The tour I’m on right now stopped in Phoenix a couple days ago, and I was able to meet up with some close friends there for the day. The first thing we did was check out the the cleverly named “Musical Instrument Museum” on the north side of town.

Wow… it was super cool. Tons of square-footage absolutely packed with instruments from all continents and people groups and time periods. The articles on display were extensive and the facility was gorgeous. The interactive section had legit Indonesian gamelan and a real theremin, which were both really interesting to play. Anybody who happens to be in Phoenix should make time to stop by this place.

Cool stuff on the drum side of things…

Some toms from Keith Moon's famous "Pictures of Lily" Premier kit.

Some toms from Keith Moon’s famous “Pictures of Lily” Premier kit.

The evolution of a drumstick.

The evolution of a drumstick.

An early Camco kit, the predecessor to DW. This kit had some cool Turkish K's with it.

An early Camco kit, the predecessor to DW. This kit had some cool Turkish K’s with it.

A super old and strange-looking snare drum. No make/model was listed in the description, at least that I could find. The hoops, the venting... so cool.

A super old and strange-looking “Windsor” snare drum. The hoops, the venting… so cool.

A double-kick kit used by Louis Bellson, and next to that a kit used by Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas).

A double-kick kit used by Louis Bellson, and next to that a kit used by Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas).

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