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Here's Johnny... On Buddy Rich's Drums!
Buddy Rich/Johnny Carson Ludwig White Pearloid Drum Set.
Here is a special piece of TV history: a drum kit played by legendary drummer Buddy Rich on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and later owned by Carson and set up in his living room. Rich was a frequent guest on the show and performed drum-offs with house band drummer Ed Shaughnessy. Carson was an accomplished drummer himself, but is best known for his skills as a comedian and host of the NBC late night staple.
The front bass drum head has the signature "BR" logo in the upper left portion. Comes with a throne (measuring 12" x 23"), one 17" x 24" bass drum, one 6" x 14" snare drum, one 10" x 13" rack tom, two 16" x 17" floor toms, one pair of 14" hi-hats, two 18" crash cymbals, a 21" ride cymbal, and a 10" splash cymbal. Hardware includes a Universal Speed-Master kick pedal, hi-hat stand, snare stand, and cymbal stands. Cymbals are Zildjian.
Consigned to us by Don Sweeney, who worked for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson for 20 years. Starting as a production assistant, he eventually worked his way up to Assistant Musical Conductor. When Carson left The Tonight Show and handed the hosting reins to Jay Leno, Sweeney stayed on until 1995. Sweeney wrote a book about his time on the show called Backstage at the Tonight Show in 2006.
Drum shells have significant yellow fade to them. The Ludwig Weathermaster heads are still intact and have some bounce left in them when hit. There are cracks in the bell of the splash, while the rest of the cymbals are still in good shape (save for fading on the printed writing). The drum hoops and tension rods have significant rust in spots. The kick drum head has a lot of adhesive residue in spots, along with scratches on the hoops.
Lot comes with drum cases, hardware box, and cymbal bag.
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