> > > BeatIt Vintage Test: 70s Rogers “Big R” Drum Kit

Some time ago, we locked ourselves away at Perlazza Studio (based in Poznań, Poland), where we tested quite a number of vintage drum kits and snares provided by Mateusz Wysocki and his MW-Vintage company, which (as the name suggests) specializes in vintage drums. We performed the test under the sonic supervision of musician, award-winning producer, studio owner and, most of all, a drum maniac, Przemysław Wejmann. To be more exact, it was drummer Max Psuja, who tested all the gear while the beatit.tv team recorded the video and the sound engineer/producer took care of the sonic side of things.

Max Psuja, as an utter vintage drum maniac, a former employee of a drum shop, and a great drummer, who has collaborated with a host of popular acts in Poland, such as Kumka Olik, Holak, Lilly Hates Roses or Yoachim, was perfect for the role of ’lab tester’. Needless to say, he was more than eager to do the job.

We have been publishing the results of our tests successively in the last few months, and there’s lots more to come. Today, it is time for a…

Late 70s Rogers ‘Big R’ Drum Kit

1. Product

Rogers is a brand that was established as early as in 1849, but it had its heyday in the 1960s. It was then that the world fell in love with Dyna-Sonic snare drums (the chrome-over-brass in particular), which are sought-after to this day on the aftermarket. Another hit from Rogers was the Swiv-o-Matic tom-mounting hardware ball and socket tilting mechanism, which was used by the likes of Ringo Starr of The Beatles, Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.

According to Mateusz Wysocki’s best knowledge, the Rogers ‘Big R’ kit tested here is from the end of the 1970s. The shells are made from maple/birch/maple plywood and they feature reinforcement rings. The finish is New Mahogany. The kit was made In USA. These are rock drums for discerning players, perfect for the studio and live performances.

2. Basic specifications:

  • Manufacturer: Rogers
  • Year of production: Late 1970s
  • Material: maple/birch/maple
  • Configuration: BD 22″ x 14″; TT 12″ x 8″; TT 13″ x 9″; FT 16″ x 16″
  • Finish: New Mahogany

3. Test and sound

When testing the Rogers “Big R” drum kit, we also used a Rogers Dyna-Sonic snare, Impression cymbals, EvansG2 Clear / WS Classic Clear heads on the toms, and Remo Powerstroke 3 Clear / Remo Powerstroke 3 Ebony with a Rogers logo on the bass drum.

Max first presented the sound of the toms and the kick drum produced by single strokes at different levels of dynamics, then the kick drum together with the toms only to add the snare after a while. The whole thing was finished off with a rhythm figure using all the kit elements as well as performing a groove.

The Rogers ‘Big R’ is a professional drum kit with a vintage sound for pros. The toms are deep and low, with a rather quick decay and a very warm attack. You can hear many different overtones, but they are very pleasant to the ear. The kick drum sounds very low. This drum kit is just made for the studio and live concerts!

The drums are available for purchase at MW-Vinage Internet store under this link: http://mw-vintage.pl/rogers-perkusja-big-r-new-mahogany-22-12-13-16/

Drummers and Drummerettes! It’s time to put the 22″, 12″, 13″, 16″ Rogers ‘Big R’ drum kit to the most important test of all, i. e. the en.beatit.tv viewers’ test! Exclusively for you, we give you Max Psuja!