Beverley Gold Sparkle 1960's

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I don't know if any of you have come across these fine English made drums before. They originated in Beverley North Yorkshire, hence the name, the shells were made by Premier in their Leicester factory. Years ago we never ever were concerned about "What wood are they made of" ? we either liked the sound or not. These shells were made of Mahogany and Birch with Beech reinforcement rings, the toms had triple flanged hoops and were as solid as anything. They produced a warm punchy sound and were ideal for all types of music. The bass drum is a 10 lugger and the finish is Gold Sparkle, which I believe is a lacquered wallpaper. I personally think these kits were very well made and much under appreciated. As always I would appreciate your comments. Thanks Barry
 

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Nice looking drums, that tom holder looks very functional.
 

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Great pictures also...............
 

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In the US Beverley drums are extremely uncommon. I’ve only seen one and it was during my high school years in the 80s. It belonged to a friend of mine who was interested in taking up drumming and his dad had located the kit in the local newspaper ads. I grew up smack in the center of the US but my town had an Air Force training base so I figure someone had brought it with them after being transferred in from England.

My buddy thought the drums were a little weird since everyone wanted Tama or Yamaha at the time and he traded them for another kit. I, at the time, wasn’t familiar with the fact they were essentially Premier drums and I’ve kicked myself for not buying him from him at the time. I’ve never seen another Beverley kit in person since.
 
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Those are so interesting and thanks for sharing. Great looking kit. First I’ve heard of Beverly to be honest (I’m in U.S. also) Great pics. The finish looks almost like a glass glitter kinda look. Think that’s because lacquer cracked as it aged? Any idea if parts were by Premier also? I’m guessing finding replacement hardware /parts would be a challenge at least on this side of the pond.
I’d love to see closeup pic of the badge and lugs too if you have any.
 

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Those are so interesting and thanks for sharing. Great looking kit. First I’ve heard of Beverly to be honest (I’m in U.S. also) Great pics. The finish looks almost like a glass glitter kinda look. Think that’s because lacquer cracked as it aged? Any idea if parts were by Premier also? I’m guessing finding replacement hardware /parts would be a challenge at least on this side of the pond.
I’d love to see closeup pic of the badge and lugs too if you have any.
The Beverley "Brand" was sold to Premier in 1958 who wanted their huge accessories customer base. I will get a couple of pics for you tomorrow of the logo and lugs, the kit is down at my works
 
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my 1st drum set was , beverley ... i still have the snare
that's a nice set you have
 

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Yup, I have a blue badge Beverley snare (I believe from the 70's). Got it a few years ago off of Facebook Marketplace for $50 bucks (CDN). Nice drum.

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You've got to be seriously impressed with the finish on the chrome from 50 years ago The company that chromed Premier drums and probably Beverley as well were Rolls Royce. This is my Beverley SD in as good a condition as the day it was produced
 

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You've got to be seriously impressed with the finish on the chrome from 50 years ago The company that chromed Premier drums and probably Beverley as well were Rolls Royce. This is my Beverley SD in as good a condition as the day it was produced

IMO, the best chrome work on any drums/hardware - period.
 

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Skip Prokop, drummer with Lighthouse was a Beverly endorser at one time.

I used a Cosmic 21 aluminum snare . It recorded nicely and was similar to the Ludwig 400 .

Their wood shells were impeccable , pro level drums .
 
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Finish is called "Viking Gold". I have a black diamond pearl kit with the same shells and lugs but Selmer distributed Premier in the US in the 70's and marketed them as Premier. I've had this kit for almost 30 years (well 29 and a half). They're still gigging.
 

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Makes me want to bust out some Mersey Beat!

Seriously - very nice drums.
 

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You've got to be seriously impressed with the finish on the chrome from 50 years ago The company that chromed Premier drums and probably Beverley as well were Rolls Royce. This is my Beverley SD in as good a condition as the day it was produced
Like those lugs’ orientation too… very nice drum!
 

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Those are so interesting and thanks for sharing. Great looking kit. First I’ve heard of Beverly to be honest (I’m in U.S. also) Great pics. The finish looks almost like a glass glitter kinda look. Think that’s because lacquer cracked as it aged? Any idea if parts were by Premier also? I’m guessing finding replacement hardware /parts would be a challenge at least on this side of the pond.
I’d love to see closeup pic of the badge and lugs too if you have any.
As requested some shots of the badge and lugs
 

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looks like the current British Drum company was thinking of Beverley when they designed their lugs and logo…

 

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The "Beverly lugs" were also used on mid-level Premier series. I have a refurbished Premier Projector that has them. I think they're very nice looking lugs.

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