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I picked up this little 12x15' Rogers Powertone Marching snare last night. I'm really not usually a Rogers guy, but it's pretty cool. I'll get it all cleaned and shined up this weekend.
 

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I picked up this little 12x15' Rogers Powertone Marching snare last night. I'm really not usually a Rogers guy, but it's pretty cool. I'll get it all cleaned and shined up this weekend.
Great score! Rogers produced some really excellent marching percussion. I actually preferred the Powertone percussion drums to the Dynasonic drums!

I found this 12x15 Powertone Marching Tenor drum for a really good price and couldn't resist! Honestly didn't know what I was going to do with it...but a light bulb finally went off in my head and here are the results. I use it with my 1966 Headliner set, which you can see is my avatar. Enjoy your Powertone Marching Snare Drum!

-Mark
 

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I picked up this little 12x15' Rogers Powertone Marching snare last night. I'm really not usually a Rogers guy, but it's pretty cool. I'll get it all cleaned and shined up this weekend.
So no disrespect, but I have to admit that I've always thought of marching drums as a source for parts for other drums. They usually have extra holes from leg cradles, but even when they don't, marching drums (for marching) are exclusively bought by schools. Tenors can be used as idrum4fun did, as an extra floor tom, but snare drums are cut for snare beds so the bottoms aren't flat. So am I wrong? Is there a market for complete marching drums, other than as a source for vintage parts? And if anyone is buying these for anything other than parts, which ones are they buying, and why?
 

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Here’s the paper label
Thanks for satisfying my curiosity. It was made right around the same time as this kit. It’s a 13/14/16/20 but a rarely use the 14” mounted tom.
 

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So no disrespect, but I have to admit that I've always thought of marching drums as a source for parts for other drums. They usually have extra holes from leg cradles, but even when they don't, marching drums (for marching) are exclusively bought by schools. Tenors can be used as idrum4fun did, as an extra floor tom, but snare drums are cut for snare beds so the bottoms aren't flat. So am I wrong? Is there a market for complete marching drums, other than as a source for vintage parts? And if anyone is buying these for anything other than parts, which ones are they buying, and why?
Rogers don’t have super deep snare beds, but even drums that do function fine as toms. I converted a Gretsch with super deep beds for an orphan kit and it tuned up fine
 

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So no disrespect, but I have to admit that I've always thought of marching drums as a source for parts for other drums. They usually have extra holes from leg cradles, but even when they don't, marching drums (for marching) are exclusively bought by schools. Tenors can be used as idrum4fun did, as an extra floor tom, but snare drums are cut for snare beds so the bottoms aren't flat. So am I wrong? Is there a market for complete marching drums, other than as a source for vintage parts? And if anyone is buying these for anything other than parts, which ones are they buying, and why?
I've got marching snares doing duty as Floor toms...the beds aren't really a hinderance to the reso head...be it a snare head or not
 

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I converted a 15" Rogers marcher to floor tom . Like jello on springs !! I also did a WFL and a 62 Slingerland the same way . The Rogers was better in every respect . I never bought the nodal point theory and mounted the leg brackets @ halfway , so both ends could vibrate freely .
 

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Here’s the paper label
Based on the label, your drum is an early Fullerton model. The label style is identical to that used in Cleveland and Dayton, but with "Fullerton" inserted. Later labels had the border removed and a different font. After that came the cost-cutting "9/72" labels, as the date shows, were used starting in September of 1972. My first professional set, the Celebrity outfit had those labels. I purchased the kit towards the end of summer, 1972.

-Mark
 

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Based on the label, your drum is an early Fullerton model. The label style is identical to that used in Cleveland and Dayton, but with "Fullerton" inserted. Later labels had the border removed and a different font. After that came the cost-cutting "9/72" labels, as the date shows, were used starting in September of 1972. My first professional set, the Celebrity outfit had those labels. I purchased the kit towards the end of summer, 1972.

-Mark
The borderless labels were the earliest Fullerton labels in 1969
This Power Tone Label is from 70/71 right when "Holiday" was changed to "Power Tone" in an effort to streamline models just before the 9/72 smaller labels.
Some of these Power Tone type labels will have green font.
They will all have a sort of typed in serial number much different than those of the Covington and Dayton era.
 

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So what I'm hearing is that the best use for old marching drums is to take off the throw and butt, and use the drum as a cheap source of a matching floor tom. Kind of what I expected; too bad there is no good use for an old marcher when it shows up in great condition like the OP drum.
 

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I've converted a couple of Rogers marching snares into floor toms: they can really rumble. Plain old Ambassador type heads (I like Aquarian), coated on top/clear on the bottom work just fine...
 


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