The Kit That Never Was
Here are a few pics of "The Kit That Never Was". I enjoy building a kit to serve a particular performance and this one was a favorite. A lot of drummers can make one configuration fit within many instances (like a Steve Gadd) but I tend to get bored easily and there's a certain kind of peacefulness I get when I'm working on a new build.
The setlist varied from straight 'in the pocket' tunes to very open ballads that required a lighter touch. The 12x5 Steel SensiTone drum could work as a pop snare and makeshift conga with the snares off. It was also light enough to come off of the ICON Rack without tripod leg support. The 10" tom made 'Pat Boone Debbie Boones' possible and the djembe would push the ballads and provide a 'bass drop' during other tunes.
This configuration was actually the second version as it started as more as a hybrid kit with a timbao, mini hi-hat, mounted percussion, and an Roland SPDX all on an ICON Rack. As the music became more edgy in rehearsal, the kit had to be beefed up.
Unfortunately, I ended up using a house kit for the gig... kind of a drag but that's the way it goes sometimes. I wanted to post pictures of this kit before it was torn down tonight.
12x5 Steel Sensitone snare, 10x4 Tom, 16x13 bass drum, djembe, 12" hi-hats, 16" crash, 8" splash, 12x12 trap table with percussion, and supported on an ICON Rack System.
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