I have never seen Levon Helm with mismatched pieces, other than the snare drum.i'd have to say, Levon Helm, who purposefully created a whole "genre" that emphasized mismatched period pieces... when that style of music had a revival, everyone went out to put their stamp on their version, and the demand started the ball rolling
using "new" drums reduced the authenticity, plus the sounds were less bright and "attack-y"
almost doesn't apply to another group; we didn't play radio Kings WFLs or old Ks growing up. We played supras and sliingerland rogers ludwigs of the sixties Premiers of the early 70s A's of the day . Vintage -sometimes- goes back further than the period one began on/in. To gold we never saw beforerecapture that old sound of drums we played growing up
I'm a massive Husker Du fan, and Grant Hart (R.I.P.) wrote/sang some of my favorite songs ever, but his drum sound was really undesirable to my ears. The drums on those records sound pretty rough, not to mention his tiny cymbals bashing away in the distance.I remember reading an interview with Grant Hart of Husker Du in the 80's and I thought his Radio King interest was strange. He said that he played a kit and said something like "My God, this is how drums should always sound!" It was puzzling to read when everyone else was playing Yamaha Recording or Tour Series or Tama Superstars. That band was always decades ahead of their time.
Well the early records were engineered by Spot and they would have sounded terrible regardless of whatever drums were on there- he really ruined a lot of the early SST records.I'm a massive Husker Du fan, and Grant Hart (R.I.P.) wrote/sang some of my favorite songs ever, but his drum sound was really undesirable to my ears. The drums on those records sound pretty rough, not to mention his tiny cymbals bashing away in the distance.
I wish he used modern drums like Superstars or Recording Customs on those records -- perhaps it might've improved the overall sound of those albums a tad.
Here it is:I don't know the answer but I will say that Buddy Rich did not endorse any drum company in the last years of his life so he could have played anything he wanted, but he chose Slingerland Radio Kings
Gotta find the Larry King interview where he talks about it
I don't think that's crazy talk at all. I agree completely, especially when it comes to vintage hardware. Up until two years ago I was using all vintage hardware i.e. flat based cymbal stands, 2 x Buck Rogers snare stands, hi hat and pedal. I switched to the DW Ultralight purely to lighten the weight of my trap case, but still gig with a vintage Gretsch Monster Hi Hat (I have nine of them!) and a Gretsch Floating Action. I use all vintage hardware on my home kits.Most of you are going to think this is crazy talk, but part of what I like about it is the hardware. I still like to gig out with my 69 Ludwigs which have the thin curved bass drum legs, lightweight rail tom mount that simply folds down for packing, and thin short floor tom legs that can stay on the drum while packed in its bag. I'll admit that the mounted tom now has an INDe mount on it, but otherwise that set is all-original. It's a dream to set up, play, and pack away for next time - nostalgia notwithstanding.
Other than that it is indeed mostly nostalgia for me. There's a lot of cool factor in a vintage set.
My uncle had a light blue set of Slingerland Radio Kings that he received in the 1940's from his folks. My interest in drums began around 1966 (age 12). Every Thanksgiving from that time on I would make a bee line to the attic to "try them out." And I really had no clue what I was looking at....other than drums from decades earlier. Those visits went on for many years, to the point that it has been ingrained in my mind. Since then, I've always longed for such a kit. Those were like "gold" to me and the "unachievable." And those were the first set of drums I ever put my paws on.almost doesn't apply to another group; we didn't play radio Kings WFLs or old Ks growing up. We played supras and sliingerland rogers ludwigs of the sixties Premiers of the early 70s A's of the day . Vintage -sometimes- goes back further than the period one began on/in. To gold we never saw before