What a great week !

What an amazing week at Nick Hopkin Drums.

Monday I drove to the Midlands, firstly to collect a kit that I left with my good friend Gavin @ Magic Garden Studios, back in July. En route I bumped into Jason from Natal drums at the services, had a coffee and talked drums for an hour or so. Top bloke, top drums great catch up.

Next stop, ‘Sir’ Alan Buckley’s house for a look at his vintage drum collection. For those of you unaware of  ‘Sir’ Alan, he has the most extensive collection of vintage drums certainly in the UK, probably in Europe. For those of you who know, then you know. Approximately 110 kits and 400+ snare drums (dating back as far as 1910), consoles, traps tables, accessories, spares…. you name it, he has it. Had a great chat about drums, looked through some lovely old catalogues and saw drums I’ve only ever seen in books….. watch this space!

Tuesday and Wednesday was the usual – stripping and cleaning some lovely kits ready for new homes. Posting various spares out. Doing a couple of repairs.

Thursday. Unbelievable…. Mark from EMF gets in touch via facebook, he’s building a house fairly nearby. Looking forward to catching up with him in next couple weeks to play and talk drums. Then Dave Barbarossa. The original Ants drummer. He messaged me through facebook and we had a good chat about drums… what a legend!  ‘Dirk wears white sox’ was the first record I bought. He’s just released his autobiography ‘Mud Sharks’ which looks like a good read; I’m hoping to get him in behind a kit in the New Year when he’s doing some bits in South Wales. In the afternoon I took a call from a local PR company writing pieces for the press on new businesses in Wales, so I did an interview over the phone which was great fun. That should be out in several local papers in the next few weeks. In between all that, I moved my new premises around, making my workspace more comfortable… we’re almost there! Happy days. I got home to several messages saying I’m in this months Rhythm magazine, but I still haven’t seen it or got to the bottom of why – its probably the back of my head at the London Drum Show!!!

Today, Friday, I took the morning off and went to a local farm with the kids, then spent the afternoon finishing off some shelving in my office area. Set a bop kit up in the ‘kit room’ just in time for the kids to arrive and Joel give it a good smashing!

What a great week 🙂

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November update

Its been a mad few weeks, moving premises. But I did it. 4 long wheel base transit vans full of vintage lovelies, accessories, shelving etc etc. Tiring. The new place is split into 3 rooms, so my reception room is crammed full of lovely snare drums, stands, pedals, heads and vintage spares. The middle room will be a demo room; any kit can be set up for customers to play. Currently it is home to 17 kits and 60 shells while I sort out the storage in the rest of the building. This week i’ve sorted out enough space in my workshop to actually get some work done. I was fed up of searching for tools in cardboard boxes and tripping over hoops.

Today I finished restoring an early 70’s Premier kit in Burgundy pearl. 22,12,14,16floor –  transition with dagger tom mounts, the 12 and 16 pre-international. In beautiful condition with no extra holes, just a little tom rash lets on that the kit isn’t new. otherwise one would think so, the wrap polished so well. 

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On the bench for tomorrow is an Ajax Nu Sound in quite a rare finish,  Blue Streak. Ive only seen Rogers kits in this finish, but it kind of makes sense as the Ajax and English Rogers kits came out of the same factory, so it could be one of a kind. The kit is 20,12,16 and is all original, with no extra holes and no major scratches to the wrap. Looking forward to restoring it to its original condition with black hoops and nice new heads.

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Finally I’ve got something a bit special lined up for next week – a 1970s Premier ‘Jubilee’ in 24,13,14,16 and 18 floor toms. Once again all original, stunning. Pics to follow once the Ajax is done.