Staccato Drums

Just before he died, Keith Moon had signed a contract to play a different set of British drums and move away from Premier. Staccato drums are made from fiberglass and are horn-loaded with a sort of trumpet end coming from their bottoms and at right angles to their heads; rather like the North drums built during the ‘70s in America. Unfortunately, the Staccato deal was suddenly nullified by the news of Moon’s tragic death. Today Staccato drums are still being manufactured. According to their website the drums work on something called the “kadency” principle, in which “a volume of air projected through a controlled expanding space will have a great effect on tonal resonance, distribution and power.” In drummers’ terms, clarity with loads of volume. The drums are custom made to order and are constructed in either glass fiber or carbon fiber.

Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix Experience) was the first drummer to ever play Staccatos live at the Golden Lion in Fulham, London in 1977. Simon Phillips (world-renowned session drummer) did a lot of studio work with his Staccato kit. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) played them at Paul McCartney’s super sessions at Abbey Road Studios in the late 1970’s. Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) played them with the French band Trust and did a great deal of testing in the recording studio. Bands that recorded music in the 1970’s and 80’s using Staccato drums include: Uriah Heep, Gary Numan, Bow Wow Wow, Yazz, Roxy Music, The Guess Who, Eurythmics, Malcolm McLaren Band and Spliff. Perhaps most interesting is that they appeared in the film “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

For more information, visit the official Staccato website at

There is even a German Staccato fan site that pays homage to the drums from around the world.

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