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In 1980 when I was 12 my uncle gave me an old hi hat cymbal he had from the 40’s when he was playing in Hollywood big bands. It just sat in my home studio and is not the best sonically, it’s very heavy. So now it sits in the engine bay of my 41 Ford and I use it for an air cleaner top. Looks at home next to the 41 Walker radiator.



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My 70s Avedis 16" thin crash and an 80s Swingstar snare stand.
 

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6" A splash. 8" K splash. 13" K/Z hi-hats. All from around 1992. I will use them until they turn to dust.
The absolute oldest piece that I sort of still use is a 10" AA Brilliant splash from 1988. It is cracked, so I now use it stacked under my China.
 
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I have a 22” 602 I paid $7.50 for because it was horribly cracked, first pro-level gear I ever had. Drilled out the ends and dremeled the cracks, and it actually still sounds great. I call it “Flopsy” because it’s lost tension and is quite loose, dark, and dry.

Also within a couple weeks of that I gambled $65 on a snare with horrible pics and a “Ludwirg durm - rill good curndurntion” kind of description. Was a 183XXX BDP JazzFest, first good drum I ever had.

Both are on the “Don’t sell until AFTER I’m dead” pile. Flopsy’s probably not worth more than my original bid, anyway.
 

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1982 Acro bought new for 6th grade band

A drum key that I bought shortly after losing the Ludwig key from the above kit, still carry it in my stick bag

A rocker double tom mount from my 1987 rocker kit. When I sold them I had a rack for it and sold the rack, kept the stands which eventually I sold off but for whatever reason have kept the double tom mount

A pair of Oak Promark 808 sticks that my brother in law gave me probably around 82-83. They are red oak and lacquered with gold lettering.
 

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Other than the 14" New Beats that I bought as a teenager in the 80s, the only other piece of drum gear that had been immune to foolish trade and sell impulses over the years is a Mapex Phosphor Bronze snare I bought new when they were first released. It is still my MVP choice among many great ones in my collection.
 

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This goofy key has somehow managed to stay with me over the years.
I believe I received it in the 70s. It was bundled with one of my Premier drum kit deals. No idea how it has hung on, but there ya go.

Sonor Slotted drum key with leather holder



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Original Cymbal Safe, since the late 70’s I think.
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In 1980 when I was 12 my uncle gave me an old hi hat cymbal he had from the 40’s when he was playing in Hollywood big bands. It just sat in my home studio and is not the best sonically, it’s very heavy. So now it sits in the engine bay of my 41 Ford and I use it for an air cleaner top. Looks at home next to the 41 Walker radiator. View attachment 427819 View attachment 427820
That's cool! Now we have to see the rest of the car!
 

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Under the furry flower toilet seat cover is a Rogers Samson throne I've had since '81. It still has plastic tops from '90s cheap champagne replacing the rubber feet.
 

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I have talked about this many times before but I still have the Gretsch set I got as a 12 year old in 1983. It is my first set of drums and it came with a 1966 supra that I still gig with regularly. I also have a pair of New Beat hats that I got in my junior year of high school. They don't go out much as I am mostly playing Paiste these days. The other thing I still have is the Simmons set I saved up for working crappy summer jobs in high school. I bought them brand new in 1988. I wish they looked better but I think they are still pretty cool. I can thank Alex Van Halen for that inspiration though I have no idea why I went with white. Probably because I was an impatient 17 year old and that's what was available at that moment.
 

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I have talked about this many times before but I still have the Gretsch set I got as a 12 year old in 1983. It is my first set of drums and it came with a 1966 supra that I still gig with regularly. I also have a pair of New Beat hats that I got in my junior year of high school. They don't go out much as I am mostly playing Paiste these days. The other thing I still have is the Simmons set I saved up for working crappy summer jobs in high school. I bought them brand new in 1988. I wish they looked better but I think they are still pretty cool. I can thank Alex Van Halen for that inspiration though I have no idea why I went with white. Probably because I was an impatient 17 year old and that's what was available at that moment.
What series and brain came with that Simmons kit? That's awesome you still have it.
 

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I have a Paiste 505 China that I got with a used set in the late 80's. One of the best sounding china cymbals ever. Never use it but will not part with it either.
 


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