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- Feb 17, 2010
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for example this set here:I'm always interested to see these pre-1950's kit when they come up for sale though my interest is primarily 60's and 70's Ludwigs. I see kits like this Gretsch Broadcaster and say, a Ludwig Top Hat and Cane drum and think they are really nice to look at but not so functional considering the high cost of them. Are these type of kits more " eye candy" for the collector?
Appreciate opinions so I can understand them a little more...thanks!
That is what I mean.Prices are available Call Steve on his phone
You do know that that listing is 7 months old, and not posted recently?Class Act
Vintage Leedy Drum Set 1940 White Marine Pearl - 28/13/14/16/8x14 | Steve Maxwell Drums - New York | ReverbAmazing, time capsule. 1940 Leedy Drum Set in White Marine Pearl with 13" and 14" clip on rack toms, 16x16 floor tom, 14x28 bass drum and an 8x14 snare drum, all 3 ply drums with reinforcement rings. Please examine the photos closely for additional condition information and PLEASE message us...reverb.com
I see what you mean, JDA, thanks!Gretsch were ahead of their time- in the modernity sense- the 40s sets are almost Practical enough to haul to a Modern gig with near no modification and they aren't all expensive.
for example this set here:
Incredible 40s era Gretsch kit 9x13, 16x16, 14x22, 6.5x14. Wonderful fat, warm Gretsch sound. 40s era 'rocket lugs" for that great art deco look. This set is a ONE OWNER kit. It's all there, no issue, and all original. Fantastic for live gigs and wonderful in the studio. These are exceedingly r...reverb.com
there's nothing (missing) on that set (design) (above-look at it) that isn't on a new one today. They were Gig Ready (clubs=- New York) ahead of their time
...spurs, tom holder, hoops, ft legs... everything was modern (whereas Sling Lug might still be using basket to hold floortoms and bracket here and there' mounts...)
Gretsch were Jazz and that was the cutting edge of the time for actual gig performance Ready near no different than today.
So eye candy yea to some but ready to gig yes (still) in 2021.
that's how I see it. No funny sizes.. (no 11" toms etc..
Disappearing spurs was a Gretsch thing back then (not "clip ons") .. Gig ready. For the modern Music of the day. And surprise still today.
I'll make the prediction again. By 2030 (no we won't be eating bugs well; some will) Gretsch will reinstate that Lug on a Broadkaster set and kick their sales into another decade. Maybe 2035. I think they are holding a few cards still.. (quite a few cards to be played; those Oriental pearls) (the) cats will slowly be left.... out of the bag..... In time.
(compare the white set above in modernity to this)
and I sorta know which one I'm packing to take to Saturdays outdoor jazz-rock afternoon gig.Very nice 1940's vintage Leedy drum set. This is similar to the "Swingster" outfit, 28 bass, 13, 14 mounted toms. The set features a 12 rod singIe tension 28" Spartan bass drum, 13 and 14" mounted toms with tunable top and tack bottom. I don't believe these drums were born together, as the duco p...reverb.com
the practical one. : )
even if you want to a little earlier with Gretsch not that anyone's ever seen this era set..
still resembles modern
(think that's a Gretsch-Gladstone set..) 1939 ish 36? who knows.
Art's livin' it up.
cymbals look practical-ly positioned.
Same with golf, except I have no awards or trophies and sold my clubs. My followers all applauded that move tho!There are those who dont, [cant] play and choose to love their drums as if they are awards or trophies. Nothing wrong with that at all, except a few try to come across as pros, and that is insulting to me.
Imo, I think it is the same for collectors of many things. First requirement is you have an appreciation for the object. Second, you have the finances to buy what makes you happy. For all we know the guy might be a killer player who has an eye for beauty. This collection is one of a kind I think. I mean, what's the difference between this guy and Bun E? He has or had warehouses of drums that he enjoyed having. I don't think there is much difference except he probably played all of his.May be you are assuming the motivation. Maybe I am..
Sometimes people buy drums because they could play them once in years past.
And they remind them of that time. Set up in the house. Walked by daily. Reminding themselves, "once I was a drummer".
May have had (must have) had a straight (great, fantastic) Job that he could indulge this fantasy.
That's it. They may have been bought sorely for Fantasy purpose. Long shot but possible alternate explanation.
Not everyone is thinking of (making) money (on them) later on. I think he's reached the age (the owner) where he's thru with the Fantasy . Some already have so much $ (already) they can indulge in fantasy