Winterland March 1968
Ludwig Silver Sparkle Drum Kit: 20"x 11" Bass (right foot), 22"x 11" Bass (left foot), 12x8" & 13x9" top toms, 14x14" & 16x14" floor toms. 1940's 6.5" x 14" black finished Leedy Broadway wood Snare. Snare tuned high, toms and bass low.
Zildjian Cymbals: 15 " light weight hi-hat*, 22" ride or 20" ride, 18" & 16" crash, cow bell.
Fittings: Mainly Rogers with some Ludwigs and some customised. Ludwig Fleetfoot pedals which had leather straps.
Kit No1 - the 11" deep bass drums are clear, note the broken cymbal, and the ride cymbal was well used.
|This kit was specially assembled by Drum City with the non-standard 22"x11" bass drum ordered from the Ludwig factory (a 14" deep with 3" cut off on the kick side of the shell). This size is a dixie land trad jazz size ie a marching type bass drum. The cymbals varied over time but the above seems to be a typical layout for late '66/early '67.||
Playing a standard kit on BBC TV - 20"x14" Bass
(Note the shell gap between the head tensioners
compared to above)
||The Leedy snare has been with Ginger from the early '60's, bought from Alton Red (Kid Ory's drummer), as have the hi-hats.|
|He also obtained cymbals direct from the Zildjian factory
specifically the 22" ride which he seemed to have alternated with a 20".
One of his existing cymbals had completely fractured (see above).
Ludwig medium weight sticks
This is the quite new 20" which seems to have been his main ride
(Jan '67 - no holes visible, see below for 22" in Dec '66)
* "The old Zildjian catalogues have him playing 15" hi-hats. NEVER. Not true. He has been using the same pair of 13" Zildjian Hi-hats (fairly light) since the '60's." (Chip Stern) - and Chip now corrects this after a polite letter from Ginger Baker - they were 15" and now corrected by a drummer who actually measured them at a GB drum clinic - 14". However Ginger did use 15" on the final tour so that's all the confusion.
Drumkit 1 Variations Drumkit 2
Sources: Chip Stern, Bob Ciani "Great Rock Drummers of the Sixties", Ginger Baker interviews, Dan Tingstrom, Warren Baker, plus lots of photo analysis expecially from the new Chris Welch "Cream".
© 2001 by Graeme Pattingale
© 2003 by Graeme Pattingale