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Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 11-05-2020, 03:01 PM
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Posted By Mattias
Re: 1920's Leedy Engraved Elite

A job well done! I too own an engraved black nickel Leedy that had been painted. I removed the paint, only to find that a previous owner had sanded off the black nickel before painting the drum. Why...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-08-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 939
Posted By Mattias
Re: MAXIM drums anyone?

Thanks Mark! Yes, I think you might be right. I found some Hoshino pics online with very similar lugs and railmount.
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-07-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 939
Posted By Mattias
MAXIM drums anyone?

Just curious - has anyone heard of these drums? 1970's stencil drums I would guess.
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 08-22-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By Mattias
Re: Need advice on 1920's Leedy brass snare drum restoration

As it turns out, the shell was not painted but nickel plated on both sides, just as "thin shell" suggested. I stripped (almost all of) the paint off, and underneath it was what remains of the...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 08-22-2020, 12:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By Mattias
Re: Need advice on 1920's Leedy brass snare drum restoration

Thank you for sharing knowledge! I've been trying to figure out what it originally could have looked like, but the internet gave few answers really. As you say, the typical black engraved models came...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 08-21-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By Mattias
Re: Need advice on 1920's Leedy brass snare drum restoration

That makes perfect sense of course, the drum could originally have been nickel plated. But how did someone manage to strip the plating away? By sanding? There is definitely black paint underneath the...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 08-20-2020, 02:41 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 900
Posted By Mattias
Re: Leedy threads and lug nuts

It would be difficult, if not impossible. Leedy lugs are really slim, and even though you could fit a regular nut inside it, it's gonna be too tight to work properly.

I tried putting a 1960's...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 08-20-2020, 02:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By Mattias
Need advice on 1920's Leedy brass snare drum restoration

I'm in the process of restoring a 1920's snare drum. The drum was found in an attic a few years ago. The drum was originally black, but at some point it has been repainted. From what I can tell, the...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-04-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,530
Posted By Mattias
Re: John Grey Autocrat - which decade?

Thanks! Yes, that looks like mine does, the badge is the same too. It's a three ply shell with reinforcement rings, I suppose most drums were made like that. I'm still wondering why there are no...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-03-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,530
Posted By Mattias
John Grey Autocrat - which decade?

I have a 20*14" (metric size) Autocrat bass drum and am wondering when it was made. Browsing the web hasn't helped so far.

The drum is in white pearl wrap, has 8 tuning lugs and no traces (i.e. no...
Forum: Vintage Drums 09-16-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 25,798
Posted By Mattias
Re: This is the Display Your Leedy Drums Thread

Wow, thanks for that info! I was wondering about the extra holes in the shell. I do believe it is a brass shell (and a brass hoop). Under the grey paint is black paint that upon closer examination...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-12-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,185
Posted By Mattias
Re: 1960s Super Classic - unususal dampening

Tha last two inches of shell closest to the batter head are clear from paint, so I suppose the batter head and some muffling was left on when it was painted. That's good!
Forum: Vintage Drums 09-12-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 25,798
Posted By Mattias
Re: This is the Display Your Leedy Drums Thread

This was found in the attic after a distant relative who was a drummer. It almost went straight to the recycling bin, but I decided to take a closer look. On the rim I found the "Leedy; indianapolis...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-12-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,185
Posted By Mattias
Re: 1960s Super Classic - unususal dampening

Judging from the state of the bearing edges, the bass and toms have been played without bottom heads and probably transported extensively without any bags or cases. I guess a previous owner thought...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-10-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,185
Posted By Mattias
Re: 1960s Super Classic - unususal dampening

And there is a 16" floor tom as well. This is a nice one: the foam has been glued not to the head but rather directly to the shell (so you don't have to replace it when changing heads, I guess). Foam...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-10-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,185
Posted By Mattias
Re: 1960s Super Classic - unususal dampening

The batter head was muffled too, but in I style I remember. I did the same with my toms in the 1980s - Tama Imperial Star concert toms with Remo CS on top. This one is an old Emperor and I'll simply...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-10-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,185
Posted By Mattias
1960s Super Classic - unususal dampening

I thoght I'd share some pictures. I just found myself the care-taker of a 1960s Super Classic kit. It really isn't in great condition, but I thought I should give it a try: clean it up, fix small...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 09-06-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,114
Posted By Mattias
What kind of drum is this?

I'm new to this forum, so this will be my first post. I've been playing for many years but have never really been into vintage stuff until we cleaned out the house after a distant relative who passed...
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