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Did you ever own your “dream” kit ?

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I have been playing Ludwig Drums since 1974, my first kit was an Octa-plus in smoked Vista-lite, my second kit was a power Octa-plus Black Visa-lite, my third was a 27 piece classic maple with black wrap kit called the set-up )I think there’s still a picture of William Ludwig III standing beside it out there own the internet. My fourth kit was a classic maple with stainless steel wrapped John Bonham kilt, my fifth kit is a classic maple in Cherry HighGloss, 8 piece with 8” x 14” matching snare and an 8” x Back Beauty, my newest custom kit is again classic maple in cherry HighGloss 6 pice with a 1970s 61/2” x 14” snare and 6”x 14” matching snare.all with their own specially hand picked Zildjian Cymbals to go with each kit. Wouldn’t sell any of them. I almost forgot my 1960’s Gretch 4 piece kit in maple with a flat lacquer finish.
 

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Yep, I guess I would call it my “totally satisfied“ kit. After spending mid to high 4 figures it better be. My “dream” kit would likely be a custom “masters“ kit, but I’m not playing professionally any longer so spending 5 digits on a kit isn’t really something I would consider at this time. Diminishing returns I guess would be the best way to put it.

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My current stable may consist of only 4 kits but each one of them could be considered a dream kit. (They are to me)

1- Asba Metal series (Stainless steel) 13 16 24
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2- Gretsch Broadkaster (Red glass Nitron) 13 16 24
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Did you ever scrap the dough together for what you thought was your dream kit ? How did it work out for you ? Do you still have it ?

I have owned a few kits that at one time I would have considered a dream kit , but the one that really sticks out for me was a Yamaha PHX kit . I sold two kits to fund this kit (one being my former well liked Yamaha Club Customs ) . The finish was chosen with input from my partner Marisa.
I had been a huge fan of Yamaha drums at that time and this being the flagship of Yamaha I was excited to get these drums .
9 months later they arrived . I literally took them from the shop to a gig the same day. I was surprised how heavy the shells were . Very thick shells , but the drums did not sound like your typical thick shell kit . Super resonant to the point of almost being too resonant if you could say that . The build quality is incredible , some of the finest bearing edges ever . The drums really projected . The drums were beautiful and very different from any kits I had previously. My local shop had received a Noble and Cooley Horizon kit that after testing out , I just preferred to my Yamaha PHX kit . The N&C shells were lighter and the sound was warmer and I found the drums easier to dial in . The only issue was the finish was not really my favourite but the sound was fantastic . I bought the N&C kit and knew my Yamaha PHX days were numbered .

I assume Senior (DanRH) will have a cool story to relate as well for this thread .
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I guess every kit I got since the 1960’s was in some shape or form a dream kit based on the drummers I admired that played the same brand kit with the same sizes. I can say Ludwig because I loved Mitch Mitchell, Gretsch because I loved Art Blakey,Tony Williams Max Roach, Ludwig bop kit because I loved Roy Haynes with his small Ludwig kit, Recently I bought a 1964 blue sparkle Ludwig club date kit 20,12,14, with all the original stands, paiste cymbals ( Ludwig Standard model) and a Acrolite snare all in excellent condition because I’ve been watching Carter McClean play vintage Club dates on You Tube. He and all the other players I mentioned are fantastic unique players and what I found out by having the same brand drums and sizes ( and sometimes same color) as my idols is….. I can’t play anything like any of them and I suck but the drums look and sound beautiful. Oh well, as Art Blakey once said…it’s not the drums it’s the drummer. ….Oh well,
 

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For me that was/is four sets:
A 1961 WMP Ludwig "New Yorker" bought from the widow of the RadioCityMusicHall NY house drummer, never saw the sun, near mint condition, 22x12 12x8 and 16x16 with SuperClassic SD bought in 1986 and I have played that set for over 30 years;
a mid/late 1940's WMP Slingerland Radio King in same sizes with a 1938 Gene Krupa SD I have played for over 20 years.

The sets I still play:
A near mint 1967 BlueShimmer Premier outfit 101 20x12 12x8 14x14 with NOS 1967 COA Mod.2000 SD bought in 2016 and a 1973 ASBA "SuperBaby" 20x14 12x8 16x16 ("Russian Dolls", opens up for the 12x8") previously owned by my (amongst others) all time hero French Jazz drummer Christian Garros with a COB SuperRevelation SD bought in 2019.

Cymbals? Vintage black label Paiste Formula 602's throughout, since over 30 years.
 

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I absolutely bought my dream kit and even though I knew it would be amazing, I'm still blown away by how good it is (and how happy it makes me).

I saw Vinnie playing with Sting in 1997, hadn't even heard of Gretsch as I'd not been playing long, he played his natural finish USA Custom and it sounded insanely good. Wanted one more than anything from that day on. 23 years or so later, I finally bought one - natural finish, 22, 10, 12, 14, 16, late 90s kit that was the studio kit for a well known British band. And it sounds incedible, looks incredible, just fills me with joy every time I play it.

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My dream kit would actually be the kit I never had, circa 1970’s Christmas morning Ludwig downbeat any color sparkle kit by the Christmas tree. I know poor me but like most kids parents either didn’t have the $$ and certainly didn’t wanna live with the noise! It’s ok though it made me appreciate all the kits I’ve had since and still have passion for them and playing all these years
 

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Did you ever scrap the dough together for what you thought was your dream kit ? How did it work out for you ? Do you still have it ?

I have owned a few kits that at one time I would have considered a dream kit , but the one that really sticks out for me was a Yamaha PHX kit . I sold two kits to fund this kit (one being my former well liked Yamaha Club Customs ) . The finish was chosen with input from my partner Marisa.
I had been a huge fan of Yamaha drums at that time and this being the flagship of Yamaha I was excited to get these drums .
9 months later they arrived . I literally took them from the shop to a gig the same day. I was surprised how heavy the shells were . Very thick shells , but the drums did not sound like your typical thick shell kit . Super resonant to the point of almost being too resonant if you could say that . The build quality is incredible , some of the finest bearing edges ever . The drums really projected . The drums were beautiful and very different from any kits I had previously. My local shop had received a Noble and Cooley Horizon kit that after testing out , I just preferred to my Yamaha PHX kit . The N&C shells were lighter and the sound was warmer and I found the drums easier to dial in . The only issue was the finish was not really my favourite but the sound was fantastic . I bought the N&C kit and knew my Yamaha PHX days were numbered .

I assume Senior (DanRH) will have a cool story to relate as well for this thread .
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Truth be told, I never scraped up enough money to buy my "dream kit", but my parents who raised 5 children, they were able to scrape that much together over a few years. It was a 1972-73 Ludwig Pro-Beat with Atlas stands, and Zildjian cymbals. I thought it was the kit to beat all kits. Its what Ringo played, its what John played.. I was in hog heaven .... until

Later the shells started to de laminate, the Spurs were so poor, I could never keep the bass drum from creeping, then there was that damn key, I kept loosing that key. And finally the chrome on everything started pitting.... So... I sold it.

I then went on my trek for the right kit.
Coming out the gate, I will say I never owned DW, N&C, Pevey, Camco but I had played some of these kits at music stores. All I can say is they never gave me the impression, this is something I must have. I played slingerland drums (never owned them), lots of my friends had them, they didn't move me either, I remember playing Rogers drums, but don't recall desiring them, It might have been I thought the huge chrome emblem was too much bling, kinda like a chrome chain around your neck.
I never owned fibes, or Grestch and never got the chance to play a set, although I would still like to.

I finally got hold of Sonor drums, I bonded with those, loved the tone and how easy the toms were to tune, but I really struggled with the tom holder, so off they went to a teen German girl for her birthday present...

I owned Mapex, and Tama and thought both were good kits, I really like the Mapex tom sound. It seem to cut right through the music with solid melodic tones. I owned a few Pearl sets, thought I would love them since they were soo popular. But we never bonded. After 2 years of gigging, off they went to be someone else's pal.

Then I got my first Yamaha kit, on a whim (actually two kits). I purchased a sight unseen shell kit, and to my surprise I received two full kits without the hardware. My son played drums then so that worked out exceptionally well. I have tried several different Yamaha kits over the years and today I play a mixed kit of Recording Custom and YD 7000.

I just gave away a Rydeen practice kit, suffice it to say it was for a good cause. I liked the Rydeen's, especially at the current price point (guess they still have them).

I'm down to only two kits now and that's about the right place to be for my for an old man. Both are Yamaha, both are my dream kits, the ones I never knew I really wanted...

Cymbals for me are an individual choice, I mix and match, to get the sound I like. I never buy cymbal bundles. My Yamaha's are actually that way as well, they are a mix of several different versions of Yamaha drums (at least 3), and occasionally included a Ludwig 18 FT, especially in my hard rock days.

Now quit reading this garbage ... and go pound on your drums... And if your not bonding with that kit .... Well... there a plenty more to check out.

Oh that's right .... you folks want pictures.... well ... ok..
First Kit is when I was really young .... na
Second kit is the Rydeen ... Practice kit
Last is the mixed Yamaha Kit I play today
 

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Well, what I thought was going to be my dreamkit. I saved up for a dw collector series kit. 22,10,12,14 the "fast" tom sizes. This was back in 2002. They make quality merchandise, but the price didn't correlate the sound. I don't think they sounded any better than any other set I've ever played or owned. I eventually took them back to the same place I ordered them from and sold them on consignment and got most of my money back. I bought an old Slingerland set from about 1980 and never been happier. I think there is too much waste and too much good gear out there to be wasting it on brand new drums. I like old stuff people have given up on, clean them up, and make the most out of it. Below what I had and what I play now.
 

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Not yet. Would love to own a set of Rolling Bombers in original wmp or gold glitter. Saw an original gold glitter set on ebay a looong time ago. I'm sure it's since been stored in a damp basement or rewrapped in purple fur.
 

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The tama birch/maple kit I received not long ago is pretty dreamy, both visually and sound wise. I knew I would love them from some soft taps in a drum shop. Still waiting on one floor tom and if I can talk to someone directly at tama I’ld like a matching gong drum
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I've never owned a dream kit i did sell a Sonor Phonic 5 piece 10 years ago but I would not class that kit as my dream kit my dream kit is the Sonor signature in a 8 10 12 14 16 22 in standard sizes.
 

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Always been a Rogers fanatic - took the chance to rescue a kit and snare and have Gary at Precision Drums re-wrap them a few years back when the re-issue Rogers “Patrionyx” snares came out:

Cleveland Beavertail lug kit, re-drilled for B&B lugs before I got them, wrap was in very poor shape, extra holes due to different lug spacing on some drums… so they were re-wrapped: 12x20” New Yorker kick, 12” rack, 14” floor tom and re-issue 6.5” wood dynasonic

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Then I purchased an already re-wrapped 1967/68 dynasonic… so I had a Precision re-re-wrap it to match the kit

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My idea of dream kits has changed over the years. Younger-self dream kit (over 20 years ago) was all about Drum Workshop. I got a college internship that paid well and i worked and saved for several months. I then got the same internship again and worked hard and saved more. I was finally able to save enough to order my 'dream' dw kit.
Collector's Series in Burnt Toast Fade.

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When the pandemic hit I was sent home to work remotely. This led to much more practice time and time to think about making some changes in the drum dept. I got bit by the vintage bug and ended up with this guy:
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Then a few months later I sold some gear I hadn't used for a long time and this one came along:
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I own about nine drum sets. And they are all my dream sets. I started out with the Fibes Double Forte in clear acrylic. I then bought a set of clear acrylic Vistalite. I then bought a Ludwig stainless steel Octa Plus, then a 4 piece 70's 3 ply champagne set. In '2001, I bought a retro looking big band Ludwig set in maple with a 26" bass, 1 mounted tom & 3 floor toms.Whuch I then added 2 more toms to the set to switch out.I added more Ludwig Vistalite concert toms, floor toms & bass drum to my existing Vistalite set. So now I also have another Octa Plus in Vistalite. Then I bought a 70's 3 ply set of Ludwig in walnut cortex 5 piece. And lastly I bought a 7 piece Rogers 70's swivo era set. I have added two bass drums to my Ludwig SS set (22,26) & a 12x15 tom. I've added 20" & 24" champagne basses to my Ludwig set. And some other add on toms also to the champagne set. I think that's about it. In snares, I have about 60. Kinda went a little crazy collecting but hey, its fun.
 


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