A young drummer's dream...Next tribute kit underway

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One of my all time favorite kits from YESteryears was Alan White's jelly bean kit from the 77-78 Tormato tour. Yes, I know it's not Ludwig but I began piecing together a poor man's version from my recently acquired Pearl Fiberglass kit. I spent the afternoon mounting the 8" North Tom to the Pearl AX-30 three tom adapter, thanks to DFO member, nylontip. I used a short arm Gibraltar cymbal boom and replaced the boom arm with a Ludwig Tom arm, and shortened the tube by half with a pipe cutter. It's very solid thanks to the INDe mount. Next step is mounting the 10" North to a floor stand. I've got a 16" Roto Tom on the way courtesy of DFO member, Pounder. Already have the 18". I need to track down a 12" North Tom and an 18" Pearl Fiberglass floor tom. Eventually, I'd like to have my painting connection, paint match each drum from Alan's kit. But once it's assembled I think the translucent honey gold shells and the yellow North's may look pretty cool. A life long dream underway!

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Alan's North Tom's are something special... Outfitted with Ludwig lugs and he has chromed rings on the bottom of the drum. I used to stare at his kit for hours in the concert program I got. My first ever concert, Springfield, MA 1978.
 

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Here's a group of the cleanest shots of the Tormato kit... that video is an invaluable source of info for such a project. Never knew it, but it seems Mr. White had a thing for Rogers cymbal stands, mixed in with the Ludwig Hercules stands. I can never find a clear shot of how he's flying that North tom off the bass drum. I believe what I did is close enough.


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Here's a few more. and no... don't expect me to include 4 octaves of crotales, a marimba, a tympani, a bell tree and a marching snare... well, maybe that single crotale that he flies off his hats stand. Anyone know what note (Circus of Heaven) that would be? LOL!

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The kit looks Fantastic! Nice job and thanks for acknowledgement. Feels good to be part of an awesome project.
Glad I could help and I really dig the yellow mix!
All the Best!
 

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I'm now thinking that I'm going to leave the fiberglass shells translucent and come up with a way to rig up LED lights inside the drums that will shift colors. The translucent yellow mixed with blue will create green. Mixed with magenta will create red, mixed with red will create orange and a white LED will glow yellow. With light and the nature of the fiberglass, the kit won't be limited to an external paint or wrap but a myriad of shifting, morphing color changes... Talk about a jelly bean kit!

 

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Cymbals I'll be using (or not)
Definitely using:
1. 22" Paiste 2002 Red Label China (on the right side)
2. 20" Paiste 602 Black Label China (on the left above Roto Toms)
3. 18" K Constantinople Crash (directly right of the 20" China)
4. 20" Hollow Logo Avedis Crash (to the right of the ride)
5. 15" Meinl Dragon heavy Crash for top hat/Sabian HH French Orchestral for bottom hat (White was using 16" Zildjian hats during this period)
6. 20" Paiste 602 preserial with 8 rivets (at the second floor tom)

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Rides
1. 21" K Brilliant Crash Ride
2. 22" early 70's Avedis Medium Ride with a great crash

Some know Alan as a Zildjian endorser but I have no qualms about throwing in some Paiste cymbals after I saw a picture of White with some Paistes in his mix.

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I think that this is so cool. I love your attention to detail and commitment to making this happen. Drummers had such unique and individualized drum sets back then. Now, everyone plays the same kit and same setup with the same cymbals. I appreciate your great pictures documenting the Alan White kits. BTW, I met him back in 2002 at the NAMM show...he was so humble and cool...almost to the point of not realizing how many thousands of drummers he influenced. His wife told me that he's almost insecure about his playing and doesn't realize that so many of us really loved his playing. At any rate, Bravo!
 

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I'm currently working on the Roto Toms for the new Alan White tribute kit. I've got the 16" and the 18" toms ready to go. I noticed that in the photograph it didn't look like the conventional track that the carriage bolt slides into and is clamped down on the track with the lever type tension arm. Rather, it seemed the threaded rods go right through the bar. Strangely enough I found a very old school Roto Tom track, (probably) first generation on eBay and purchased it, because it looks exactly what Alan was using in 1978. It is solid bar stock aluminum, anodized black, with three clamps with plastic handled tensioners. It has holes that are bored out in different spacings for 6/8/10 set up, 8/10/12 set up, 12/14 set up and 16/18 set up. in an old Roto Tom catalog you can see an example of it on page 2 with the entire size range displayed. However, when you go to page 10, the track is shown as the slotted variety that we all know to this day. Never knew there was anything other than the slotted track system and I feel fortunate that I came across the track that more closely resembles Alan's set up back in the day. In keeping with what I see in the photograph, I'm going to use black anodized threaded rods as well.

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Here's a picture of the early Roto Tom track I found on eBay. Solid bar stock aluminum with sliding brackets to tighten the Roto Tom's into different hole positions. One plastic knob is missing from one of the brackets. Going to touch up the scratched and worn areas with Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black. Brackets will get a new coat of black. Also seems the 6" Black oxidized threaded bolts are going to be near impossible to find. Opting for stainless steel.

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Roto Tom's are done, except for some fresh CS Black Dot Remo heads. They're on backorder but should be coming in a couple weeks. The first generation solid aluminum RT track is mounted to a double braced Pearl cymbal stand using an old ad-10 block adapter. I modified the cymbal tilter post with a hacksaw and used a metal file to round it smooth. Next step is mounting the 10" North Tom to a floor stand. So far so good.

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Progress so far. 10" North mounted on a floor stand utilizing INDe Tom bracket and a Ludwig Tom arm. Almost time to move this project into a bigger space. I've got no room to set up the Roto Toms!

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The drum room is getting very small! I'm going to have to store away the Bruford tribute kit because this kit is beginning to sprawl! Vintage Rogers Supreme and Ludwig Hercules cymbal stands are next. Still no luck finding a 12" North Tom and an 18" Pearl fiberglass FT... They'll surface eventually.

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