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Listen to some demos of this classic 70s British Hayman Vibrasonic Kit.

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  • The Drum Kit - The 1970s Hayman Vibrasonic Kit

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    Hayman were English drums manufactured between 1969 and 1975, intended to compete with the American companies such as Ludwig, Gretsch and Rogers whose kits were commonly imported at the time.

    The shells were thin, reinforced with rings, and painted white with what they called "Vibrasonic" interiors. In reality this was little more than a thick coat of paint. Its function was to harden the surface of the drum, allowing the sound to bounce around inside and give more `crack'. Hayman drums didn't sound exactly warm but, for the mostly un-amplified drummers of the time, they fitted the bill exactly as they were loud enough to cut through. Brasher than Ludwig and Gretsch kits, they still have a nice vintage tone and are becoming increasingly collectable today.

    The particular kit we sampled is from around 1970 and was their standard five piece kit comprising of a 22" x 14" bass drum, 12" x 8" and 13" x 9" toms and a 16" x 16" floor tom. It's in a rather fetching metallic blue finish, though you might not be able to tell this from the samples.

    The snares that we sampled with this kit are two of the best ever produced... The metal shelled Ludwig 400 and the wooden Slingerland radio king.

    The 400 is arguably the most recorded snare drum of all time, and it is pretty impossible that you won't have heard one before. Session players such as Hal Blaine and Steve Gadd used them pretty much all the time, as did Carlton Barrett from the Wailers and nearly every rock and roll drummer that you can think of. The original ones were made from brass and plated with chrome, but by the mid sixties Ludwig were using their own Ludalloy shell which was aluminium based. Interestingly the chrome plating never really took to the aluminium shells and after a whole would start to peel off... This never affected the sound, but it's not unusual to find old models with pitted shells where bits of the chrome has flaked off. Of course, you don't get to be the most used metal snare drum of all time without sounding superb, and the 400 does. The metal shell enables it to cut through and provide the solid backbeat you always need, and the five and a half inch deep shell enables it to be comfortably tuned up or down making it also incredibly versatile. It's still being produced today, over fifty years later, and remains the go to drum for most situations.

    The Slingerland radioking is another classic, probably one of the best sounding wood shelled snare drums, nicely complimenting the 400. Rather than being made from many thin plies of wood, bent and then glued together, as many wood shell drums are made, the radiokings are made from a solid piece of maple which has been steam bent into a round and is then kept in place by reinforcing hoops. The solid shell provides a unique and bright resonant sound, and the wood makes it less aggressive than metal shells. It's deeper than the ludwig, at 7" and this helps it produce a lovely fat and subtler sound. It'll still cut through but will give you a more sympathetic tone. Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich both famously played Slingerland radiokings, so you'll be in pretty good company, this particular drum is from the 1940s and still sounds great.

    The cymbals used were all old sixties and seventies models commonly used at the time. The hihats were made by an English company called Zyn, a favourite of many UK drummers as they were cheaper and more readily available than Zildjian ones. They are thinner than a lot of modern cymbals and as a result are washier with less top end and attack. At 15" they're also larger than the more standard 14" ones which also gives them a lower pitch and darker tone. Tim had these hihats since he found them gathering dust in a studio 15 years ago and has used them pretty much constantly since.

    The ride we used is an old Tosco 20" ride, thin and washy but with just enough ping to let rhythms cut through. It's got some nice overtones that build up to complement the attack of the drums and give that sixties wave of sound.

    The crash we used is made by Paiste a Swiss company, and this is an 18" medium from their popular 2002 range which was introduced in the 1970s specifically to give rock drummers sounds that cut through more without sacrificing any tone. John Bonham and Mick Fleetwood were two of their more famous users.

  • The Articulations Broken Down

    • Kick - 1970s Hayman Vibrasonic Kick Drum
    • Dimensions - 22" x 14"
    • Articulations - Felt and Plastic Beater
    • Multisampling - Up to 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
    • Snare 2 - Slingerland Radio King Snare (1940s)
    • Dimensions - 14" x 7"
    • Articulations - Dampened and Un-Dampened - Centre, Edge, Rim and Cross-stick
    • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
    • Rack Tom - 1970s Hayman Vibrasonic Mid Rack Tom
    • Dimensions - 13" x 9"
    • Articulations - Centre
    • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
    • Hi Hat - Zyn 15" Hi Hats
    • Dimensions - 15"
    • Articulations - Fully Shut to fully open in 6 stages - centre and edge, Floot splashes.
    • Multisampling - 12 Velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
    • Crashes - Paiste 2002 Medium Crash
    • Dimensions - 18"
    • Articulations - Centre and Edge
    • Multisampling - 10 Velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
    • Snare 1 - Ludwig 400 Snare
    • Dimensions - 14" x 5"
    • Articulations - Dampened and Un-Dampened - Centre, Edge, Rim and Cross-stick
    • Multisampling - 16 velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
    • Rack Tom - 1970s Hayman Vibrasonic Hi Rack Tom
    • Dimensions - 12" x 8"
    • Articulations - Centre
    • Multisampling - 16 Velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
    • Floor Tom - 1970s Hayman Vibrasonic Floor Tom
    • Dimensions - 16" x 16"
    • Articulations - Centre
    • Multisampling - 16 Velocity layers with 5 round robin samples
    • Ride - Tosco 20" Thin Ride
    • Dimensions - 20"
    • Articulations - Centre, Edge and Bell
    • Multisampling - 10 Velocity Layers with 5 round robin samples