Lunchbox Kit

All Simmons pads provide the classic hexagonal shape (exceptions: The Colman Saunders “Head Kit” and the prototype bat- and heart-shaped kits). Really all? Almost… there is one particular kit which was named the “lunchbox kit”. Seb Shelton, former drummer of Dexy’s Midnight Runners was working for the British magazine “Sounds” when he met Dave Simmons in his garden shed where Dave assembled the very first Musicaid kits back in early 1981/late 1980. He got SDSV #0004 with a set of the solid wood pads. Some time later he complained that there were 4 people necessary to move the heavy bassdrum on and off stage. So Dave Simmons took some parts and assembled a set of pads which were … quadrangular! The backside shells are ordinary plastic boxes, painted black and screwed to the wooden surface. Technically these pads are just the same as the wooden pads: speakers as trigger, the pearl tom mounts, even the aluminium profile rims have been simply rapped around this construction. Really no beauties but at least light and portable. Apart from one single TV show this kit has never been used and was about to be thrown away many many times in the past (so was the brain!). However I am lucky to have saved those pads from the electronic waste. Although Dave Simmons gainsays that it was him who did those pads I have no doubt  about the truth of Seb’s story. All parts, the style of assembling… yes, it’s a Simmons :
A nice opportunity for a one-day trip to London and … St. Albans…

 

 

Some impressions from the journey:

3:20a.m. not a nice time to wake up

6:30a.m. somewhere in Belgium


me


7:45 boarding Eurotunnel


England – no wonder…


9:00 the fog has gone. I am a bit early. A nice opportunity to visit…


… [url=’http://blog.simmonsmuseum.com/?p=291′]St. Albans[/url] vorbeifahren :-)))))))


9:20 mission accomplished


The employee’s pub – still standing


Abbey Mill: The womb of the SDSV


10:30: London. Seb Shelton and his SDSV #0004 (bought by someone else but still not delivered)


…my Lunchbox Pads


12:00 On my way back home. The compulsary picture of a doubledecker bus

Good night…

3 Responses to “Lunchbox Kit”

  1. alarke says:

    When I saw these on eBay I thought that’s something Wolfgang will definitely bid on.

    Glad you won them so you could add them to your collection and tell us other Simmons aficionados all about their history.

    Enjoy 🙂

  2. steve graham says:

    You outbid me on the lunchbox pads but I ended up getting Seb’s SDS V module. They are now safely in New Zealand, taking pride of place alongside many other electronic musical instruments, some of which have been displayed to the NZ public at a couple of exhibitions in recent years. The geographic location of NZ is not that helpful when trying to establish a museum collection and the shipping and customs charges make it financial suicide, but I am hopeful of finding premises that will enable me to set up all the gear for display. Regards from New Zealand.

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