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.

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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.

Rare 1950s Premier drum set in marine pearl

It’s not every week that we get a kit come through the shop that makes me swoon. We get lots of classics come through in really nice condition, that sound equally as nice as they look. But when this kit came out of its cases, I wanted it!
I picked it up from the widow of a serious collector, who sadly passed away a few years ago. He had several choice kits in stunning condition, cased in a safe, dry storage facility. But as I took a peek inside the first case, my heart fluttered, this one was that extra bit special. A full 1950s Premier set in original condition complete with a full set of calf heads, what a find!
It’s rare to see full sets in this colour, before the glitters and pearls that most associate with the name Premier. The set is finished in marine pearl, which over time has mellowed to a yellow/peach colour which gives it more charm in my opinion.
The sizes and features on this set are something else too; a 20×14 bass drum undrilled for legs or a tom post. Tone control dampers front and back and a mount for a cymbal arm on the right. A spur mounts from the front hoop to give the drum some stability, when the 12×8 tom is mounted off the opposite hoop via a clamp and L arm. To complete the set there’s a 14×18 floor tom with original leg brackets from that era, a pre-cursor to the spring tension brackets of the 1960s. It’s so rare to see a floor tom in this size and in this condition, what a treat. These three drums are in fantastic original condition with ‘script logo’ badges, and the earlier Art Deco lugs and bass drum rods. The bass drum has 3 small holes near the batter head hoop where the cymbal mount has been moved and the resonant head on the 12 has ripped. Apart from that, this kit is immaculate.
A slightly later, again super rare 16×18 floor tom comes with this set with 1960s lugs and badge. The wrap has faded similarly to the other drums so it’s my opinion that this tom was added within a few years of the set and has been kept together as such, rather than it being added years later.

This set of drums is simply stunning, and in this condition I don’t anticipate another surfacing in the UK anytime soon. There’s the option to purchase the matching Super Ace snare drum with this set, which completes it nicely. Again, in fantastic original condition with original wires.
This set is a must for any collectors of English vintage drums out there or players who are looking for a 20,12,14 bop kit that will turn heads for its style and sound.
More details on this set online at http://www.nickhopkindrums.com

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