“My Sonor is equivalent to the Chicago Star (K180) outfit marketed in the UK and also known as the New Beat,” continues Jeremy.
“The UK bass drums (like mine) were for some reason usually 12-lug instead of 16. The earlier ones, again like mine, are three-ply beech with reinforcing rings and rounded bearing edges. I found them on eBay, and it turned out someone else had some stands and pedals.
“The stands are late ’60s I think, extremely light with a lovely, simple design. The legs pull out and are sprung, like microphone stands. There’s probably room for something like them in the market today.
“I gig the kit frequently, playing blues and rockabilly. I alternate it with my English Rogers kit. They always attract attention and have a rich, distinctive sound.”
Vintage Gear continues each month in Rhythm Magazine.