Photos of my c. 1980 Rogers XP-8 kit.

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Greetings, friends,

I have here some photos of my one-owner (before me, that is) Rogers XP-8 in the popular-for-the-day finish of "Tobacco Sunburst". I purchased this set about two years ago. It was complete with all the correct "Memriloc" hardware, including the throne.

You can see by the photos that the finish is a bit worn due to being used as a touring, working kit for the better part of twenty years. If only these drums could talk! On stage, they look nearly perfect from a short distance away under stage lighting.

I've heard it many times before; the early XP-8's were some of the finest drums ever produced. I know I love mine. For those who don't know, the shells were eight ply and made by Keller. They were only produced for about five years - until 1984. They were designed specifically for volume - "Xtra Projection" (XP).

Mine are proof positive of this. They can be very loud yet are very articulate and can be played effectively at all volume levels. This kit is one of my favorite gig sets I have. The sound is incredible.

When I got the set (24/12/13/16 along with a 5x14 COB Dynasonic) they needed to be dis-assembled, fully detailed, install all new Remo heads and tuning, plus cleaning and polishing all the stands and pedals. The throne cushion was trashed so I took it to a local upholstery shop who suggested personalizing it with some custom embroidery. I think it turned out great, plus the additional padding is more comfortable than the original.

Enjoy looking at 'em, everybody.
 

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Great set! My original Big R set was 13" and two FTs. (16" /18") I later bought a NOS double tom holder from Dave Drew and ended up buying XP8 12" and 13" up toms. The rest of the set is 5 ply. I bought the new aluminum RIMS mounts for the up toms and love the sound. No arms inside the shells. I wish they were all XP8s, but it works well as is. Ace
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Road worn sunbursts are one of my favorite finishes on any wood instrument. Talk about mojo!

Very, very nice drums you've got there.
 

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Drums are great! I really like that throne seat, I often wonder why the larger drum manufacturers never did that type of seat originally?
 

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Hooray! - your gigging them! I see that you replaced the clear XP-8 reso head on the bass drum with a coated head. I did that too to hide the plumbing. Those are great sounding drums and easily have another thirty three years (probably more) life in them. Enjoy!
 

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Oooh Yeah! Tobacco sunburst XP-8s are my favorite. Beautiful set you have there!
 


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