Buddy Rich -
September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987
Buddy Rich's Drum Setup
Over the years Buddy used a few different kits, including Ludwig, Vox, Rogers, but he mainly used Slingerland. He also used a Fibes snare drum which can be seen on the album cover of Live At Ronnie Scotts. But as far as I know he always used the same size equipment. And the same set up. Except for the large swish cymbal he added later on in his career.
14" X 24" bass drum (I've heard he also used a 26" sometimes)
9" X 13" tom (mounted on a single 'Set-O-Matic' holder)
Two 16" X 16" Floor Toms.
Snare Drum 5" X 14",
Ludwig speed king bass drum pedal or Rogers Swiv-o-matic pedal.
Wooden Throne in White Marine Pearl . A little over 24" tall, including the padding.
Wooden Bass drum beater.
14" New Beat Hi-Hats (medium top, heavy bottom)
18" Thin Crash (on the left)
18" Medium-Thin Crash (on the right)
8" Splash (also used a 6")
20" Medium Ride
22" Swish(on the far right)
Graphics ©Copyright 2001 By Mike James, www.nextcraft.com
Graphics ©Copyright 2001 By Mike James, http://www.nextcraft.com/
Below is the Buddy Rich singnature kit, made by Slingerland drum company. It is obviously set up for a promotional shot so you can see everything. But it gives you a good view of what Buddy used.
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