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At a Glance:

  • Acoustic drums: Drum Workshop with Red Sparkle finish

  • Used from 1996 to 2002

  • Electronic drums: Roland V-drums, KAT midi-marimba

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian, Wuhan (China type)

  • Sticks: Pro-Mark 747 wood tip

  • 5" x 14" DW Craviaotto, and 13" piccolo snare

  • Hardware: Brass

  • Drum tech: Lorne "Gump" Wheaton

Used to record:

From the Vapor Trails tour book, by Neil Peart:

The drums are made by DW, with a custom red sparkle finish ― same as the last tour. (DW offered to build me a new set, but these ones still sounded great, so I decided to keep them.)

The bass drum is 22", the toms are 8", 10", 12", 13", 15" (two), 16", and 18". The current favorite snare drum is a 5" x 14" DW Craviaotto, and I'm also using a 13" DW piccolo snare, miscellaneous LP cowbells, and DW pedals and hardware.
Out back, and hidden all around, are Roland V-drums and trigger pads, accompanying the Kat mallet controller and Shark pedals, all feeding into Roland TD-10 modules with expansion cards, Roland 5080 sampler, line mixer, and midi converters.

(I have no idea what any of that means.)

Drum heads are Remo white-coated Ambassadors, and cymbals are Avedis Zildjian ― 8" splash, 2 10" splashes, 13" hi-hats, 14" X-hats, two 16" crashes, 18" crash. 20" crash, 22" ride, 20" Low China, and an 18" Chinese Wuhan.

(That sort of thing I understand better ― you just hit them with sticks. Promark 747 "Signature" ones, in this case.)

Someone has also written at the end of this list that I have "a really great drum tech." That would be Lorne Wheaton, better know as "Gump." Or is that "Grump?" Time will tell..."

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