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I played a Remo snare in the early-mid '90s. I don't recall the model, but it was 6.5x14, with a chrome wrap, and a dark wood interior. It sounded beefy and was loud as heck. I used it for at least one recording back then, including this one with my old hippy-punk band Freak Beans:
 

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I played a Remo snare in the early-mid '90s. I don't recall the model, but it was 6.5x14, with a chrome wrap, and a dark wood interior. It sounded beefy and was loud as heck. I used it for at least one recording back then, including this one with my old hippy-punk band Freak Beans:

Sounds really good! Nice playing and cool tune as well.
 

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Here's Louie playing his BIG, beautiful, Mastertouch set on The Tonight Show.


Nice kit! Great open sound. And Louie just nailing it. He was really one of the greats who doesn't always get spoken of when talking about the top drummers of all time.

And man, can we use some Johnny Carson these days! Reminds me of happier, simpler times...
 

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The Remo shell called Acousticon, is made up of multiple recycled fibers of different wood types held together with Remo’s lamination under pressure with additive resins! Hence the shell is heavily weighted.
 

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So what are your thoughts on Remo drums?

I hear mostly good things about their sound, and that they are heavy shells, although I'm not sure of their material. They were somewhat short lived, but the great Louie Bellson played them and was a part owner I believe as well. Other than that, I don't know to much, but I am intrigued by them.

They are pretty pricey on the used market, and somewhat rare, but they look really well built and they're wraps/finishes are very cool IMHO. I'm not sure if they are better suited for jazz or rock, or who their market was intended for. I'm also not sure of their model hierarchy either, so maybe that would be a good place to start.

Does anyone here play a Remo kit or had one before?

(and on drumheads, I'm an Evans guy, so go figure how I'm attracted to Remo drums! :-D )
Louie Bellson used them and I have a rare set of the Mondo series $$$
 

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Louie Bellson used them and I have a rare set of the Mondo series $$$

Welcome to the forum, I noticed it was your first post!

I'd love to see pictures of your kit if your able to post them. I haven't heard of, nor come across the Mondo series. Were they top of the line at some point for Remo's?
 

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Welcome to the forum, I noticed it was your first post!

I'd love to see pictures of your kit if your able to post them. I haven't heard of, nor come across the Mondo series. Were they top of the line at some point for Remo's?

Heres a couple pictures of my Mondo setup
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Heres a couple pictures of my Mondo setup View attachment 445152 View attachment 445153

Oh man, that looks like a great set up! Love the finish.

I have seen these once before, so I have to ask, what is on top of the drum heads on the rack toms? And why did they use 2 different lug types top and bottom? I'm not sure if you know the answers to that one though!
 

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Oh man, that looks like a great set up! Love the finish.

I have seen these once before, so I have to ask, what is on top of the drum heads on the rack toms? And why did they use 2 different lug types top and bottom? I'm not sure if you know the answers to that one though!
The top heads on the tom's and snares are djembe heads. The concept was to be able the play the drums by hand or with sticks

I have the original brochure in PDF. I'm moving this weekend but will try to get them posted soon
 

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I owned a Remo kit years ago and never really liked them very much. From what i remember they were a little choked or not very dynamic, and they seemed to favor one area when it came to tuning.
 

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So what are your thoughts on Remo drums?

I hear mostly good things about their sound, and that they are heavy shells, although I'm not sure of their material. They were somewhat short lived, but the great Louie Bellson played them and was a part owner I believe as well. Other than that, I don't know to much, but I am intrigued by them.

They are pretty pricey on the used market, and somewhat rare, but they look really well built and they're wraps/finishes are very cool IMHO. I'm not sure if they are better suited for jazz or rock, or who their market was intended for. I'm also not sure of their model hierarchy either, so maybe that would be a good place to start.

Does anyone here play a Remo kit or had one before?

(and on drumheads, I'm an Evans guy, so go figure how I'm attracted to Remo drums! :-D )
 

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So what are your thoughts on Remo drums?

I hear mostly good things about their sound, and that they are heavy shells, although I'm not sure of their material. They were somewhat short lived, but the great Louie Bellson played them and was a part owner I believe as well. Other than that, I don't know to much, but I am intrigued by them.

They are pretty pricey on the used market, and somewhat rare, but they look really well built and they're wraps/finishes are very cool IMHO. I'm not sure if they are better suited for jazz or rock, or who their market was intended for. I'm also not sure of their model hierarchy either, so maybe that would be a good place to start.

Does anyone here play a Remo kit or had one before?

(and on drumheads, I'm an Evans guy, so go figure how I'm attracted to Remo drums! :-D )
 

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I played a Remo snare in the early-mid '90s. I don't recall the model, but it was 6.5x14, with a chrome wrap, and a dark wood interior. It sounded beefy and was loud as heck. I used it for at least one recording back then, including this one with my old hippy-punk band Freak Beans:
great tunes, drumming, and Remo snare! You guys would have been great to open for Fugazi.
 

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Thanks! As you can hear, Fugazi was a big influence on our band. This EP was recorded at Inner Ear studio in Arlington, VA with Don Zientara, who did all the Fugazi stuff. Being from Annapolis, we played with a few Dischord bands, too, during our brief run. It was definitely a great time to be in a band and playing shows. And, to keep this thread "vintage" appropriate, Fugazi's drummer Brendan Canty played a sweet rosewood Gretsch kit, I think from 80s. And I played a 1961 Leedy kit, along with the Remo snare.
 

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The top heads on the tom's and snares are djembe heads. The concept was to be able the play the drums by hand or with sticks

I have the original brochure in PDF. I'm moving this weekend but will try to get them posted soon
 

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