Snare of the day

Super Ludwig snare drum

This early 60’s Ludwig Super Ludwig has arrived at the shop and sounds stunning…

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The Super Ludwig preceded the Supraphonic 400 and consists of a chrome over brass shell with brass hoops. Pre-serial keystone badge, small round knob tone control muffler, P83 snare strainer. This drum is in great condition cosmetically, with just a few scratches and minor marks from being loved and played.

This drum tunes up easily and sounds great. There’s a short video of it in action on our Instagram and more information and photos on the website.

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Snare of the day

Camco No. 99 Super

OK, so this rather rare & stunning Camco snare drum arrived at the shop a couple days ago…

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Appearing in the 1965 catalogue with the name No.99 Super, this drum is a lovely example in original condition. Chrome over brass shell and hoops, original key mounted in the shell, original internal tone control dampener, original fully functional snare strainer. The drum is cosmetically in great shape, with a small dent where the tone control knob it; One for the collector as well as the player.

Sounds wise, it tunes up nicely and does what you’d expect from a chrome on brass drum. Nice and open, but with a control and a warm bit. More information on the website and a short video of the drum in action on our Instagram.

Snare of the day

Slingerland Radio King ‘student’

This stunning Slingerland ‘student’ Radio King arrived at the shop in great condition…

Slingerland Studen Radio King snare 1950s at Nick Hopkin Drums

This snare drum dates to around 1950 and is in great original condition. Rather than being a solid shell drum, this student model is a 3 ply shell. It still features those lovely, fat, maple re-rings that help give it that vintage tone. All hardware is original including the brass hoops and three point strainer. Note that these student models don’t have the Radio King snare brackets.

These drums are by no means rare, but it’s the first I’ve seen in a glitter finish, and on this drum the blue glitter is very well preserved. It tunes up nicely, with no flat spots, and sounds great. More information on the website and a short video of the drum in action on my Instagram.

 

 

Snare of the day

Rogers Tower

Today’s featured snare drum is this stunning Rogers Tower in Blue glass glitter…

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While the wood shell Dynasonic snare drum ┬áhas become the Holy grail and the Powertone more common, the Tower has remained a ‘closet classic’. This particular drum is in amazing, original condition – the wrap is in really great, bright, sparkling condition whilst the chrome hardware shows little signs of wear.

This drum dates to the mid 1960’s (1964-1967) with original grey interior and Cleveland tag. It tunes up with ease and sounds great – a nice bright open sound with great stick response right across the playing surface. To me it sounds like classic Rogers. More information and photos on the website.

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Leedy ‘Shelly Manne’

This lovely Slingerland era Leedy snare arrived at the shop recently and is now on the website….

Leedy Shelly Manne Snare drum available at Nick Hopkin Drums www.nickhopkindrums.com

This drum was available 1958 – 1965 and was among the last Leedy drums manufactured. These Slingerland era drums feature 3 ply shells with chrome hardware; this model is fitted with a 3 point strainer and Slingerland’s stick saver hoops.

Finished in White Pearl, this 14 x 5.5″ snare drum is in lovely original condition – with the exception of new heads and snare wires. It tunes up nicely and has a nice, bright response. Although a long way from the original solid shell Ulysses Leedy drums of the early 30’s, this drum is fairly sought after by players and collectors alike.

More information on the website.

Snare of the day

Ludwig 400 ‘Super Sensitive’

Tail end of last week, this stunning mid 60’s Ludwig 400 Super Sensitive arrived…

Ludwig 400 Super Sensitive snare drum 1966 at Nick Hopkin Drums www.nickhopkindrums.com

It belonged to a local jazz drummer, John Gibbon, who has had this in his collection for years but no longer uses it. Time for a new home! Keystone badge, serial number 29716 dates this drum around 1966. It is in original condition, bar the heads and snare wires. Complete, functional parallel snare mechanism, white felt tone control muffler, chrome on brass hoops.

This drum suffers from the common pitting to the shell, although its not too bad. It tunes up easily and sounds lovely right across the tuning range. If you’re looking for that classic supraphonic sound with a little more sensitivity from the wires, then this is your drum! More info on the website

Snare of the day

Still searching for that sound?

Hayman Vibrasonic, late 1960’s

This stunning Hayman Vibrasonic snare drum is one for both the players and collectors out there.

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This drum is wrapped in Silver Ignot and dates to the late 1960’s.┬áThe snare strainer and tone control dampener owe a lot to it’s American counterparts of the era. The turret lugs, whilst at a glance looking like Camco, on closer inspection are their own.

The top hoop on this particular drum is non original, but in keeping with the style of the original hoops; all other hardware is original and period correct. The white interior vibrasonic paint is immaculate. The drum tunes up nicely and sounds great at all tuning.

More details and lots of images on Nick Hopkin Drums website, where we offer worldwide shipping at checkout (we accept all major credit cards and paypal).