Porto-pak shell production

byron.g

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Hello,

Pictured is a 1955 Porto-pak Black Diamond Pearl snare offered for the first time by WFL Drum Co. in 1955. The 5-1/2” x 13” drum was assembled with a ‘WFL Drums’ keystone badge and no tone control. There is no ink date stamp on the shell. This drum is matched with 9x13, 16x16, and 14x20 Classic toms and bass.

Specifications:
  • 1955 production date
  • No. 460P 5-1/2” x 13” Classic “Porto-pak” Model, Pearl – New product in 1955.
  • ‘WFL Drums’ keystone badge / post name buy-back on March 11, 1955
  • Mahogany and Maple plywoods shell
  • Standard Fancy Pearl Finish – Black
  • P-87 Full-throw-off Classic snare strainer
  • Triple flange counter hoops
  • Streamline tension lugs
  • No Tone Control
  • Standard snare stand No. 1357
  • matched with 9x13, 16x16, and 14x20 Classic toms and bass.
I am posting this to get thoughts about shell production of the Porto-pak at the time. Did they produce a large batch of shells to last them a year or so, or did they produce shells as the orders came in? I am wondering if this shell was built before or after the name buy back in March of 1955. I am pretty certain it was assembled after the buy back because of its WFL Drums badge but the shell may have been produced before.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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What’s the bottom text on your badge? Is is the address or LUDWIG DRUM CO?
 

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been available on seattle craigslist for a few months now.

seattle.craigslist.org/sno/msg/d/valentine-wfl-snare-x13-porto-pak/7424011912.html
 

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Here’s mine
 

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Bijan

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WFL goes back to the 30’s. Here’s my gold PP set. This one is 1957 IIRC. I also have a WMP PP snare.

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I have this shell. It was advertised as a Porto-Pak and is 13"x5.5" but there are some odd things going on. The badge puts it in '66 but I can't find any info showing this model being made that late. The grommet doesn't match the typical ludwig size of the era and inside, the lugs are held on by flat-head bolts instead of the Hex-Head bolt of the era. The wrap is original and the hardware seems to be nickel over brass. My instinct is that is may be an earlier PP that was missing a badge and someone replaced it. It sounds great and I paid very little for it so I'm happy. Just some interesting mysteries!

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MacDaddy- post some pics of the interior. That will help. And a closeup shot of the badge. That finish was not around in the 50’s. Might be a Frankendrum. Any extra holes for a throw on the inside?
 


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