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  1. KCDrumDad

    Latest NSMD Article - Finishes on Round Badge Gretsch Drums

    Take a look at my latest article on the Not So Modern Drummer site. This one started as an answer to a DFO post asking about the relative popularity of certain finishes. https://www.drumforum.org/threads/what-finish-did-gretsch-make-more-of…midnite-blue-or-champagne.197196/#post-2303215 I...
  2. KCDrumDad

    Vistalite SuperSensitive Marching Snare

    I acquired a 12x15" Vistalite snare recently. I bought it mainly because I had not seen one like it before. Last week I had someone over looking at a different drum and he took an interest in it. I said i would get him a price, but i can find no sales of comparable drums and very little...
  3. KCDrumDad

    Another Pre-Chicago Show Vintage Drum Purchase

    My timing is great. Obviously, that statement has nothing to do with my playing. In 2017, I bought a 1965 Ludwig Super Classic Oyster Black Pearl set from the living estate of the original owner the night before leaving for the Chicago Show. My wife had to pick them up the next day while I...
  4. KCDrumDad

    1941 (ish) Ludwig & Ludwig Standard Snare - This Morning's Estate Sale Find

    I just purchased what I think is a 1941ish L&L Standard snare. This is not my typical vintage of vintage drums, so I appreciate anyone who can help confirm or improve my identification. What I see that gets be to 1941ish: The badge The snare gates The throw Imperial Lugs with self-aligning...
  5. KCDrumDad

    Another Article, Another Request for Some Pictures - Gretsch Model Numbers

    I am writing another article. This one documents the manner in which Gretsch displayed the model number on the paper labels. Initially they were stamped, but two different sized stamps are known. There are also two different sets of number fonts used. Then Gretsch hand wrote the model...
  6. KCDrumDad

    Leedy & Ludwig Knob Tension Snare Projects

    I picked up a group of Leedy & Ludwig knob tension snares today. There should be enough to make two fairly complete drums and have some parts left over. It should be a fun project. Thanks to jccabinets and Mark Cooper for some pre-purchase advice.
  7. KCDrumDad

    SOLD Rogers 16x18 Floor Tom - Butcher Block Wrap, Script Badge

    I recently purchased a bundle of drums and hardware from an auction while visiting the Phoenix area. This orphan floor tom was part of the bundle. The Good: 1970s Rogers No extra holes Wrap is clean with few marks Edges smooth Shell is in-round 18" size - BIG floor...
  8. KCDrumDad

    Alleged "NOS" Gretsch Orange/White Paper Labels Offered on Ebay

    Seller is offering plain labels for $49.99 each. I messaged Seller asking: How old are the labels? What is the history on them?" They replied: "The tag came from a yard sale in Savannah, GA in that box you see in some of the pics. There’s no date on the label or box but I would say 60s or...
  9. KCDrumDad

    Study of Gretsch Round Badge "Born Together" Sets

    In November I completed a study of 304 Gretsch Round Badge drums sets with serial numbers to try to establish a guideline for the range of serial numbers one can expect to see on a set which was born together. It is posted at my website. George Lawrence just posted it to Not So Modern Drummer...
  10. KCDrumDad

    1960s Gretsch Round Badge Drums without Silver Sealer Interior Paint

    I am doing a study about 1960s Round Badge Gretsch drums which lack the usual Gretsch silver sealer interior paint. I have already identified a concentrated group of drums in the 72000-76000 serial number range which lack the silver sealer (see attached example) along with another hundred or so...
  11. KCDrumDad

    Ludwig Blue/Olive Badges with Serial Number from 917000 to 1291000 - Pictures Wanted

    I have written an article about why so many Ludwig drums are identified as being made in 1976. This is because back in 2005, Rob Cook was given some information which I believe was inaccurate which he used when he developed the first serial number-based dating guide for 1970s Ludwig drums. I...
  12. KCDrumDad

    1946 Leedy Snare - Estate Sale Find

    I picked this up at an estate sale recently. I will start the cleaning process soon, but it is in pretty nice shape. Everything seems to be present and in working order. The first picture was what was provided by the estate sale company. I saw a hint of a Leedy lug. There was also a Leedy...
  13. KCDrumDad

    "The Great Bow-Tie Shortage of 1970" ??????????

    I will give credit to this seller for creating an interesting description for the drum he has for sale. I agree that it is an Acrolite with imperial lugs. However, there is nothing on this drum that says 1970-1971 to me. A short list of important features - Serial number of 196XXXX (only...
  14. KCDrumDad

    Recent NSMD Articles and Request for Suggestions of Future Topics

    In the May edition: A study of Ludwig drums by day of the week based upon the date stamps I have gathered. https://www.notsomoderndrummer.com/not-so-modern-drummer/2020/5/26/study-of-vintage-ludwig-date-stamps-to-determine-frequency-of-days-of-the-week?rq=GIER This is an update on something I...
  15. KCDrumDad

    SOLD - 1965 (ish) Gretsch Round Badge 13/14/20 Silver Glass Glitter Set

    Gretsch 1960s era Round Badge Drums 9x13" Tom - 14x14" Floor Tom - 14x20" Bass $1,600 plus shipping to active DFO Members Sold via Reverb 7/29/20 Silver Glass Glitter / Sparkle Wrap Very high level players set with the very hard to find 14x14 floor tom. Main Features: * Wrap is in great...
  16. KCDrumDad

    Ludwig 3x13" Jazz Combo Snare Shell

    I have all of the chrome hardware from a pre-serial Keystone badge snare and need to find a shell which is worthy of it. Anyone have something in a cool finish? I am not looking for a rewrap or a flaking DuCo finish. I know that I could sell off the hardware, but I would rather put a drum...
  17. KCDrumDad

    Transition Badge Super Classic Snare Clean-Up

    This drum was patiently waiting to be cleaned up. I have had it for several years, but try not to clean too many nickel drums at once - too messy. Date Stamp APR 27 1958 Generally in good shape. Still a little rough on the tension rods, but the wrap is really nice. Snare wires are good and...
  18. KCDrumDad

    SOLD - 1960s Trixon Double Tom set - 13/14/16/20 with Matching Snare

    Mid 60s-ish Luxus model 13/14/16/20/5x14 snare for sale. This is not the prettiest set out there, but sure falls in the "never seen one like it at a gig" category. Trixon made some very solid and nice sounding drums. The German engineering on drums of the 1960s is quite different than what I...
  19. KCDrumDad

    Bowling Ball Black Clubdates - Present to Myself

    I just acquired these on Monday from an estate sale. They were listed as a Ringo Downbeat set with a high price. I bought them for a more reasonable amount on the last day of the sale. We have all gotten sets that were missing resonant side hoops on toms (in this case the 12 and extra 13)...
  20. KCDrumDad

    SOLD - Ludwig Supraphonic 5x14 - Very Clean - $275 plus shipping

    Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum - Model 400 5x14" Extremely clean drum, very nice chrome, only a few minor marks on the shell. Only issue is some rust on hoops. Serial number 2218516 on round corner Blue/Olive badge - appears to be early 1980s era, made in Chicago drum. P-85 Throw, P-32 butt...
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