What is the most unusual kit you've played? rare, famous, unusual set up, etc.

Groov-E

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I bought the RCs played by Larnell Lewis duuring a clinic 2 years ago.

I’ll take a picture of the message he left inside the bass drum when I get back home next week.

Talk about big shoes to fill !
 

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Not a famous drummers set up or anything...but my band ( all military folks) when we were stationed in NC, we attended another bands gig in the enlisted club on base. They were great and long story short we ended up getting up on stage at the beginning of their third set. My entire band .... I was NOT cool with taking over another bands gig but apparently they were ok w it..... We did NOT know these guys at all. The drummer had a set of Pearl drums double kicks and 4 up one down the 4 mounted toms were those roto toms w deep power Tom shells... Cannon toms I believe they were called? Sounded fantastic, but it is the oddest set up Iand situation 've ever played
 

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April 23, 2018 a long time buddy of mine, Art Hunt (trumpet player) who was lifetime friends and room mates at Berkeley with John JR Robinson while performing down here in West Palm Beach, FL. we
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met with him, had dinner with him and I got to sit behind his DW kit and tap a few things. John was performing that night with David Foster. After a great show, us three went out and had a few beers together. John is a great drummer and a great guy !
 

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Honestly, my RK 13/16/26 kit.

Whenever I've played another drummer's kit at a gig it's been a fairly modern Pearl, Yamaha, Tama, etc.
 

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I sat in on Levon Helm's Ludwigs when I was 15 or 16 when he was with the Hawks. (He laid a shuffle on me that I still use.)
You sir are my hero. I have a picolo snare like he used in an old video. Its nice but I keep it because it is like what he used. Would love to have a set like the old ludwigs from last Waltz
 

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I played Billy Ward's weird setup from around 2000-02 once at a drum clinic-- the angled aluminum snare, the little tiny hats-- like he played at the MD fest. It was...not comfortable.
I had a lesson on his kit. He wasn’t using a 15” snare - that took a bit to get adjusted to.
 

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I didn't PLAY it, but I remember my first trip to the Hard Rock in Vegas - they had instruments in the slots area on top of banks of machines, as well as little TV's. One of Pete Townsend's Gibsons and the tv showing him playing it. But what really made me smile was an orange mod Ludwig kit "owned" by John Densmore and the little TV showing him playing it....not sure if true, but very cool if it was! For you yutes, he was The Doors' drummer! I met him once later - nice guy!

I also remember seeing Rush at Irvine Meadows and right after the show, I ran up to the stage to see if maybe I could get a drum stick. I didn't ask and nobody offered but I got to sit and watch them tear down Neil's kit and bring out all of these large "RUSH" stage cases.....I thought that was very cool, too. Vapor Trails tour if I recall.
It's too bad that wasn't really the mod orange set John Densmore played in The Doors: The first time I played Vegas I said "I'm gonna gamble in every casino on the strip". What I actually did was drop a quarter in a slot machine at every casino I visited - LOL. The machine under "John Densmore's" drums was the only one that paid off!
 

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My first Swedish drum hero, a fantastic drummer and clinician. Famous for his fusion work/double bass drum/bubble gum pop and more... even had a show touring Sweden just playing drums and singing along, with dancers... sounds weird but it worked!
Got to try his walnut Gretsch drum kit when he did a clinic at the school I'm working at some years ago - it looked like crap and sounded even worse...when I played them. Sounded like a studio miked kit with extreme power when he played them!!

Later got to buy the snare from his custom made drum kit, used on a one hit wonder song that everyone(!) in Sweden knows, even today 38 years on!
 

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April 23, 2018 a long time buddy of mine, Art Hunt (trumpet player) who was lifetime friends and room mates at Berkeley with John JR Robinson while performing down here in West Palm Beach, FL. we View attachment 427302 View attachment 427302 View attachment 427303 met with him, had dinner with him and I got to sit behind his DW kit and tap a few things. John was performing that night with David Foster. After a great show, us three went out and had a few beers together. John is a great drummer and a great guy !
John is a beast! Always loved his feel and sound!!
 

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