The Gretsch 4160G

The word 'rare' is one that gets bandied around a lot in the world of vintage drums, especially when someone is trying to get a top price for a snare or kit. But sometimes an exceptional and really rare drum from a limited production run, or of a short lived design, turns up. We were

By | 2017-12-01T23:41:13+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Vintage View|0 Comments

The Gretsch Playboy

After last months look at the Ludwig Clubdate and how less metal work can make for more tone, we're going to look at a more seldom seen single lug set up - the Gretsch Playboy Outfit. As with all 'student' models/ cheaper set ups of the time, Gretsch's mid 60's Playboy outfit featured the same

By | 2017-10-30T22:45:07+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on The Gretsch Playboy

The Ludwig Clubdate

1949 catalogue courtesy of www.,vintagedrumsguide.com With Ludwig sometimes less is more. I know my last article featured the Ludwig Super Classic kit, but I find myself leaning the Ludwig way again this month. However, this time I thought we would look at what many saw as a more 'budget' outfit this time... the

By | 2017-09-30T23:05:43+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on The Ludwig Clubdate

What’s In A Name?

1948 Buddy Rich Kit, courtesy of www.vintagedrumguide.com So often there is confusion with the names and trademarks used by companies to advertise their products. To show you what I mean – how many of you regularly Hoover your carpets or drum rugs!? Are you sure? Really? Because unless your vacuum cleaner has a

By | 2017-08-31T22:19:49+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on What’s In A Name?

How do you know it really is what it says it is?

  Looks like Champagne... From this month onwards we are very pleased to have Mark Jeffs from Rusty Drums (www.rustydrums.co.uk) taking over Vintage View. Statistically, many of you from all around the world will probably be aware of Rusty Drums, if not actually having bought something from them, such is their reach. It

By | 2017-08-14T22:06:30+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on How do you know it really is what it says it is?

Premier 2000 Snare Drum

  The 2000 snare drum was introduced by Premier around 1966 with it gaining its debut in the 1968 catalogue. Although Premier had other metal shell snare drums on the market this model became iconic for both its design and its sound. The 2000 features a single spun metal shell, with no bead, plated in

By | 2017-08-11T18:16:52+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on Premier 2000 Snare Drum

Vintage View – Ludwig Pioneer snare drum

This month I’m looking at a snare drum that is becoming very popular here in the UK, the Ludwig Pioneer. The Ludwig Pioneer snare drum first appeared in the 1960 Ludwig catalogue, marketed as a lower priced student drum.  It soon became a market leader in the USA at the lower price range, outselling its

By | 2017-09-13T11:35:42+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Categories: Vintage View|Tags: |Comments Off on Vintage View – Ludwig Pioneer snare drum

Vintage View – Rogers Dynasonic

By Nick Hopkin This month I’m looking at another timeless classic, the Rogers Dynasonic. Some of you will know the history of this snare drum, but if not, then here goes... The drum was launched in 1962 in both a wood and metal shell in varying depths, fitted with a unique snare frame often referred

By | 2017-09-13T11:34:56+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Categories: Vintage View|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vintage View – Rogers Dynasonic
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