Another unique Walberg and Auge kit

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Here is another beauty made by W & A thats quite interesting.
I believe it is from late 50s
It is a 20/12/12/16/14 sn and 6/8 bongos.
Can anyone tell me about this wrap? OBP one off which Walberg is known to use?
Bongos are 3 ply jasper / Gretsch silver interior with Gretsch and Walberg hardware.
The rest of the shells look to be 6 ply jasper / Gretsch shells with same mixed hardware.
Black interior stain which was common for George to use when building these sets.
12 Tom looks like vertical grain interior. The bass drum looks like 5 ply shell.
Made with Gretsch Lugs and other Walberg hardware. Floor Tom has WFL / Ludwig leg brackets.
Can anyone tell me what the bass drum spurs are? 4 of those two each side,
The snare is cool, was told from owners son that it was ordered with the radio king strainer and bottom stick saver hoop and tall triple flange top hoop. (Anyone know what hoop that is?)
Well hope we can get some answers to some of my questions from all you experts.
Thanks for looking.
Wayne
 

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Wow don't you just love them 1960s & 70s W&A drums! They can be so unique as pretty much nothing is common... you might see some mix & match on just about any kit.

In this case the vintage drum set pictured is a 100% original Blue Bowling Ball wrap 1960s keystone badge Ludwig 18/12/14 bop kit with a matching W&A snare drum.

I call it a match made in heaven... Ludwig mets Walberg and Auge.
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I saw pics of the OBP kit on facebook. I've never seen w/a bongos before (or since). I have some w/a drums in OBP and the finish is awesome (no snare). Originally i had a 20/12 but one a 13 on ebay for $60. I have a floor tom in black (w/a) that I hope to have covered to match.

I read somewhere (here?) that the black interiors were used until the mid 60s. i would hazzard to guess maybe the black was used to hide silver sealer.

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I know there was a father(George Bernard) & son(Robert George Bernard RGB) team that made the drums.
It is said the father George build drums up until the late 50s and liked to paint the interiors black.
The son RGB usually left the interior clear and signed RGB and the date it was made.
Osahead2 that is a great match, does it have a date inside?
dtk do you have a picture? Like to compare the 2.
Are your drums clear inside and have a date?
RGB usually put it where you can just look through the air vent and see.
Wayne
 

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DrumR69 said:
I know there was a father(George Bernard) & son(Robert George Bernard RGB) team that made the drums.
It is said the father George build drums up until the late 50s and liked to paint the interiors black.
The son RGB usually left the interior clear and signed RGB and the date it was made.
Osahead2 that is a great match, does it have a date inside?
dtk do you have a picture? Like to compare the 2.
Are your drums clear inside and have a date?
RGB usually put it where you can just look through the air vent and see.
Wayne
Due to a pending (long story) move...most of my drums are in storage including the OBPs.

For another kit i have...made of W/A orphans I found two incomplete w/a marchers and converted them to FT duty. I think there were very old...and the interiors were unpainted Did someone make the drums before George?
 

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dtk, I think Marchers are a different story. I think the father and son was the drum kits.
Not totally sure if there were other workers making drums.
Wayne
 

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Ive just come across one of their snares for sale in the U.K., priced at around $500. Looks in great shape, possible 2 ply, nice tube lugs. I take these are quality drums, albeit pretty much under the radar?
 

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Ive just come across one of their snares for sale in the U.K., priced at around $500. Looks in great shape, possible 2 ply, nice tube lugs. I take these are quality drums, albeit pretty much under the radar?
yea...sort of a local phenom...they got the shells from other companies...Rogers and Gretsch... sometimes they had one off finishes (the 1st one I ever saw had big red confetti squares over black).
 

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Yes they are excellent well made drums.

Although nearly no two drums are alike all 1960s and 70s W&A "Profection" series drum kits and snare drums were quality drums and are ranked somewhere in between the other American vintage drums of the times.

If, I could find them, I would buy them.
 

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I love me some W & A - true rat rodders of the US drum world! Make it work with whatcha got.
 

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Dang. I was going to buy that kit from W&W. Gone now.
Someone scored a really cool unique set of vintage American drums.
 

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Hi Markrocks68,
Funny, I said the same thing when you bought the other set from W&W.
Then this one popped up. So I grabbed this one.
Both are nice kits and it seems we are both happy and worked out fine.
Just let me know when you want to sell yours. :laughing6: :headbang:
Wayne
 

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DrumR69 said:
Hi Markrocks68,
Funny, I said the same thing when you bought the other set from W&W.
Then this one popped up. So I grabbed this one.
Both are nice kits and it seems we are both happy and worked out fine.
Just let me know when you want to sell yours. :laughing6: :headbang:
Wayne
Nice Wayne! I'm glad you got them!
That's hilarious too. I sure do love that W&A kit I got from W&W.
I just played it this past weekend. So unique. Great sound & just beautiful to look at drums.
The reason I did not get them was a kit I've been waiting for for a looooooong time finally happened..
 


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