Premier Genista (English Made) Love........?

trappemann

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Does anybody own or use a Genista kit?

All Birch, made in the Yamaha factory in England in the 90s.

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Yes, 94 or 95 can't remember Genista 8x10,8x12,14x14 floor 16x20 bass and 6x14 snare in ermine white. Best birch kit out there IMHO
 

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I'm with biggator! Always love those drums. Had a set of 10/12/14/22 Genistas in gold top lacquer that were great, and I've owned at least three Signia kits. Wish I had never had to sell my first set of them to buy a house - it was one of the Walnut satin kits with the gold accent lugs.
 
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I liked the Genistas, really well made drums, though I personally preferred the Signia and Signia Marquis more.
 

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Just played my 90's Damask Red Genistas at a gig over the weekend. They sounded like guns going off. Fat, plenty of attack, full of tone. They will be buried with me.




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The Signia rerings are tops for me. The Genista was an ok birch offering but I prefer Eames 6 ply and YRC 6 ply over the Genista.
Nothing wrong with them by any means, better than Ludwigs birch thats for sure :laughing3:
 

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trappemann said:
Does anybody own or use a Genista kit?

All Birch, made in the Yamaha factory in England in the 90s.

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That was the PREMIER factory in England, which was owned for around 5 years by Yamaha.

I had those Genista's set up right next to 2 of my Sakae Yamaha Recording Customs.. and the Genista's sounded better than both. It's a no-brainer when you see that heavy duty under-sizing on the English shells..
 

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I wish Premier would just re-release the Genistas and Signias. Some of the best sounding drums ever. And, the visuals still look great!
 

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My wife's cousin has a Signia kit... and they sound fantastic.
 

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Current version, although this is limited finish, with the new slghtly smaller lugs.

 

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I played a set of Genistas that were fantastic a while ago at a music store, but I just got a set of Signias with the re-rings and they are easily the best sounding kit that I have heard!
 

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I love these Premier threads. I own and have owned a few Premiers.
The only one I did not like was an early GC year when they started up in NJ and I bought an Astria or a Vitria kit in a "one off" natural birch finish, new, for $499. I could never get them to sing, even when adding Rims Mounts, so I sold them. But my APK kit, XPK kit, classic birch, artist heritage clubdate pancake kit, and my 1969-70 mahogany kit all sing and have great tone. IMHO
Keep them pics coming !! ;-) :)
 

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Got these almost a year ago today...Bought them off a college kid in Louisiana that needed cash and they needed a few parts but other than that, they were in excellent shape for about a 20 year old kit. Very few dings at all and my favorite color as well. Sizes-24,10,12,14, 16 floor and matching 5x14 snare.
 

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The first time I tried some of the then-new UK Premier Signias and Genistas when I was in school in the mid-'90s, my mind was blown. It was maybe the only such experience I've had hearing a drum set in total.

There are other drums/brands I like just as much for different reasons, and I don't really gravitate toward that Signia/Genista sound right now. However, I can still easily recall the sensory experience; these drums just sounded like they were operating surpassingly on every level that we expect of modern, high-end drums: BIG sound, clean sound, beautiful tonal qualities (nothing ugly at all), lots of resonance, lots of sustain, and easily tunable with a huge tuning range. In a way, they sounded to me in person almost like hearing a great drum recording. And the construction and materials were obviously top-shelf.

You can say some of these things about many drums, of course, but there was just something about those drums that was different. I think it had to do with that undersized shell and how clean and resonant a tone it produced.

As far as modern drums go, while there are obviously many fantastic drums out there, I haven't heard anything since that has given me that degree of wow factor.
 

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charlesm said:
The first time I tried some of the then-new UK Premier Signias and Genistas when I was in school in the mid-'90s, my mind was blown. It was maybe the only such experience I've had hearing a drum set in total.
I was working with a band when they got signed to Atlantic (doing live sound).. the drummer got a Premier endorsement and they gave him Signias. I heard them and never forgot how they sounded. When I got back into drumming - I looked for a set immediately.
 

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I think the original 90's Premier Genistas are some of the best sounding birch drums made. Wish I would have bought some back then instead of my XPK's.
 

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Yamaha was out of Premier by the time of the Genestas. They were out by the time of the Signias as well. Tony Doughty's leadership of Premier gave us both.
 

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