Ludwig Vistalite

Orange Reissue The 31st May 2018 would have been John Henry Bonham's 70th birthday. Not only was he a truly influential drummer, but also an icon of the drumming, and rock music, worlds. And when you think of Bonham or Led Zeppelin, which drums do you almost instantly think of? Without wanting to

By | 2018-06-01T09:38:04+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on Ludwig Vistalite

Vintage View May 2018

Mark Jeffs will be returning next month with more Vintage View goodies, but is currently juggling a new born baby (Congratulations!) and a trip to the 28th Annual Chicago Drum Show. We all wish Mark well on his ventures (fatherhood and drum shows!), and we'll see you back here very soon. All at MD.com

By | 2018-05-15T11:19:31+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on Vintage View May 2018

Camco Drums

Following on form last months article on George Way, it seems right to talk about Camco Drums. Camco was born out of the George Way company after John Rochon bought out the other shareholders in the company and gained majority control. After George had been backed into a corner, Rochon accepted his forced resignation, after

By | 2018-03-31T23:34:28+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on Camco Drums

George Way Drums

Although the name George Way will not mean much to a lot of drummers, those who know of him will know of his great influence on the modern drum set. Before setting up his own drum company, George Way worked with many of the main manufactures of the 30's, 40's and 50's. Companies such as

By | 2018-02-28T23:29:21+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on George Way Drums

What Lays In The Plies

With current trends to know as much as possible about where your food is sourced, where the material for your sofa came from, and the name of your hairdressers dog, fixation on the details has reached new levels. This is especially true in the vintage drum world, were buyers and sellers obsess over the thickness

By | 2018-01-02T12:53:51+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Vintage View|Comments Off on What Lays In The Plies

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|Comments Off on The Gretsch 4160G

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?
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