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“If you can find, buy them. You won't be disappointed.”

Written on: 17/11/2014 by steven.coulthard (1 review written)

I was on tour in the 1990's with the band Deleon Conspiracy, my Tama Rockstar Drumset was stolen out of the back of the van after a show in Berkley, CA. I was in San Francisco the next day and went down to Guitar Center and was speaking to the Drum Manager and told him my story. He said he had a kit in the back that was shipped in from the Premier Drum Factory in England for Faith No More's drummer Mike Bordin. Mike had come by and after testing a couple of kits, I believe he chose a DW Kit… Read Full Review

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Jtclardy's Response to steven.coulthard's Review

Written on: 04/12/2014

I have a 5pc. Kit with 25th anniversary hand rubbed turquoise color for sale. $1500 with Humes and Burg cases.

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“The best of the best”

Written on: 28/01/2013

I read loads of poorly informed comments on Premier Signia drums posted on the internet,let me put a few things straight for you. I bought a Premier signia kit in around 1994 (new) and I played it professionally for about 15 years before (stupidly) selling it. The Signia was Premiers greatest triumph and it's top of the range pro kit. All maple, very thin shells, with support hoops, I preferred to fit Remo Ambassador clears to the toms and a Remo Powerstroke 3 coated bass drum head.It sounded… Read Full Review

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Written on: 04/12/2014

I may have your kit! I have '94 Signia 5pc kit. $1500 for it with Humes and Burg cases. Here is the link to it on Craigslist.

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“Amazing”

Written on: 16/09/2012 by Robcossey (1 review written)

Best set of drums I've ever owned. Big projection, stays in tune, hard hitting, great tone quality, solid hardware, recordings come out beautiful and looks great on stage. Still cant find the original snare for the kit though paid 900 for it… Read Full Review

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“BIG BAD BOY”

Written on: 12/04/2012

These druns look and sound like they were made for Kieth Moon but they are too good to be trashed at the end oof the set. I bought and still own a 7 piece Sapphire set that as close today as looking just the way they did 91 years ago right of the box. 24" Base Drum, 18"Floor Tom and the 8, 10, 12 and 14 rack toms will shake house off its foundation. I am moving ito a condo from a house that had a dedicated drum room and I am having a hard time putting them up for sale. I know that I cannot play… Read Full Review

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“signia set in cherry finish”

Written on: 11/04/2012 by thds (1 review written)

I purchased this beautiful drums in 1996 and it is the one of best drums.Great sound for any music style-from rock to jazz.Looks is also beautiful.I use Yamaha 900 series hardware.Simple I love my kit and I'm happy to have it.My snare drum is 14x7,22,12,13,16.Cymbals:22"Istambul Mehmet ride,18"K-custom crash-ride,17"K-custom crash,14"A-custom crash,10"Avedis splash and 14"Avedis New Beat hi-hat.Who never played this kit is missing a lot… Read Full Review

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“I'll start by saying that i have personally owned (&...”

Written on: 18/12/2010 by bfree888 (3 reviews written)

I'll start by saying that i have personally owned (& still own 7 kits & 25 snare drums)over 30 kits from vintage rogers to slieshmans,& ran a drum shop which gave me access to everything. i never really completely enjoyed these drums. I found the signias The most time consuming drums to tune & the sweet spot was too small. When they where 'on song' they where georgeous,but never a gig went by that they would drop out of tune alarmingly quickly. No matter what heads i ran. The hardware is too… Read Full Review

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Edgroove's Response to bfree888's Review

Written on: 03/09/2011

You may have had a bad kit,as I bough mine used in 2005 and have had no problems whatever.They sound very robust with warmth,low punchy tones and stay in tune very well throughout my playing.
In fact I have played DW that never even came close. But I think it's the luck of the draw probably with all drum makes.....

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“I too have the priviledge to own a pristine Silver...”

Written on: 01/11/2010

I too have the priviledge to own a pristine Silver sparkle Signia Marquis kit with a 22,8,10,12,14 and 16 with a 5.5x14 snare. I will never let this kit go for any reason. It has the warmth, depth, projection and round tone that we all look for. Especially with coated heads. It stays in tune and records beautifully. When I go. I want to be buried inside the bass drum. What a shrine eh? The weakest link is the snare which has no distinct tonal quality. I am ready to sell it alone. As a… Read Full Review

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“i purchased a signia kit in 1994 in white,2x22"...”

Written on: 24/10/2010

i purchased a signia kit in 1994 in white,2x22" bassdrums,10,12,13,14,16 toms and a topaz coloured snare. i was extremely pleased with the kit,it sounded as good played at quiet volume as it was loud. very sad to see it go when i exchanged it for a ludwig ringo starr kit!! (change of band),and have missed it ever since. the good news is that im slowly purchasing another one,drum by drum!!! pisses over half the kits you can buy these days, its my ultimate first choice of drum,hats off to premier… Read Full Review

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“Bought em' new in 1993. If you have Signia's, keep...”

Written on: 20/10/2010

Bought em' new in 1993. If you have Signia's, keep them! Couldn't be happier. Beautiful to look at and wonderful to play. I made a woofer for the 22"...You wouldn't believe the sound.LOW LOW LOW BD. Peace out, Barry Clark Omaha,NE… Read Full Review

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“I have played them all. Honestly signia tones are the...”

Written on: 05/05/2010

I have played them all. Honestly signia tones are the drum sound that we all look for in playing the drums in our head. I currently have 5.5x 14 snare, 22 x 18 kick, 8,10,12,13,14,16 Tom and must say that they are amazing. I sold a DW kit after realizing that it was not necessary to
have two drumkits when signia is one of them. Dw is good but WAY TO EXPENSIVE! Your paying too much for the name… Read Full Review

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“I was surfing 'Overhear.com' a band site a few years...”

Written on: 14/03/2010

I was surfing 'Overhear.com' a band site a few years back looking for musicians and in my haste pressed a wrong button. All of a sudden there was an ad in front of me saying 'Premier Signia Marquis'maple drum kit for sale only $1500.

I almost fell over!,as these drums used to retail from many thousands of dollars,I got a few quotes between $4000 - $7000, so this was the deal of a lifetime.
Immediately I called the guy and got the directions and was at his home in just over 1 hour.

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“Best sounding drum kit I have ever owned... ”

Written on: 27/02/2010

Best sounding drum kit I have ever owned...
Have had them all... through the years several other Premier kits, Ludwig, Pearl, Tama...
Currently own a DW collector series birch, Yamaha Al Foster Hipgig Sr, and Gretsch Catalina Club series Mahogany.
Consistently has a warm, punchy, fat tone with great sustain that is also VERY friendly to close miking.

Closest kit I own to the sound in my head… Read Full Review

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“Just balance things a bit - a few negatives: ”

Written on: 05/02/2010

Just balance things a bit - a few negatives:

1. Due to the tube lugs, heavy duty spurs and tom mount, the bass drum is quite heavy. Also, the minimum depth of 16" helps to make it awkward to lift/move around.

2. I found the rims rusted easily. I replaced them with American made rims.

3. The original die cast snare drum hoop choked the drum. A triple flanged hoop much improved the drum.

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“i bought my signia kit about 14 years ago 20"kick and...”

Written on: 28/01/2010 by johnlezana (1 review written)

i bought my signia kit about 14 years ago 20"kick and toms are 12" 14" and 16" all hung independently on pearls hoop systems and the bass drum is undrilled , meaning no tom tom post . cherry wood . I would never sell my kit , it sounds amazing and looks amazing too . i have recorded in the studio many times with this kit and it sounds ausome . I have tried many heads on this kit and after years of experimenting i think i have finally found the heads to give me the sound that has been in my… Read Full Review

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Signia7's Response to johnlezana's Review

Written on: 03/11/2010

Hi John, I liked your post. I bought a 7pc. Premier Signia back in 1993 from a Chicago Guitar Center. The only stipulation I asked for was NOT to put a tom-mount hole in the bass drum (as I bought a rack to accommodate the toms). When I got the bass drum with the hole, I was LIVID. The Guitar Center dude really didn't care, and when I threatened to take it back he started he told me I was on my own. I kept it and I'm still very happy with it. Considering how heavy the drums are, I might still try to get that mount but the drums rarely leave the house, anyways. I was just curious--How were you able to get a Signia bass drum without the drilled hole? Did you fly out to the shop? What's the deal, baby!

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Johnlezana's Response to johnlezana's Review

Written on: 03/09/2012

the way i got my bass drum with out a mount hole in it was when i ordered it from music shop it had to be made at the premier factory so i just told the shop i wanted it without hole and they told the factory (simples) cause i wanted to hang all the toms off the pearl mounting systems . this was all back in the early 90's . i still get comments on my kit as to how great it looks and sounds . at 1 gig someone asked me if it was new , i laughed and said no i just strip it down every 2 years to clean everything and i look after it .

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Downshifter99's Response to johnlezana's Review

Written on: 01/09/2012

The Signia Marquis came with a virgin bass drum...the Signia series did not...they all had tom mounts.

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“Superb drums! I have the Premier Signia Topaz clear...”

Written on: 14/10/2009

Superb drums! I have the Premier Signia Topaz clear finish over the maple wood with a 24" bass drum, 16" floor tom and 14" rack tom set up.

The drums are extremely well built. It's certainly one of the best sounding kits I've played, if not the best. Bought mine second hand, piece by piece and managed to find a non varnished premier signia maple snare drum a few months after collecting the other drums.

Buying a Signia second hand represents UNBELIEVABLE value for money and should hold its… Read Full Review

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“Without duobt Premier Signia is still one of the Best...”

Written on: 20/04/2009

Without duobt Premier Signia is still one of the Best kits Money can buy. I have used DW Collectors series Ludwig etc, I have a Marquis Signia in Silver Sparkle . 4 years of age now, and still like new. I use a 22" & 18" bass. 14" hanging tom and 16" Floor with legs . Just superb. I have 8 kits the only one that comes close is My Genista… Read Full Review

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“They shout top quality! Gorgeous to look at! First...”

Written on: 07/10/2008 by muscletuner (1 review written)

They shout top quality! Gorgeous to look at! First class finish....Top of the line hardware...Durable as can be. Mine look as good as the day I purchased them. Amazing sound....way better than anything else on the market when i purchased them in 1999 (I have the Signia Marquis Series). Bass drums sound like cannons… Read Full Review

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“The Premier Signia has an amazing sound and solid...”

Written on: 15/08/2008

The Premier Signia has an amazing sound and solid construction. It's warm, focused and punchy. It has a narrow tuning range but this can also be a good point as it makes the kit very easy to tune. The best kit i have ever owned… Read Full Review

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“I bought my set of Premier Signia drums second-hand. ...”

Written on: 07/03/2008

I bought my set of Premier Signia drums second-hand. It's the rare 75th Anniversary set with maple hoops on all drums, including the snare drum. After playing many brands of drums for nearly 40 years, this is the drumset I will own all my remaining days.
These drums are expensive and hard to find. My impression is drummers who own Signias don't part with them easily. If you are looking for world class drums, try the Premier Signia… Read Full Review

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“I was shopping for a high end drum kit. I was looking...”

Written on: 11/12/2007 by fohmixer (1 review written)

I was shopping for a high end drum kit. I was looking at ALL makes and models. I played them all. I finally got down to the Premier Signia's and DW. The Premier's sounded better!! Hands down. I have not been disappointed. I ordered a brand new kit in Sapphire Blue in 1998. I still own and play these drums!! THE best sounding drums I have ever played. Toms seem to sing with the slightly "undersized" shells. The Bass drum has a warm full body. These drums record very well!… Read Full Review

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