Who made this old brass snare drum???

markekaylor

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I just picked this up off a DFO member, it just showed up today & I'm very pleased.
I've owned probably half a dozen old American brass snares with tube lugs, Ludwig Universals, Leedy Utilities, etc.
This one though has me scratching my head. The rim clips, throwoff, and butt plate are all unfamiliar to me.
Its a 14X5 6 lugger.
Anyone have any ideas? I'm sure its American but might be from one of the more obscure makers?
thanks!

Mk
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I've been looking at alot of old snare drum pics....my best guess is this is a Duplex based on the strainer. Any else agree?
Mk
 

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If you zoom in on that drum (Gretsch), it says Duplex on it. Apparently, they made the throw and Gretsch used it, so that's confusing!
 

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Duplex St Louis was one of the first lugless snares way ahead of the Peavey Radial Bridge
 

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Many manufacturers back then would use parts from various companies to put together drums...Gretsch, Rogers, Wurlitzer and probably others did it as well
 

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Well this is all very interesting! I didn't realize Gretsch made nickel/brass drums with tube lugs back in the day.
I'll have to do some digging online, see if I can turn up some mention or pictures of this drum in an old Gretsch catalog.
Either way I'm impressed, the drum sounds very similar to the other old brass drums I've had from this era, tons of mojo, just a wonderful drum to play.
Mk
 

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