Nice kit and interesting sizes. Pity there's no exact date from the post. One thing I've noticed is that DW, as late as my "A" prefix kit, was using the metal Camco bass drum lug spacers on _all_ the toms. These have an elegant curvature that follows the contour of the drum, and must have...
Thank you for the reply! If a "B" prefix came after the "A" prefix, it would be inconsistent with drumphil's pencilled date on his "A" prefix 1991 bass drum.
One possible theory for "A QUALITY INSTRUMENT" black badges is:
100 prefix = up to 1981
200 prefix = 1982
300 prefix = 1983 - 198?
Thank you all for your responses. It does appear that a chemical bond has formed between the "biscuit" gasket and the (mercifully not original) finish. The marks are smooth to the touch. I don't mind the gaskets, but I was a bit surprised to see the marks when removing the lugs!
I bought an Oaklawn kit from a wonderful gentleman who had decided to put DW gaskets ("cookies") under the lugs of the 14, 16, and 20. He hadn't gotten to the last drum, a converted Tuxedo to Aristocrat 12", and I decided it should have these gaskets as well. (Yes the grommet on the badge is...
Gorgeous kit and snares! I love that black brass snare!
1981 (User 4164SB writes “Both snares have have 100 prefix serial numbers and were purchased new in 1981.)
1981 (User orangemi on vintagedrumforum.com writes he acquired a snare from its original owner who...
If you’re talking about the badge you posted earlier A038XX, I believe the first character in their serial numbers may have designated a year, or a period, 1, 2, 3, A, and B, before moving to the “HANDCRAFTED SINCE 1972” badges, so they all had five digits in their serials.
We can agree to disagree on that point, and I'm confused why you're now saying this after your piano analogy which I think is great. A piano, you'll agree I hope, is pretty much all notes and chords.
Tuning drums is a subjective thing, "what's best for the drum" and "what's best for the song."
Thank you all for the replies and information.
I agree that the hardware on that 100xx black badge DW looks to be Camco, including spurs, floor tom legs and mounts, and Trods and claws.
It’s hard to tell from the pictures if the bearing edges were redone (by DW or someone else) or not, but the...