Everybody responded to my story about acquiring the cheapo, pro-sounding, mid-1960s drum Coronet kit(made by Pearl). Here’s a video update: I’ve taken the two toms and kick from the $40US kit, combined them with a Rogers snare and a some no-name cymbals and, presto, we’ve got ourselves a $100 drumset.


The Coronet drums, as I exclaimed, sounded so good I used them on an album session and afterward on a few extra tracks since the producer insists they’re the best drums he’s heard in his studio.

But you didn’t get a chance to hear those drums and I don’t have a board mix handy.

Now you can judge what I was saying. The sound is not studio quality but at least through the Zoom Q2HD you can hear get an idea.

I’m serious, not counting a few snare and cymbal stands, you’re watching me play a $100 kit. Yes, I’ve added a wee bit of reverb to tart up the tone a little more (and make my point more emphatic).

No matter the occasion, live or studio, I would cart this kit along. Unless it was some sort of tuxedo affair. The funny part is playing them in a venue drummers visit. They hear these drums and can’t believe it.

Maybe the finish is not to everybody’s liking. One man’s fish is another man’s poisson.

That goes for my sort of drumming, come to think of it.

Although I own many snare drums, too many cymbals, and several drum kits, the ones in this video are among my favorites. They tune high, low, in-between, and always make the point boldly.

Not too freaking bad, are they? Coronet 1960s drums, Rogers concert snare (the large hole in the shell brought the price down below $50), and well-intending 1960s Japanese cymbals, similarly bargain basement.