Neil has been playing Drum Workshop sets since the “Test for Echo” tour, but used standard finishes at that time. Starting with the R30 tour, DW began making custom-built kits with different logos on the shells.
This drum set is essentially the one created by Drum Workshop for Rush’s “Time Machine” tour. The Drum Workshop Collectors Series includes a 23” bass drum (VLX -shell series), 8”, 10”, 12” and 13” rack toms (X-shell series), 15” (x2), 16” and 18” floor toms (VLT-shell series), 14×6.5” VLT-series snare and a 13” X-shell series piccolo snare all in Steampunk finish. This finish is copper and chrome leaf inlays.
The shells are one-ply of walnut on the outside which matches the deck on the drum riser. The rest of the shell is all maple in either the VLT, VLX or X-shell style.
Neil performs on Sabian Paragon Brilliant finish cymbals with a custom Steampunk design that was applied by the Sabian factory. He uses a 10” splash (x2), 16” (x2) , 18” and 20” crashes, 14” hi-hats, 22” ride, 14” Artisan Brilliant X-hats, 8” splash, 20” china beneath a 20” Diamondback china with jingles and rivets, and a 19” china.
Neil plays Remo Clear batter heads on the toms, Remo Ambassador X snare batter heads and Powerstroke 3 heads on the bass drum. He plays all the above with Pro-Mark Neil Peart Signature 747 drumsticks.
The stands and assorted hardware are all manufactured by Drum Workshop and include copper-plated series 9300 hardware, 5000 series Hi-hat pedal, and the 9000 series double bass drum pedal. These have been customized with gauges and dials at most tightening points to further compliment the Steampunk ideas shown on other areas of the set.
Also included are the 9’ x9’ octagonal rotating drum riser in Steampunk finish, 2 cage fans, and a Kelly SHU internal kick drum microphone mount.
The entire back portion of the set is V-drums in the form of the Roland TD-20X mounted in DW Collector series shells and Roland V cymbals and hi-hats. The other electronics used are a Dauz trigger pad, Fat Kat trigger pedals, Mallet Kat Express Midi marimba, 2 Roland V-drum TD-20KX percussion modules, 2 Roland XV 5080 samplers, Glyph hard drives, Roland Midi Displays, Behringer line mixer, and a Monster power conditioner.