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VK Drums Vkast bronze kit £17,000 www.vk­drums.com

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

When a drum­mer in Ja­pan ap­proached Bri­tish drum builder Alan Van Kleef about mak­ing a seven-piece cast bronze drum kit, rather than re­coil at such a mon­u­men­tal task, Alan jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to build some­thing ut­terly unique and truly spe­cial, hark­ing back to the pi­o­neer­ing bronze drums of cel­e­brated crafts­man Jeff Ochel­tree.

For the VK VKast bronze kit you see here, Alan had to in­vest thou­sands in new moulds for the shells and match­ing bronze hoops, as well as jigs for drilling the hole con­fig­u­ra­tion for each hoop. All shells mea­sure up as 5mm thick, with 45-de­gree edges and a slight rounded counter cut.

Shell sizes are 8"x7", 10"x8", 12"x8", 14"x14", 16"x16", 22"x14" and 14"x6½". Each one is treated to a raw fin­ish with laser marked VK lo­gos on all cast parts. Each drum also fea­tures stain­less steel dou­ble ended tube lugs and sur­gi­cal steel tubes. And the sound? Mu­si­cal, clear and very loud!

This kit set the cus­tomer back 17 grand, in­clud­ing cases for the toms and snare, and a flight case for the bass drum, al­though he’ll need to hire a tech to help set up the eye-wa­ter­ingly heavy tubs. We helped un­box the kit for this Rhythm photo shoot and needed a lie down af­ter...

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