Bill Bruford’s Drum Sets
An article by Rodrigo Delaveau Swett
Please note that Bill is unable to discuss any aspect of Rodrigo’s Article
- Drums and cymbals may probably change from one tour or record to another, or even from one track to another within the same record.
- Most of the time Bill tunes his snare drum fairly tight, with the bottom snare side slightly tighter than the upper batter side, which is medium tight, no muffling; the Toms are tuned both sides medium tight, approximately the same pitch.
- Some information is missing or lost in the mists of time, especially regarding cymbals and gongs, hardware, drumsticks and drumheads.
- Furthermore, Bill used several acoustic rental or “loaner” kits for specific projects, such as The Symphonic Music of Yes or The Buddy Rich tribute, but they were all almost exclusively Tama Drums and Paiste Cymbals.