WHAT STICKS DID JOHN BONHAM USE?

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On the contrary, I have heard that Bonham used either a 5A or 5B. From footage I have seen, and recalling seeing Zep live once, he was not a pounder, but rather "danced" on the drums with a nice, efficient stroke. His sound would suggest that he wasn't overplaying as well.
 

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On the contrary, I have heard that Bonham used either a 5A or 5B. From footage I have seen, and recalling seeing Zep live once, he was not a pounder, but rather "danced" on the drums with a nice, efficient stroke. His sound would suggest that he wasn't overplaying as well.
I very much like your observation on john henry, at the beginning he did pound the crap out of his kit, but quickly he learned he got the same sound without killing the kit,it is stated on several sites the stick sizes you suggested as he also used 2b's, mick hinton says 5b's bonhams longest drum tech, Who Knows?
 

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In the Wiki article on him it says he u e large sticks. As usual not not sure if there's any truth to that.


Appice introduced him to Ludwig Drums which he then used for the rest of his career. Bonham used the longest and heaviest sticks available (size 2B)(most likely the size was 5B or sometimes 5A, Made in England by Promoco), which he referred to as "trees."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Bonham#Equipment
 

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He switched to Lighter ones halfway thru his career. Look at "My time of dying" in Zep's "How the West was won". Close up Hi Hat work reveals that they look to be 5a's.
When Glen Colsen set his gear up early on, he remembers them being very big sticks. Later tours with Jeff Ocheltree, he played medium-weight hickory sticks. His sound was all about his technique :icon_smile:
 
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John Bonham's wife gave a pair of his sticks to a Ludwig employee I know. I handled them. They were made by Premier, around 16" in length, fat with a short neck, and had an acorn tip, as I recall.
 

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I heard they were Ludwig 2A and now Trixon makes the vintage ludwig 2A's now
+1 on Ludwig 2a you can clearly see them on some of the photos where they were shoved under one of the bass drum tensioning rods, very distinct acorn shape on the tip, he also had sticks made by Eddie Ryan in London unfortunately Eddie does not have any more of these left as i only asked him a couple of weeks ago.Hope this helps Chris.
 

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Look at this video
Watch the first minute. It clearly shows the small sticks he had switched too by this point in his career. Early on is sticks were huge. Glen Coleson talks about ludwig sending a whole box of really huge sticks when he took delivey of his early maple ply kit, modeled after Carmins kit. It's all detailed in his "Thunder of Drums" book.
 
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John Bonham's wife gave a pair of his sticks to a Ludwig employee I know. I handled them. They were made by Premier, around 16" in length, fat with a short neck, and had an acorn tip, as I recall.
Jasons sig model have the same tip but are 16 1/2" long
 

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I think that they mention he used Ludwig 2B in his biography "A Thunder of Drums".
 

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On the contrary, I have heard that Bonham used either a 5A or 5B. From footage I have seen, and recalling seeing Zep live once, he was not a pounder, but rather "danced" on the drums with a nice, efficient stroke. His sound would suggest that he wasn't overplaying as well.
I agree. I watched a clips of him a few years ago and was astonished by his technique and light touch.
 


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