The world's first acrylic drum kit -- Iron Butterfly

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Lot 2306W
The world's first acrylic drum kit -- Iron Butterfly

US$ 6,000 - 9,000
£ 4,500 - 6,700
The world's first acrylic drum kit -- Iron Butterfly
This drum set was created for Ron Bushy of Iron Butterfly in 1969 by Bill Zickos. It is the very first set the company built, and the first clear, acrylic drum kit in the world. In July of 1968, Iron Butterfly released their debut LP Heavy and went on the road with the likes of The Doors, Cream, and The Who, while the album stayed on the billboard charts for nearly a year. Their second release in July 1968 was the monumental LP, In-A-Gadda-Da Vida, 17 minutes long and with a punishing heavy drum solo at it's core. This shook the music industry with its phenomenal reception, that a song would even get airplay at that length. With 8 million copies sold, the album actually became the world's first record to be certified platinum. With change in his pocket, Bushy got together with Bill Zickos who made this fully custom set personally. Zichos drums is still making some of the finest drums available. This is an historic item. Ron Bushy used these drums for the next three years for his touring kit for their superior resonance, depth and presence on a live stage. The other bands noticed this too, and Zickos was tapped to make kits for Keith Moon of "The Who," "Jefferson Airplane,", "The Beach Boys," "Blue Oyster Cult," "Traffic," "Black Sabbath" and others. Ron toured with these drums supporting one of the finest rock records of all time, the haunting work Iron Butterfly: Metamorphosis. With a VHS tape of Bushy and Iron Butterfly performing "Easy Rider" and "Butterfly Blue" with this drum kit. Kit consists of one bass drum, two floor toms, and two rack toms, all original Zickos hardware.

Provenance: Ron Bushy, Iron Butterfly.
The world's first acrylic drum kit -- Iron Butterfly
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