“I’ve since done my homework,” continues Richard. “The kit is a K130 Swinger in Blue Stripe (Bn), which can be seen on Sonor’s own museum website. The kit, including metal snare and stands, originally retailed for £149 and 10 shillings.
“It’s a standard 22x14-inch, 13x9-inch and 16x16-inch with thin shells. Overall, the drums are extremely light and to my surprise the lugs are made from plastic. They work fine and have a similar look to Ludwig’s ‘Classic’ lug.
“The bass drum hoops are the cheaper metal variety and hollow, so they ring a bit. The spurs are also lightweight and are the straight retractable type, about 8 or 10mm in diameter.
“As a left-handed player, what I’ve always liked is the tom holder, which is mounted centrally on the bass drum and works for both left- or right-handed players.”