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Trixon Sparkling Red Drumkit

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General Specs
Years in use: Unknown
The Trixon Sparkling Red Drumkit was given to John Bonham by his father, John Henry "Jacko" Bonham, when he was 15 years old.

Timpanis

Timpani
John Bonham, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, ca. December 22-23, 1972, Alexandra Palace, Great Hall, London, England
General Specs
Manufacturer: Ludwig
Sizes: 29-inch
Years in use: October 02, 1972 - July 07, 1980
John Bonham replaced the auxillary toms with a 29-inch Ludwig Universal Tympani (Model #LKU329FH) at the beginning of the 1972 Japanese Tour, on October 02, 1972 and added a 29-inch Ludwig Machine Tympani (Model #LKM229FH) on November 30, 1972. He used them in his drum solos as well as in other songs, such as Dazed And Confused and The Rain Song.

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Timpani
Led Zeppelin, ca. December 22-23, 1972, Alexandra Palace, Great Hall, London, England
Timpani
Led Zeppelin, June 02, 1973, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
Timpani
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, April 19, 1977, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Tambourine

Tambourine
John Bonham, April 07, 1977, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
General Specs
Years in use: 1977
John Bonham used a tambourine with a mallet on the 1977 US Tour during the song The Battle Of Evermore to provide some percussive timing to the song.

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Tambourine
Led Zeppelin, April 07, 1977, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Tambourine
Led Zeppelin, June 08, 1977, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Tambourine
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, June 22, 1977, The Forum, Inglewood, California

Staccato Voyager 6 Drumkit

Staccato Voyager 6 Drumkit
John Bonham, October 03, 1978, Abbey Road Studios, City of Westminster, London, England
General Specs
Years in use: October 03, 1978
Website: http://www.staccato-drums.de
John Bonham used the Staccato Voyager 6 Drumkit in recording two songs, So Glad To See You Here and Rockestra Theme, with Paul McCartney and the Rockestra Orchestra on October 03, 1978 at Abbey Road Studios, City of Westminster, London, England. The tracks can be found on The Wings' 1979 album Return to the Egg. Rockestra Theme was performed live at the Concert for the People of Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England on December 29, 1979, however Bonham used the Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit.

The fiberglass-shelled Staccato Voyager 6 Drumkit features a 6", 8", 10" & 12" Rack Toms, 18" Floor Tom and a 22" Bass Drum.

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Staccato Voyager 6 Drumkit
John Bonham, October 03, 1978, Abbey Road Studios, City of Westminster, London, England
Staccato Voyager 6 Drumkit
John Bonham, October 03, 1978, Abbey Road Studios, City of Westminster, London, England
Staccato Voyager 6 Drumkit
1979 Advertisement

Ludwig Snare Drum

Ludwig Supra-Phonic LM400
Ludwig Supra-Phonic LM400
General Specs
Alloy: Chrome Over Aluminum
Size: 5 x 14 inches
Years in use: 1960s ???
Ludwig Super Sensitive COB
Ludwig Super Sensitive COB
General Specs
Alloy: Chrome Over Brass
Diameter: 5 x 14 inches
Years in use: 1968 - 1969
Ludwig Supra-Phonic LM402
Ludwig Supra-Phonic LM402
General Specs
Alloy: Chrome Over Aluminum
Diameter: 6.5 x 14 inches
Years in use: 1969 - 1973 & 1980
Ludwig Black Beauty Supra-Phonic LB417
Ludwig Black Beauty Supra-Phonic LB417
General Specs
Alloy: Chrome Over Brass
Diameter: 6.5 x 14 inches
Years in use: 1975 - 1977
John Bonham preferred using Ludwig Supra-Phonic snare drums. Although he preferred aluminum shells in his snare drums, some of the snare drums he used with early drumkits, such as the Ludwig Black Diamond Pearl, had shells made of brass.

Instead of the 20-strand snares, Bonham used 42-strand snares. He rarely changed drum heads, unless absolutely necessary, as he liked the well-played sound. The top drum head was tuned extremely high, higher than the snare side and the snares were loosened slightly, allowing the natural sound of the drum to come through.

Slingerland Sparkle Drumkit

Slingerland Sparkle Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, September 15, 1968, Liseberg Amusement Park, Stjärnscenen, Göteborg, Sweden
General Specs
Years in use: ??? - December 20, 1968
Website: http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Divisions/Slingerland/
John Bonham used the Slingerland Sparkle drumkit with Led Zeppelin from the first gig on September 07, 1968 through December 20, 1968.

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Slingerland Sparkle Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, September 07, 1968, Egegård Skole, Box 45 Teen Club, Gladsaxe, Denmark
Slingerland Sparkle Drumkit
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, White Summer, September 07, 1968, Egegård Skole, Box 45 Teen Club, Gladsaxe, Denmark

Reissue Ludwig Stainless Steel Zep Set

Reissue Ludwig Stainless Steel Zep Set
General Specs
Manufacturer: Ludwig
Models: L8264
Sizes: 26" x 14" Bass, 15" x 12" Mounted Tom, 16" x 16" and 18" x 16" Floor Toms, 6-1/2" x 14" Supra-Phonic Snare
Features: Classic Spurs, Legs, & Brackets, Large Classic Lugs, Mach Lugs on Mounted Tom, T-rods and Claws on the bass, Silver Sparkle inlays, and Blue & Olive Badges
Finish: Stainless Steel
Years Manufactured: 2007 - Present
List Price: £6999
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
The Ludwig L8264, or Stainless Steel Kit, is a tricky one for Bonham devotees. Modelled on the great man's last ever kit, this limited edition setup is a Holy Grail, much-discussed on internet forums and spied in pictures of Bonzo on stage in the late '70s.

Manufactured by master drum builder Ron Dunnett, the foundation is a 26"x14" bass drum, on which is mounted a huge 14"x12" tom. Floor toms, of 16"x16" and 18"x16" dimensions, complete the kit.

The fatness of the sound it delivers is just what you'd hope for from a kit so closely associated with one of rock's beefiest drummers, and the slight edginess that the steel shells contribute simply serves to make the kit articulate. The kick drum moves so much air that playing it is an exceptionally involving physical experience, but it actually proves very easy to play with speed and subtlety.

The head responds quickly and it doesn't take a massive right foot to get it working. You'll arguably get the fullest response from the drum when all its elements are stirred into action, but even working it at seven-tenths, it produces a fabulously booming retort.

900 series double braced hardware includes: Single Bass Drum pedal Hi-hat stand, Snare stand, 2 Boom, one Straight, and one Shell-mounted cymbal stand

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Reissue Ludwig Stainless Steel Zep Set
Reissue Ludwig Stainless Steel Zep Set
Reissue Ludwig Stainless Steel Zep Set
Reissue Ludwig Stainless Steel Zep Set, ca. March 2006, MusikMesse show, Frankfurt, Germany

Reissue Ludwig Classic Maple Zep Set

Reissue Ludwig Classic Maple Zep Set
General Specs
Manufacturer: Ludwig
Models: L8264LM - w/ Hardware
L8264LX - Shell Kit Only
Sizes: 14x26 - Bass Drum, 16x18 - Floor Tom, 16x16 - Floor Tom, 12x14 - Tom, 6 1/2x14 - Supra-Phonic 402 Snare Drum
Features: Mini-Classic lugs, Elite tom brackets, Elite spurs, 9-ply (6mm) shells
Finish: Natural Maple
Years Manufactured: 2005 - Present
List Price: L8264LM - $5835.00
L8264LX - $4080.00
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
One of Ludwig's Classic masterpieces in Maple is the Zep Set. It's a kit that's fit for a posthumous tribute to metal master John Bonham.

Not only is the Zep Set configured much like Bonzo's original Ludwig kit (before the Ludwig Amber Vistalites he later played), it's apparently built to deliver the kind of power and projection that made the Led Zeppelin drummer a real rock pioneer.

With blazing bass-drum barrages, punishing tom strokes, and explosive snare licks, Bonham deftly moved the groove laid down by bassist John Paul Jones. Bonham played "big" and Ludwig's new Zep Set is made to project that kind of work. You get that huge 26" bass drum, 18" and 16" floor toms, a mounted 14" tom and a magnificent 6-1/2"-deep, 14" Supra-Phonic snare in brilliant polished metal.

The 9-ply/6mm maple shells are available in many finishes, including Bonham's Natural Maple and Green Sparkle. The Ludwig 900 series hardware is first rate and ready to rock.

The John Bonham-inspired Zep Set is manufactured in Ludwig's Monroe, NC, plant.

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Reissue Ludwig Classic Maple Zep Set

Reissue Ludwig Classic Green Sparkle Zep Set

Ludwig Classic Green Sparkle Zep Set
General Specs
Manufacturer: Ludwig
Models: L8264LM - w/ Hardware
L8264LX - Shell Kit Only
Sizes: 14x26 - Bass Drum, 16x18 - Floor Tom, 16x16 - Floor Tom, 12x14 - Tom, 6 1/2x14 - Supra-Phonic 402 Snare Drum
Features: Mini-Classic lugs, Elite tom brackets, Elite spurs, 7-ply (6mm) shells
Finish: Green Sparkle
Years Manufactured: 2005 - Present
List Price: L8264LM - $5835.00
L8264LX - $4080.00
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
One of Ludwig's Classic masterpieces in Maple is the Zep Set. It's a kit that's fit for a posthumous tribute to metal master John Bonham.

Not only is the Zep Set configured much like Bonzo's original Ludwig kit (before the Ludwig Amber Vistalites he later played), it's apparently built to deliver the kind of power and projection that made the Led Zeppelin drummer a real rock pioneer.

With blazing bass-drum barrages, punishing tom strokes, and explosive snare licks, Bonham deftly moved the groove laid down by bassist John Paul Jones. Bonham played "big" and Ludwig's new Zep Set is made to project that kind of work. You get that huge 26" bass drum, 18" and 16" floor toms, a mounted 14" tom and a magnificent 6-1/2"-deep, 14" Supra-Phonic snare in brilliant polished metal.

The 9-ply/6mm maple shells are available in many finishes, including Bonham's Natural Maple and Green Sparkle. The Ludwig 900 series hardware is first rate and ready to rock.

The John Bonham-inspired Zep Set is manufactured in Ludwig's Monroe, NC, plant.

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Ludwig Classic Green Sparkle Zep Set

Reissue Ludwig Amber Vistalite Zep Set

Reissue Ludwig Amber Vistalite Zep Set
General Specs
Manufacturer: Ludwig
Models: L8264LM47 - w/ Hardware
LL8264LXX-P - Shell Kit Only
Sizes: 14"x26" Bass, 10"x14" Tom, 16"x16" and 16"x18" Floor Toms, 6-1/2"x14" Metal Snare
Features: Classic Spurs, Legs, & Brackets; Large Classic Lugs; T-rods and Claws on the bass; Gold sparkle inlays; and blue and olive badges
Color: Amber
Years Manufactured: 2005 - Present
List Price: L8264LM - $4710.00
LL8264LXX-P - $4220.00
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
John Bonham's drumming was the driving force that propelled the legendary Led Zeppelin. The original Amber Vistalite kit was featured in Zep's rockumentary - The Song Remains The Same. The folks at Ludwig have faithfully recreated this history making kit and are making it available for a very limited time. Vintage appointments include: gold sparkle bass drum hoops; olive and blue badges; classic lugs, brackets, spurs and legs; gold sparkle inlays. Drum Sizes: 14"x26"" Bass Drum; 10"x14" Tom; 16"x16" and 16"x18" Floor Toms; 6-1/2" x 14" chrome plated Supra-Phonic Snare Drum. Ludwig Vistalite Drums come with a 3 year warranty.

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Reissue Ludwig Amber Vistalite Zep Set
 

Ralph Kester Ching Ring

Ralph Kester Ching Ring
General Specs
Alloy: Nickel
Diameter: 7 inches
Years in use: 1973
John Bonham used the Ralph Kester Ching Ring in 1973 during Moby Dick.

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Ralph Kester Ching Ring
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
John Bonham, May 18, 1973, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
John Bonham, May 22, 1973, HemisFair Arena, San Antonio, Texas
Ralph Kester Ching Ring
John Bonham, June 02, 1973, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California

Ludwig Mini Toms

Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, ca. August 22-23, 1969, Pirates' World, Dania, Florida
General Specs
Sizes: 10" & 12"
Shells: Stainless Steel
Lugs: Chrome-plated
Years in use: ca. 1969 - September 19, 1970
John Bonham used Concert Toms from mid-Summer 1969 through the end of the 1970 US Tour. Bonham randomly alternated between the Concert Toms, Ludwig Mini Toms and Congas for use in the song White Summer/Black Mountain Side.

John Bonham replaced the use of auxiliary toms with the Ludwig tympanis in 1972.

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Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, ca. August 22-23, 1969, Pirates' World, Dania, Florida
Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, February 28, 1970, KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, March 08, 1970, Circus Krone Bau, Munich, Germany
Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, March 27, 1970, The Forum, Inglewood, California
Concert Toms
Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones, June 22, 1970, Laugardalshöll Sports Arena, Reykjavik, Iceland
Concert Toms
John Bonham & John Paul Jones, June 28, 1970, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England
Concert Toms
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, July 17, 1970, Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, August 19, 1970, Kansas City Municipal Auditorium Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
Concert Toms
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, September 09, 1970, Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Concert Toms
Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones, September 19, 1970, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
   

Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit

Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit
Soundcheck, January 09, 1970, Royal Albert Hall, City of Westminster, London, England
General Specs
Years in use: ca. January 31, 1969 - April 18, 1970
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
John Bonham received the Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple drumkit after getting his official endorsement from Ludwig. Carmine Appice, drummer for Vanilla Fudge, personally rang up the Ludwig factory after John Bonham had expressed an interest in getting a drumkit duplicate to what Appice was playing at the beginning of Led Zeppelin's first US Tour in December 1968.

This was the drumkit used to to record Led Zeppelin II and was used until the end of the Spring 1970 US Tour.

The Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple drumkit was eventually sold to Colin Fairley, at-the-time boyfriend to John Bonham's sister, Deborah, who then sold the drumkit to Paul Thompson in 1976 for £600.

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Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, January 31, 1969, Fillmore East, New York City, New York
Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit
John Bonham, August 09, 1969, Anaheim Convention Center Arena, Anaheim, California
Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit
John Bonham, January 15, 1970, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, April 07, 1970, The Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina
Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit
Paul Thompson on the throne
Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit
Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit

Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit

Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit
John Bonham, June 08, 1977, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
General Specs
Years in use: April 01, 1977 - July 07, 1980
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
John Bonham used the Ludwig Stainless Steel drumkit beginning on the 1977 US Tour until Led Zeppelin's last show on July 07, 1980. It was also used in the recording of Led Zeppelin's last studio album In Through The Out Door.

It is now in possession of an unknown Canadian collector.

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Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, May 18, 1977, Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, July 24, 1977, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit
John Bonham, August 11, 1979, Knebworth House Grounds, Stevenage, England
Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, June 21, 1980, Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit
Led Zeppedlin, July 03, 1980, Eisstadion am Friedrichspark, Mannheim, Germany

Ludwig Silver Sparkle Drumkit

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General Specs
Years in use: 1975
The Ludwig Silver Sparkle drumkit was only used in studio to record Presence in November 1975.

Ludwig Green Sparkle Drumkit

Ludwig Green Sparkle Drumkit
Soundcheck, February 20, 1972, Kooyong Stadium, Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia
General Specs
Years in use: June 22, 1970 - April 02, 1973
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
John Bonham was given three Ludwig Green Sparkle drumkits in the spring of 1970. In addition to using this drumkit on stage from 1970 until the end of the 1973 European tour, it was his favorite kit to use in the studio, recording Led Zeppelin III, , Houses Of The Holy and Physical Graffiti.

After John Bonham's death, one of the drumkits was given to drum technician Jeff Ocheltree, another was given to Pat Bonham, John's widow, which was on loan to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and now sits at The Old Hyde with John's picture over it and the third kit was purchased by a collector in update New York.

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Ludwig Green Sparkle Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, June 22, 1970, Laugardalshöll Sports Arena, Reykjavik, Iceland
Ludwig Green Sparkle Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, ca. October 28-29, 1972, Pavillion Montreux, Montreux, Switzerland
Ludwig Green Sparkle Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, April 02, 1973, Palais des Sports de Paris, Paris, France
Ludwig Green Sparkle Drumkit
Zoe Bonham, The Old Hyde, Cutnall Green, Worcestershire, England

Ludwig Flat Black Drumkit

No Image Available
General Specs
Years in use: Unknown

Ludwig Blue Drumkit

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General Specs
Years in use: Unknown
Reg Jones, vocalist for the band Way Of Life, said that John Bonham used a Blue Ludwig drumkit ca. 1967.

Ludwig Black Diamond Pearl Drumkit

Ludwig Black Diamond Pearl Drumkit
John Bonham, ca. January 02-25, 1969, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, California
General Specs
Years in use: December 26, 1968 - ca. January 1969
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
The Ludwig Black Diamond Drumkit was used by John Bonham on the first US Tour in early 1969 until he got his endorsement deal from Ludwig in late January 1969.

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Ludwig Black Diamond Pearl Drumkit
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, December 30, 1968, John F. Kennedy Memorial Pavilion, Spokane, Washington, Gonzaga University
Ludwig Black Diamond Pearl Drumkit
Led Zeppelin, ca. January 02-05, 1969, Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, California

Ludwig Black & White Spiral Vistalite Drumkit

Ludwig Black & White Spiral Vistalite Drumkit
General Specs
Years in use: 1975 - ???
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
John Bonham was given 18 pieces of Black & White Spiral Ludwig Vistalite series drums in 1975 directly from Ludwig. These drums were never used live on stage nor in the studio, just staying at John Bonham's home, The Old Hyde for impromptu jams.

Bonham stuffed some of the drum pieces into rock journalist Chris Welch's car after having a drink with him. Welch played the drumkit for a few years in jazz bands but he eventually sold it to Phil Harris of Harris Hire Vintage Musical Instruments in 1998 for £950 because the drums were collecting dust in his garage.

Over the years, the drumkit has been played by some noteable musicians, including Robbie Williams, Shawn Drover from Megadeth and Manic Street Preachers. The drumkit may have been given to drummer Mick Fleetwood at some point.

On September 4, 2008, the Black & White Spiral Ludwig Vistalite drumkit was sold at The Fame Bureau auction house for $41,000 to an unknown buyer.

The remaining pieces (shown in the first three pictures) are now in possession of John Bonham's daughter, Zoe.

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Ludwig Black & White Spiral Vistalite Drumkit
John Bonham, The Old Hyde, Cutnall Green, Worcestershire, England, ca. 1976
Ludwig Black & White Spiral Vistalite Drumkit
John Bonham, The Old Hyde, Cutnall Green, Worcestershire, England, ca. 1976
Ludwig Black & White Spiral Vistalite Drumkit
John Bonham, The Old Hyde, Cutnall Green, Worcestershire, England, ca. 1976
Ludwig Black & White Spiral Vistalite Drumkit
 
Ludwig Black & White Spiral Vistalite Drumkit
Mick Fleetwood & Ted Owen of The Fame Bureau, London, England, ca. September 2008
 

Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit

Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit
John Bonham, ca. 1975
General Specs
Years in use: May 05, 1973 - May 25, 1975
Website: http://www.ludwig-drums.com/
This drumkit was delivered from Ludwig in March 1973 containing various-sized toms plus an additional bass drum. On the three nights that The Song Remains The Same was filmed, the 16" x 20" and 16" x 22" floor toms were rotated in use. Bonham was one of the first to play this new line from Ludwig and was the only amber-tinted kit of the first run.

This kit was eventually auctioned off at Sotheby's to (now deceased) collector Bill Townsend for over a hundred thousand pounds with the proceeds going to charity.

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Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit
John Bonham, May 18, 1973, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas
Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit
John Bonham, June 02, 1973, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit
John Bonham, ca. 1975
Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit
John Bonham, ca. May 1975, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England
Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit
1973 Advertisement
Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit
1976 Advertisement

Hayman Drumkit

No Image Available
General Specs
Years in use: Unknown
John Bonham received a Midnight Blue Hayman drumkit in 1968. The snare drum was later given to drum technician Mick Hinton, who in turn, gave it to drummer Will Wright, who in turn, left it in the hire stock at John Henry's Ltd..

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Hayman Drumkit
Midnight Blue color, from 1970 Hayman Drums literature

Gretsch Maple Drumkits

No Image Available
General Specs
Years in use: Unknown
According to drum technician Jeff Ocheltree, John Bonham owned a few Gretsch drumkits, one of which was given to Jim Capaldi, drummer for Traffic.

Gretsch Drumkit

No Image Available
General Specs
Years in use: Unknown
John most likely owned one as his first drumkit, his brother Mick recalled.

Paiste Symphonic Gong

Gong
John Bonham, April 19, 1977, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio
General Specs
Manufacturer: Paiste
Alloy: NS12 Nickel-silver
Sizes: 22", 29", 36", 38"
Website: http://www.paiste.com/
John Bonham received the Paiste Symphonic Gong in the spring of 1969 upon recommendation from Vanilla Fudge's drummer, Carmine Appice. Bonham used it to accent certain songs, such as White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Dazed And Confused and the end of Whole Lotta Love, which can be seen in the movie The Song Remains The Same.

In July 2009, the 29-inch Paiste gong was sold to an anonymous buyer for $64,000, after the auction failed to sell at Bonhams' gallery in Los Angeles, California as part of the Peter Golding Collection of Rock and Roll Art and Animation Art auction.

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Gong
Led Zeppelin, May 11, 1969, Green Lake Aqua Center, Seattle, Washington
Gong
Led Zeppelin, August 09, 1969, Anaheim Convention Center Arena, Anaheim, California
Gong
John Bonham, October 19, 1969, Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Illinois
Gong
Led Zeppelin, January 24, 1970, Universoty of Leeds, The Refectory, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Gong
Led Zeppelin, ca. August 22-23, 1969, Pirates' Festival, Dundee, Scotland
Gong
Led Zeppelin, March 07, 1970, Montreux Casino Hall, Montreux, Switzerland
Gong
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, June 28, 1970, Royal bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England
Gong
John Bonham, July 29, 1973, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Gong
John Bonham, April 19, 1977, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio
Gong
John Bonham, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, June 21, 1980, Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Gong
John Bonham with 22" Paiste Gong on the floor behind him, The Old Hyde, Cutnall Green, Worcestershire, England
Gong
John Bonham's 29-inch Paiste Gong on display at Bonham's Auction House, ca. June 2009, Los Angeles, California

Eventide Instant Phaser PS-101

Eventide Instant Phaser PS-101
General Specs
Features: In/Out switch - Mono In/Stereo Out
Depth - Lets you determine the mix of phased and direct signal
Remote Jack
Oscillator - Controls the speed/rate of the LFO wave that controls the effect
Phase Change - Sets the position of the effect when the LFO is in the center position or controls the effect when the LFO is switched off
Envelope Follower Threshold - Sets the input signal level which triggers phasing
Envelope Follower Release - Determines the phase decay time (0.01 to 10 secs.)
Function - Manual/Oscillator/Envelope/Remote
On/Off Switch
Years in use: 1975-1977
Website: http://www.eventide.com/
Used on-stage in 1975 through 1977 for the drums and tympanis in Kashmir and Moby Dick.

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Eventide Instant Phaser PS-101

Drumheads

Drumheads
Remo Coated Ambassador
General Specs
Manufacturer: Remo
Years in use: ??? - July 07, 1980
Website: http://www.remo.com/
For the bass drum, John Bonham always used a Remo Coated Emperor on the batter side and a Remo Medium weight drumhead on the resonance side. For the rack and floor toms, he always used a Remo Coated Emperor on the batter side and a Remo Coated Ambassador on the resonance side. For the snare drum, he always used a Remo Coated Emperor on the batter side and a Remo Coated Ambassador on the snare side (sometimes a Remo Coated Diplomat).

John Bonham had his bass drum heads tuned up really high, similar to the drums in the Big Band and Swing era, so that large volumes of air would be moved through the bass drum body to get a round, full sound. The drum heads on the toms were tuned up higher on the resonance side than the batter side. For the snare drum, the resonance side was tuned higher than the batter side and the snares were loosened a little bit.

Jeff Ocheltree, John Bonham's drum technician from 1977 to 1979, said that Bonzo would only change the drum heads when it was absolutely necessary as he liked the sound of the heads played in. "A couple of times I changed them without telling him. John was so against it I would take sandpaper or whatever and get them a little dirty. I worked really hard to get the stress out of the [head] collars and get the kit to sound so great that when he sat down it almost blew his mind."

When using the transparent Vistalite drum kit, Bonham used Remo Controlled Sound drum heads (AKA 'CS' or 'black dot') which are single-ply but have a reinforced circle in the middle. He would also use the Ludwig equivalent 'silver dot' heads. These were used because like the rest of the kit, they were see-through.

"We went from black dots to Emperor-coated [double-ply heads] and that was a different sound. On the Vistalite he used the black dots because you could see through them."

Drum Sticks

Drum Sticks
Promuco custom rock maple drum sticks, used in 1975
John Bonham used a variety of drum sticks throughout his drumming career. When roadie Glen Colsen set his gear up early on, he remembers them being very big sticks. "A huge box full of stick was delivered - the thickest I'd ever seen. John would break two or three drumsticks a night, and I'd have to hand him a new stick while standing at the side of the stage." Glen Colson - John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums by Chris Welch

Other sources have said that John Bonham used Ludwig 2A (in 1977 to 1980 - Jeff Ocheltree), 2B and 5B Hickory Sticks.

John Bonham also used custom sticks made by Eddie Ryan and custom 5B hickory sticks in 1975 made by Promuco, an English manufacturer. They measure 15.95" long by .59" in diameter.

Another source claims that John Bonham used 16-inch Premier sticks with an acorn tip.

John Bonham also used tympani mallets for playing the tympanis and for use during drum solos and during White Summer/Black Mountain Side, a gong mallet for use with the Paiste Symphonic Gong and brushes in the studio for use on The Rain Song.

Photos

Drum Sticks
Promuco custom rock maple drum sticks, used in 1975

Cymbals

Cymbals
John Bonham, May 19, 1977, LSU Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
General Specs
Manufacturer: Paiste
Alloy: CuSn8 Bronze, also known as "2002 Bronze"
Years in use: ??? - July 07, 1980
John Bonham was a lifelong user of Paiste cymbals. He officially signed into an endorsement contract on July 13, 1971, however had been receiving cymbals from them since February 1970. In 1975, Bonham switched to the Paiste 2002 Series.
 
Ludwig Black Diamond Pearl Drumkit (1968-1969)
  15" Paiste Sound Edge Hi-Hat
18" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Crash
20" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Crash
24" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Ride
Ludwig Thermo Gloss Natural Maple Drumkit (1969-1970)
  15" Paiste Sound Edge Hi-Hat
18" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Crash
20" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Crash
24" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Ride
29", 36" & 38" Paiste Symphonic Gong
Ludwig Green Sparkle Drumkit (1970-1973)
  15" Paiste Sound Edge Hi-Hat
16" Paiste 2002 Series Medium Crash (1973)
18" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Crash
20" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Crash (1970-1972)
20" Paiste 602 Series Medium Crash (1973)
24" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Ride
38" Paiste Symphonic Gong
Ludwig Amber Vistalite Drumkit (1973-1975)
  15" Paiste Sound Edge Hi-Hat
18" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Crash
20" Paiste 602 Series Medium Crash
20" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Crash
24" Paiste Giant Beat Medium Ride
38" Paiste Symphonic Gong
Ludwig Stainless Steel Drumkit (1977-1980)
  15" Paiste Sound Edge 2002 Series Hi-Hat
16" Paiste 2002 Series Medium Crash
18" Paiste 2002 Series Medium Crash
18" Paiste 2002 Series Ride
20" Paiste 602 Series Medium Ride
24" Paiste 2002 Series Ride

Photos

Cymbals
Led Zeppelin, ca. February 14-15, 1969, Thee Image Club, Miami, Florida
Cymbals
John Bonham, June 28, 1969, Bath Recreation Grounds, Bath, England
Cymbals
John Bonham, March 05, 1971, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland
Cymbals
John Bonham, November 11, 1971, Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Cymbals
John Bonham, January 27, 1973, Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland
Cymbals
John Bonham, September 29, 1971, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, Texas
Cymbals
John Bonham, June 02, 1973, Kezar Satdium, San Francisco, California
Cymbals
John Bonham, ca. 1975
Cymbals
John Bonham, May 19, 1977, LSU Assembly Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cymbals
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, August 04, 1979, Knebworth House Grounds, Stevenage, England
Cymbals
John Bonham, John Paul Jones & Jimmy Page, June 21, 1980, Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Cymbals
Carmine Appice with a Paiste 20" Giant Beat that John Bonham used on the 1st US Tour 1968-1969.
Cymbals
1976 Paiste Advertisement
Cymbals
1976 Paiste Advertisement
Cymbals
Paiste Advertisement
Cymbals
John Bonham's Paiste Cymbal Agreement
Cymbals
John Bonham's Paiste Cymbal Agreement
 

Congas

Congas
Led Zeppelin, January 09, 1970, Royal Albert Hall, City of Westminster, London, England
General Specs
Size: 11"
Shells: Solid Wood
Color: Black with Red drip
Years in use: January 08, 1970 - December 21, 1971
John Bonham used Congas from the beginning of the 1970 UK Tour through the end of the Winter 1971 UK Tour. Bonham randomly alternated between the Concert Toms, Ludwig Mini Toms and Congas for use in the song White Summer/Black Mountain Side.

John Bonham replaced the use of auxiliary toms with the Ludwig tympanis in 1972.

Photos

Congas
Led Zeppelin, January 09, 1970, Royal Albert Hall, City of Westminster, London, England
Congas
Led Zeppelin, June 28, 1970, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England
Congas
John Bonham, July 17, 1971, Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
Congas
Led Zeppelin, August 19, 1970, Kansas City Municipal Auditorium Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
Congas
Richard Cole playing congas, March 05, 1971, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Ireland
Congas
John Bonham, March 11, 1971, Southampton University, West Refectory, Garden Court, Southampton, England
Congas
John Bonham & Robert Plant, September 29, 1971, Osaka Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
Congas
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, November 20, 1971, Wembley Empire Pool, London, England

Concert Toms

Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, ca. August 22-23, 1969, Pirates' World, Dania, Florida
General Specs
Sizes: 10" & 12"
Shells: Stainless Steel
Lugs: Chrome-plated
Years in use: ca. 1969 - September 19, 1970
John Bonham used Concert Toms from mid-Summer 1969 through the end of the 1970 US Tour. Bonham randomly alternated between the Concert Toms, Ludwig Mini Toms and Congas for use in the song White Summer/Black Mountain Side.

John Bonham replaced the use of auxiliary toms with the Ludwig tympanis in 1972.

Photos

Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, ca. August 22-23, 1969, Pirates' World, Dania, Florida
Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, February 28, 1970, KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, March 08, 1970, Circus Krone Bau, Munich, Germany
Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, March 27, 1970, The Forum, Inglewood, California
Concert Toms
Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones, June 22, 1970, Laugardalshöll Sports Arena, Reykjavik, Iceland
Concert Toms
John Bonham & John Paul Jones, June 28, 1970, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England
Concert Toms
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, July 17, 1970, Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
Concert Toms
Led Zeppelin, August 19, 1970, Kansas City Municipal Auditorium Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
Concert Toms
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, September 09, 1970, Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Concert Toms
Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones, September 19, 1970, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Bass Drum Pedal

Bass Drum Pedal
General Specs
Years in use: ??? - 1980
John Bonham used the Ludwig Speed King Model #201 with a Rogers felt beater (and, upon occasion, a wood beater) with tight spring tension for his entire drumming career.

The Ludwig Speed King Pedal was invented in 1936 by Walter Hueckstead. The Speed King was the first blockbuster product from the WFL Drum Company - William F. Ludwig had essentially sold his name to Conn in 1930 and was forced to use only his initials for his new company until he bought back the Ludwig name in 1955.

This pedal has been nicknamed the "Squeak King" because of the large amounts of squeaking it produces. The squeak of the pedal is audible in the following songs: Since I've Been Loving You, The Ocean, The Rain Song, Houses of the Holy, Ten Years Gone, Bonzos Montreux, All My Love and the live version of I Can't Quit You Baby from Coda.

"The only real problem I can remember encountering was when we were putting the first boxed set together. There was an awfully squeaky bass drum pedal on 'Since I've Been Loving You'. It sounds louder and louder every time I hear it! [laughs]. That was something that was obviously sadly overlooked at the time." - Jimmy Page, Guitar World, 1993

Photos

Bass Drum Pedal
Led Zeppelin, ca. February 14-15, 1969, Thee Image Club, Miami, Florida
Bass Drum Pedal
Led Zeppelin, June 28, 1970, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England
Bass Drum Pedal
John Bonham & John Paul Jones, June 28, 1970, Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England
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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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