This gorgeously kept example of 1970s drum history comes to us from Orange County, California, drummer Thomas Smith, who originally purchased the Rogers Block-finish setup as a nine-piece kit. “I was very busy in cover bands, traveling throughout California,” Smith explains, “so I decided to scale down and modify it over the years with Tama and Pearl hardware and Paiste and Sabian cymbals.”

The outfit includes 9×13 and 10×14 rack toms, a 16×16 floor tom, a 16×24 bass drum, and a 6.5×14 Pearl Bronze Sensitone snare drum. And while Smith typically uses Remo skins, “I’ve found that the Evans EMAD bass drum head gives the kick a nice and controlled, cannon-like sound,” he says.

Smith purchased the drums, the original hardware, and a set of Zildjian cymbals from their second owner in 1979, and he says the rig has been cared for in cases all of its life. “The way I see it, I can’t really afford my dream kit,” he explains. “So I maintain and take excellent care of every single piece that I have. They still sound great—and to some band members they’re too loud!”


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