Peter Walters, Procol Harum's road manager at the time, answered these two questions posed by readers of a 1971 British music paper (which, is now forgotten).
What equipment is used by Procol Harum? (Stefano Ciccioriccio,
When will their next LP be released and when are they going to tour again? (A. Croft, Bognor Regis, UK)
Gary Brooker plays piano, usually a grand, and uses a length of elastic, fixed to the soundboard with drawing pins, pressing one mike against the treble end and another against the bass end. Both mikes are Jax made in Japan, and bought in the States. These go through two 100-watt Hiwatt amps, each with two 4 x 12 inch Hiwatt columns.
Barry Wilson [sic] has a Ludwig double drum kit with 22 and 24 inch bass drum, one 13 inch and two 14 inch floor tom-toms and one 16 inch and one 13 inch floor tom-toms, with 18 Avedis Zildjian cymbals, ranging from 8 to 22 inches. His sticks are Ludwig 2S.
Chris Copping who used to double on organ, now concentrates on bass guitar and his instrument is an Ampeg played through an Ampeg SVT 300 watt amp with three 4 x 12 Hiwatt cabinets.
Procol Harum are at present looking for an organist, who will play a Hammond B3 with two Leslie tone cabinets, which is their standard set-up.
They also have to replace lead guitarist Robin Trower, who has left to form his own group.
Their PA is a WEM 1,200 watt comprising eight 4 x 12 columns and four horn columns with two Audiomaster mixers and ten 100-watt slave amps.
Their newest LP, titled Broken Barricades, was released on June 4 on Chrysalis (Island). They will not be touring this country for a while as they go off to the States for a tour at the end of June.
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