Largest kit ( number of drums) that you regularly giiged.

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Through the 80s and early 90s for me was a seven piece set.Three crashes one ride. Not too bad to deal with. Four toms went into two cylinder cases. Bass, floor, snare and cymbal case. One trap case.
Used to dream when I was a kid about the Octa plus. Can’t imagine actually packing it up and setting it up every week not to mention the expectation that you’ve got to play them all. Anyone ever gig these regularly?
 

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Most the time one up two down. Biggest was one two down with a side snare a small octaban type tom and Alesia sample pad with a aux pad and foot controller.
 

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7-piece Gretsch kit, timbale on the side, 15 cymbals, all on a Pearl rack!

This is a pic of my daughter sitting behind it more than 20 years ago!! I had a DW snare for awhile, and abused my Supra by turning it into a timbale! I later bought an LP Tito Puente model and put the Supra back to the way it should be!!
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The largest kit that I ever hauled out to a gig was a nine piece, but I only did that a few times.

The largest kit that I used night after night, week after week, year after year was a six piece.

Gretsch USA Custom

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Or DW Collector's Series.

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I've also posted this pic in other threads. I gigged this 11-drum, 8-cymbal plus gong setup between 1973 and 1977. For a short while later on I also had a set of orchestra chimes. (We always had a couple of roadies to help set up and run sound and lights.)

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Today, this is as small as it gets (the gong stays home — can't get it in my car).

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Two up, one down. 2 Rides, 2 sets of hats, 5 crashes
 

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You guys have a lot more energy than me. The largest I ever gigged regularly was 4 drums, 2 crashes, a ride and hats.
 

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I had a Ludwig Octaplus set in stainless steel that I gigged regularly from 1977 to about 1990. I also had a "smaller" blue vistalite set that was "only" 5 toms, 2 bass drums, a ride, 2 crashes and high hats.

I never had any help loading and setting up my drums, it was all me.

This picture is from 1982. I left the 6, 8 & 10 inch drums home for this gig.

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In my roadie days I would run up to 12 drums and 6 cymbals.... The middle of my time I scaled back to 7 drums and 6 cymbals and hats. Towards the end based on my job I was "down" a 4 or 5 piece set. Today its never more than 6 with 5 cymbals and hats but most of the time it's just 4 with 3 cymbals and hats.
 

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3 up, 2 down Tama Rockstar Dx in the 90's. Only did that a few times before scaling down to 6 pieces, then 5, then 4.
 

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I regularly gigged the following configuration in the 80’s .
Gretsch USA Custom natural maple lacquer
22 x 14” bass
6”;8”;10”;12” double headed toms
14” and 16” floor toms on legs
Matching Gretsch 5.5” snare
About 9 cymbals (including hihats )
All Rogers Memriloc stands and pedals .
It was a pig to move in and out but it sounded and looked great .
The attached picture is just a part of the kit .
 

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I gigged with five toms, two kicks, snare, and congas for a while in the 70's. Dropped the congas, but worked with the eight piece for a long time. When I started back after a 15 year break I gigged with seven toms, snare, and kick with six or seven cymbals for a few years. Now it's usually four toms, kick, and snare with six cymbals.
 

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I had a Ludwig Octaplus set in stainless steel that I gigged regularly from 1977 to about 1990. I also had a "smaller" blue vistalite set that was "only" 5 toms, 2 bass drums, a ride, 2 crashes and high hats.

I never had any help loading and setting up my drums, it was all me.

This picture is from 1982. I left the 6, 8 & 10 inch drums home for this gig.

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Wow what happened to the stainless steel octoplus? I haven’t seen too many of those around.
 


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