1968 Walberg & Auge Perfection Jazz Outfit in Rogers Blue Strata Pearl 20/14/12/14

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Howdy DF friends
Here's my latest addition to the collection & restoration project: This is a 1968 Walberg & Auge Perfection Jazz Outfit in Rogers Blue Strata Pearl 20/14/12/14
Another real slice of Americana and my second Walberg & Auge kit. These drum sets are true vintage mutt kits and are really unique and sound fantastic.
These non mass produced drums sets were made by the company that provided the metal hardware and hardware designs for the big drum companies in the 1900's. Based in Worcester MA, Walberg and Auge is considered to be, "the biggest unknown name in the history of twentieth-century American percussion" Check out the unique mix of hardware. This drum kit was hand built to 'Perfection' by Robert George Bernard RGB in December 1968. The shells are the early 60's 6 ply Gretsch Jasper shells with the COOLEST MIX of Gretsch, Ludwig, Rogers and W&A hardware. This little jazz set has a 14x20 bass drum, 8x12 tom, 14x14 floor tom (with Ludwig spring loaded legs!!) and 8 lug 5x14 incredible matching snare with an era correct Ludwig P-83 throw off (note Ludwig logo). While the kit is not perfect there are no extra holes or modifications to the drums. Bearing edges are good and the wrap has no cracks or lifting issues. Just some minor scratches to the wrap but the great thing is this unique oyster hides all the imperfections incredibly well. All this kit needed was a deep cleaning so all the hardware was removed & polished by hand. All the shells were buffed out with Novus 1 & 2. All new classic Remo Coated ambassadors and of course the correct Walberg & Auge logo was supplied once again by Jeremy Esposito at W&A. Thank you again Jeremy! Now a really nice players set here in a unique finish in desirable small sizes. The closest wrap I found to resemble this awesome oyster is Rogers Blue Strata Pearl. These little drums sound fantastic with great tone and HUGE projection! The 8 lug Rogers/Ludwig snare drum is OFF the charts! HUGE fat tone & crack!
If you are not familiar with these drums or the company and dig American drum history, I highly recommend checking them out. It's a really interesting read. www.WalbergAndAuge.com
I'd like to thank Mr. Joseph Barthelette & Brian Cauti at The AWESOME Wood & Weather Drum Shop in Springfield, MA for this amazing kit. A great small REAL brick and mortar vintage drum shop with lots of excellent vintage kits for sale.
Check them out at:
http://woodandweatherdrumshop.com
Also many thanks to Anthony DeFusco at The Village Drum in North Scituate Rhode Island for freeing up that matching incredible snare drum! Check out Tony's store here:
https://thevillagedrumandmusic.com

This set is already hogging the gigs. WOW.
 

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These are so cool. Everyone makes fun of Ludwig's history of putting bowties on Supras or mixing chrome & nickel on drum sets, but W&A built the craziest kits ever, even mixing different brand lugs on the same kit. Like I told Mark already, it makes me want to build a W&A-style frankenkit with as many different kinds of hardware I can lay my hands on.
The wrap on this Perfection is remarkable. Really happy for you, Mark...........marko
 

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Beautiful kit Mark! Congrats on the latest addition to your incredibly impressive collection.
 

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You have an exquisite example of a drum set to have if you could have only one drum set. I don't often express envy toward another person possessing something that I'd love to have. But, I'm very envious of that W&A drum set. I'm a fool for W&A drums.
 

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Thanks for sharing this unusual kit. I've always been curious about W&A drums. What a unique part of American drum-making history! It is clear that these drums have found an appreciative home.
 

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There was a set of those at the first Connecticut drum show many years ago for almost nothing and they didn't sell. One of my coulda shouldas.
 

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Thanks all for the kind words!
Yes, these drums have found their way to a most appreciative new owner. ME! I can't get enough of these amazing built sets.
This is one of those finds that can actually be attributed to a positive side of social media.
I just happen to be on FB during my lunch hour at work 12-1 when Joe at W&W posted a picture of the bass drum set up in an incredible Frankenkit.(see attached).
I immedialty messaged him (as he is 3 hours ahead in MA) and asked what was up with the beautiful BD & is it part of a kit?
Yes he said, full kit.
Ugh oh said me. Whats sizes?
20/12/14 no snare said Joe.
Damn I said (as in I HAVE to get it now DAMN!)... I'll take it! And the what pics that followed of that awesome Oyster really sealed the deal.
It sounds amazing and I've used in on 3 gigs already in a variety of club settings. I really laid into them on the first gig & last nights gig was a lot of quieter playing.
The kit was brought into the local Guitar Center by a friend of Joe's who worked there & he alerted him. Sitting in someones house for who knows how long.
I can only imagine how many more unique kits are out there in New England attics or basements in some old homes (where they all seem to pop up).
Or just in the surrounding communities where the old factory used to be in Worcester MA. I know there are more. There has to be.
W&W is a great shop for W&A as well as they are right in the heart of W&A country so I imagine the guys will have more local treasure appearing.
I hope so..;)
 

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Some more pics. Thanks all for the kind words.
I still need a matching snare for the other set if anyone has one! (see last pic)
 

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Great wrap! I'm refurbing a W&A kit now. Mine's probably 30s, with tacked head on bottom of tom, stick choppers on the toms, and 1/2 rail mount on the 27.5" bass.
 

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Great wrap! I'm refurbing a W&A kit now. Mine's probably 30s, with tacked head on bottom of tom, stick choppers on the toms, and 1/2 rail mount on the 27.5" bass.
Nice Bill!
Let's see that beauty when you are all done!
 

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