Travis Barker partners with Reverb to sell 100+ items of music gear

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Travis Barker partners with Reverb to sell 100+ items of music gear

Words by Will Brewster

Bid on the blink-182 drummer's hoard of old musical tools.

Following in the footsteps of his bandmates Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge, legendary blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has teamed up with Reverb to offload more than 100 pieces of drum and studio gear.

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Launching on Wednesday May 26, the Official Travis Barker Reverb Shop will comprise of a huge range of drum kits, drum machines, basses, synthesisers, samplers and percussion instruments, as well more than 20 vintage and rare boomboxes from Barker’s personal collection.

Notable items set to be featured in the auction lot include an Orange County Drums & Percussion drum kit dubbed the ‘Evel Knievel Kit’, which featured in the music video for blink-182’s seminal track ‘Adam’s Song’.

“It’s almost too special to me and it feels weird to drag it back out on tour or to even play it in the studio,” Barker said of the Evel Knievel Kit.

“It’s really a timepiece and I can’t wait to see who ends up with it.”

The sale will also feature another custom-made Orange County kit, which features a custom Troy Lee Designs paint job and was featured in the music video for Box Car Racer’s ‘I Feel So’.

Other pieces of Barker ephemera set to hit the auction block include a smattering of iconic samplers and drum machines, including an E-mu SP1200 and an AKAI MPC 3000, as well as Korg Oasys and Yamaha Motif keyboards, which have appeared on Barker’s recent rap collaborations with the likes of Lil Wayne, Machine Gun Kelly and Iann Dior.

The auction will also feature six electronic drum kits used across Barker’s debut solo album Give The Drummer Some, which he favoured at the time due to his lack of programming electronic instruments.

“I didn’t know how to program or sequence yet, so everything on that album was played with just a ton of loops on these electronic kits,” said Barker of the electric kits.

“I also liked touring with these and putting them in my dressing rooms. I would sit back and practice for hours before I’d actually go out on stage. I still use some of these drum kits to this day—I just had multiples, so that’s why I’m offering them to you guys.”

Additionally, the Official Travis Barker Reverb Store will offer up two Squier Mustang and Jazz Basses (“Bass is my favorite thing to play because I’m not good enough to play guitar yet”), as well as a number of turntables, bongos, steel drums and more.

“I just moved into my new studio and I’ve got to part with a bunch of equipment to make space,” Barker said of the auction to Reverb.

“There’s a lot of cool instruments here, including drums kits, drum machines, keyboards, and more, that I would like to pass on to the next generation to make lots of great music with it.”

The Official Travis Barker Reverb Store opens on Wednesday May 26. Sign up here for updates on when it goes live.