Gretsch tag missing.

Boscoe

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I have a 60's (I think) Gretsch Floor Show model 6.5x14 snare that is in unrestored condition having to replace only the snare lever and snares. When I got it (for a song) I checked all the usual items that make it a real Gretsch. It has the silver paint inside but no paper tag and no evidence of one. Like no glue or shadow of a tag. Has anybody else run across this? I'm not a Gretsch guy, in fact this is my only Gretsch drum. If it should be there how does this affect value? Any help would be appreciated. :occasion5:
 

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Without evidence of an interior label, your drum was produced pre-1960. Right at the turn of the decade, Gretsch started using interior labels as to comply with the government's requirements on retail goods.

What does the butt end look like, a 4pt mount or a single point mount?

Is the shell a 3ply or 6ply?

Do the hoops have straight edges or is there a rounded bead?

The answer to these questions will help to determine a closer production age of your drum.
 

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See, I knew I'd get some answers. I can answer some of your questions but I'll have to have the drum to answer the rest. The hoops are straight no rounded bead but cast. The butt end has a threaded adjustment with thumb screw that I would call a single point. I'll have to check the shell plys. The strainer is the type that has the throw off lever that gets broken. (don't know the model name) It has a round knob muffler but don't recall the inside part. Hope this helps. I'll look at the drum tonight and post the results. Thanks again for the help.
 

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Your drum is a 3ply Brooklyn made Floor Show model. Microsensitive throw-off, single point adjustable butt, stickchopper hoops. It was likely manufactured between 1954 and 1957.
 

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Your drum is a 3ply Brooklyn made Floor Show model. Microsensitive throw-off, single point adjustable butt, stickchopper hoops. It was likely manufactured between 1954 and 1957.
Hang on SpongeBob. I know you know far more than I do about these, but it could still be a 6-ply. I've had plenty (ok, only 4) of Gretsch snares that were silver sealed, sans tag, sans key holder, with stick choppers, Micro and a single point (i.e. full 50's dress) that were 6 ply shells. The stripped shell I have the poll thread going for and the Floor Show model in my avatar are examples. I sold the two Name Band snares (both WMP btw) that I had after talking to Steve Maxwell way back before I was involved at DFO and having him verify that this combo did exist, but wasn't especially rare enough to warrant hanging onto in favor of something else I might like better.

Let us know what you find out Boscoe!!
 

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It is a six ply. Two of the plys look darker (mahogany?)the others are lighter. (maple?) Was it still made between 1954 and 1957? This is great info guys, thanks.
 

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If it is indeed a 6 ply shell then the drum would have been made in the 1957-1959/60 range
 

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