Dave...do you remember the Arfin Percussion House from Brooklyn N.Y?I have heads with that stamp on them!
Dave, I loved reading that!! Glad someone was able to live and tell of such stuff as it would be gone and forgotten otherwise!!!Zim Gar -- distributed by GarZim Company - brooklyn .n.y.
i knew the owners personally -- Larry Zimmerman and his wife ran the company - me and my dad al drew used to drive out to brooklyn early in the am and pick up drums and guitars !! he had a big wharehouse where we would open the boxes and check out the cool colors and stuff - he imported everything - mostly from japan back then this would have been in the late 60's when i would go i would bunk school and we would drive out there fill up the station wagon to save $ on u.p.s.
his wife collected $2.00 bills as they were no where to be found in new york city --people would pass them off as 20.00!!
my dad would bring bag of 2.00 bills maybe 200-300 of them and we would pay the invoice with them
larry zimmerman was very succesful guy he ''coppied '' lots of lug designs and tom holders he was also one of the first guys to come out with strat and les paul copies -- this was way before the lawsuit days
the last time we were there larry announced they were closing and retiring -- new york was bankcrupt and they were paying there taxes monthly if not weekly and they had just had it
we went up into the office and had lunch with larry -me - my dad and had -------- pea soup with a bagel !!!!
i was a 10 year old kid ? im like w.t.f.
but i was respectful and tried to eat it
the point of all this story is that this was a day gone by - people that made a living and had fun at the same time bringing in drums and guitars that were just cool--and cheap also
everything now seems so generic and stale compared to those days
guess im just old or getting old
but that is the story of zim gar
the drums were called zim -gar and the guitars were called gar- zim -- who would of thought