Test for Echo

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At a Glance:

  • Acoustic drums: Drum Workshop with Red Sparkle finish; new setup positions the ride cymbal where a tom-tom used to be; cowbells moved to the left side of the kit.

  • Missing 8-inch tom: Even though Neil eventually added an 8-inch tom to this setup (and listed it in the tour book), it was missing during the A Work in Progress video (and most likely during the recording of Test for Echo). See photo gallery below. The tom is also missing in an advertisement for this kit from Modern Drummer.

  • Used from 1996 to 2002

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

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian, Wuhan (China type)

  • Sticks: Pro-Mark 747 wood tip Neil Peart Autograph model (played normally, not "backwards")

  • DW 14" Edge and two 13" piccolo snares

  • Drum tech: Larry Allen

  • Tour book portrait - Test for Echo
  • Half the World video shoot
  • Half the World video shoot
  • Half the World video shoot
  • A Work in Progress video shoot. Note the missing 8" tom

Used to record and tour:

From the Test for Echo tour book, by Neil Peart:

...Nowadays, although my drums are red sparkle once again (in the spirit of my "starting over" drumming-wise), there are a few more of them, and they are American-made DWs, right down to the pedals, stands, and even (shock, horror!) the snare drum. "Old Number One," the Slingerland wood-shell snare I've used since forever, has been retired from the field after a glorious career, and a couple of fine DW snares have taken it's place.
The toms are 8", 10", 12", 13", 15" (two), 16", and 18", the bass drum is a 22" (with a pair of 18" "cannons" on the back setup), mixed in with two 13" piccolo snares, Akai samplers driven by d-drum pads, Kat midi-marimba, and Shark pedals, and the usual selection of cowbells and windchimes.

The heads are Remo white-coated Ambassadors (just for a change), and the cymbals are by Zildjian, except for one Chinese Wuhan. My sticks are the Promark 747 "Signature" model, in Japanese white oak.

My teacher for the past couple of years has been Freddie Gruber, and I would like to thank him for leading me down the paths of righteousness.


See how Neil's T4E drum kit is put together in this unique series of photos.

After Rush

In storage

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