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 WaltzI 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.)
I had a lesson on his kit. He wasn’t using a 15” snare - that took a bit to get adjusted to.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.
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!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.
I had the same set only in White with black trim.
John is a beast! Always loved his feel and sound!!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 !