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R40 Live Retro Kit: "El Darko"

Updated: 01/09/2016

At a glance | Excerpt from R40 Tour Book | SpecsPhoto Gallery

Above: Photo of Neil Peart in Bristow, Virginia (DC area) by Joe Sokohl @mojoguzzi.

At a Glance:

  • One of two kits that Neil Peart played on the R40 Live tour. Click to see the R40 Live Modern kit.

  • Designed to be a DW replica of Peart's Slingerland kit, played during A Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres tours.

  • Drums: DW shells made from 1500-year-old Romanian River Oak with black chrome finish. Includes 4 "open" concert toms, used for the first time since the Power Windows Tama kit, and two brass LP timbales.

  • Cymbals: Brilliant finish Sabian Paragon; 14" Paragon Brilliant hi-hats; two new sizes introduced: 17" and 19".

  • Percussion: Includes orchestra chimes for the first time since the Signals tour.

  • Electronics: MalletKat Express

  • Nicknamed "El Darko."

  • Drum Tech: Lorne "Gump" Wheaton

Excerpt from R40 Tour Book by Neil Peart

It will soon be no secret that I am playing two separate sets on this tour — one "modern" arrangement like I have been using for the past twenty-five years, and one like the setup I played for almost twenty years before — double bass drums, open concert toms, ride cymbal hard right. Its look is modeled after the black-chrome Slingerlands I played in the late '70s, but DW's version far surpasses those in tone, resonance, playability, and "shininess!" The hardware is plated in black nickel, for a murdered-out look that will be perfect when I am asked to play for the Ostrogoth Vandals or the Byzantine Huns...Each drumshell in both sets was made from that single Romanian River Oak (DW uses the slogan "1500 Years in the Making," I prefer "Monsters From the Deep.")

Specs

This graphic and accompanying specs were created and published by Modern Drummer in their December 2015 edition.

Drums: DW shells made from Romanian bog oak with black chrome finish

A. 6.5x14" VLT snare

B. 6" concert tom

C. 8" concert tom

D. 10" concert tom

E. 12" concert tom

F. 8x12" rack tom

G. 9x13" rack tom

H. 12x15" rack tom

I. 16x18" floor tom

J. 5x20" gong drum

K. 16x23" bass drums with Kelly Shu miking system

L. LP 13" brass timbale

M. LP 14" brass timbale

Cymbals: Sabian Paragon with brilliant finish

1. 20" crash

2. 17" crash

3. 14" hi-hats

4. 10" splash

5. 16" crash

6. 8" splash

7. 18" crash

8. 22" ride

9. 20" Diamondback

10. 20" China

11. 19" China

Percussion

aa. Gon Bops Cowbell Tree

bb. Century Mallet orchestra chimes

cc. malletKAT Express

Hardware: DW 9000 series bass drum pedals and stands and 5000 series hi-hat; all stands with black nickel finish

Sticks, Heads, Extras: Peart plays Promark 747 NP "R40" signature model sticks. His heads are "an ever-changing variety of DW and Remos," while his accessories include UrbannBoard NP Signature Drum Shoes and Whirlwind braided cable. Neil's drum tech is Lorne "Gump" Wheaton.

R40 old and new

Above: Photo of R40 Retro "El Darko" (Left) and R40 Modern (Right) by Lorne "Gump" Wheaton

Photo Gallery

  • Photo of Neil Peart in Houston, TX, by  @mstmompj
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Portland, OR, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Rush in Seattle, WA, by AndyO
  • Photo by Joe Sokohl (@mojoguzzi) - Bristow, VA
  • Photo by Joe Sokohl (@mojoguzzi) - Bristow, VA
  • Photo by Joe Sokohl (@mojoguzzi) - Bristow, VA
  • Photo by Joe Sokohl (@mojoguzzi) - Bristow, VA
  • Photo by Joe Sokohl (@mojoguzzi) - Bristow, VA
  • Photo by Joe Sokohl (@mojoguzzi) - Bristow, VA
  • Photo by Joe Sokohl (@mojoguzzi) - Bristow, VA
  • Photo of Neil Peart in Houston, TX, by  @mstmompj
  • Photo by @DeFrees - Austin, TX
  • Photo by @DeFrees - Austin, TX
  • Photo by @DeFrees - Austin, TX
  • Photo by @DeFrees - Austin, TX
  • Photo by @DeFrees - Austin, TX
  • Photo of Neil Peart in Houston, TX, by  @mstmompj
  • Photo of Neil Peart in Houston, TX, by  @mstmompj
  • Photo of Rush in Houston, TX, by  @mstmompj

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