A Noble & Cooley Thread...

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Well, I’ve been inspired lately. For years, my favorite modern drums have been N&C. I first discovered them at Bob Gatzen’s old shop in the late 80s, and bought a maple solid shell snare in 91. That drum served as my only snare for 20 years. Through all that time I played a lot of different drum sets, and then caught the vintage drum bug, and a lot of very cool drums have been in and out my collection, with the help of JoeyBoom and some others here on the forum. In 2012 I was finally in a position to afford a new set of N&C drums and ordered a CD Maples kit. They are, without a doubt, the best sounding (and best looking) drums I’ve ever owned. I have never bought into the argument that when buying drums, it’s always sound first and the finish doesn’t matter. I believe we can have our cake and eat it too, so to speak. And I definitely have mine, aptly named “The Stealth Kit” (thanks, RickP!!), in Midnight Sparkle. Snares include a 6.5x14 CD Maple, 5x14 SS Maple (again - THANK YOU, RickP!), 4.75x14 Alloy Classic, and my latest - an incredible 7x14 SS Walnut.

Let’s see YOUR N&C drums!
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Obviously, I am a huge fan of Noble and Cooley drums. I had been interested in these drums since the late 80's. I saw the ads in Modern Drummer and they piqued my interest. One of my local shops ( Steve's Music) became an N&C dealer and that is where I first got to try N&C drums. I was immediately hooked. I missed out on a couple N&C kits but finally got my first kit and snare in 2016 from Drummer's Hangout. I had a large shellac of N&C Horizon drums , but since COVID 19 started reduced that down to a 24/13/16 Horizon kit. I also have the pictured Walnut SS -#4 from the initial run of Walnut SS snares and it is my favourite all time snare. I have a couple of Alloy Classics as well ( 4.75" and 6") and they are my favourite metal shell snares. I have owned a few other N&C snare drums ( CD maples 13 x 6" ; Ash SS 7" , Maples SS 5" and Cherry SS 7") but the Walnut SS 6" I own does it all for me and I hate having snares not being played so I sold them to forum members.

The Walnut kits really intrigue me and who knows one day I may pull the trigger on one. Maybe a 20/10/12/15 kit .
 

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mine are currently for sale by Badges Drum Shop on Reverb...Rainbow Sparkle 22,20,12,14,14x16
 

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mine are currently for sale by Badges Drum Shop on Reverb...Rainbow Sparkle 22,20,12,14,14x16
Another beautiful finish! One of their best sparkles for sure.
 

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Back when the N&C Zildjian alloy snare came out I lusted after one in the worst way, but couldn't afford it at the time. Now they're fetching top-dollar *SIGH*.

P.S. I'd love to play one side-by-side next to my LB416BT Brass-on-Brass Black Beauty, just for $hits and giggles.
 

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I think I remember a Modern Drummer cover story on Denny Carmasi in the late 80's and he spoke about buying his NC kit. I can't find any info, but was this true? Thanks

Cheers and blessings, Trey
 

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I think I remember a Modern Drummer cover story on Denny Carmasi in the late 80's and he spoke about buying his NC kit. I can't find any info, but was this true? Thanks

Cheers and blessings, Trey

Yes. He had a solid SS kind of kit. It was single ply stem bent maple shells. The bass was multi Ply.
I do not recall the series name for those, but I believe his was finished in black.



Found it






And here’s the original REVERB sale



 
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FYI - I saw on the Noble & Cooley FB page that they are now offering custom finishes on their Alloy Classic aluminum snares. Up until now I think you only had the option of matte black or raw aluminum, but now they offering other solid colors and sparkles for those who want to match the finish of a metal snare to the rest of their kit.
 


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