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    Something NPYYZ wrote in another thread made me think this may be an interesting topic. What is the kit you have had for the longest time? AS I am a noob, mine isn't that interesting. I started drumming 3 years ago and have had my Yamaha Stage Customs from day 1. I recently picked up some Pearl Masters Studio Birch, and don't ever see giving those up. So what is your longest lasting kit?
    Yamaha Stage Custom 22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 Cranberry Red 14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats, Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride, Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Pearl P2002B Double Bass Pedal

    Pearl Masters Studio Birch MBX 22x16, 10x10, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 White Mist 14x6.5 Masters Studio Birch Snare
    Zildjian 14" New Beats, Sabian 22" AA Ride, Zildjian 16" Medium Thin Crash
    Tama Iron Cobra Single Pedal

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    Gretsch USA Customs -- ordered March, 1977 -- received shipment August 26, 1977 (exactly 10 days after the death of Elvis).
    This August will be 42 years and I'm still gigging these drums as often as possible.
    Recent photo with kit set up in rehearsal room (13-15-18-24).................

    IMG_2387 (3).jpg
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
    (What Else Would I Ever Need ?)


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    My Slingerlands. Had them since 1980. Still use them at our practice site, 39 years later.


    2017 DW Design 6 piece Tobacco Burst
    Evans, Remo

    2016 Tama Silverstar Limited Edition Mirage 5 piece Chrystal Ice
    Evans

    2010 Tama Superstar 5 piece Birch BPG
    Evans, Aquarian

    200? Gretsch Catalina Ash 4 piece Black and Silver Sparkle
    Evans

    1980 Slingerland 7 piece Poplar/Maple White
    Evans

    Yamaha DTX532k

    Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad

    Alessis Sample Pad

    Tama SLP Black Brass snare

    Tama SLP G Maple snare

    Tama hardware and pedals
    DW5000 double bass pedal, single bass pedal and high hat

    Zildjian

    13" New Beat High Hats
    14" New Beat High Hats
    14" A Custom High Hats
    14" K Custom Dark High Hats
    6", 8", 10" Fast Splashes
    12" A Custom Splash
    15" A Custom Crash
    15" K Custom Dark Crash
    16" A Fast Crash
    16" K Custom Dark Crash
    17" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Rock Crash
    18" China
    18" A Medium Thin Crash
    19" A Rock Crash
    20" A Ride
    20" A Custom Ride(X2)

    Miktek, Audix and Shure Mics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricardo View Post
    Gretsch USA Customs -- ordered March, 1977 -- received shipment August 26, 1977 (exactly 10 days after the death of Elvis).
    This August will be 42 years and I'm still gigging these drums as often as possible.
    Recent photo with kit set up in rehearsal room (13-15-18-24).................

    IMG_2387 (3).jpg
    Beautiful kit!
    Yamaha Stage Custom 22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 Cranberry Red 14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats, Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride, Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Pearl P2002B Double Bass Pedal

    Pearl Masters Studio Birch MBX 22x16, 10x10, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 White Mist 14x6.5 Masters Studio Birch Snare
    Zildjian 14" New Beats, Sabian 22" AA Ride, Zildjian 16" Medium Thin Crash
    Tama Iron Cobra Single Pedal

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    Cool stories, nice equipment.

    I bought 1 shell pack brand new in 1985.. used it for a few years but since then i have just been piecing sets together with stray drums that I find. Got a lot of stuff from Sam Adatos' drum shop when he was in San Francisco. It's kind of fun putting sets together like that. I try to keep wood types together for toms and color match or find complimenting colors. Don't like the jelly bean look.
    RED DIRT MOUNTAIN
    UFiP TAMAHA Zildjian REGAL TiP

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    The kit I've had the longest is my first, a used '67 Ludwig 3pc Classic in green sparkle (shown here with an added 14" Ludwig Rocker tom). I bought it off of a guy that I worked with and took his place as the drummer in my first band when I was 19 (I'm 59).



    At one point I had stripped the wrap off and gigged with it for a few years and with all of its flaws and jacked up bearing edges, the shells sound fantastic for being 52 years old.





    This is what the kit looks like now:

    Last edited by late8; 06-19-2019 at 04:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late8 View Post

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    My Ludwigs, bought from Sam Ash in Brooklyn in 1972. Rewrapped in 2015.
    YOU MESS WITH THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.

    YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE DEVIL YOU DON'T KNOW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummer View Post
    So you sleep in the gray box? Isn't it kind of tight?
    Ha-ha! You know it!!

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    My Sonor kit is my oldest.
    I got that as a birthday gift at 4 yrs old.
    I just turned 36 this year so that kit is 32yrs old.
    I still use it as a practice kit now (mesh heads and L80 cymbals)
    14pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage (24pc in total) | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 8pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor | 5pc Ddrum Dominion | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini | 55 Snare drums and growing!

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    Man I love reading these posts. A big reason I bought my Pearl kit is I want to be able to hand down the Yamahas to my son when he is ready to move out and finds a place where he can have drums. That was our first kit (he was 11) and I want him to be able to have them forever if he wants. Glad to see so many of you guys have kept your first kits.
    Yamaha Stage Custom 22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 Cranberry Red 14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats, Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride, Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Pearl P2002B Double Bass Pedal

    Pearl Masters Studio Birch MBX 22x16, 10x10, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 White Mist 14x6.5 Masters Studio Birch Snare
    Zildjian 14" New Beats, Sabian 22" AA Ride, Zildjian 16" Medium Thin Crash
    Tama Iron Cobra Single Pedal

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    Like nubdrummer bought my Slingerlands from a catalog in a music store. 12,13,14,15,16,18 and 24 in 1980.DSC01716.jpg

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    Mine would be my TAMA Silverstar bop kit. Been around over 10 years. Funnier still, it's currently offered for sale on a certain web site so it may be gone soon.

    Other than my Yamaha Oak Customs everything else is about a year old or less. The Oaks are going on 5 years already. Sheesh.
    Last edited by Bish; 06-19-2019 at 03:50 PM.
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    My Ludwig Downbeat kit, purchased from Manny's Music, NYC, in the summer of 1971.
    IMG_0999.jpg
    Not included in the photo is the 16x16 FT that came with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drummerMD View Post
    Like nubdrummer bought my Slingerlands from a catalog in a music store. 12,13,14,15,16,18 and 24 in 1980.DSC01716.jpg
    That kit reminds me of Enter the Dragon scene in the hall of mirrors. Nice kit!
    Yamaha Stage Custom 22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 Cranberry Red 14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats, Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride, Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Pearl P2002B Double Bass Pedal

    Pearl Masters Studio Birch MBX 22x16, 10x10, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 White Mist 14x6.5 Masters Studio Birch Snare
    Zildjian 14" New Beats, Sabian 22" AA Ride, Zildjian 16" Medium Thin Crash
    Tama Iron Cobra Single Pedal

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    I suppose that would be my Tama Swingstar kit from the late ‘80’s. It’s a vintage T badge, made in Japan. It was the first kit I played in a band, and belonged to the guitar player who was a good friend. I played the same kit in several bands with him until he passed away in 1998 (from having his tonsils removed of all things). I purchased the kit from his widow and still have it...just never play it.
    -Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecut View Post
    My Ludwig Downbeat kit, purchased from Manny's Music, NYC, in the summer of 1971.
    IMG_0999.jpg
    Not included in the photo is the 16x16 FT that came with it.
    That is just outright gorgeous IMHO!
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    Great stuff!

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    how it started....
    Thanksgiving.jpg

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    Don't think we'll see Bish posting here

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthpktplayer View Post
    Don't think we'll see Bish posting here
    hahahaha
    14pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage (24pc in total) | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 8pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 6pc Sonor | 5pc Ddrum Dominion | 5pc Orbitone |4pc Sonor Martini | 55 Snare drums and growing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthpktplayer View Post
    Don't think we'll see Bish posting here
    Twice already...hahahah

    Just looking for a kit with some whiskers.
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    Here she is....err, he. With whiskers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bish View Post
    Twice already...hahahah

    Just looking for a kit with some whiskers.
    But once this one sells, lol
    Yamaha Stage Custom 22x16, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 Cranberry Red 14x5 Ludwig Acrolite (1976)
    Zildjian A Custom Hats, Zildjian 20" A Medium Ride, Dream Contact Crashes 16" & 17"
    Pearl P2002B Double Bass Pedal

    Pearl Masters Studio Birch MBX 22x16, 10x10, 12x10, 13x11, 16x16 White Mist 14x6.5 Masters Studio Birch Snare
    Zildjian 14" New Beats, Sabian 22" AA Ride, Zildjian 16" Medium Thin Crash
    Tama Iron Cobra Single Pedal

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldeEnglishD View Post
    But once this one sells, lol
    Then this one will take its place.



    This one is going up for sale as soon as I finish gigging today. We are playing at our local Harley Davidson dealership. I hope to have video and pictures of this monumental event for us.
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