Music Learning Systems - Guitar, Piano, and Drums

The Paradiddler’s Kit

by Omar on March 31, 2009

in Product Review

Welcome to another edition of The Paradiddler.

This blog post comes right in the midst of the ending of the Neil Peart best solo countdown (you can start reading about it here, if you haven't already).  It's very draining!  Not only do I have to select the order as I see it, I have to come up with reasons to justify each solo's place.  I've had some readers disagree, but that's ok!  The dialogue is what's important.

Over the course of viewing all the solos (either via picture or video), we note the incredible drum kits that Neil has used over the years, and the transformations they've gone through.  From your basic (if you could call it that) kit based on the double-bass drums, to the elaborate addition of bells, chimes, and other percussive instruments, and culminating to the double-kit setup of today, with the acoustic kit up front, and the electronic kit behind that can handle all of the sounds Neil's used over the years, and then some.  We also note the fundamental shift in the arrangement the kit went through after the Presto kit, where Neil goes from two bass drums to one.  Also, after the Counterparts kit, the tom mounted on the right side of the bass (from the drummer's perspective) made way for the ride cymbal.

"For those of you who are interested in such things", as Neil once said, The AndyO Experience web site has lots of great information on Neil Peart.  Particularly, for the purposes of this post, there's a page there detailing all of Neil's kits to even pre-Rush times.  Here's a link to the article:

Neil Peart's Drum Kits

But what of The Paradiddler?  Ok, my kit is nowhere near any of Neil's kits (ok, maybe the one when he was a teenager), but it's pretty good!  I have a DW Pacific FS Series 5pc kit, natural to charcoal matte lacquer finish.  My cymbals are Sabians, from the B8 and Xs20 lines.  My hardware...

Wait a minute.  That could get a little boring (or not)!  I decided, instead of you reading about what I have, I decided to put together a little video detailing my kit.  It'll be at the end of this post, and also will be on the About page of this site.  As I change the kit, I'll update the video.  And if you have any questions about anything you see, just let me know (my contact information is on all of the pages on this site).


*Update! Check out the 'About' page, from the navigation bar at the top of this page.

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Brayden February 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Hi, your kit is NICE 🙂 I just have a CB for now. I have been playing for 3 years now. I have the Xs20 20 inch ride. I HIGHLY recommend it for light rock and funk!!! Thanks,


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