While the drum kit itself was nothing out-of-the-ordinary the biggest loss was his cymbals. Some of them were very high end and the Holy Grail cymbals have a value well beyond that of the drum kit on their own.
Dillon Vado is as great a person as you will ever know, and I'm not just saying that because I'm his dad, but he is honestly one of those people who will take the shirt off his back and give it to you. He works hard and, when I told him there was no way that I could afford to pay tuition to a private music school, he started giving drum lessons and taking any gig who could in order to pay for his own school tuition.
He gives lessons at Music Village in San Jose as well as in our gallery store and will even go to people's homes to teach. He is, by all definitions, a professional musician (and fucking great one at that) and these are the tools by which he makes his living.
The drums he lost was a Gretsch Cataline Club Drum set, including all his stands and pedals which were all in Protection Racket cases. The Cymbals were All in Ahead 24 inch case with backpack straps. 24 inch Holy Grail Ride, 14 inch Holy Grail Hi Hats, 20 inch Zildjian Constantinople flat ride, 17 inch Zildjian K Dark Dry Crash, and an 18 inch Stagg.
Again, the Holy Grail cymbals were the most valuable things in the entire set and we do not expect to replace them with the exact same things. We just want to get him close to what he had before.
Any donation would be appreciated. This is going to be an ongoing thing I think so your help in either donating or spreading the word would be greatly appreciated.
- Jessica Guilardi
- Andrea Swan
- Jennifer Christian
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