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Sizes are 28x14-inch, with 12 and 14-inch single-headed toms and 14x6-inch snare. The 12-inch tom nests inside the 14-inch. The Ace bass drum has Premier’s original art deco full-length lugs, while the snare has the earlier ‘X’ box-type lugs, copied from Leedy.
The kit is a mixture, probably bought piecemeal over a year or two, but it all matches.
“It’s basically fudged together,” Dion explains, “which is the sort of thing drummers did back then, so I’ve kept it that way.
“The most unusual thing is the tensioning of the toms. The calf heads are tacked to the rims rather like a Chinese tom, but then they’re tensioned without using a flesh hoop. I believe Premier only made these for a year or so and then they went over to normal metal rims.
“The shells are three-ply with reinforcing rings and there’s silver paint inside. The clip-on spurs are Beverleys, they were in the box with all the bits he had. I got some cymbals with it as well.”