Working on a new showroom

Well, for the whole of this month we’ve been working on a new room at Nick Hopkin Drums…. So if you haven’t been able to get me on the phone, or if I’ve been a little slow replying to emails and getting orders out, it’s all been for good reason. We’ve taken on more space, which was a large empty room with a stone floor in need of some TLC. So I’ve been putting in some serious hours with the help of a few good friends, painting walls, carpet tiling floors, fitting alarms and cameras, building drum risers and display platforms, and generally overheating! Our existing building has become out HQ with a nice office space and our workshop which remains in a constant state of chaos but where good things happen to forgotten drums.
We’re almost done with the new space and will let you all know when it’s ready for an official launch, but for now here’s a couple before and after pictures of progress so far.

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We’ll keep you posted on progress with this room. We just need to complete the snare drum racking and a few other minor details and we’ll be ready for a vintage drum party!

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American Beauties

It’s true that we mostly specialise in English Vintage drums at Nick Hopkin Drums, but we never turn away classic American drums. This week we’ve taken stock of a couple lovely American snare drums, firstly a Leedy & Ludwig Broadway New Era in white pearl. Circa 1952, 14 x 4 1/2 3 ply shell with white interior stamped 5210. Other than 4 small holes near the snare throw, this drum is in lovely condition, with original fittings – 16 side by side ‘beavertail’ lugs, nickel over brass hoops, a real gem of a drum. A lovely warm tone with good sensitivity….

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We also have a classic mid 70’s Blue/Olive badge Ludwig 400 supraphonic snare drum in the shop, in lovely condition with original heads and wires. No pitting whatsoever on this ‘ludalloy’ shell, this really is in lovely condition and sounds awesome too. This classic snare drum never goes out of fashion…

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Drop us a line if you’re interested in either of these snares and well do you some heads and sticks at a great price to go with them.