Led Zeppelin

Disclaimer: John Bonham was dead before I was even born, so unfortunately, none of these pictures are mine. If you own the rights to any of these images and would like me to take them down, please just send me a message in the 'About' section and I'll be happy to oblige.

 

I also understand that there's a lot of contention about what kind of equipment / hardware / heads / cymbals Bonham used, especially in the early days of Zeppelin's career. I've done my best to be as thorough in my research as possible, mixed with some of the experience I have working with similar drums. If you spot an egregious error, please shoot me a message and I'll correct any misinformation.

Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit (April 1977 - June 1980)

John Bonham Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit 1
John Bonham Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit 2
John Bonham Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit 3
John Bonham Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit 4
John Bonham Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit 5
John Bonham Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit 6
John Bonham Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit 7
John Bonham Ludwig Stainless Steel Kit 8

Drums:

(All drums were stainless steel shells)

Kick Drum: 14x26 (10 lug) | Rack Tom: 12x15 (1977-1979) (6 bowtie lugs) / 10x14 (1980) (6 lug) | Floor Tom: 16x16 (8 lug) | Floor Tom: 16x18 (8 lug) | Snare Drum: LM402 6.5x14 Ludwig Chrome Supraphonic Snare (10 lug) (42 strand snare wire)

 

Drum Heads:

Kick Drum: Batter: Remo Coated Emperor (with felt strip) / Resonant: Ludwig LW5126 Weather Master Smooth White Head (or the 60's/70's equivalent) | Rack Tom: Batter: Remo Coated Emperor / Resonant: Ludwig Weather Master Coated CH_Batter / Remo Coated Ambassador | Floor Toms: Batter: Remo Coated Emperor / Resonant: Ludwig Weather Master Coated CH_Batter / Remo Coated Ambassador | Snare: Batter: Remo Coated Emperor / Resonant: Remo Ambassador Hazy

 

Cymbals:

Hi-Hats: 15" Paiste 2002 Sound Edge | Crashes: 18" / 20" (sometimes 16") Paiste 2002 Crash | Ride: 24" Paiste 2002 Ride

 

Gong: 38" Paiste Symphonic with Circular Stand

 

Tambourine: Ralph Kester Ching Ring

 

Timpanis: 29" Ludwig Machine Timpani Drum | 30" Ludwig Universal Timpani Drum

 

Hardware: Kick Pedal: WFL/Ludwig Speed King | Cymbal Stands: Ludwig Atlas Cymbal Stands | Tom Mount: Ludwig Tom Mount

| Ride Cymbal Mount: Ludwig L-Arm Cymbal Mount | Hi-Hat Stand: Rogers Swivomatic Hi-Hat Stand | Drum Throne: Premier / Ludwig Drum Throne \ Ludwig Drum Throne | Bass Drum Spurs: Ludwig 5/16" Curved Spurs