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Updated: 12/05/2017

At a Glance:

  • Drums: Tama Artstar "prototype" in Candy Apple Red finish with "Vibra-Fibing"

  • Used from 1982 - 1985

  • Last setup to feature acoustic drums and percussion. Every drum kit after Signals included electronic drums.

  • Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian, Wuhan (China type)

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

  • 5.5 x 14 "Old Faithful" Slingerland Artist Model snare with Candy Apple Red finish: 3-ply shell with 8 lugs

  • Drum tech: Larry Allen

Used to record and tour:

From the Signals tour book, by Neil Peart

Well, well! Hello again for another tour! (This is getting to be habit forming!) I've got some new drums to tell you about. Once again, they are Tamas; with the custom candy-apple red finish, the brass plated hardware, and the Vibra-Fibing of the inner shells performed by the Percussion Center of Fort Wayne. The sizes remain the same: two 24" bass drums, 6", 8", 10", and 12" concert toms, 12", 13", 15", and 18" closed toms, and 20" and 22" gong bass drums. My snare is still the same old wood-shell Slingerland, and I am using the Tama wooden timbales with great satisfaction.


Photo of Neil Peart by Steve Baker
With the exception of the trashy Chinese cymbal, all my cymbals are by Avedis Zildjian. They are: 8" and 10" splash, 13" High Hats, two 16" crashes, one each 18" and 20" crash, a 22" ride, an 18" Pang, and a 20" China Type.

In the Department of Percussion Effects are orchestra bells, tubular bells, wind chimes, temple blocks, numerous semi-melodic cowbells, triangle, bell tree, and crotales.

There are Remo Clear Dot heads on the snare and bass drums, Evans Heavy Duty Rock on all the toms and the gong bass drums, and Evans Tom-Tom models on the bottoms of the closed toms. These are all non-Hydraulic heads. I use clear Remos on the timbales. All of the stands and hardware are by Tama, and I am still using Promark 747 sticks, with the varnish removed from the gripping area by Larry.

And that's all!

The genesis of Artstar drums

"During the mixing of our second live album Exit, Stage Left in the summer of 1981, I was hanging around Le Studio in Quebec with not much to do. They had an old set of English Hayman drums kicking around that had formerly belonged to Corky Laing from Mountain, and I started restoring them — taking apart each tension casing and cleaning and lubricating them, drum by drum, polishing the rims and hardware, and putting on new heads. When I put them together, they had a wonderfully resonant sound that seemed to be due to the thinness of the shells. Thinking about that concept, I related it to violins or acoustic guitars, or the sounding board on a piano, and Tama agreed to experiment with a shell design along those lines. That became the Artstar line." (Drum! Magazine: "Mean Mean Stride: The drums of Neil Peart")

Photo gallery

  • Neil Peart plays drums on lake (front)
  • Neil Peart plays drums on lake (reverse)
  • Neil Peart plays drums on lake (side)
  • Neil Peart during signals tour
  • Peart during Signals tour. Photo by Steve Baker
  • Peart during Signals tour. Photo by Steve Baker
  • Peart during Signals tour. Photo by Steve Baker
  • Peart during Signals tour. Photo by Steve Baker
  • Peart during Signals tour. Photo by Steve Baker
  • Peart during Signals tour. Photo by Steve Baker
  • Peart during Signals tour
  • Rush in concert: Signals tour
  • Peart on Modern Drummer cover, April 1984
 

After Rush

Go to my page that details the owners of this kit from 1987 to present.

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