Right, sit back and relax. Peavey Radial Pro Drums are the most resonant, loudest, quirkiest looking drums on the planet. With 3 ply shells on the toms, they're not to everyones taste as they can be quite fragile if treated too roughly. I bought my 1000's from Ebay and they had had a hard life in a studio in Edinburgh. Each of the toms had a hole of some sort in. However this didn't alter the sound of these things. My guitarist said he'd never heard a kit so loud. And yes, the snare is utterly evil!
Imagine 8 pieces of maple joined together to form a ring. Then cut a perfect 45 degree bearing edge, which is razor (well not quite) sharp. Then all of the hardware screws into this thick chunk of maple, negating the need to drill any more holes in the beloved shells, damping them from resonating. Now join 2 of these rings together and add a snare to the bottom and you have a snare drum that can cut through diamond!! The only holes in the snare are for the throw off and butt plate. The bass has no holes in at all.
If you ever get the chance to have a go on these, I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be hooked. My buddy had a set and although they do look different, he swears by them, as do I now. I had the entry level International Series 2 Peavey kit when I started, then I upgraded to a Tama Rockstar Custom in tobacco fade, which was beautiful and the tone was great. The Peavey Radial Pro kicks it's ass into orbit! And I LOVED my Tama kit.
I really like the sound of Peavey. My local dealer here in Jackson has a set of Peavey Radial 1000's and my goodness I can't believe how they sound! The 22" kick sounds more like a 24" and it really rumbles the whole store! Try them out if you see a set at your dealer. The radial 1000 are all maple shells. As with most manufactures, Peavey makes lower priced models (the radial 500 and 700 or 750's) and I'm not all that hip on those. Speaking of heads... I just refitted my 3 racks and floor (10, 12, 13, 16) with Remo Ebony Pinstripes on top and Ebony Ambassadores on the bottom! Wow! I've used the Ebony's in the past and have been using the clear models recently. I love fresh heads and I really love this set up. I put a new Aquarian batter head (made for the Peavey Kick)on my Pearl 22 and it rocks! I highly recommend the Aquarian kick drum
by Louderb from Jackson
Hi, dear Paul, I'm Valera Fomin from Russia, I live in Siberia in Novosibirsk.
I play drums 30 years (now I'm 44y.o.), but my Peavey Radial Pro 1000 drums - the best of many kinds of drums I"ve ever play, I really like it, and my wife Tania likes it too.
My family are really funs of Peavey RP1000 drums. Comfortable and deep sounding drumkit.
When I'm playing this drums, I feel like driving a big powerful JEEP. Good Feeling - Isn't It?
IMHO Peavey RP1000 - The Best! :)))
I send You Some photos: - me and my wife Tania with Peavey RP1000 drums.
Thank you for your site - it's grate!!!
My best regards to you and all Peavey drums owners!
Sorry for my pour English, My Respect, By!
From Valera Fomin From Russia.
Chip Stern from Jazz Times wrote;
I was quite taken by the enormous tom-tom sound of the Radial Pro 1000 drum kit at the Peavey booth. Fitted with Aquarian Classic Clears drum heads, these were some of the fattest, warmest, most musical sounding tom-toms I’ve ever heard. Slack tuned they had an enormous low end; fully tensioned for a jazz-type bounce and added stick control, they retained a warm, full glow. They employ a very thin, unstressed three-ply maple shell, suspended between a pair of patented radial bridges carved from solid maple (drums in the less expensive Radial Pro 751 and 501 series employ bridges molded from a composite material). The tension of the lugs (and RIMS mounting hardware) that would normally be channeled through the shell is instead conducted through the bridges. In fact, the bright, snappy Pro 1000 snare drum is essentially a solid 13/4-inch maple shell crafted from two radial bridges. The upshot of this innovative technology is that the Radial Pro kits look like the percussive spawn of the Pillsbury Dough Girl and the Michelin Man, and many drummers may not get past their novel appearance, which is shame, because considering the system resonance, solid build quality, lustrous finish and quality hardware, the $4,000 list Radial Pro 1000 is a serious five-piece kit.