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Updated: 03/17/2018

At a Glance:

  • Drums: Slingerland in Chrome Finish

  • Used from 1974 - 1977

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian

  • Percussion: One cowebell

  • Sticks: Pro-Mark 747 wood tip (played "backwards")

  • Hardware: Ludwig, Pearl, Slingerland, Premier

  • Snare: 5x14 Rogers Dynasonic; chrome over brass with10 lugs

  • Drum tech: Ian Grandy

This Slingerland kit was the first drum kit Neil played with Rush. It was used to record:

It was also used for tours supporting all the aforementioned albums, as well as Rush

Why Peart chose Slingerland

Peart said in an interview with Drum! magazine about choosing Slingerland: "I don’t remember being particularly fixed on getting Slingerlands. I think I just saw them on the music-store floor and fell in love with them."

Why Peart "fell in love" with these drums probably had to do with the following: Gene Krupa, the reason Peart became interested in playing drums, played a Slingerland kit. As for the chrome finish, Peart had actually wrapped his earlier Rogers drumkit with chrome wallpaper to emulate Keith Moon's Tommy drums.

Kit Specifications: September 1974 (used on the Rush tour)

During the 2009/2010 "Chromey restoration," Michael D.F. Lowe of researched the different versions of the Slingerland Kit. Thanks to Michael for allowing me using this detailed information here.

3-ply Shells of Maple, Poplar, and Mahogany with Chrome Wrap
9x13 Tom with W&A Diamond Plate Clip Mount
9x13 Tom with Set-O-Matic Mount
10x14 Tom with Set-O-Matic Mount
16x16 Floor Tom
(2) 14x22 Bass Drum
5x14 Rogers Dynasonic Snare - Chrome Over Brass with 10 lugs

Avedis Zildjian 8" Splash Cymbal
Avedis Zildjian 13" New Beat Hi-Hat Cymbal Pair
Avedis Zildjian 16" Medium Crash Cymbal
Avedis Zildjian 18" Medium Crash Cymbal
Avedis Zildjian 20" Medium Crash Cymbal
Avedis Zildjian 22" Ping Ride Cymbal

LP Rock/Bongo Cowbell

(2) Ludwig Speed King with Square Beater
Ludwig Consolette Tom Holder with 3" rod and tongue on stage left bass
Slingerland Set-O-Matic Double Tom Holder on stage right bass
Slingerland Dynamo Hi-Hat Stand
Slingerland Rocket Snare Drum Stand
(4) Pearl Model #803 Single Braced Heavy Duty Cymbal Stand
Premier Lokfast Flush Base Cymbal Stand with Cowbell and 8" Splash
Ludwig Seat Case
Pro-Mark Rock 747 Drumsticks
Rogers Stick Tray Assembly #48-1280

Evans All Weather Heavy Duty Rock Chrome Heads - 13"(2), 14", 16", 22"(2 bass front 1974)
Evans All Weather Heavy Duty Rock Blue Resonant Heads - 13"(2), 14", 16"
Remo CS Black Dots - 14", 22" (2 bass rear)
Remo Ambassador Snare-side Head - 14"

Bass drum heads artwork

The artwork on the bass drum heads from Fall 1974 to Fall 1975 was on 22" Evans Rock Chrome heads with the first album RUSH logo in black. See this page for more information.

The original Rush bass drum heads are now at Canadian Musuem of History in Quebec. The heads were photographed as part of cataloging process:


  • Agora Ballroom - Columbus, Ohio - 9/25/74
  • Agora Ballroom - Columbus, Ohio - 9/25/74

After Rush

Peart gave away this kit as part of his 1987 Modern Drummer Drum Giveaway. For detailed information about where the kit is now, go to the "Chromey" restoration page.

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