As my name suggests, I gotta “thing” for Duplex drums! Well, scored this baby locally-ish and man o man! When I get them refurbished, they’re going to be super cool. In all my years of owning and refurbishing Duplex kits I’ve only seen a picture of one of these once! Now I own a Spirit Of St Louis kit in BOP-ish sizes. Dating is tricky. It’s either pre-WW2 or some rareity post-war kit. All my research so far would lead me to believe pre-war, but the kick size 18”, is odd for the era. Ive never seen a SOSTL drum in 18”. I’ve seem marchers almost the size if the FT. Looking forward to this project! If you have any pics of anything like it, please post!!! This will be a recover! I’ll post progress! View attachment 504131
Pm sentThat's my uncle's set! Where did you find it? You can search my posts, I don't post a lot, and you will find the story!!
Here's a link: https://www.drumforum.org/threads/w...art-to-seek-vintage-drums.169161/post-1879255
I had to sell that in winter of 1992 to pay rent when I was laid off.THIS IS THE ONLY DUPLEX RED SPARKLE FULL DRESS "SPIRIT OF ST LOUIS" I'VE EVER SEEN. I'VE SEEN SOME ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS MINT WMP FULL DRESS MODELS,BUT NEVER A RED SPARKLE. I,VE SEEN GOLD SPARKLE", BLACK DIAMOND", BLACK NICKLE" AND OF COURSE WMP. THIS ONE ALSO HAS ALL BRASS HARDWARE"AND TAKES 13"...www.drumforum.org
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Interesting that the drums use a metal shell, since William Ludwig was once an employee of Duplex and went to Boulanger with the idea of a metal shelled drum, after seeing Tom Mill's Sonor snare drum.They claimed they were the only pearl covered metal drum. At the time 1930’s, they were well known and were what made Duplex well known. Duplex had sales all over the US and in 6 countries. Not bad for a very small drum manufacturer. But when metal rationing hit US manufacturers in ‘41, that pretty much shut Duplex down. It’s hard to find information about them after the late ‘30’s.
Love those BD spurs! Beauty in simplicity!