Patrick Scott’s Cactus Kit: Home-Made On The Range

By Andy Doerschuk
Published March 3, 2011

What kind of rack system would an outlaw country band drummer want? Well, if you’re Patrick Scott, the only solution is to build yourself a rack that looks like a cluster of cacti on the horizon at sunset. Behold his final creation – built from 2" and 3" muffler tubing that he bought pre-bent and topped with steel balls he personally cut in half. Scott welded together the whole contraption, ground the welds smooth, and painted it all black “because it’s more evil.”

Apparently, he has some time on his hands, and yet even the most hardened death metal drummer would have to admit that his cactus kit is just plain cool. “These are perfect for hiding out from the sheriff or the bartenders tab,” the Nashville drummer quips. “The rack has a hinge to fold flat and packs up quickly. I used 3/4" motorcycle handlebar mounts to hold my cymbal sleeves and to have some adjustment up and down.” Despite its elaborate design, Scott’s rack actually has a smaller footprint than most drum kits, “and I can add more cymbals too!”

Being so enamored with this unusual creation, we almost forgot to ask about the vintage tubs that nestle behind the rack. It’s a simple 4-piece made up of ’50s—’60s keystone badge WFL and Ludwig drums, bought piece-by-piece on eBay over a period of years. The drums all have 3-ply shells wrapped in an authentic White Marine Pearl finish.

Scott prefers Remo Clear Ambassador resonant heads and Evans Coated G2s batters on toms. He didn’t provide his snare head selection, but that sure looks like a Remo Ebony Pinstripe on the batter side. The bass drum is adorned with an original Ludwig Ambassador on the front and an Evans Emad for the batter “... with no pillow – and they sound great!” Spoken like a true purist.

Apparently Scott appreciates getting a smokin’ deal, since he assembled his cymbal collection by scoring Internet bargains on used 16" and 18" crashes, 20" rides, and 14" hats of various makes.

We were a bit surprised to learn that the impressive rack is in fact a work in progress. “I might add some Southwest stuff like turquoise, copper, or leather on the crossbars, because it needs some Native American finishing touches,” Scott muses. “Maybe a fog machine blowing evil smoke out of holes drilled in the cactus too. Too much?”

Yes, but we love it!