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This manual’s down-to-earth text offers guidance on sticks, brushes and rutes, with informed analysis of head types, shell construction, bearing edges, lug casings and finish. Step-by-step guidance and clear colour photographs provide coverage of subjects including choosing drums, tensioning, controlling harmonics and resonance, bassdrum porting, choosing and buying cymbals, general maintenance and cleaning, and rewrapping a vintage drum.Fascinating case studies of 12 kits examine in detail a wide range of equipment from vintage ’30s beginnings to ’60s Ludwig Downbeats and 21st century pro kits from DW, Yamaha, Premier and Gretsch, in addition to mid-price kits from Pearl and Tama, a beginner’s kit and a Roland Digital kit.Chapters include:-
* Buying a first kit* Putting together a serious gigging kitt* ‘Attuning’ your kit* Choosing the right hardware* Repairs, cleaning, maintenance and adjustments* Cymbal care* Replacing a wrap on a vintage kit* Drum mats, cases and ‘tuning’ aids* RIMS, Kickports and Moongel* Practice rigs* Key players and their set-ups
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