Vintage DW/Camco/Gon Bops snare.

musiqman

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This baby was picked up by a friend at the other side of the country and should be here next week.

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The first line of snares DW made in the 70’s and it comes in a hefty15x6,5 size.

The shell is a Gon Bops timbale shell and the hardware all Camco.

Im looking forward to play and explore.
 
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Neat! It's a bit of foreshadowing, too, because I think DW bought Gon Bops sometime around 2000.
 

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Yeah.

Mariano Bobadilla the founder of Gon Bops and Don Lombardi go back for ages:

Thankfully, that was not to be the end of the Gon Bops brand. In 2001 Don Lombardi of US drum manufacturer DW bought the company along with all of its patents and trademarks. Lombardi had met Bobadilla in 1978 when he used Gon Bops Timbale shells to build DW brass snare drums, and subsequently had continued to seek R&D advice from Bobadilla. It was a great fit, and it was no coincidence that the quality of DW drums and hardware continued to grow after the Gon Bops acquisition.

To run his newly acquired Gon Bops brand Lombardi hired the best drum craftsmen in the US. He even bought San Francisco-based Sol Percussion in order to conscript its founder – drum builder Akbar Moghaddam – to the Gon Bops cause. Moghaddam brought along fellow drum craftsman Octavio Ruiz, and Lombardi teamed them up with Alejandro Perez, a drum builder who had worked with Mariano Bobadilla in the original Gon Bops factory.
In 2010 cymbal-maker SABIAN Inc. announced that it had purchased the inventory, intellectual property, patents and manufacturing equipment of Gon Bops from DW. The deep commitment to innovation that SABIAN applied to its own instruments had inspired founder Robert Zildjian and his son, SABIAN President Andy Zildjian, to a search for like-minded instrument companies available for acquisition. And it was a happy circumstance had Lombardi had begun to seek a buyer for Gon Bops.
 

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I'm seeing fine threads on those tension rods. And the lug screws are the new type as well. Looks like new lugs and rods to me.
 

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As far as I can tell, no True Tune rods here.

Although It could be done by changing the inserts of the lug.

You can see the exact same lugs and screws on the last LA Camco kits, the vintage DW kits (had one myself too) and on the same snares on Reverb and Hazelshould in the Google history search.

I will double inspect this closer when it arrives. For now, it all looks original.
 
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Cool snare! Always wanted to try one of those. My first DW snare was used and I picked up in maybe '94 or so - 5x14 plied natural maple of course! I swapped out for die casts and the throw is a Camco that you have to flick a button in and then pull up - never seen one of those before (only what you have).....I still got it, too! It's so old I emailed DW and they had no info on it.....
 

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