What is your favorite John Bonham drum kit ?

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Maple or Vistalite.

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

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System, Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:01 (two years ago) link

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System, Sunday, 28 July 2019 00:01 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

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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 (two years ago) link

/Achilles break/

calstars, Sunday, 28 July 2019 02:43 (two years ago) link

Vistalite drums are motha fudgin' loud as shit.

Sassy Boutonnière (ledriver), Sunday, 28 July 2019 04:09 (two years 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!


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


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 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

The late, great John Bonham backstage at Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, 1975 pic.twitter.com/FQd6xxlumQ

— Barney Hurley (@barneyhurley1) February 16, 2021

calstars, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 23:23 (five months ago) link

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