Trixon 1/440 snare drum

Amid all the stunning American snare drums currently drifting into the shop, we’ve also been acquiring some non American vintage gems, such as this Trixon.

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If you don’t know much about Trixon drums, they were made in Germany in the 1950’s & 1960’s and tend to be a little different to the other drums offered in those decades.

This particular snare drum is a bit of a head turner – in totally original condition (except the resonant head which has been replaced with a Remo diplomat) – in a stunning unfaded Gold Glitter. This could be the missing piece from your kit, or maybe you’re looking for a quirky snare that stands out from the crowd?

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With its Parallel snare mechanism, allowing full contact of the wires over the width of the drum, this snare has great sensitivity, whilst also giving a really nice, strong back beat. We love it!

If you want to delve into the world of Trixon some more, then you could do worse than head over to my friend Ingo’s website Trixon Drums. Here you’ll find a full history of the drums and lots of other useful info too.

More info and photos of this drum here – Nick Hopkin Drums

USA vintage snares

Today our first pre-Christmas shipment of vintage USA snares arrived!

6 large boxes full of goodies! Tomorrow I’m going to start giving them some TLC where needed, some new heads and wires here and there. There are some real beauties in there, for sure. Ludwig Acrolites, Ludwig Supraphonic 400’s (60’s & 70’s), A Super Ludwig COB,  a couple Jazz festivals (both wmp), a lovely Ludwig pioneer in blue glitter, a Gretsch 4108 brushed aluminium… a couple Speedking pedals and some hardware pieces.

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We also brought over a couple Ludwig kits, that I’m adding to our studio hire stock, although I may consider selling them if you fancy something glittery for Christmas. A ’76 Ludwig Classic in gold glitter, 3 ply with re-rings, Granitone interiors 22,12,13,16 & an early 80’s Ludwig Classic in red glitter, 6 ply 22,12,13,16….

If you prefer Slingerland we still have some metal and wooden shell snares in stock from our shipment last month; the blue glitter Radio King is particularly nice, as is the Sound King COB. We also have some great English snares in stock from Autocrat, Premier, Carlton & Beverley.

Why not pay us a visit and try some gear, maybe treat yourself for Christmas? We have another shipment arriving in a week with some more Ludwig snares and a handful of Radio King snares… Oh, and a couple boxes of ‘the drum wallet’.

Sonor D421 snare rebuild

Yesterday I spent most of the day arguing with a vintage Sonor D421 snare drum from the mid 60’s. It belongs to a customer of mine, Dean Beresford, who has been putting the matching kit to good use with various artists here, there and everywhere! He gave me the snare some time ago as the mechanism was seized and the snare wires were shot….

Well, the drum has been sat in the workshop for a long time, and despite fixing the mechanism, the wires are impossible to find and nothing else will fit. So I suggested adapting the snare drum with some modern fittings so that the drum can be played again with the matching kit.

So after stripping the drum, and stripping out the original parallel mechanism, we fitted a vintage throw and butt end that make the drum more than just functional, but sensitive to different styles – mainly by the adjustable butt end which allows for greater control of snare wire sensitivity. They also look pretty cool.

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The chrome on the lugs and hoops had gone beyond polishing in places, but we gave the drum a good clean up; fitted the tone control dampener with a new felt, some new inserts in the lugs. New heads and finally Puresound custom snare wires.

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We didn’t plug any holes, as we’re still hopeful we’ll unearth some wires for the drum and get it back to its original condition.

The drum tuned up great and sounds amazing. Its on its way to Dean, hopefully for an outing this weekend.

December 4th 2015

Ok, so i’m behind with the blog again, but wow we’re having some fantastic times at Nick Hopkin Drums. Our first big American shipment of vintage drums landed in October and most of the snares went in the first week. If you missed out on that, don’t panic, as we have 2 (yes 2!) shipments due in the next couple weeks.

We built some new racks and turned one of our rooms into a new snare room, crammed floor to ceiling with vintage beauties. Add to that a load of vintage drum spares – lugs, throws, rods, keys,  – some Protection Racket cases, Puresound snare wires and a great seletion of heads and we’re close to snare heaven.

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Next week we have a great selection of mainly vintage Ludwig snare drums arriving – Acrolites, Supraphonic 400’s, Jazz Festivals, Pioneers…. The week after we have a good selection of Slingerland with some more Radio Kings and some metal shells too.

We’ve moved our opening times around a little; I’d love you to come visit us and try some of these vintage beauties for yourself. No two drums are ever the same, come and spend some time going through the rack, trying different tunings and head combinations, and find the perfect snare for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed.