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John Cloutier’s 53-Piece Clear Acrylic Monster

By Andy Doerschuk Published July 19, 2010


Homes must come with really big basements in East Granby, Connecticut. Otherwise, it’s hard to imagine how Granby-ite John Cloutier manages to store his outrageous 53-piece clear acrylic RCI Starlight kit. With its 8 bass drums, 6 bass drum woofers, 8 snare drums, 11 Octobons, 17 toms, and 3 timbales, this monster — mounted on a custom Gibraltar rack — incorporates three separate kits into a single setup so that he can rotate between each configuration without getting up from his throne.

Cloutier explains that he wanted to be able to cover more than one drumming style at once: “The kit to my right is for R&B/funk, the middle kit is for basic rock, and the kit to my left is for heavy metal, Bonham style.” What, no polka kit?

Naturally, when you have lots of drums you must have lots of cymbals and this setup includes a whopping 70 of them from Zildjian, Sabian, Paiste, Wuhan, Ufip, Istanbul. And don’t forget the 40" Zildjian gong — couldn’t live without that. Heads are from Evans, Remo, and RCI, while the pedals and hats are all remote DW kickers, customized with extra lengths on the linkage to reach all bass drums.


Okay, here’s the rundown:

Bass Drums:
(3) 22" x 20" (1) 20" x 18" (2) 24" x 18" (1) 26" x 22" (1) 28" x 22"

Snare Drums:
(3) 14" x 7"
(1) 13" x 3.5"
(1) 13" x 7"
(1) 12" x 6"
(1) 10" x 8"
(1) 10" x 6"

Toms:
(2) 8" x 8"
(1) 8" x 9"
(1) 8" x 10"
(2) 10" x 8"
(1) 10" x 10"
(2) 12" x 10"
(1) 12" x 12"
(1) 13" x 9"
(2) 14" x 12"
(1) 14" x 14"
(1) 16" x 16"
(1) 18" x 18"
(1) 20" x 20"

Octobons:
(1) 6" x 6"
(1) 6" x 8"
(1) 6" x 10"
(1) 6" x 12"
(1) 6" x 14"
(1) 6" x 16"
(1) 6" x 18"
(1) 6" x 29"
(1) 6" x 22"
(2) 6" x 24"

Sub Woofers:
(1) 8" x 20"
(2) 8" x 22"
(1) 8" x 24"
(1) 8" x 26"
(1) 8" x 28"

Timbales:
(1) 6" x 6"
(1) 8" x 6"
(1) 10" x 8"

You might wonder how in the world John can afford all these drums. Let’s just say he was able to pull some strings at RCI (he’s the company’s artist relations rep).

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  • That thing is massive. I wonder how much it would have cost to some one without his connections!

  • I wrote to John Cloutier, the owner of the gargantuan kit, to get the answer to your question. Here’s what he had to say:

    “The kit’s approximate retail price is $60,000 with all the hardware and cymbals included. It is important also for them to know that the kit was created during the beginning stages of my endorsement and that I have gone on to represent the company as Artist Relations Director as of recently.”

  • I love how this kit is so spectacular and grandiose, and the throne is just a typical, run of the mill throne.  Nothing special.  Whatever gets the job done though!  Cool kit.

  • Ha! It would be great if the throne was like a regal king’s throne, with gold leaf trim and satin cushions.

  • This is what happens when your kit falls into a pit of Ooze…

  • I’m fatigued just looking at this kit ! The possibilities are endless.

  • That kit is like a room full of gorgeous women. I could just stare at the plethora all day long.