1960 Premier Mahogany Duroplastic
Kit Number 1
PREMIER KIT SHELLS SIZES (as listed on Premier's brochures)
14" x 4" snare - Model # 10
12" x 8" tom - Model # 442
16" x 16" floor tom - Model # 446
20" x 17" (14" shell) bass drum - Model # 130
Note: Ringo told me that calfskin heads were used on this kit.
PREMIER KIT HARDWARE
Hi hat - Model # 289
(2) Cymbal stands - Olympic models
Snare stand - Model # 300
Drum pedal - Model # 250
Bass drum anchor - Model # 1299
Rogers Swiv-o-matic tom mount
Ringo's Premier kit has some real musical history and significance. He purchased this kit in September of 1960 from Hessy’s Music Centre in Liverpool, just prior to his early October trip to Hamburg, Germany with Rory Storm & The Hurricanes.
When the kit was purchased, Ringo had a Rogers Swiv-o-matic tom mount was installed. He also used the same type mount on Ludwig kits 2, 3 & 4.
He used this kit when he first joined The Beatles and played it until May 12, 1963.
It was most famously used during the Beatles first marathon recording session (EMI Studio, Abbey Road. September 2, 1962.) It was used on the following songs: I Saw Her Standing There, Misery, Anna, Chains, Boys, Ask Me Why, Please Please Me, P.S. I Love You, Baby It's You, Do You Want to Know a Secret, A Taste Of Honey, There's A Place, Twist And Shout.
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Though Ringo's Premier kit has been lost to history, we were lucky to find three pieces of original hardware. 1) Olympic cymbal stand that Ringo may have used with his Ajax kit. 2) Premier cymbal stand. 3) Premier snare stand.
1960 Premier Royal Ace Piccolo Snare
Most people are unaware of Ringo's first Beatle snare drum, which is actually called a Premier 4"x14" Royal Ace. Remember that this is the snare heard on BIG hit songs like "Twist And Shout" and "I Saw Her Standing There."
The Premier Royal Ace piccolo snare on the right in both photos belongs to Ringo. I gave it to him for his 70th birthday.
Ringo shares old memories with 2010 All Starr Band mate Edgar Winter and drum tech Jeff Chonis as photographed by photographer Rob Shanahan after receiving my vintage Premier snare drum.