1939 CARLTON 6.5 x 14 GREENWOOD PEARL THE “PRINCE” MODEL

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Hello fellow Forumites39Carlton6.5x14BlueRhapsodyPrince.jpg39Carlton6.5x14BlueRhapsodyPrince.jpg39Carlton6.5x14BlueRhapsodyPrince.jpg,
This one just came in from my good friend Mark Cooper of coopersvintagedrums@verizon.net I usually don’t collect European snares but this one is a very rare and cool drum.

1939 CARLTON 6.5 x 14 GREENWOOD PEARL THE “PRINCE” MODEL

THE SHELL:

The shell structure is good but the Greenwood Pearl wrap shows some 80 year wear and tear. This wrap is pretty thin compared to the L & L, Leedy or Slingerland wraps of the same era, kind of like that thin WFL wrap in the 1940s. I was able to get a layer or two of “schmutz” off of the wrap and things brightened up a little. An interesting fact is that the shell has no badge/air hole.

THE HARDWARE:
The chrome hardware also shows its age and has some light pitting here and there but everything cleaned and polished up nicely except for a few of the slotted tension rods. Internally the top mechanism is just like a Ludwig Super-Sensitive and a Leedy Dual but the internal “parallel” mechanism is quite different. Externally the top linkages are similar to a Leedy Dual. Externally the bottom parallel mechanism is vastly different vs. the Ludwig Super-Sensitive and Leedy Dual models. The shell is drilled for 8 lugs like a Leedy of the same era.

Of-the-era calf heads rounded out this restoration.

Enjoy!

Mike Curotto
 

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Prufrock

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Beautiful drum! Thanks, as ever, for sharing.
 

BRIAN

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Yeah thanks for the details, nice snare drum. This one would definitely catch my eye if I was looking at your collection............pretty cool
 
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