Rogers Early Cleveland 6.5" Wood Powertone: The Unicorn Exists!

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Yes glad Tom got it. I am not advertising them but I would sell the 20-12-13 and 16 by 14 floor tom but I will not sell the floor tom by its self.
 

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steambent said:
Yes glad Tom got it. I am not advertising them but I would sell the 20-12-13 and 16 by 14 floor tom but I will not sell the floor tom by its self.
Dang, I already have 2 12s, a 13 and a 20 in blue sparkle, so I can't be a player in this deal!
 
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Great pickup Tommy. We all have our White Whales when it comes to drums. Glad you found yours.
 

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Im sure Tommy will chime in with details, but this was his initial reaction to the first gig he played with it:

It sounded great at the gig, just what I was hoping for. The 8 cylinder--oops, I mean "8 lug"--Powertone is a dream come true. So much articulation and depth that you just can't find in a 10 (or 20) lug drum.

Sounds like he likes it! :)
 

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drummertom said:
Im sure Tommy will chime in with details, but this was his initial reaction to the first gig he played with it:

It sounded great at the gig, just what I was hoping for. The 8 cylinder--oops, I mean "8 lug"--Powertone is a dream come true. So much articulation and depth that you just can't find in a 10 (or 20) lug drum.

Sounds like he likes it! :)
Yep, that's a quote from a PM to drummertom after the first gig with the new Powertone. I am sincerely a 6 or 8 lug snare drum guy. Add any more lugs than 8 and the drum is too dry for my tastes.

I played the Powertone with a set of Gretsch Renowns on Saturday night at a holiday gig in a hotel ballroom, so it was a good test in a big, echo-y setting. It did not disappoint!

The snare that came with Renowns is a 6.5" 6 ply maple with 20 lugs (TWENTY!!!) and 30 degree bearing edges. It sounds just OK, andnNothing to write home about. It has a lousy cross stick action, due to the number of lugs, I'm certain, and that's even after I dumped the die cast rim for a Rogers triple flange.

No, the nod goes to the 8 lug, 3 ply Powertone, and this 6.5 is the nicest snare drum I've ever played. Mind you, my 3 ply 5" wood Powertone from the same era is a very, very, very close second. No snare drum I've ever played sounds as good as these Powertones!

My, my, you'd think I'm a fan. And you'd be right!
 

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OptikDrums said:
How about a BDP 6.5 powertone originally ordered by Mickey Hart while serving in the navy ?
Oh man, look at that!
 

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OptikDrums said:
How about a BDP 6.5 powertone originally ordered by Mickey Hart while serving in the navy ?
Now that's one very, very special drum!
 

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That would look real good behind my 22-13-16 Cleveland BDP kit!
 


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