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Buddy Rich was my all time favorite. There was no one like him before, and there never will be again. Hopefully, some of you had the chance to see him in person. I saw him many times, and there are no words that I can find to express the level of  his talent. His recordings are incredible, but to see him in person was beyond belief.


The Buddy Rich kit shown here was Buddy’s last kit as a Slingerland endorser. Buddy used this kit up until he made the transition over to Ludwig in 1978. The kit is complete with 9x13, (2) 16x16, 14x24, canister throne, cymbal stands, L arms (including the

Rogers L arm for the splash cymbal), high hat stand, snare drum stand, and the original Rogers swiv-o-matic foot pedal that Buddy used. The Fibes snare drum that Buddy used so often during this time was not included with the set but I subsequently acquired that drum and it is now in my NY store. The cymbals shown here were not Buddy’s, but are set up for display purposes. I purchased this kit several years ago from my good friend

Harry Cangany, noted vintage drum authority and author. This kit is shown in Harry’s excellent book; The Great American Drums And The Companies That Made Them, 1920-1969. This same set is also shown in both editions of Rob Cook’s book; The Slingerland Book. In addition, Harry  wrote an article about this kit for Modern Drummer magazine. (Harry, I owe you forever for this kit!) The kit resides in my Naperville, Illinois store and the Fibes snare is in my NY store. Stop by and see history!


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