Trixon Telstar from 1964

Trixon Telstar from 1964

This is a Trixon Telstar kit from 1964. Sizes are (diam1 x diam2 x depth) 20x16x16, 14x13x8, 16x14x16, 14x13x5.5. It is nearly identical to the very first drum set that I ever sat behind and took my first lessons on back in 1967 (that kit was a VOX, who also distributed Trixon to the US). I found the kit on Ebay, very dirty and missing the tom rims and tension rods. The existing metal rims were pretty rusty. The floor tom shell was cracked at one of the leg brackets, and the snare throwoff was missing. The wrap luckily was faded on the side opposite the badges, and compared to many other Trixon kits with this wrap, is in pretty decent condition.

I replaced the rims, tension rods, and swivel nuts (lug inserts, as they were metric and fine threaded), and repainted the kick hoop. Shined them up, stuck a new decal on the kick, and there you have it.

The kit sounds nice and punchy. The birch shells (no rerings) are clear coated inside and the bearing edges are full roundover. I put single-ply coated heads on the toms, Aquarian Focus1 kick batter, and Aquarian coated single-ply with inside dot on the snare. They do not "ring for days" ... nice!

It's a nice kit to gig with, as the tom mount, ride cymbal arm, spurs, and floor tom legs all collapse into the shell.
Beautiful looking kit. I've always wanted one of these but they are really hard to come by these days. Looks like you did a great job restoring them.
[quote name='Vipercussionist' date='05 March 2010 - 06:59 AM']
Not positive, but I THINK the shells are Beech, not Birch. NICE kit man!!!!

Well son of a ... beech! You are correct, sir!
Hey Guy, BEAUTIFUL kit!! I play early 60s rock with my band, and what I wouldnt give to show up at a gig with those Blue Beauties!!! Awesome, guy!

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