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Updated: 12/09/2017

At a Glance:

  • Acoustic drums: Ludwig Super Classic with purple finish with "Vibra-Fibing"; Tama gong bass drum

  • Notable changes:

    • Peart began using d-drums instead of Simmons

    • This kit included both 5.5 x 6 and 5.5 x 8 concert toms and 9 x 6 and 9 x 8 "closed" toms. This was the last kit to feature concert toms.

    • Gong bass drum is from Tama, not Ludwig

  • Used from 1987 to 1990

  • Electronic drums: d-drum, KAT keyboard percussion, Akai S900 sampler, Shark pedals

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian, Wuhan (China type)

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

  • 5.5 x 14 "Old Faithful" Slingerland Artist Model snare with matching purple finish: 3-ply shell with 8 lugs

  • Drum tech: Larry Allen

Used to record and tour:

From the Presto tour book, by Neil Peart:

Don't be fooled, these are not new drums. Nope, they're the same Ludwigs as last time, the ones that used to be pinkish, only now they're a dark, plummy sort of purplish color. (Beautifully done by Paintworks).

Cymbals are all by Avedis Zildjian, except for the Chinese Wuhans, and the brass-plated hardware is a hybrid of what-have-you: Ludwig, Tama, Pearl, Premier, and some custom-made bits from the Percussion Center in Fort Wayne. The gong bass drum comes from Tama, and the cowbells come from Guernsey & Holstein. Sticks are Promark 747, and heads ― always subject to change, just like human ones ― are some combination or other of Remo and Evans. I just keep changing my mind ― and my heads.

Same with snare drums. That remains an open question, but I'm sure to using some combination of my old reliable Slingerland, a Solid Percussion piccolo, an old Camco, and/or a Ludwig 13" piccolo (cute little thing).

The electronics are triggered by d-drum pads and Shark foot pedals, driving a Yamaha midi controller and an Akai S900 sampler. A KAT midi-marimba drives another Akai for all the keyboard percussion parts and various effects.

You know, I was thinking about what my drum kit would look like if I had all the real instruments up there, rather than a box full of floppy disks and a couple of samplers. Picture a stage which contained (in addition to that little ol' drumset): temple blocks, orchestra bells, bell tree, glockenspiel, marimba, various African drums (including ones like 'djembe' that I don't even know what it looks like), three tympani, a full symphony orchestra, a 'beeper,' a big gong, harp, synthesizer, congas, bongos, another timbale, castanets, voice-drums (recorded drum sounds vocalized by MOI) a big huge sheet of metal, jackhammer, wood block, claves, jingled coins, my old red Tama drumkit, and Count Basie and his band.

Oh sure, it would look great alright, but honestly ― where would I put all that stuff? And where would the other two guys stand?

Yeah, you're right; I don't need those guys anyway.

Photo Gallery

  • Portrait of Peart with Ludwigs
  • Filiming "The Pass"
  • Filming "The Pass"
  • Filming "The Pass"
  • Tour book image from Roll the Bones

After Rush

Lorne Wheaton wrote in November, 2010: "As far as I know (the first Ludwig kit) was given away through Modern Drummer."

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