama hardware, and Pro-Mark 747 drumsticks are the final details.

Photo gallery

  • Recording videos for Moving Pictures at Le Studio
  • Moving Pictures tour book photo featuring lyrics and drums
  • Moving Pictures album portrait
  • Rush on stage during Moving Pictures era
  • Portrait of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart
  • Portrait of Neil Peart
 

After Rush


Adam Roderick won the kit as part of a Modern Drummer essay contest and is still using the kit today in his Rush tribute band Trilogy.

Fan replicas


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