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Drummer’s World Nesting Drum Kit

Issues pertaining to portability continue to vex working drummers in the new millennium. And while some novel solutions are musical, such as variations on the frame drum (like the Arbiter Flats and those Remo PTS pre-tuned heads of some years back), and great fun to play, they’re better as practice sets than as professional drum kits, which have the tonal power to move air and project beyond the bandstand.

Enter Barry Greenspon of New York City’s Drummer’s World on West 46th Street in midtown Manhattan ( with some updated variations on an old idea: the Nesting Drum Kit. By allowing you to store your mounted tom inside your floor tom, and your floor tom inside of your bass drum, drummers are thus afforded the option of reducing their cartage to as few as two cases. That is, if you employ a relatively shallow snare and old-fashioned, single-braced, scaled down stands, thrones and hardware; then you could conceivably pack all of this plus your stick bag and a set of cymbals inside a single trap case, with the remainder of your set nesting securely inside a single bass drum case.

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