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Jimmy Chamberlain sells drums from classic Smashing Pumpkins LPs

by Salil Tembe2017/02/24

Wouldn’t you love to own the equipment your favourite artist used 20 years ago in a huge concert? I believe, we all would hop in to get our hands on it. Surprisingly, Jimmy Chamberlain fans are in for a sweet treat. The Smashing Pumpkins original drummer is all set to sell his gear to whoever willing to make good use of it. To be precise, a total of more than 200 items are up for sale on reverb.com. The list includes drums, drum kits, snares and much more. It is a really rare thing for a popular artist to disperse his equipment among his fans.

Jimmy Chamberlain is selling first Phoenix Kit ever made

The Yamaha Phoenix drum kit is the first thing that comes to Jimmy’s mind while he thinks about selling his stuff. Painted to look like copper cookware on Jimmy’s request, its the first Phoenix kit ever made. At the time, this kit came hand crafted in Japan. Recently, on the other hand, they seem to have shifted their production to China like everyone else.

Yamaha 9pc Phoenix bass drum Jimmy Chamberlain

Yamaha 9pc Phoenix Prototype bass drum

Drummer parts with many iconic Yamaha Custom kits

We all know the deep relation Jimmy Chamberlain had with Yamaha for which he signed up in 1991. His love for the drum kit is natural because the quality of the craftsmanship on their drums is indeed superior. Jimmy once spotted a “roll of green stuff” as he describes and he wanted Yamaha to wrap it around the drum shells. They were reluctant to do it, but did it anyway. If you remember correctly, we saw this green drum set on the Smashing Pumpkins Machina tour back in the day. Yes, the Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Green Drum kit is on sale.

The Slingerland Radio King snare used for recording the album has a lot of significance. Jimmy used it for recording the well known song, “Today”. To be specific, Jimmy used it as a “verse snare” in the album “Siamese Dream” recorded in 1992-93. The Slingerland Radio King belongs to a much larger White Marine Pearl Yamaha Maple Custom drum kit. This kit brought life to the Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness sessions back in the day.

Jimmy has “So much stuff”, collection spans 20 years

As such, you will find a lot more equipment in the store, some of it even has hand written notes from various tours. Imagine the history it all carries with it. The Reverb shop will have everything Jimmy collected in the last 20 years for various projects. Since one can’t possibly use such an extensive collection of drums all at once, it lies down for ages collecting dust. From what we can see in the video, Jimmy definitely loves his equipment but he deeply wishes for someone to play music out of it as he would.

“Over 20 years, you just accumulate so much stuff, and you can’t play it all. These instruments need to be out there being played”, Chamberlain expresses.

Drum built for Jimmy

The shop also includes a snare hand made by none other than Jimmy Chamberlain. It is a human tendency to complain when something doesn’t work according to our will. Artists are not an exception and complain about the instruments many a time. Jimmy built the drum himself alongside Yamaha’s Head of Percussion Takashi “Hagi” Hagiwara.

Yamaha Custom JCHagi Snare Jimmy Chamberlain

Yamaha Custom JCHagi 14×5.5 Snare made by Jimmy

“In order to give you another appreciation for the drums, you had to make your own drum.. So, then you would forever never complain about anything ever again, right? That was part of the deal. Once you had to make one of these, you realised how hard it was”

Most used snare up for sale

Another snare drum worth mentioning is the Ayotte/Keplinger Stainless steel snare. Markedly, its one of Jimmy’s most used snares in the Machina II recordings in 2000. He used it so much that the wooden hoop broke. Fortunately, the drum is fixed and on sale with “Save me for special track” written on it.

Ayotte/Keplinger 14x5.5 Snare wooden hoop close up

Ayotte/Keplinger 14×5.5 Snare wooden hoop close up

There are many items available in Jimmy’s shop, although most of the favourites are already gone! Don’t hesitate, if you really want it you may never get the chance again!

Billy Corgan talks of Pumpkins’ reunion

Like all bands do, the Smashing Pumpkins members dispersed on different routes their life took. Billy Corgan continued to tour under the original band name but with a different line up. Only last year did Jimmy Chamberlain joined the band once again and everyone rejoiced. Naturally, fans love the original line up more than what we got today. Surprisingly, we might have some good news coming to our ears. Billy Corgan happened to speak with the guitarist James Iha trying to get the original members play together.

Corgan said, I just talked to guitarist James Iha the other day, things look good for us getting together to play. We’re talking about it, we’ll see.

Billy Corgan

Singer Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins performs during 2015 Lollapalooza Brazil at Autodromo de Interlagos, Brazil. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

He added, “The reunion thing is always a bit weird, because then people come in with their expectations. So my whole thing is if we’re going to do it, I think we do it to make people happy, and not go against the tide of what people would want to hear and that type of stuff, but my interest in it is sort of limited. I’m not going to do it for 14 years of my life.”

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Salil Tembe

Salil is an electronics engineer who has a passion for expressing his love for technology through writing. He firmly stands for open sourcing everything that makes our lives better.

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