Used 4-piece vintage Ayotte sugar maple custom drums (Ray Ayotte era) in the Vancouver, Canada factory, purchased in early 2000 for $3300.
The finish is Copper Sparkle and is a lacquer finish, NOT a wrap. This allows the shells to resonate more fully. They are shown with the matching wood hoops that are incredible solid and I am also including Ayotte steel hoops with the conversion kit. (see pics)
Short video demo here:
- Drums included: 10x9 tom, 12x10 tom, 14x13 floor tom, 22x18 bass drum.
- Bearing Edges are 45 angle standard
- Reinforcement Rings - standard on toms and bass drums
- 6-ply matching finish wood hoops and double flanged steel hoops with conversion kit included.
- 3 Ayotte Strong Arm ball and socket support clamps for sturdy easy positioning.
- Toms and floor tom are mounted with the Ayotte Suspension Bridge for amazing tone and the ability to change heads on the fly without removing them.
- additional hardware/cymbal stands and bass drum pedal not included.
Features of Ayotte Drums:
- Tune Lock Tension System (see photos) - facilitate incredibly quick head changes and tuning that stays locked in like no other drums I've played.
- Matching 6-ply wood hoops (and I am including Ayotte steel hoops with their conversion kit)
Ayotte bass drum spurs
- Thin 6-ply shell with 6-ply reinforcement rings Great for warm sound and crisp, articulate projection and consistent tone from low to high volume applications
- Full 1-1/2 octave tuning range
- Ayotte Badges (with unique serial numbers)
I have played them in the studio and took them on the road for a while so there are a few small aesthetic blemishes on only the wood hoops, from them rubbing against hardware as you can see, up-close, in the photos. The one on the 12" tom bottom is on the inside from moving against a bass drum mounted cowbell holder, again, it is just the outer layer of the finish rubbed off in those little areas on the wood hoops.
I am selling this kit as I just don't have the room for them anymore and am needing to thin down my collection.
Also of note, Ray Ayotte is once again making Ayotte Drums, with the same hardware configurations, so if any parts were needed in the future, the reborn Ayotte Drums website will have you covered! /parts.html
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