Billy Kreutzmann's 5-piece Sonor drum set and one drum case, used while playing with the Grateful Dead
Drums heads made of synthetic material, drum casings made of wood and silver metal, brass Sonor plaque affixed to sides of drums; all drums showing playing wear, tops scratched and marked, wood scratched and chipped, metal with dents. Together with one drum case of black cardboard, with black plastic handle and black canvas closing strap, metal studs, green cushioning foam laid in, with colorful Grateful Dead sticker; worn.
According to Rock Scully, "the risers that comprised the Grateful Dead's percussion section dwarfed any club stage and even some small theaters. In the middle of this colossal collection of percussive instruments and assorted devises sit two nearly identical trap drum kits. Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann both played on Sonor rosewood drums. These beautiful toms and bass drums were made in Germany in 1975 marking the company's one hundred year anniversary and each drum carries a small plaque celebrating this milestone. Billy purchased these drums in 1975 and were well used for performing and recording, (microphone placement numbers are still taped on the drums), before being retired to Billy's ranch in Mendocino County. In 1990, when Billy moved from his Mendocino home, he gifted these drums to his student and Dead family friend, Creek Hart. Creek's family has also moved several times in the past 20 years and has not been able to find his hardware case nor his snare drum, but the bass and toms stayed in one place and were stored carefully. The drum heads are still Billy's original and were only played on a few occasions before going into storage. The Rogers hardware was Billy's preference and is top of the line gear and professionally installed. There is some truly great music and history surrounding this group of instruments as these saw the best years of the band's big stadium shows, a concert in Egypt, the Hollywood Bowl, the Greek Theater shows in Berkeley and even some shows with the Who in Europe. Also it should be noted that the construction of these drums is unique to the Sonor brand. Unlike the present, these drums were laminated with rosewood inside and out over beechwood making them resonate like no other drum. Because of the craftsmanship and hours put into their construction these were very expensive instruments even in 1975. This model today is a very rare and sought after collectible."
10 x 13 x 45 in. (tom drum Remo Weather King "Pin Stripe"); 11 ½ x 14 ½ x 48 in. (tom drum Remo Weather King "Ambassador Batter"); 9 x 12 ½ x 43 in. (tom drum Remo Weather King "Pin Stripe"); 16 x 19 x 61 in. (floor tom drum Remo Weather King "Ambassador Batter"); 17 x 25 x 80 in. (bass drum Remo Legacy LA bass "Falam Slam"); 10 x 16 x 25 in. (drum case)