A ducco week

OK, I know. It’s been a while since I wrote anything about the shop. We’ve had a busy couple weeks, but now all the drum shows are over for a while we can get back to sharing some stunning vintage drums with you.

This week these 3 ducco delights dropped through our letterbox, and I don’t really want to see any of them leave! They are looking for new stands to sit on and be played and loved though, so take your pic. Which would you play first?



Left to right: Ludwig ‘Barrett Deems‘ model; Geo. Way ‘Studio‘ model; Leedy ‘Broadway‘.

All drums available at Nick Hopkin Drums with International shipping.


Update on life

I’m sorry I’ve been quite on the blog front, but the last couple months have been mental.

I launched  a vintage drum magazine ‘Vintage Drums, Legendary Sounds’ in August. The website currently offers it only in digital format to read online – www.vintagedrumslegendarysounds.com – demand for traditional paper copies led me to having some printed, and we are on our second batch – available here at Nick Hopkin Drums.  50 pages of vintage drum candy – interviews with Clem Cattini, Hal Blaine and Roberto Spizzichino. Features on Drum Companies and articles about playing, collecting, restoring and recording drums from contributors worldwide.

Issue #2 is currently with our designer being laid out and is packed with more great vintage drums content. It comes out in November and both digital and paper copies will be available directly from the VDLS website.

(photos: Clem Cattini 1967 Ludwig set; Alan White Oasis memorabilia; Staccato Super Furry Animals kit; Steve White’s Slingerland Radio King)

After months of planning, collecting gear and talking to loads of people, last month we had a successful weekend at the UK Drum show in Manchester, where I put together a display of iconic British drums. Here’s a couple pictures of what we displayed….There’s a full write up in Issue #2 of VDLS magazine.

This weekend I’m at the Crash It! Show at Mannheim, Germany. Come and say hello if you are coming.


Snare of the day

Slingerland Radio King 14 x 7″

This Stunning 14 x 7″ Solid shell Radio King just landed at the shop…


What can I say? Highly sought after 7″ Solid maple shell in a cool Red/Yellow Duco with original Nickel hardware and hoops. Black / brass Chicago badge dates this drum late 1950’s (’56-59). Some wear to the paintwork, but this drum looks and sounds way cool.

Fitted with a new Remo Hazy Ambassador and a set of Puresound wires as the originals were a bit worn out; I left the batter head as it has cool song notes and lyrics written by a previous owner. This drum takes regular heads, tunes up easily and sounds #Stunning! More information on the website…

Snare of the day

Ludwig Super Classic

Today’s featured snare drum is this lovely 1960’s Ludwig Super Classic.


In aged white marine pearl, this drum has plenty of character in the original wrap – a discolouration that may match your drum set if it has spent it’s life in smokey clubs. The keystone badge with serial number 638627 dates this drum around 1968 and its in great original condition. This Super Classic is a 3 ply maple shell in 14 x 5″ with reinforcement rings and a clear interior (rather than the earlier drums that were painted white). All hardware is original, tight down to the snare wires.

This drum tunes up easily and sounds great across the range – at a higher tension it has amazing stick response and plenty of life for a brighter, jazzier vibe; tuned down lower it has that lovely warm, classic American vintage back beat to it, really nice.

If you’re looking for a classic American vintage snare with plenty of mojo, then this would be well worth a consideration. More information on the website.

Cymbal of the day

15″ Paiste 2002 Hi Hats

Looking for some new Hi Hats? How about trying a pair of 15″ 2002 by Paiste?


These stunning Paiste 2002 hi hats came into the shop recently in really great condition. Many people swear by the 2002 range of Paiste cymbals, particularly players who lean towards rock. These 15″ hi hats sound amazing – although stamped heavy, they have more of a medium sound, I would say.

In great condition, they look like new with just a few stick marks – check them out on our website 

Snare of the day

Leedy & Ludwig New Era

Today’s featured snare drum is this stunning Leedy & Ludwig New Era model.


This lovely snare drum arrived in a recent batch from the USA and is in a lovely aged white marine pearl. It features a 14 x 4.5″ 3 play shell with reinforcement rings and a white interior; the shell is date stamped 1953. All the hardware on this drum is the original Nickel over brass including the stick chopper hoops.

At 4.5″ this snare has a little more bite than a 5″ drum, with a nice rounded tone associated with drums from this era. It tunes up easily with no issues and sounds great high or low. A lovely drum that would suit players of all genres and style. More information on the website.

Snare of the day

Leedy Broadway Standard

This stunning 15×7″ Leedy snare drum is our featured snare today…


I picked this drum up on a recent trip to the USA as it sounded so fat! Personally, I’m a big fan of this era Leedy drums, particularly the snare drums. This drum is in aged white marine pearl with original hardware. 3 ply shell with reinforcement hoop, white interior dated 1940. The three point strainer is original and fully functional, as are the extended snare bridges which are very similar to the Slingerland Radio King. The drum has engraved hoops and drum key holder present too. The internal muffler is missing. There are some initials on the side in a blue glitter which look really cool!

This is the first I’ve come across in a 15×7″ although they are undoubtedly common in the USA. It tunes up easily and sounds great – both heads are original vintage Weather King. The top head has some cloth taped on the top and there is no reason to take this off if you are looking for that fat, warm vintage mojo!

More information on the website.