Got back to Kansas City late Sunday after spending the weekend looking at drums, talking to drummers and attending clinics. I bought some Gretsch, Ludwig and Rogers parts that I needed for existing projects and a Rocket brand MIJ Red pearl snare project. My drum weekend started early, finding a circa 1965 Super Classic set in Oyster Black Pearl at an estate sale in Kansas before leaving home. My wonderful wife picked it up while my son and I were on the plane to Chicago Friday morning. She even did a decent job of setting it up in the living room by herself (she is not a drummer).
My son and I spent several hours documenting serial numbers/date stamps and other information from Ludwig and Gretsch drums on display/for sale at various booths. People thought my documentation efforts were a little strange, but understood once I explained why I was doing it. Some recognized my dating guides and were happy to help.
I met several forum members that I had only known by their member names before. Great to meet Surface, Allenl55, CSR, JoeyBoom and a few others whose names I cannot remember right now (sorry). I renewed contact with K.O., DrumKat, Randy Rainwater, Lou Perdomo, Brian Drugan, Rob Henry, Matt at Matt's Vintage Drums, Bob Campbell, Phil Madiera, most of whom are members here, but I forget some of their member names. I also had brief sightings/quick hellos with TroyH, RickP, Bun E, Mark Cooper, Mike Curotto, Swen and Jorma and others. Had a few nice conversations with Lee Ruff about - what else -vintage Gretsch drums. Nice to see Gary Astridge again and hear his latest talk on Ringo gear. He has some interesting new projects going. We did not have enough time to catch up, as Gary was very much in demand this year. Got to help out Wes owner of Explorers Percussion, my local drum store in Kansas City. He was manning his booth alone. Met Brian Hill and his wife, who had a great display of rope tension drums upstairs by the clinic space. Also talked with Jeff Davenport, who was manning the Remo booth and gave a clinic on tuning. He is a big fan of my dating guides, and it is always a thrill for me to meet someone who likes my work.
After going to the show a few times before, I am finally feeling like I know some people and have figured out the flow of the weekend. Several good clinics and clinicians. Lots of after show activities, including the Drum Day clinics and an open house a Drugan's Drums on Saturday.
I was thrilled by a chance encounter with Richard (D**k) Schory, who was with Ludwig during the Ringo years. He shared some interesting tidbits from his amazing career. I hope to follow up that conversation with a few additional questions about what Ludwig was doing during that time with serial numbers, date stamps and Date Codes.
Fun weekend. If you have never been to a drum show, you should go at least once.
Edited by KCDrumDad, Yesterday, 11:36 AM.