Yes and No.Any recordings that have Blackwell on Teardrops worth checking out?
The kit is still available and I asked the seller for some additional pictures, which I have added to the front end of this thread. The offer stands for anyone who might want the drums. I don't know the seller, but he seems like a nice enough guy. I have so horse in this race and I am not asking for any compensation. I am just wanting to do a fellow Forumite brother or sister a favor because I know people LOVE these kits. It's obviously a player's kit, not a collection item to be placed in a museum. It's been played and I think it's pretty cool. I have plenty of boxes and I am happy to ship them at the buyer's expense. The seller said he'd take $1100 for them, but I think that there may be more "wiggle room" on that price. They are pretty stinkin' cool!
The 3-ply kits are a jazz drummer's dream. I had a 12-13-16-20 a while back that I should not have sold. They have an amazingly warm, woody, and open sound. If you'd like to get a sense, here's a recording of my old kit:Thanks for the additional pics and info. They confirm my earlier suspicion that it was indeed a 3 ply kit with rerings. This is a “transition” kit most likely from 1965. These kits are rare among Teardrops.
In 1965, Sonor changed its manufacturing from 3 ply to 6 ply and changed the position of the tom post in the bass drum. The early mount was offset to the left which positioned the rack much like a rail mount would. Today most drummers don’t like the offset mount an would prefer a center post mount. All 6 ply Teardrops are center post.
3ply Teardrops don’t come up often and even fewer with a center post. They do sound different then the 6 ply. Less volume, less punchy and more airy as discussed here with some video
Wired on coffee post-Bowl, so... There's been a lot of interesting discussion lately on the forum about vintage Sonor teardrop drums. Some people just seem to flip over them. What do they sound like? What makes them so special tonally? How do they compare soundwise to other vintage brands of...www.drumforum.org
I hope you love it. Teardrops are so easy to play, they tune themselves. Something special about that beechwood/design.Thank you for hipping the DFO community to this kit, @Treviso1. I actually reached out to the seller on Facebook thinking I might try to take you up on your generous offer. Then I saw he put them up on Reverb with free shipping, I made an offer that was accepted, and boom looks like I can expect delivery of my first vintage kit later this week.
Really excited to check them out and will post an update once they’re set up if anyone is interested.