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    Ya know at the beginning before he starts whacking the drums? What is that thing he plays 16ths on?
    Thanks in advance!
    R

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    Quote Originally Posted by funkyruss View Post
    Ya know at the beginning before he starts whacking the drums? What is that thing he plays 16ths on?
    Thanks in advance!
    R
    ...not 100% sure, but I believe he is hitting his hats and the bell of his ride.

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    It sounds to me like how I imagine a conga would sound if it had zero tone and resonance.
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    I read it might be that he's tapping a guitar case with his hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olimpass View Post
    I read it might be that he's tapping a guitar case with his hands.
    It could very likely be that. It sounds hollow and covered in leather lol
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    Where did you guys see this? cause I don't see a video in this thread to be able to comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl MCX Man View Post
    Where did you guys see this? cause I don't see a video in this thread to be able to comment.
    We didn't see it but just referred to the studio track of Ramble On.

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    Its an acoustic guitar.

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    According to Songfacts site he's hitting a plastic garbage can!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinglander View Post
    According to Songfacts site he's hitting a plastic garbage can!
    I think this is right. Cause it does sound exactly like a 5 gallon paint bucket. Which I have bruised many a joints and finger tips playing on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by longgun View Post
    ...not 100% sure, but I believe he is hitting his hats and the bell of his ride.
    oooops...I was thinking about "Good Times, Bad Times"

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    There's controversy on what was actually used, a plastic garbage can, his drum throne, soles of his shoes....according to the book, John Bonham: A Thunder Of Drums, was a guitar case.

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    There's a controversy over this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slinglander View Post
    There's a controversy over this?
    Excuse me: There has been previous controversy.

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    I heard it was his drum throne.
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    I like the plastic garbage can idea, and the guitar case thing sounds plausible as well, but i think i'll go for the garbage can route, as the guitar players won't like it when i throw the case off of my lap to get ready to come when the kit part starts...
    Thanks for the help..

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    Back when the band I was in played that song I put a small towel over my 12" tom and it sounded just like what ever is being played in the song.

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    It is his drum throne. Wish I could find where I saw that.

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    This is what Wikipedia said about it. And I quote, "There has been much doubt around Bonham's percussions in the background throughout the song, having regard to the particular resonance that it captures. There are no versions consistent in this respect: often mistaken for bongos, some said of a small plastic bin for waste played with the hands from the side of the bottom, others about the sticks on his drum kit vinyl seat pad, or even the soles of the shoes he wore during the recording session and so rhythmically beaten with his drum sticks; the book John Bonham: A Thunder Of Drums reports instead of a hard case for guitar on which Bonham improvised percussion background with bare hands." I guess no one knows for sure, or it's regarded as a secret to guard it's mystique.
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    The top of the skinny singers head? Looks like it could be hollow! Doc

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    I always thought it sounded like fingers tapping on the ball of a microphone.
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    With all due respect to the outrageous rumors perpetuated in this thread, I happen to be in posession of the actual truth of the matter: John was slapping Jimmy Page. That was the sound at the beginning of "Ramble On". As always, thank you for shopping at Phil's House of Truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Woodney View Post
    With all due respect to the outrageous rumors perpetuated in this thread, I happen to be in posession of the actual truth of the matter: John was slapping Jimmy Page. That was the sound at the beginning of "Ramble On". As always, thank you for shopping at Phil's House of Truth.
    Well, Jimmy wasn't available at band practice last night, so I was slapping another guitar player around. This guy has a double neck guitar at least, so that's kinda cool eh!

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    no your all wrong !!!!!!!!!! my uncles,brothers, sisters,aunts,sisters,brothers uncle ,was the janitor at that studio,,,,,, he said it was a black hi-top 1968 converse chuck taylor,played with a carrot and a 12 mm wrench. now heres the weird part.... it wasnt bonham that played it ,, it was his pet monkey , rumor has it that the monkey had near perfect time , and worked for peanuts and a couple of bananas.

    there it is , the story is out , it feels like a 1,000 pounds has been lifted off my shoulders.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomcorr2 View Post
    no your all wrong !!!!!!!!!! my uncles,brothers, sisters,aunts,sisters,brothers uncle ,was the janitor at that studio,,,,,, he said it was a black hi-top 1968 converse chuck taylor,played with a carrot and a 12 mm wrench. now heres the weird part.... it wasnt bonham that played it ,, it was his pet monkey , rumor has it that the monkey had near perfect time , and worked for peanuts and a couple of bananas.

    there it is , the story is out , it feels like a 1,000 pounds has been lifted off my shoulders.....
    ...Glad you could come out after all these years

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