Need help identifying Leedy & Strupe 14 x 6 1/2 COB snare

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Greetings fellow enthusiasts,

Just got my hands on a really nice condition Leedy & Strupe, 14'' x 6 1/2'' COB snare. Pretty well kept, not pricey (paid 400 CAD, which is the equivalent of 312$ US), although the strainer is a Leedy 4 point strainer, not original. It does hide the original holes. Sounds like you would expect from a COB dating from the 30's.

I've been searching everywhere for information on L&S, probably came across all links you guys already know about (Not So Modern Drummer, etc).

Does anyone, anywhere, have a catalog or new information to share?

Attached are a couple of pictures of the drum.

I thank you in advance for your knowledge,

Paul

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1986 Yamaha Recording Custom 8 - 10 - 12 - 13 - 16 - 18 - 22
1972 Ludwig Maple Classic 14 - 16 - 18 - 26
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nice score...handsome drum... I have no knowledge to lend...but keep us posted.
 

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Hi here's the little bit John Aldridge has in his great book "Vintage Drums" hope you can
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expand the photos to read the text!
 

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Good evening guys,

Thanks for the replies. From what I've gathered, there were a few models produced during the short-lived Leedy & Strupe era. The Dictator - I think history soon proved this was a bad idea for a name, especially considering the 30's... - which is not this model (because it had a wooden shell), but was considered the higher end model. Another model - which I think this one ''might'' be - was the Service Model. Only, I can't find any catalog anywhere that would come as proof of either models existing and, more significant, any picture of what their respective features were.

I think I didn't mention it in the original post: to add to the mystery, this snare drum has 8 lugs. Considering the era, 8 lugs snare drums were typically the higher ranked in quality, as opposed to 6 lugs snare drums.

Plus: every picture I have seen of Leedy & Strupe snare drums similar to this one have the butt plate somehow located around mid height on the shell. This one has the butt plate located in a more common place, near the snare side hoop. Maybe because it's a 6 1/2'' shell? I would not know.

Hoops are the stick chopper kind, COB.

I managed to take a picture of the inside of the shell (see attached), to show what the original - or not? - strainer holes looked like. The four bolts you see here are the ones from the 4 point strainer. I am in the process of rebuilding a 1st generation Leedy Broadway Parallel snare, and the slotted hole reminds me of this. So far, I haven't been able to identify a single strainer that would fit this hole pattern.
 

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Here's a L&S posting from NotSoModernDrummer.com 2.1.21

 

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Hello Richard,

Thanks for the link. I did get a look at the pictures of the catalog that are included in the NSMD article. The badges on the snares look like the one on mine. Only: none of the snares displayed are available in a metal configuration, they all appear to be wooden shells.

The search continues.

Paul
 

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Hello Richard,

Thanks for the link. I did get a look at the pictures of the catalog that are included in the NSMD article. The badges on the snares look like the one on mine. Only: none of the snares displayed are available in a metal configuration, they all appear to be wooden shells.

The search continues.

Paul
I have the 1936 L&S Catalog (and the author of the above article on the Dictator outfit). Please send me pics & I'll check through my catalog. If I find a match, I'll send you scans of the page. Bob Campbell: [email protected]
 

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Based upon the bottom snare gates, tube lugs, and hole pattern of the strainer, I would guess that this is a L&S Rhythm King snare (see catalog pic)...Best wishes, Bob
 

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Hello Bob,

Just sent you pictures of the snare to the e-mail address you provided. Let me know if you need some more.

Thanks in advance for your help,

Paul
 


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