Phil Collins’ Equipment
Phil Collins has several different drum kits (Gretsch, Pearl, Premier) for different occasions.
On tour with Genesis, Robert Plant, and on his own tours, he uses a Gretsch set, which he is currently endorsing. (“They’ve always had a lovely sound.”) His toms are 8-, 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, and 18-inch, all single-headed with Remo Weather King clear Ambassadors.
On his snare he prefers a coated Remo Emperor.
His bass drum is 20-inch, although the bass drum on his Premier kit is 22-inch. He says he has about 150 different cymbals for all occasions – Sabian, A. Zildjian, and Paiste.
His drum machines include a Roland, a Linn, and an English version of a Linn called The Movement. For a while he was using Billy Cobham model Pro-Mark sticks, sawed down about an inch or more. He is currently using his own signature sticks manufactured for him by the Professional Percussion Center of New York City.
Source: Phil Collins: Genesis of a Drummer, by Bill Milkowski, Down Beat, July 1984
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