Camco No. 99 Super
OK, so this rather rare & stunning Camco snare drum arrived at the shop a couple days ago…
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.
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.
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.