Identifying Premier kit

wildbill

Platinum Member
Is there some defining feature to cause them to be called 'Projector', such as thick shells or something, or is it just a name?

Great job - they look like new.
 

Frosticles

Silver Member
Is there some defining feature to cause them to be called 'Projector', such as thick shells or something, or is it just a name?

Great job - they look like new.
They are thin Finnish Birch Shells with Beech Re-Rings. Rounded bearing edges. Very resonant & punchy. The Resonator's were the same shells but with "Liners" fitted :)
 

dale w miller

Silver Member
Based on the lugs in the photo, I'd say you were on the right track. It certainly looks like a resonator setup. Premier drums still exists in the UK (according to their site) yet no one seems to be home to answer anything (I've tried, repeatedly).
Guitar Center seems to be the best place to find used Premier kits and they're relatively inexpensive.
Random Premier trivia: Did you know Ringo Starr was a Premier player and only switched to Ludwig because Premier didn't offer an oyster sparkle wrap and that's what he wanted?

Unless he removed the inner smooth shell layer, it is not a Resonator.
 

arpic75

Well-known member
I read not so long ago that he confessed he wanted Ludwig simply cos it was American and everything cool at the time came from America.
From DRUM! magazine:
"I’m sure you know it was Ringo Starr and his pals who were most responsible for the explosion of guys wanting to buy drum sets, but you may not know that the main reason he part-exchanged his old mahogany-finish Premier ’54 (or was it a ’58?) set for a Ludwig kit in London’s Drum City, was because he preferred their oyster-striped finish. If Premier had offered something more exotic at the time, their future (and possibly Ludwig’s) would have been completely different. Fortunately for Premier, not everybody could afford an imported kit (or necessarily wanted one), so they survived the invasion of foreign drums reasonably intact."


 

Yamaha Rider

Well-known member
From DRUM! magazine:
"I’m sure you know it was Ringo Starr and his pals who were most responsible for the explosion of guys wanting to buy drum sets, but you may not know that the main reason he part-exchanged his old mahogany-finish Premier ’54 (or was it a ’58?) set for a Ludwig kit in London’s Drum City, was because he preferred their oyster-striped finish. If Premier had offered something more exotic at the time, their future (and possibly Ludwig’s) would have been completely different. Fortunately for Premier, not everybody could afford an imported kit (or necessarily wanted one), so they survived the invasion of foreign drums reasonably intact."
 

Barnabus

New member
Hopefully this thread gets a little attention. I am looking to purchase a used Premier kit and was wondering if anyone can tell/estimate the model based on the pic. I have Slingerland, Ludwig, and Ayotte, but never Premier. Any educated guesses by the Premier experts here based on the pic would be awesome. Thanks.Premier kit.jpg
 

Tamaefx

Silver Member
Those look like Cabria (late 90’s).
 

Artstar

Platinum Member
Hopefully this thread gets a little attention. I am looking to purchase a used Premier kit and was wondering if anyone can tell/estimate the model based on the pic. I have Slingerland, Ludwig, and Ayotte, but never Premier. Any educated guesses by the Premier experts here based on the pic would be awesome. Thanks.

I think those are the asian made Cabria's..... they are decent drums.. 90's.. maybe early 2000s...... I wouldn't pay more than a few hundred .. considering what you can get brand new for $500 to $600 range.

Here is one here with both toms : https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Premier/Cabria-Drum-Kit-116727461.gc
 

Zerodiscipline

New member
Found this set of 90s Premier XPK in beautiful Blue Sapphire Finnish Birch. I love the long diamond chrome high-tension lugs, deeper tom sizes with black painted interiors. They have a killer punchy sound that is perfect for hard rock!
💪😎🤘
 

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