’80s Copper-Wrap Premiers

Reddrick's 80's Premiers

By Jordan Liffengren Published May 25, 2010

Robert Reddrick's 26-year old Premiers are a thing of beauty. Here's what he has to say about them.

"The basic kit is a 1980 Premier Soundwave SL2 in a copper wrap. I believe it was the cover model for that year. It was purchased from Bill Crowdens Drums Ltd. in Chicago, (the store is now gone sadly). Over the years it has seen a lot of road work. It traveled with me to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in the early ’90s, and toured with me all over the U.S. with the Platters (1997–2000)."

  • Two copper Ludwig timbales
  • 13" x 3.5" Pacific chrome piccolo snare
  • 14" x 6" Tama chrome snare drum
  • 13" x 9", 14" x 9.5", 15" x 11.5", 16" x 15" Premier open toms
  • 18" x 15.5" double side floor tom
  • 24" x 14" bass drum
  • Yamaha double-bass pedal
  • LP Icebell
  • 13" Zildjian Z custom dyno beat hi-hat
  • 10" Sabian splash
  • 16" Zildjian A medium crash
  • 10"Sabian XS20 splash
  • 17" Zildjian A custom crash
  • 18" Zildjian K custom session ride
  • 12" Wuhan China
  • 18" Zildjian A custom crash
  • Original Premier hi-hat

"It features a Roland Octapad triggering and Roland R-8M. The Pacific snare has a midi trigger plugged into the 8" & 10" Octapad roto toms with mesh heads and midi triggers. Additionally, I have a Roland sequencer used for practice and sometimes live performance with pedals for start and stop and looping functions, as well as a small mixer to monitor click tracks, and a couple of speakers mounted on the rack for monitoring and practice."

The kit now resides at Reddick's home where it is primarily used for recording. He's currently working on a few personal projects at home, performing at local clubs, and doing some musical directing for theater in Chicago. "I try to advance the idea of drummers as 'legitimate' musicians," Reddick explains. "I was chosen as Chicago's best music director by the Black Theater Alliance Awards for two years, 2004 & 2005."

You can learn more about Robert at www.ther2project.com, or the BTA Awards

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