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- Dec 8, 2006
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- Kansas City
Thanks.Great work Rick !
I bought my late 50's maybe 60 Gretsch drums here in Nanaimo BC Canada in 2009 - local CL listing.
They were bought new - all the drums as a complete kit - in 1960 by the former owner. Actually he died in 2005 and I bought them off his daughter - the drums had been stored for decaded. They are 20/12/14 in Gold Sparkle with matching 5.5x14 snare.....all drums 3ply except the 14 FT which is 6 ply. Drums that went out of the factory during the time of transition from 3 to 6ply were sometimes mixed. Harry Cangany told me via email that Gretsch probably filled orders with what they had available and some kits went out with mixed plys.
I also have a few old Gretsch snare drums, 1926, 1949 mid 60's, 70's and a couple of toms with tacked reso heads - 1947 6x10 and 1953 1616 FT.
If there is any information I can provide regarding the history (what know of it), hardware and finish....any details at all that you may be interested in please let me know ....email?....and I will gladly do that.
I am always happy to get more reports of drums with serial numbers. I collect all of the information which is listed in the initial post on this thread. Please forward me that information on your drums that have serial numbers when you can.
I also like to hear about non-serialized drums - like your reliable report of a 1960 purchase of a mixed ply set. I did not include shell construction in the data I collected because for the period I studied, virtually all the drums have 6 plies. However, it would be nice to be able to nail down when the transition from 3 to 6 ply occurred. I set like yours can provide insight into that question.