What Is This Funky Tom?

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I don't mean the brand - I mean what's going on with the passive head???
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I'd ask Dave but DAMN if I didn't lose his number!
 

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Bottom heads were tacked on prior to fully adjustable bottom heads, probably 30’s era
 

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Bottom heads were tacked on prior to fully adjustable bottom heads, probably 30’s era
50's Leedy kit.
Check out the beavertails and the badge on the snare drum....Leedy & Ludwig, 1951-1955.
Otherwise, yes! The older kits had tacked on bottom heads.
A trait left over from the old days when some kits featured a "Chinese tom" that had both heads tacked on.
...like this...


(courtesy the VDG website. This is a scan from the 1930 Slingerland catalogue)

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Grohl is cool, and a great drummer. But he's a slammer, and that vintage kit would be turned to splinters by his playing. I want to see the After picture of that session.
 
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The earliest toms ( Chinese tom toms) had tacked heads top and bottom so they sounded the way they sounded and couldn't be tuned at all. The next variation was as shown above with a tunable top head and a tacked bottom head. It was Gene Krupa who persuaded Slingerland to make him the first fully tunable toms with lugs for both the top and bottom heads in the mid 1930s. That concept took hold quickly throughout the industry but toms with tacked bottom heads remained in the various catalogs as lower priced options at least thru to the early 1950s.
 

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I would guess the Tom in question is just a Leedy and not a Leedy-Ludwig as the snare appears to be.
 

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