Small Kit Drummers in Classic Rock

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Jon Hiseman already used a "Double Kit" (2 up, 2 down, 2 bass drums) with John Mayall. This was right after Ginger left Mayall for Cream.
The story goes that Mayall got Ginger riled up by telling him: "my new drummer plays TWO bass drums"! This of course prompted Ginger (never to be outdone) to IMMEDIATELY get a second bass drum!
January 1967:
I thought Baker was playing with Graham Bond before Cream?
How does John Mayall fit into that time line?
 
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2 great Camco guys……Dennis Wilson and Nick Ceroli
 

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When Chicago first began, before that picture above was taken, there's a YouTube video of 25 or 6 to 4 where Danny is playing what appears to be a tiny 20" bass drum 4 pc jazz kit, or what I'd refer to as such, i.e. 12" tom., 14" floor tom.
Are you referring to the 1970 Tanglewood performance?

 

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There were many.
But right now these two were on
my mind for quick reference...


...and...


...although the Spin Doctors drummer's kit aint "small" it's still quite simple. I like his kick sound, and I like how he plays for the music instead of choppin all over the place.
Nothing wrong with Chops, but there's a time and place for everything.

I like the Yardbirds drum kit, its really simple. The stage mic'ing of that era gives a nice warm headroom for the drums to be heard tone for tone.
Having a small drum kit often sounds nice in these live mic situations.
 

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Can’t forget this guy who’s been rockin it with literally the same setup for over 50+ years…… John Cowsill and he can sing!!
 

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