I recently had an idea after looking at some old black and white vintage drummer photos. What I wanted to do was set up a photo shoot with one of my vintage kits and pose like the old drummers did in those cool promotional photos. Mike Braswell is a very close friend who is an excellent photographer was called to help me with the project. Mike writes stories for a publication called Southland Magazine. His photos are always featured in the magazine. So we got together at my place and set up the shoot and had a great time.
The drum set I used for the photos is my mid 1950s Slingerland white marine pearl set. The set features a 24X14 bass drum, 12X8, 13X9, 16X16, 20X16 toms and a matching snare. I think this set was the perfect set for the look I was hoping to get. We decided to omit the 20" floor tom in the photo shoot, because it is just so big. I've always liked the 20" floor tom because Gene Krupa played one with all his sets. His big floor tom was a 20X18 but mine is a 20X16. I have a GK logo head I display on this drum set, but isn't exactly the set up he used. Gene is one of the greatest drummers of all time. What he did for drums and drummers can never be overstated. He also did a lot to promote the Slingerland drum company.