What is your favorite John Bonham drum kit ?

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budo jeru, Thursday, 18 July 2019 04:13 (two months ago) link

Vistalites!

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 18 July 2019 04:51 (two months ago) link

!!

budo jeru, Thursday, 18 July 2019 04:57 (two months ago) link

the gong remains the same

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiBLBn1z1vY

budo jeru, Thursday, 18 July 2019 04:58 (two months ago) link

whichever one was on Presence. so the silver one I guess

flappy bird, Thursday, 18 July 2019 05:19 (two months ago) link

So the Early Kit was used for the first album, then? I vote for that, but where’s the “Good Times Bad Times” cowbell? Interesting that he used all these different kits but his AMAZING fatass drum sound stays pretty consistent throughout all their albums.

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:39 (two months ago) link

I remember reading somewhere that he also used very large drumsticks and that contributed to his sound

Mr. Snrub, Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:42 (two months ago) link

carved from a tree that was felled by lightning iirc

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:48 (two months ago) link

I think the sound was definitely in his technique, but he also always used that 24" kick drum.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:54 (two months ago) link

Probably going with maple, leaning towards stainless steel (hate Vistalites), and of course every drum kit is better with tympani.

Supposedly, John Paul Jones threatened to quit if Bonham used a double-bass-drum setup (which he apparently did at a handful of shows).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 18 July 2019 18:08 (two months ago) link

Oh btw Vistalites all the way

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 18 July 2019 18:13 (two months ago) link

origin of the maple kit, per carmen appice of vanilla fudge:

John was freaked out by the Vanilla Fudge albums. One of the things that really freaked Bonzo out was the drumset I had which, at the time, was two 26″ bass drums, a 12×15 marching tom, a small tom-tom, a 16×18 tom, a 22″ bass drum over on its side as the big tom, and a 6 1/2″ snare. I mean, it totally freaked him out as it did a lot of the English drummers. He wanted the same drumset I had. I remember to this day calling up Ludwig and telling them about this group, Led Zeppelin, that I thought was going to be big, and that the drummer wanted a duplicate drumset. Six months later Vanilla Fudge and Led Zeppelin went out together on an equal bill, and we both had the same set of drums—the first maple wood set in rock ‘n’ roll.

budo jeru, Friday, 19 July 2019 00:25 (two months ago) link

carved from a tree that was felled by lightning iirc

― A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:48 PM (six hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

lol

budo jeru, Friday, 19 July 2019 00:25 (two months ago) link

Maple

calstars, Friday, 19 July 2019 02:19 (two months ago) link

Maple

calstars, Friday, 19 July 2019 02:19 (two months ago) link

Maple or Vistalite.

Mazzy Tsar (PBKR), Friday, 19 July 2019 14:08 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 28 July 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

Vista lite looks cheap and tacky
Can you really compare the sound of plastic with wood? I guess if anyone could convince me it would be JB

calstars, Sunday, 28 July 2019 00:16 (one month ago) link

I always liked the green sparkle. Uncommon color and they looked cool under the stage lights.

Years ago I shared a practice space with a bunch of people, one of whom was a drummer who had a maple Ludwig kit set-up Bonham style. I got a chance to play it a couple of times - I didn't know enough about drum subtleties to really get into the details about it but that 24" kick was a fuckin cannon going off in my ear at 100bpm.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 28 July 2019 01:54 (one month ago) link

I think the sound was definitely in his technique, but he also always used that 24" kick drum.

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otm

it's amazing that bonham played both clear plastic and stainless steel (?!) drums, and yet the thing that defines his sound is his heavy, just behind the beat bass drum playing

Karl Malone, Sunday, 28 July 2019 02:08 (one month ago) link

/Achilles break/

calstars, Sunday, 28 July 2019 02:43 (one month ago) link

Vistalite drums are motha fudgin' loud as shit.

Sassy Boutonnière (ledriver), Sunday, 28 July 2019 04:09 (one month ago) link

Bonham could make any kit sound like Bonham, as Dave Mattacks pointed out:

I was over at Bonham’s house in the early days. There was a jukebox in one corner and a little Ludwig kit with an 18″ bass drum. I asked him a question about some riff or other. I understood what he was saying when he explained the riff, but that wasn’t what caught my attention. Understanding the riff became totally irrelevant. I was sitting and listening to this guy play an 18″ bass drum, and it was exactly the same sound as on a Led Zeppelin record! It was, like, a 4x 14 snare drum, an 18” bass drum, an 8x 12 and 14x 14, and he said, ‘Oh, you mean the thing on blah, blah,’ and that sound came out. I just couldn’t believe it; it was that drum sound from this toy drumset!


https://www.moderndrummer.com/article/july-1984-john-bonham/

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 28 July 2019 12:41 (one month ago) link

http://johnbonham.co.uk/drumsetup/ludwig-speed-king-bass-drum-pedal.html

Throughout Bonham's career, he used Ludwig's SpeedKing bass drum pedal with tight spring tension. Bonham used a felt beater, switching to a wooden beater towards the end of his career. This pedal has been nicknamed the "Squeak King" because of the large amounts of squeaking it produces!
The squeak of the pedal is audible in the following Led Zeppelin recordings:

'Since I've Been Loving You', 'The Ocean', 'The Rain Song', 'Houses of the Holy', 'Ten Years Gone', 'Bonzo's Montreux' and the live version of 'I Can't Quit You Baby' on Coda and 'All My Love' on In Through The Out Door.

Jimmy Page has commented on the squeaking:
"The only real problem I can remember encountering was when we were putting the first boxed set together. There was an awfully squeaky bass drum pedal on 'Since I've Been Loving You'. It sounds louder and louder every time I hear it! (laughs). That was something that was obviously sadly overlooked at the time."

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 29 July 2019 04:38 (one month ago) link


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