After Rush announced their R40 tour last week, news and pictures of Neil Peart's new custom kit for the tour began to surface. In fact on the same day that Rush announced the tour, the new R40 kit was on display at the 2015 NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) in Los Angeles.
Today DW Drums, whom manufactured the R40 kit for Neil, released a video of the Professor discussing the kit in detail. One incredibly interesting note is that the entire kit was made from a single salvaged log. The log was obtained from Romania near the Carpathian Mountains. The log is estimated to have been submerged in a river near the mountains for 500 years and the total age of the log is 1,500 years. Neil is clearly excited regarding the original of the wood used for his new kit.
He also discusses the intricate manufacturing process behind each shell and how each individual Rush logo that appears on each piece was created. While the R40 kit is visually similar in style to the R30 kit Neil used during the band's 30th Anniversary tour back in 2004, the new kit is actually quite different in substance.
The video can be viewed directly at this LINK or via the embedded viewer below:
In related news, a replica of the R40 snare is now available for sale for $1,499.55 via All Pro Percussion:In celebration of Rush's 40th Anniversary Tour, Drum Workshop, Inc (DW Drums) is releasing the Neil Peart R40 snare drum. Just like Neil's R40 touring kit, this DW Icon series snare features exotic inlay artwork from previous Rush albums and gold plated hardware. Each snare includes DW's Mag Throw-Off with 3 position butt plate and a DW Deluxe Snare Drum Bag. A limited number of 250 R40 Icon snares will be produced.Thanks to GeddyWannaBe for the news.
The 6.5"x14", 13-ply VLT Oak shell is sealed in clear, high-gloss lacquer and complemented by gold- plated hardware. A signed-and-numbered certificate of authenticity and deluxe carrying bag will accompany each drum and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Neil's charity of choice.
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