jaime Oldaker's Clapton gear cymbals, drum kits, hardware, heads, sticks set up.

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Been looking, searching on the net for above details/info,
All i could find is MD interviews that you have to &must subscribe to be able to read the rest of the interviews! :(,
Also would it be correct, fair&right, true to say that Oldaker was Claptons most prolific solo period drummer?.
 

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From the Feb/March '82 Modern Drummer interview-

RG: How many albums did you cut with
Eric?
JO: Six.
RG: What kind of a set do you play in the
studio?
JO: I play my Yamahas. 20" bass, 8 x 1 2 ,
9x13, and 16 x 16 toms and a couple of
Roto-Toms. But then I went to a 22" bass
drum because that's what I was using on
the road. I usually carry two of everything
on the road.
RG: What was it like to record at Olympic
studios with Glyn Johns?
JO: It's like a huge theatre-sized room

and they put the drums up on a riser in
the middle of the room. Glyn uses a
three-mic technique, an old BBC. technique
of recording drums, which you get
the actual drum sound, so you don't
mike in real close, you don't have to tape
everything up. I use everything live except
I put a wallet on the snare drum
every once in a while. That's why I
really like working with Glyn because he
likes that real live, fat drum sound, as
opposed to 461 Ocean Blvd. where you
can tell they taped everything up and
miked everything about an eighth of an
inch away from the head, which I really
don't like. It confuses me to have all that
stuff stuck all around me.
RG: What kind of cymbals do you use?
JO: Mostly Zildjian. A 21" Rock. 19"
medium ride, a 22" Chinese cymbal and
14" 2002 Paiste hi-hats. I've got a bunch
of different cymbals. I've got some crash
cymbals and a 16" sizzle and some heavier
hi-hats if I need a heavier sound
instead of that sissy sounding 14" for
certain kinds of tunes.
RG: How long have you played Yamaha
drums?
JO: Since about 1975, when I went to
Japan for the first time with Eric. I think
they're wonderful drums. They sent me
the new recording model, since I lost my
others in the plane crash. They've been
just wonderful to me. Sometimes around
town for jazz gigs though, I use a Premier
Kenny Clare kit. I used my new
Yamaha's on this Peter Frampton tour
and they sounded really great. I've been
using Dean Markley sticks. They're balanced
incredibly well. When I was in
L.A., I met a guy named Paul Jamison,
who works for Jeff Porcaro. He designs
and builds great snare drums. I'm going
to get him to build me a metal and a
wood one.
RG: Basically you use the same set in the
studio you use live?
JO: Yeah, pretty much. Live I'll use a
little more stuff. On the gig it sounded
good to add some concert toms because
we were doing old songs of Eric's. But in
the studio the stuff we were doing didn't
call for it. Plus, in the studio, I play the
bare essentials. I was brought up to.
When I first started playing it was chop
city and the guys around town said,
"You're going to have to learn to play
two and four. That's what we want to
hear." You can compromise but always
make sure you've got that back beat
going because that's what's happening
when you're making records. Al Jackson
was king at that.
RG: What kind of heads do you use in
the studio?
JO: It varies. Usually medium weight
Remos, just white rough coat heads. It
depends on who's recording it. I ' l l use
clear heads on the bottom; it seems to
bring out a little more deep tone.
 

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461 Ocean Blvd. is my favourite . Aldridge and Mason both used Yamaha, but otherwise I can't recall anybody else doing so in '74 , but maybe he did . Check this out -

 

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From the Feb/March '82 Modern Drummer interview-

RG: How many albums did you cut with
Eric?
JO: Six.
RG: What kind of a set do you play in the
studio?
JO: I play my Yamahas. 20" bass, 8 x 1 2 ,
9x13, and 16 x 16 toms and a couple of
Roto-Toms. But then I went to a 22" bass
drum because that's what I was using on
the road. I usually carry two of everything
on the road.
RG: What was it like to record at Olympic
studios with Glyn Johns?
JO: It's like a huge theatre-sized room

and they put the drums up on a riser in
the middle of the room. Glyn uses a
three-mic technique, an old BBC. technique
of recording drums, which you get
the actual drum sound, so you don't
mike in real close, you don't have to tape
everything up. I use everything live except
I put a wallet on the snare drum
every once in a while. That's why I
really like working with Glyn because he
likes that real live, fat drum sound, as
opposed to 461 Ocean Blvd. where you
can tell they taped everything up and
miked everything about an eighth of an
inch away from the head, which I really
don't like. It confuses me to have all that
stuff stuck all around me.
RG: What kind of cymbals do you use?
JO: Mostly Zildjian. A 21" Rock. 19"
medium ride, a 22" Chinese cymbal and
14" 2002 Paiste hi-hats. I've got a bunch
of different cymbals. I've got some crash
cymbals and a 16" sizzle and some heavier
hi-hats if I need a heavier sound
instead of that sissy sounding 14" for
certain kinds of tunes.
RG: How long have you played Yamaha
drums?
JO: Since about 1975, when I went to
Japan for the first time with Eric. I think
they're wonderful drums. They sent me
the new recording model, since I lost my
others in the plane crash. They've been
just wonderful to me. Sometimes around
town for jazz gigs though, I use a Premier
Kenny Clare kit. I used my new
Yamaha's on this Peter Frampton tour
and they sounded really great. I've been
using Dean Markley sticks. They're balanced
incredibly well. When I was in
L.A., I met a guy named Paul Jamison,
who works for Jeff Porcaro. He designs
and builds great snare drums. I'm going
to get him to build me a metal and a
wood one.
RG: Basically you use the same set in the
studio you use live?
JO: Yeah, pretty much. Live I'll use a
little more stuff. On the gig it sounded
good to add some concert toms because
we were doing old songs of Eric's. But in
the studio the stuff we were doing didn't
call for it. Plus, in the studio, I play the
bare essentials. I was brought up to.
When I first started playing it was chop
city and the guys around town said,
"You're going to have to learn to play
two and four. That's what we want to
hear." You can compromise but always
make sure you've got that back beat
going because that's what's happening
when you're making records. Al Jackson
was king at that.
RG: What kind of heads do you use in
the studio?
JO: It varies. Usually medium weight
Remos, just white rough coat heads. It
depends on who's recording it. I ' l l use
clear heads on the bottom; it seems to
bring out a little more deep tone.
Uh, kinda simple, eh?
 

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Wish MD went into more detail/info about his equipment/gear,
I.e. What brand/model/series&type of snare he used with EC&what model Dean markley drum sticks,
I'm hoping a Gretsch Catalina Birch will be&get close to a Yamaha Recording Custom sound,
As far as live drum sound, obviously both head choice (Remo clear/coated Ambassadors) &tuning, room, mics factor into the sound.
 

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I’ve found that, much like the iconic Gretsch and Ludwig sounds, older Yamaha 9000 (later RC) drums have a unique sound. Not sure the Catalina Birch will get you there. As an owner of both a 9000 and 9000GA set from the late 70’s/early 80’s, I believe they sound unique from any other brand and model of drum.
 

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461 Ocean Blvd. is my favourite . Aldridge and Mason both used Yamaha, but otherwise I can't recall anybody else doing so in '74 , but maybe he did . Check this out -

Thanks for posting this video. Clapton hits those notes in his solo at the end along with the sound of his guitar with the wah-wah...just hits you hard in the center of your soul. Incredible. Yvonne Elliman is singing backups to his right (on our left)...super cool!
 

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Thanks for posting this video. Clapton hits those notes in his solo at the end along with the sound of his guitar with the wah-wah...just hits you hard in the center of your soul. Incredible. Yvonne Elliman is singing backups to his right (on our left)...super cool!
Agree about JO and EC 100 percent! Don't mean to hijack the thread but I would love to find out similar info on Henry Spinnetti, the drummer on Claptons live album from 1980 Just One Night. His drum sound on that album is so unique--I can't tell if it's concert toms or not but it's one of my favorite live Clapton albums just due to his drumming/sounds. Unfortunately there are no pics inside the album :>(
 

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Anyone know what brand, model, type, size snare JO,
used with EC,
Both live&in the studio?,
No mention in his MD interview,
& Nothing found on line :(.
you have to pour through lots of old video, various tours. Googling doesn't do it.
I think this is Jamie here in 1985. You can see his equipment (most all Yamaha).
 

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I've talked to Jamie twice. Once in Dallas at the guitar show, they had a drum section for a couple years but it was sorta a disaster with Sam Ash and Guitar Center setting up a bunch of kits and just letting people go to town on them. They had a set right next to one of the stages for clinics. Here's Jamie trying to show off some brush technique while some kid is showing off his lovely dugga dugga double pedal chops. I talked to Jamie after his clinic, or tried to. The kid was still banging away when Jamie looks at me and says "yeah can't make a living playing that s$%t" fast forward a few years later I was at my local grocery store with my wife and I see him pushing a cart...past him a couple times through the aisles before it dawned on me who it was. So I stopped him to talk. His wife was so impressed that I knew who he was. He was very cool gave me his card and said "give me a call sometime" At the time he was living close by to me and I should have called to see about lessons if nothing else just to hang. He's moved back to Oklahoma now but I see him post a little on Facebook. Neither time that I got to talk to him did I think to ask him about equipment used with Clapton specifically "that china" on Wonderful Tonight. He doesn't seem to be much of a gear head though so he might not even know specifics.
 

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