Introducing the 1970s Hayman Vibrasonic Kit

June 12 2015 – Drumdrops Admin


We are pleased to have released five packs from the Stephen Street-mixed Hayman Vibrasonic Kit. This great-sounding kit was the British answer to the Ludwig and Gretsch kits of the 70s, a nice vintage tone with a marvellous thwack that helped it cut through the decade.

Used from time to time by drummers such as Michael Giles (King Crimson), Jim Capaldi (Traffic), Bill Bruford (Yes) and Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Hayman had a cult following. In the last few years Hayman kits have become particularly sought after.

This Hayman Vibrasonic Kit resides at Miloco’s The Square studio in London, and was sampled by session drummer Tim Weller. We recorded this kit at the same time as we recorded the Ludwig Super Classic Kit. Both kits were used on the drum tracks album Route Seventy Sticks.

The Hayman kit comes with two snares: a Ludwig 400 and a Slingerland Radio King. We asked top UK producer and mixer Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths, Kaiser Chiefs) to mix this kit. If you have the Ludwig this is a great, complementary kit that sounds awesome.

To check out a video of Tim Weller discussing the sound of the Hayman and Ludwig kits head over here.