Paul Balmer: Haynes Drum-Kit Manual
We aim to get back to you within the hour, during shop hours (please see store details), to confirm your reservation. If you do not hear from us then please resend the request.
The modern drum-kit has come a long way in the 110 years that have elapsed since it evolved in around 1901 in the bars and brothels of New Orleans – but the principles remain the same. The biggest improvement has been the introduction of better engineering and sturdier hardware – all of which needs constant maintenance. The Haynes Drum-Kit Manual covers the subject in exhaustive detail with step-by-step instructions and clear colour photographs.
- Buying a drum-kit: a minefield of options simplified in our established template.
- Know your vintage Ludwig: the classic Oyster Pearl, one of the first great rock kits, as used by Ringo Starr.
- The standard 2009 ‘Pearl’: made in the USA and never more consistent – a rock standard.
- Setting up and tuning: the minefield of drum tuning for varied applications – stage and studio.
- Repairs, maintenance and adjustments: thread repairs, head replacement, lubrication, tools required, etc.
- Generic hardware: bass pedal, Hi Hat, cymbal and boom stand, tuning threads and lugs, etc.
- Case studies: Slingerland Gene Krupa; vintage ‘contraption’; Pearl rock kit; small Gretsch ‘Jazz kit’; the extended kit – multi-rack toms and tam tams as used by Queen; Premier, the UK solution – a 1964 Classic in Keith Moon Red Sparkle; Stagg – cheap and cheerful; Yamaha – a good all-rounder; a custom one-off from DW; Steve Gadd’s retro studio kit.
- Key drummers and their kits: Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Baby Dodds, Louis Belson, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Phil Collins, Steve Gadd, Jeff Poccaro