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.

Camco ‘Studio’ snare drum , 1960’s

OK, so a week or so ago i talked about some vintage snares that may not have crossed your radar before. Today lets take a closer look at one of those snare drums, the Camco ‘studio’ model. I picked this drum up at the Chicago drum show in May this year. I liked it because it was different to everything else we see here in the UK; different to the Ludwig & Slingerland drums too on many levels.

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The drum is a 4 ply shell with fairly fat re-rings and a white interior to the shell. The exterior is finished in a blue/silver ducco, fitted with eight tuxedo lugs and original chrome over brass hoops. The original ‘beer tap’ snare strainer is present and functional, the only non original piece of hardware being a small replacement nut on the snare butt. The drum was made in Oaklawn Illinois in the early-mid 60’s and is in great shape for its wires – it still wears the original snare wires and the shell still has the drum key holder, although the key itself is missing.

This drum has a completely different vibe to it than other snare drums from this era – either American or English, and I cant quite put my finger on why. Some argue that these drums are the best you’ll hear, but I think that’s subjective. That said, this drum really does sound stunning and is in great condition cosmetically for its age. Rare to have one in the UK. Why don’t you come and try it?

There’s a short video about the drum on my YouTube channel; there is also a sound file of this drum being played at different tuning.

Available to try in the shop, also on our website www.nickhopkindrums.com with Worldwide shipping available.

Vintage USA snare drums

We have fresh stock of some stunning vintage American snare drums. Our latest delivery of snares were hand selected by myself at this years Chicago drum show. Alongside our usual stock of some nice Ludwig Supraphonic and Pioneer snare drums, I chose some other brands and models for the shop, simply because they sounded great.

Here’s three great vintage snares to consider, that may not have crossed your radar before.

First up we have a lovely 1960’s Rogers Powertone in stock. This snare features a  chrome over brass shell with 8 lugs and a Rogers ‘Perma tension’ snare throw. There are a few scratches and marks, but genrally in good condition and totally original. It comes fitted with new Remo Ambassador heads.

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These snares have that lovely warm brass sound but with a crispness, a nice open sound. Read more about it here

In contrast, second is this 1960’s Camco ‘Studio’ model. I fell in love this early 1960’s snare drum and had to bring it over to the UK to be enjoyed & loved by a player here.

These drums are fairly rare here, with a small devoted following, but they rank among the best drums ever made. This snare has the Oaklawn badge and Tuxedo lugs, fitted with the original ‘beer tap’ throw and original wires. In a Blue Ducco finsih, it has a few small chips and scratches to the paintwork, but what would you expect – its about 60 years old! Come to the shop and try it for yourself, it really does sound special. We also offer worldwide shipping, with free UK delivery on snares in July (2016). More info here

Finally, we have a Slingerland ‘Deluxe Student’ model. This is a little rarer than most seen in the UK, as it was made in Shelbyville (Slingerland made drums here between 1965-1966).

The drum features a 3 ply shell, but as with all drums from the Shelbyville era, the re-rings are Oak. This little stunner is wrapped in red glitter and is in great condition for its age. A little wear to the chrome, but the Red is bright and the glitter….glitters! More to the point, I just had the dial on this and it tunes up a treat. What an awesome sounding snare drum for only 6 lugs. More info here

Thanks for reading, I hope you found this interesting. I’ll list some more snares this week.