Bart's Drum Page

As I mentioned in other places here, I do play the drums. If you're interested you can check out this page...

I've been playing the drums since I was 11 years old. I actually took snare lessons from a nun (yes, I was raised Catholic, but I don't think I suffered too much damage) during 6th grade. I did the Jr. High & High School band thing, played in a couple "garage bands" and played with a band briefly while in the Army. I was fortunate enough to get into a real live regular gig-playing type band in 1980 and played several years in the local bar scene (a "weekend warrior" though - I had to do a "real" job to support my family). I gave up the bar scene when I went back to college in the mid '80s. But since I minored in music, I played in several different types of bands there and was fortunate enough to study with a couple of very good drumming instructors. I recently called it quits with the band I had been with for the last eleven or so years (Panacea from 2001 through 2012). One of my old band mates & I are working on a new blues-based band (with some rock classics as well). We hope to be ready to get established in the local music scene within the next couple months.

I play ONLY Ludwig drums (my first Ludwig kit was a '50s WFL black diamond pearl set that I bought with paper route money at age 13) and currently own four outfits: a newer Red Sparkle Classic Maple set (16x18 BD, 14x14 FT, 9x12 MT) that I mostly keep at home in my practice studio, my two current gigging kits (both 3-ply w/reinforcement rings) - a 1970s set of Sky Blue Pearl (14x20 BD, 16x16 FT, 8x12 MT), and a 1965 Blue Oyster Pearl (14x22 BD, 16x16 FT, 9x13 MT), and finally my "kick-around" kit which is a mix of "older" (USA made 16x16 FT) and "newer" (Taiwan made 16x22 BD & 10x12 MT) blue-green Rockers.

I also own these snare drums: a newer 6x14 Black Beauty w/die-cast rims, a '71 5x14 chrome Supraphonic, a '66 6x14 wooden Mahogany model, and a '70s 12x15 stainless steel field model just for the hell of it. I can't decide which one I like the best - the Supra or the Black Beauty. The BB is, of course, great looking (and sounding), but you still can't beat the sound of those classic Supras...

My hardware is a mix of '70s vintage Ludwig Atlas and a LM918HH hihat stand that I use with the Red Sparkle set at home, new Atlas Classic stands that for the two gigging kits ('cause they are lightweight & easy to carry - it matters when you're gettin' older), good ol' lightweight '60s flat-base cymbal, tripod snare, and '70s Atlas hi-hat stands for the "kick-arounds", and 2 Ghost & 2 Speed King BD pedals. All of my cymbals are Zildjians of varying vintage, from the 1960s to 2000's.

I don't have the pictured chrome ones any more (e-Bayed 'em a while back). I have owned several other Ludwig kits over the years and loved them all (Vistalites, other 3-plies, 4-plies, 6-plies, single-headed, "power" sized, huge kits, etc) and have now settled on using just 4-pieces with anywhere from 4 to 7 cymbals. Click on the thumbnails below for pics of my stuff (as I post them, anyway)...

Here is a picture of me from aforementioned High School band days (I was a freshman when this was taken).
"What a geek!"

Below are some pics of some of my currently-owned drums. Click the thumbnails to enlarge.

1965 BOP 1970s SBP
2000s RSP

Some Links to Drum Stuff

A link to my band, "The Blind Playboys", web page.

A link to my other band, "Touch of Grey", web page.

Ludwig Drum Company home of my favorite drums. (Alas no longer made in Chicago since the mid 1980s, though)

Ludwig Drummer Fanpage on - a lot of vintage and current Ludwig stuff and people who play them.

Avedis Zildjian & Company home of the best made (at least in my opinion) cymbals on earth.

The Not So Modern Drummer another cool site for vintage players.

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