my music gear

Live set-up

C&C LPL drums, Zildjian Constantinople cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, Aquarian Drum Heads, DW hardware

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DRUMS

  • C&C Custom LPL (luan, poplar, luan) in a dark, natural finish with wood hoops (pictured above)
  • 22″x13″ bass drum
  • 13″x8″ rack tom
  • 16″x15″ floor tom
  • 14″x61⁄2″ snare

www.candccustomdrums.com

CYMBALS

Zildjian

  • 16″ K Constantinople hats
  • 22″ K Constantinople Renaissance ride
  • 24″ K Constantinople Medium ride

zildjian.com

HARDWARE

  • DW 6000 Series Retro Flush-Base hardware
  • DW 9000 Series bass drum pedal

www.dwdrums.com

DRUMHEADS

Aquarian Drumheads

  • Snare: 14″ Texture Coated Response 2 with Power Dot Underneath on top/Classic Clear underneath
  • Toms: Modern Vintage-coated mediums
  • Bass drum: Modern Vintage-coated on front & back

www.aquariandrumheads.com

STICKS

Vic Firth

  • Extreme 5B signature sticks
  • Jazz brush
  • T1 mallets

www.vicfirth.com

MICROPHONES

  • Electro-Voice RE320 bass drum mic

www.electrovoice.com

CASES

  • SKB Cases

www.skbcases.com

ENDORSEMENTS

Zildjian Cymbals: http://zildjian.com/Artists/H/Graham-Hopkins

Vic Firth Sticks: http://www.vicfirth.com/artists/art.php?letter=H

Aquarian Drumheads: http://www.aquariandrumheads.com/artists

C&C Custom Drums: http://www.candccustomdrums.com/

VINTAGE GEAR

A 1955 WFL Ludwig (below) which I’ve now fully restored. I previously played this kit when I was in the band Therapy? However, it’s just recently that I stripped it apart and got it back to close to its original state — you can really hear the difference in the tone and the response. (And it looks slick-ass).

A 1955 WFL Ludwig (below) which I've now fully restored. I previously played this kit when I was in the band Therapy? However, it's just recently that I stripped it apart and got it back to close to its original state — you can really hear the difference in the tone and the response. (And it looks slick-ass).

Among bits of vintage gear I collect, restore and play is this mid-1950s Trixon Luxus (below). Although this is a German-based company I recently found out they assembled all their drums in Shannon, Ireland.

Trixon-Luxus

A beautiful 1920s kit (below) which I’ve been restoring since Autumn 2013.

A beautiful 1920s kit that needs to be restored

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Below, Aquarian Drumheads advertisement (2008)

Tap Test, Aquarian Drumheads

Below, the first drum ad I did (1993) for Pearl Drums which was printed in Modern Drummer, Rhythm Magazine and others. Can you spot me?

Pearl ad

2 Responses to “my music gear”

  1. Kbm Drums

    Graham,

    I have the exact same 1920 Ludwig kit that you are restoring. It is a great conversation piece and I am looking to restore mine to 100% original, if possible. Mu kit is missing the cymbal striker from the bass drum(broke off), snare strainer and the hardware to attach the snare drum to the bass drum. If you know of anywhere I may be able to locate these parts, let me know.

    Pics of the kit are on my facebook page.

    Thanks,
    Kevin
    KBM Custom Drums

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