Neil Peart Drumsticks  
A Photographic History by Michael DF Lowe


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THE PRO-MARK AUTOGRAPH SERIES


Clockwork Angels Retail Models
2012
NEPtune - Copper - Amalgamation - Mercury - Brimstone - Gold

These are selling for as
low as $60 online with
most music retailers.
Clockwork Angels Collector's Edition Package 
October 2012 - Ongoing well into 2013
NEPtune - Copper - Amalgamation - Mercury - Brimstone - Gold
They will not be so limited to be
paying more than $75+ on
any popular auction site.

Clockwork Angels Tour - Neil's Personal Models
September 2012 - December 2012 and May 2013 - June 2013
NEPtune - Copper - Amalgamation - Mercury - Brimstone - Gold

Neil had Pro-Mark place the initials NP in the thick band of his personal models for this tour.
These sticks will not be available through retail sources.



Time Machine Retail Models - Series II
April 2011 - Ongoing
Copper - Mercury - Amalgamation

Time Machine Retail Models - Series I
July 2010 - May 2011
NEPtune - Brimstone - Gold


The packaging for each of these sticks has a Special Edition
QR Code that can be scanned with a Smartphone.

This code will take you to a special Neil Peart Signature Series
mobile application that allows you access to some exclusive
behind-the-scenes items that are not available anywhere else.

Time Machine Tour - Neil's Personal Models
June 2010 - October 2010 and March 2011 - July 2011
NEPtune - Brimstone - Gold - Copper - Mercury - Amalgamation


Neil had Pro-Mark place the initials NP in the thick band of his personal models for this tour.
These sticks will not be available through retail sources.




2010 -      

11550 Old Main Street Loop Rd.

Houston, Texas   77025-5901



2009 Model
January 2009 - July 2010
Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 8-1/16in (205mm)



2008 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert
18 October 2008 - Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York
>>>>>> Concert photos and backstage close-ups of Mr. Peart's tribute kit. <<<<<<

The Used Ones!



Snakes & Arrows Retail Model
June 2007 - December 2009


Bubba Gump Hot Rods
2008

Neil has been photographed during the recent 2008 leg of the Snakes & Arrows tour using Hot Rods in the Bubba Gump warm-up room.

Snakes & Arrows Tour - Neil's Personal Model
June 2007 - October 2007 and April 2008 - July 2008

Neil had Pro-Mark place the initials NP in the thick band of his personal models for this tour.  These sticks will not be available through retail sources.   An amount of these drumsticks were stolen and are being sold on a popular auction website. Click this link for more details to avoid being ripped off by this individual ...  Fraudulent Auction Alert



2007 - 2009

11550 Old Main Street Loop Rd.

Houston, Texas   77025-5901



R30 Drum Kit Commemorative Set I
October - December 2006
 PrePack #NP1 - Featured in Red Ink
Test For Echo - Grace Under Pressure - Counterparts

R30 Drum Kit Commemorative Set II
October - December 2006
PrePack #NP2 - Featured in Black Ink
Presto - Roll The Bones - 2112

R30 Replica Drum Kit Owners I
Limited Edition of 30 pairs - 1 Pair for each R30 Replica Kit Owner
October 2006

R30 Replica Drum Kit Owners II
Limited Edition of 900 pairs - 30 Pairs for each R30 Replica Kit Owner
October 2006

Test Sample for Commemorative Sets
September 2006



2006 Model II
September 2006

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 8-1/16in (207mm)

2006 Model I
April 2006
>>>>>>  View Special Photos from Pro-Mark  <<<<<<

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 8-1/16in (207mm)



SS Professor Drum Kit Tour
Limited Edition of 2,609 Pairs w/COAs
US - September 2005
Canada - November 2005
View COA & Special Comments from Pro-Mark




R30 / 30th Anniversary Charity Auction
Limited Edition of 30 Used Pairs
 or  




R30 / 30th Anniversary Presentation Gift
Boxed Limited Edition of only 3 Pairs
26 June 2004

>>>>>>     <<<<<<



R30 / 30th Anniversary Tour
May 2004 - October 2004
Special Comments from Pro-Mark




2002 - 2007

11550 Old Main Street Loop Rd.

Houston, Texas   77025-5901



Vapor Trails Tour
June 2002 - November 2002

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 8in (205mm)



1998 - 2000 Model
Researching information for more accurate year.
This model was not used on tour.

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 6in (153mm)



Test For Echo Tour II
May - July 1997

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 5-3/8in (136mm)

Test For Echo Tour I
October - December 1996

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 5-3/8in (136mm)




Notable Quotes

I just really started all over again, setting up my drums differently, holding the sticks differently, different heads,
everything that I could possibly change, I changed.  For instance, in drumming there is a matched grip and the
traditional grip for the left hand where the stick is cradled in the hand.  And where I played matched grip for the
last 30 years, with my teacher's urging and of my own wish to really go all out and reinvent things, I went back to the
traditional grip.  I just devoted a lot of practice time over the last couple of years, so it has given me a lot more fluidity.

--- From interview with John Sakamoto, 16 Oct 1996 ---




1995 Model
Most likely not used on any tour

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 5-3/8in (136mm)



Burning For Buddy CD Promo
Limited Edition of 500 Pairs
Atlantic Records Giveaway at Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert
06 November 1994 - Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan, New York

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 5-3/8in (136mm)

Burning For Buddy Variant Printing
Unknown how many pairs of this printing exist
Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 3-5/8in (92mm)



The Moving Bands

You can't help but notice the "Bands of Excellence" journey from the butt end of the stick to the center of the
stick beginning in the mid-1990s.  Over time I have been asked by several people why the bands were moved.
There are a couple of stories in the drum world of celebrity drummers taking credit for the move.

The truth of the move is fully credited to Pro-Mark production engineer Mike Reece.  During a 1994
company meeting Mike brought up the subject of making the logo more visible in broadcast events.
It's current location generally kept it hidden in the drummers grip and unseen by cameras.
Management agreed and the move was made.

Beginning with models made in late 1994 the bands were moved out to the 5" area just past the normal grip and
making them more visible to the camera's eye.  Over time they have inched out to the exact center of the stick.
Because of Mike Reece's suggestion Pro-Mark drumsticks are highly recognizable in every broadcast situation to this day.



1994 - 2002

10707 Craighead Drive

Houston, Texas   77025



Counterparts Tour II
January 1994 - May 1994

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 3-5/8in (92mm)

Counterparts Tour I
January 1994 - May 1994

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 3-3/16in (80mm)



Notable Quotes

Question:  Any reason for your playing with your sticks upside-down sometimes?  (Joey Jones - Worthington, Ohio)

Neil's Answer:  When I was starting out, if I broke the tips off my sticks I couldn't afford to buy new ones, so
I would just turn them around and use the other end.  I got used to it, and continue to use the heavy end of
lighter sticks ... it gives me a solid impact, but with less "dead weight" to sling around.


--- Backstage Club Newsletter - January 1994 ---




Roll The Bones Tour III
January 1992 - June 1992

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 3-1/8in (78mm)

Roll The Bones Tour II
January 1992 - June 1992

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 3-1/8in (78mm)

This model was a custom order by Larry Allen & Neal Graham.  Not available through retail.

Roll The Bones Tour I
October 1991 - December 1991

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 3-1/16in (77mm)




1991 Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship Concert
08 April 1991 - The Ritz Theater, Elizabeth, New Jersey

11 February 1991

After 17+ years of using the Pro-Mark Rock-747 ... Mr. Neil Peart, on a handshake with Pro-Mark
founder Herb Brochstein, agrees to an official endorsement arrangement with Pro-Mark
Drumsticks and becomes the newest member of the Pro-Mark Family.

This is soon followed by the release of his first "Autograph Model" of Pro-Mark drumsticks.


THE PRO-MARK ROCK-747 SERIES


Identifying pre-1991 models of Neil Peart drumsticks

Prior to 1991, Pro-Mark used production coding when manufacturing their drumsticks.
Coding was used through the eighties up to 1993 on Rock-747s and Neil Peart Custom models.

Pro-Mark has asked that I keep the code information confidential and not publish it to the site.
You can contact me for a private disclosure if you have a model that needs to be identified.




Presto Tour
February 1990 - June 1990

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 3-1/16in (78mm)




Hold Your Fire Tour II
October 1987 - May 1988

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-7/16in (62mm)

Hold Your Fire Tour I
October 1987 - May 1988

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-3/8in (60mm)



1987 - 1994

10707 Craighead Drive

Houston, Texas   77025



Power Windows Tour II
December 1985 - May 1986

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-9/16in (65mm)

Power Windows Tour I
December 1985 - May 1986

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-5/8in (66mm)



1986 - 1987

10706 Craighead Drive

Houston, Texas   77025



Grace Under Pressure Tour
May 1984 - November 1984

Power Windows Warm-up Tour
March 1985

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-1/8in (53mm)



1984 Endorsement Speculation Sample

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-1/4in (57mm)

This model with imprinted name was a special run by Pro-Mark.  Not available through retail.



Grace Under Pressure Warm-up Tour
September 1983

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-1/16in (52mm)



Signals Tour
September 1982 - July 1983
Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-1/32in (51mm)



Exit ... Stage Left Tour
October 1981 - December 1981

Signals Warm-up Tour
April 1982




Notable Quotes

CI: What type sticks do you use?

NP: I use light sticks generally.  I've used the butt end for as long as I can remember.  It gives me all the impact I need.
When I'm doing anything delicate, I play matched grip with the bead end of the sticks.

CI: So you use both matched and traditional grips depending on the feeling of the music?

NP: Yes, both.  I go back to the traditional grip when I have to do anything rudimentary because that's the way I
learned it.  It's not the best way.  For anybody else learning I wouldn't advise that.  I've seen a lot of good
drummers who could play a beautiful pressed roll with matched grip.


--- From interview with Cheech Iero, Modern Drummer April/May 1980 ---




Moving Pictures Warm-up Tour
September 1980 - October 1980

Moving Pictures Tour
February 1981 - July 1981

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 1-15/16in (48mm)
This model with imprinted name was a custom order by Larry Allen & Neal Graham.  Not available through retail.



Permanent Waves Warm-up Tour
August 1979 - September 1979

Permanent Waves Tour
January 1980 - June 1980

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 1-15/16in (48mm)



1980 - 1986

10706 Craighead Drive

Houston, Texas   77025



Hemispheres Tour II
October 1978 - June 1979

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 2-1/16in (51mm)

Hemispheres Tour I
October 1978 - June 1979

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 1-7/8in (47mm)

This model with imprinted name was a custom order by Larry Allen & Neal Graham.  Not available through retail.

Golden Oak Test Model
October 1978 - December 1978
Early in the Hemispheres Tour ... Pro-Mark sent Neil some sample pairs of the Golden Oak Rock-747 in an effort to
switch him to the new product line.  Neil gave them a try and declined the switch.  
The newer sticks were identical in size
and shape, but the new wood was about 10% heavier in weight
than the model he was accustomed to using.
Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 1-11/16in (43mm)



A Farewell To Kings Tour
September 1977 - April 1978

Archives Tour
May 1978

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 1-7/8in (48mm)



All The World's A Stage Tour
August 1976 - June 1977

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 1-11/16in (43mm)



Caress Of Steel Tour
October 1975 - January 1976

2112 Tour
March 1976 - August 1976

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 1-3/4in (44mm)



RUSH Tour
August 1974 - January 1975

Fly By Night Tour
February 1975 - July 1975

Butt end to middle of thick stripe: 1-1/2in (39mm)



1968 - 1980

10710 Craighead Drive

Houston, Texas   77025



... then a pair of Gene Krupa drumsticks and a practice pad.
September 1965


These drumsticks were manufactured for Slingerland by Pro-Mark



It all began with a pair of chopsticks ...
Circa 1963-1964




The Drum Techs


Ian Grandy

1974 - 1976

Larry Allen
1976 - 1999

Lorne Wheaton
2000 - ????




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