Snare of the day

Ludwig Supraphonic 400

This fine Ludwig Supraphonic 400 snare drum arrived at the shop this week with some more gear….

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The most recorded snare drum of all time, this drum has loads of tone; together with the invention  of the plastic drum head, this drum was the sound of Rock & Roll. This particular drum dates around 1976 by the serial number on the Blue/Olive badge. All hardware is original and fully functional. Some chrome pitting on the shell which is common on these drums.

It tunes up and sounds great right across the tuning range. We have more coming soon, but right now this is the only one in stock – don’t miss out! More details here.

Premier 2000 snare drum

It’s been a while since I’ve had a Premier 2000 snare drum in the shop, for many reasons, but mostly because the drums we’ve been offered have had the chrome hanging off them! Whilst with some snare drums the appearance is secondary to sound, and the battered drums have a bit of vintage Mojo going on (eg. Ludwig Supraphonic 400) when it comes to the Premier 2000 i find that players like them as cosmetically perfect as possible.

The 2000 snare drum, was Premier’s flagship snare drum throughout the 1970’s. It was actually introduced in the late 1960’s, the very first incarnation featuring a chrome over brass shell (possibly surplus shells from the Royal Ace line). The majority that we see are chrome over aluminium with some of the later drums in the 1980’s being chrome over steel. You can read more of the history of this snare drum in my article for Not So Modern Drummer.

So this late 70’s / early 80’s drum that has just arrived at the shop is in excellent condition; it has a couple of scratches to the shell and one small dent. The chrome on all the hardware is absolutely faultless, which is really great to see. Die cast hoops are in great shape, note that the tension rods on this drum are square head. It even has the original Premier ‘double 12’ wires intact, and fitted with a new Remo Emperor it tunes up great.

There’s a sound file of the snare drum being played here and a short video about it on the Nick Hopkin Drums You Tube channel.

The drum is available in our shop to try, there are more images and details about it on www.Nickhopkindrums.com. We offer worldwide shipping on all drums.

 

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.

Premier Mayfair console set

Last week we took delivery of an early 1930s Premier Mayfair console kit in red glitter. 28″ bass drum mounted in a Premier console on wheels, with two toms, traps table and cymbal arms. Yesterday We happily delivered this beautiful piece of English drum history to its new home, a recording studio in England where it will be used on some upcoming film scores I’m told. So great to know that even 80 years after it was built, it’s still being used to make music rather than sitting on a shelf in a museum gathering dust. I love to see this old classics being played and can’t wait to hear the results in time. As we set it up, we wondered amount ourselves who the kit may have belonged to back in its day and what sort of gigging history it might have….

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