31 August 2009

A Drum Set for the Ages

This is a follow-up to Barbara Washburn's post below on drummer Jim Tilton. Jim wanted to add a description of his drum set -- a work of art for the ears and eyes. Here's Jim's description:

My Drum Set
By Jim Tilton

After forty plus years of playing the same set of Ludwig drums, a decision was made in the winter of 2007 to treat myself to a new set. It took a lot of self-convincing and excuses to place an order for one of the most extravagant drum sets available. The set is a Drum Workshop Collector’s Series, custom built, with an exotic finish.

The set is a fourteen piece maple construction with built-in matched low timber tone. The wood finish is Macassar ebony vertical grain, and is highlighted by twenty-four karat gold plated hardware and stands.
The set consists of 5x10, 6x10, 7x10, 8x10, 9x13, 10x13, 11x14, and 12x14 suspended toms; 16x16 and 16x18 floor toms, two 18x20 bass drums with beta 52 internal systems, and 5x13 and 7x14 snare drums of 10+6 maple construction.

The cymbals are Amedis Zilijian 15 inch new beat hi-hats, 6, 8, and 10 inches, a custom splash 16 and 18 inches, a custom fast crash 16, 18, and 20 inches, and a custom medium crash, along with an Amedis Zilijian 18 inch China High. Completing the cymbal set is a Sabian 22 inch paragon fade.

Rounding out the set is an assortment of five Latin percussion cow bells. All drumheads are DW coated and clear heads. Mics are Sennheiser Instrument and Drum, sticks are Pro-Mark Portnoy, jazz, and 727 as required. Finally, the most important parts are the SKB fabric and foam-lined cases for every drum.

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