ROGERS WILDWOOD DRUM SETS ??

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I had no idea this finish existed. It’s flippin’ gorgeous. Is the color variation on the veneer a staining process or the natural appearance of the wood species?
I think I read somewhere that they injected dye into the ground around the roots of the trees while they were alive allowing the tree's roots to soak up the dye effectively coloring the wood!
 

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They put stakes containing dye in the ground around the trees, and the roots took up the dye and stained the wood. The process took several years, I have heard.

The wood was indeed used for Fender guitars, I don't know how many were made. This all happened while CBS owned Rogers and Fender after 1966.

The problem with the Wildwood finish is that it faded very easily, and examples with strong color are very scarce.

Not very many of the drums were sold: in the 60's drums with a natural finish were not popular at all, the buyers wanted wraps etc.

I have heard stories of drums being unwrapped, only to find Wildwood veneer under the wrap - supposedly because they were using leftover Wildwood shells for wrapping rather than destroy them.I don't if this is true, or how many...
 

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anyone else ? seem like really small ## of wildwood sets
in the early 2000s I traded an orange 20 12 16 to the drum farm(yes the one in the book).

WW sets were offered from the factory 2 ways 20/12/16 with matching Powertone or 20/12/12/16 with matching Powertone.

There was 1 13" tom and 14"flr. made for a collector to go with his existing set 20/12/16.
The picture is of a saved planter from the estate sale decades ago. It rumored that there were around 12 blank shells being used as planters. A music store in Dayton bought them. Flipped most of them shortly after who knew what they were. I have a ww Powertone in green and an orange Dynasonic snare.
wildwood pre cut edge planter saved.JPG
 

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in the early 2000s I traded an orange 20 12 16 to the drum farm(yes the one in the book).

WW sets were offered from the factory 2 ways 20/12/16 with matching Powertone or 20/12/12/16 with matching Powertone.

There was 1 13" tom and 14"flr. made for a collector to go with his existing set 20/12/16.
The picture is of a saved planter from the estate sale decades ago. It rumored that there were around 12 blank shells being used as planters. A music store in Dayton bought them. Flipped most of them shortly after who knew what they were. I have a ww Powertone in green and an orange Dynasonic snare.View attachment 378581
That's another big WOW! Awesome as always, Gramps!
 

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This is my first post after lurking in the shadows for years. I acquired this Wildwood kit in the late eighties from a gentleman in Piqua, Ohio, whose brother worked at the factory in Covington. He had obtained them for his son who used the snare drum for about a month before giving up drumming.
They proceeded to sit in boxes in the closet for the next twenty years. I considered myself very fortunate to have these. I have only played these out once. The sizes are 20, 12 & 14 with a 5” snare. My understanding is that a 14 floor Tom is rare. It is a Citation configuration.
 

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View attachment 382449 View attachment 382450 View attachment 382448 View attachment 382446 View attachment 382447 This is my first post after lurking in the shadows for years. I acquired this Wildwood kit in the late eighties from a gentleman in Piqua, Ohio, whose brother worked at the factory in Covington. He had obtained them for his son who used the snare drum for about a month before giving up drumming.
They proceeded to sit in boxes in the closet for the next twenty years. I considered myself very fortunate to have these. I have only played these out once. The sizes are 20, 12 & 14 with a 5” snare. My understanding is that a 14 floor Tom is rare. It is a Citation configuration.
Will someone pick me up off the floor, please?
:shock::shock::shock:
 

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I have a wildwood kit. It’s a 20-12-12-16 with a 5 x 14 Powertone. Here it is set up at a recent gig as one up one down. This is the second ww kit I have had. Both have had quite a bit of fade and wear, but I love the mojo and am not afraid to gig them because of it!
 

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View attachment 382449 View attachment 382450 View attachment 382448 View attachment 382446 View attachment 382447 This is my first post after lurking in the shadows for years. I acquired this Wildwood kit in the late eighties from a gentleman in Piqua, Ohio, whose brother worked at the factory in Covington. He had obtained them for his son who used the snare drum for about a month before giving up drumming.
They proceeded to sit in boxes in the closet for the next twenty years. I considered myself very fortunate to have these. I have only played these out once. The sizes are 20, 12 & 14 with a 5” snare. My understanding is that a 14 floor Tom is rare. It is a Citation configuration.

Now that is simply incredible!! And welcome out from the shadows!!
 

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View attachment 382449 View attachment 382450 View attachment 382448 View attachment 382446 View attachment 382447 This is my first post after lurking in the shadows for years. I acquired this Wildwood kit in the late eighties from a gentleman in Piqua, Ohio, whose brother worked at the factory in Covington. He had obtained them for his son who used the snare drum for about a month before giving up drumming.
They proceeded to sit in boxes in the closet for the next twenty years. I considered myself very fortunate to have these. I have only played these out once. The sizes are 20, 12 & 14 with a 5” snare. My understanding is that a 14 floor Tom is rare. It is a Citation configuration.

That is simply stunning. What a great kit!
 

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I saw those many years ago. They are ones I mentioned earlier in this thread. Thanks for posting Joe!
 


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