Calling all Premier guys

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Hello All and Happy New Year to everyone,
To all you guys who are heavy into Premier, could you relay some info to me? The other day I picked up a set of what the owner thought was 70's drums. It's a black covered, 22x16 with 1" rings, 16x15 1/4 with rings, 13x11 3/4 no rings and 12x11 with no rings. I actually measured the shell depth by removing just one head so I may be a little off. The interiors are painted flat black and they have rectangular backer plates as opposed to washers under the nuts. Judging by the grain of the wood I think the interior ply might be mahogany. My search of badges all showed the badge but no dates along with it. Also, the tom mount seems to be a replacement as can be seen by the



indentation on the bass covering. Any info would be much appreciated.
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These guys can tell you everything.


Also if you need spare parts (as you have some none original parts there) this shop is gold.

 
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That's quite a curiosity - shellwise, it's a Royale Advanced Power Kit - the rering config you've mentioned is the Royale shell which was then used on the first APK's in the mid-80's. However the badge you've shown is the next generation badge with the italic font from the late 80's, and any kits I've seen with those badges have had the hi-ten lugs and no rerings, so I'm guessing there was a crossover period with the new badges using up the old shells? The bass drum mount and tom holder is non-Premier aftermarket.

Anyway it's a deeply unfashionable kit which you can have a lot of fun with. The shells are very light and the edges aren't amazing, but they deliver the low-tuned double-ply batter late-80's rock punch REALLY well. (They don't do much else really well, sadly.) If they still have the Premier DS heads on them, that's a winning combination!
 

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That's quite a curiosity - shellwise, it's a Royale Advanced Power Kit - the rering config you've mentioned is the Royale shell which was then used on the first APK's in the mid-80's. However the badge you've shown is the next generation badge with the italic font from the late 80's, and any kits I've seen with those badges have had the hi-ten lugs and no rerings, so I'm guessing there was a crossover period with the new badges using up the old shells? The bass drum mount and tom holder is non-Premier aftermarket.

Anyway it's a deeply unfashionable kit which you can have a lot of fun with. The shells are very light and the edges aren't amazing, but they deliver the low-tuned double-ply batter late-80's rock punch REALLY well. (They don't do much else really well, sadly.) If they still have the Premier DS heads on them, that's a winning combination!
Thanks flurbs!
 

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I'm not a Premier expert by any stretch, but I think the giveaway that it's not a 70s kit is a 16x22 bass drum and power tom sizes. I picked up a 70s Premier Resonator kit over the summer and all the drums are standard sizes.
 

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What would be comparable modern heads to the original Premier DS heads?
In spec, the Aquarian Performance 2 are the closest but they're a tubbier sound - the Premiers just did a fat wet 'splat' and nothing else.
 

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that Badge the tilt and red in Premier- is 1st seen in the 1990 catalog; but that series isn't in there;

Premier med-level series were and weren't consolidated very well.
that lug at various times was used for series names ...Olympic, Crown, Club, APK, Soundwave, Royale.

everythingbut whatatotal marketing kluster
http://drumarchive.com/Premier/
 
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