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- May 14, 2011
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K.O. said:I think Pope's set with Elton was a new (at the time) set constructed to look like that whereas Levon's were vintage drums he put together himself (hence no one at Ludwig back then really knowing anything about them). The letter seems to indicate that Ludwig thought Scott was asking about a new set that they had built for Helm. But when looking at photos of the set it's pretty clear that they were old drums. It would be like asking Slingerland about the Radio King drums Buddy Rich was using in the 80's and them responding "We haven't sent him any drums recently and don't know what drums you mean".I love Levon's kit, it also reminds me of a similar kit used by Roger Pope who played with Elton John back in the day. It was a mahogony Ludwig with wooden rims. How I lusted those drums.....
I wonder if Pope got the idea for his set from seeing Levon's at some point?
A 1974 built set of Ludwig Pro-Beats. He first had this kit when he was with the Kiki Dee Band in 1974-75, prior to joining Elton. He then used the same kit during the recording of the "Rock of the Westies" album and tour in late '75. Then retired those in favor of a white Cortex Big Beat kit in '76...parkermike said:I love Levon's kit, it also reminds me of a similar kit used by Roger Pope who played with Elton John back in the day. It was a mahogony Ludwig with wooden rims. How I lusted those drums.....
24 inch bass, 13 and 14 inch toms, 16 and 18 inch floor toms, although he used the 18 on an on-off basis from what photographic evidence I have seen. Plus a 6.5x14 Super Sensitive snare.
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