Alphonse Mouzon was a jazz fusion drumming legend. He was an influence to many famed musicians such as Questlove of The Roots, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. In addition to touring and making about 20 albums as a solo artist, Alphonse was a founding member of Weather Report, and he recorded and toured with an extensive list of some of the biggest names in music. Alphonse passed on an impressive collection of vintage instruments and gear to his family, and they have decided to sell much of it through Astound Sound.
This is an amazing drum kit owned by a legendary drummer, and is the Makassar Ebony, which seems to be more rare than the African Bubinga. It has a fair amount of wear and tear, but all the metal has been cleaned up and shined. Some metal parts didn't clean up as well as others, but overall they look pretty good and shiny.
The original kick drum T-rods have been replaced with new ones, as many were bent, and half of the claws were replaced with pretty closely matching ones. The newer claws were placed on the front rim and old ones on the rear, so it isn't very noticeable. I have a couple extra claws and an extra tension rod to include as well. The bass drum rims are also brand new metal ones. The original tom mount was missing, so we have replaced it with another Sonor brand mount, but the part in the bass drum that holds it had to be modified by adding a piece of rubber so that it can snugly hold the smaller tubing. Since there is rubber in there instead of plastic, there is a little more resistance when inserting the mount, but it holds in place just fine when tightened.
The toms and snare have original hardware, with the special flathead tension rods, and we will also include the drum key for this tension rod type.