On Wednesday, February 22, Reverb.com will launch The Official Jimmy Chamberlin Reverb Shop. The shop features more than 200 pieces of gear used by Chamberlin on tour and in the studio, including drum kits, snare drums, tambourines, cowbells, and more.
“Over 20 years, you just accumulate so much stuff, and you can’t play it all. These instruments need to be out there being played,” said Chamberlin. “Although if I would have remembered that this sounded this good, I would have kept it,” he joked, as he sat behind the first Yamaha Phoenix Drum Kit ever made, one of many unique items available in the shop.
Other items for sale include a White Marine Pearl Maple Custom Drum Kit, the first kit that Yamaha made for Chamberlin after he signed with the brand in 1991. At the time, Yamaha artists had to audition for endorsements and the only other rock drummer with an endorsement deal was Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver.) The kit is the original used on “Thru The Eyes of Ruby,” “Bodies,” and several other tracks from The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
The shop also includes a Custom Maple and Poplar Yamaha Snare made by Chamberlin and Yamaha’s Takashi “Hagi” Hagiwara. According to Chamberlin, Yamaha artists were asked to make their own drum to better understand the process – or perhaps, “so you never complained.” Several items for sale in the shop are signed by Chamberlin and a few have handwritten notes from various tours.
“I would make charts and keep notes on the snare drum because there were often times when Billy [Corgan] would write three or four songs in the morning, then come in and say ‘I want to play these tonight,’” Chamberlin said as he sat behind a 1990s Ayotte/Keplinger Custom Stainless Steel Snare that has “Save me for special track!” written on it. While the snare — which was the workhorse of the band’s 2000 album, Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music — is fixed now, Chamberlin used it so much at one point that he busted the wood hoop on it.
Other notable pieces of gear in the in The Official Jimmy Chamberlin Reverb Shop include a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Green Drum Kit used on the “Machina” tour and featured with Chamberlin on the August 2000 cover of Modern Drummer Magazine; a 1990s Craviotto Snare Drum that was used on the Machina sessions; a 1940s Slingerland Radio King Snare Drum that can be heard on the verses of 1993’s “Today”; a 1960s Slingerland Marching Snare Drum that was used as the march-out drum for The Smashing Pumpkins’ 20th Anniversary Tour, which features “Don’t Tread On Me” artwork (with a rattlesnake ); a Yamaha Timpani used on tour during the song “Disarm”; and a Yamaha Rick Marotta Hip Gig Drum Set with notes from the first Zwan tour.
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