Update on life

I’m sorry I’ve been quite on the blog front, but the last couple months have been mental.

I launched¬† a vintage drum magazine ‘Vintage Drums, Legendary Sounds’ in August. The website currently offers it only in digital format to read online – www.vintagedrumslegendarysounds.com – demand for traditional paper copies led me to having some printed, and we are on our second batch – available here at Nick Hopkin Drums.¬† 50 pages of vintage drum candy – interviews with Clem Cattini, Hal Blaine and Roberto Spizzichino. Features on Drum Companies and articles about playing, collecting, restoring and recording drums from contributors worldwide.

Issue #2 is currently with our designer being laid out and is packed with more great vintage drums content. It comes out in November and both digital and paper copies will be available directly from the VDLS website.

(photos: Clem Cattini 1967 Ludwig set; Alan White Oasis memorabilia; Staccato Super Furry Animals kit; Steve White’s Slingerland Radio King)

After months of planning, collecting gear and talking to loads of people, last month we had a successful weekend at the UK Drum show in Manchester, where I put together a display of iconic British drums. Here’s a couple pictures of what we displayed….There’s a full write up in Issue #2 of VDLS magazine.

This weekend I’m at the Crash It! Show at Mannheim, Germany. Come and say hello if you are coming.