Question for the rogers experts

dexter74

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I've been playing big Rs (not xp8s) for a few years and love them. Highly overlooked and underrated drums.

I have a chance to get a Fullerton powertone set for a good price. I believe they're 5 ply shells - same as big Rs?

Script badge Rogers are always sweet, but would they be redundant with my big Rs? I don't neccesarily *need* another kit, but if they'd offer a different flavor sonically, I'd probably pull the trigger.

Thanks!
 
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Betting you would need an oscilloscope to tell the difference between Fullerton script badge shells and early (painted interior) Big R shells with same heads and tuning.

You will have those that argue about the difference the mounts make, but having owned both styles (and made modifications on the Big R tom arms and using R.I.M.S. mounts on Big R) - with a full band playing along, the difference would be hard to notice.
 

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Really, apart from the aforementioned tom mounts the only other real difference is that the Powertones still have internal tone controls, same 5 ply shells, rerings, trunk paint. I can't vouch for Powertones, but there are a few Fullerton 9/72 kits that are 3 plies and have a more pronounced sonic difference, though they are not easy to run across.
 
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Funkypoodle: "Trunk paint?" - don't you mean "special sonic coating"? :confused1:
I think the official name is "Zolotone." It's flat gray paint with speckles. It replaced the flat gray Rogers used in the Cleveland era before the move to Dayton.
 


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