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Forum: General Drum Questions 07-10-2018, 03:50 AM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: First commercially available brushes?

What year would the Windsor brochure be? Do you have a scan by any chance? Thanks.
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 11-07-2012, 01:09 PM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: 50's Sonor Snare

Green with envy...though not as green as the snare! (I'd have to buy matching shoes).
Forum: Vintage Drums 11-07-2012, 01:00 PM
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Views: 1,167
Posted By Gerry
Re: chinese tom tom- question//

The early jazz guys used to take an ice-pick to the sides and 'tune' them that way. There's an old pic of either Zutty Singleton or Baby Dodds where you can clearly see the hacked sides.
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-17-2012, 11:08 AM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: Mint condition late 50's Trowa piccolo snare drum

When the human race has wiped itself out and aliens discover the Earth, what sort of legacy is that?! :^)
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-17-2012, 04:57 AM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: Mint condition late 50's Trowa piccolo snare drum

The story (and I emphasize that this was only a story) going round in the UK after reunification was that the plastic that Trabants were made from doesn't bio-degrade...or very little. So they'll...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-16-2012, 12:33 PM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: Mint condition late 50's Trowa piccolo snare drum

No argument from me. A lot of people forget that the '60s was a boom time not just for the West, but also for the GDR and other European communist countries. Subsequently, a lot of eastern-block...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-16-2012, 03:28 AM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: Mint condition late 50's Trowa piccolo snare drum

The lugs on mine are chrome, but the strainer buts look like nickel (plating is flaking off, whereas the tension lugs look almost new). To me that suggests that hardware (or at least some of it) was...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-14-2012, 05:37 PM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: Mint condition late 50's Trowa piccolo snare drum

calfskin, yes the 1964 date is stamped on the inside of the shell.

The lugs on mine seem consistent with the 60s date:

http://www.drummuseum.hu/gyujtemeny_a.php?a=c&f=2&mid=34&cid=59

Snagged...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-14-2012, 11:19 AM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: Mint condition late 50's Trowa piccolo snare drum

This is my favourite red Trowa/Tacton wrap. Sadly, this kit isn't mine:

http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr14/Longfuse123/Trowa4_zps77f6b56d.jpg
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 10-13-2012, 05:14 PM
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Posted By Gerry
Re: Mint condition late 50's Trowa piccolo snare drum

Pretty much the same as my 64:

http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr14/Longfuse123/Trowa1.jpg

Yeah, they have a nice woody sound.

Love the wrap on yours.
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 07-07-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,345
Posted By Gerry
Re: Steel Drum from The Bahamas

Love the sound of Steel Drums. Also love these little beauties:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS8eipuXYWg&feature=related
Forum: Vintage Drums 01-20-2011, 07:57 AM
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Views: 1,769
Posted By Gerry
Re: Too Cool not to Post

Pretty utilitarian - it looks like something that belongs in a barn/farmyard.

Cool though (+1 on the artwork).
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 12-14-2010, 04:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,107
Posted By Gerry
Re: Trowa snare

Reminds me a little of a Trowa I saw on German eBay recently (see attached).

IIR, Trowa originally made budget cymbals and were an offshoot of Sonor. They switched to producing drums when they...
Forum: Vintage Non-USA drums 11-28-2010, 01:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,173
Posted By Gerry
Re: Tacton snare drum

Cool photos. What does it sound like?
Forum: Vintage Drums 11-12-2010, 05:09 AM
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Views: 10,202
Posted By Gerry
Re: Ajax/Trixon...just what is this??

Calfskin, I've sent you an email from my hotmail account, so you might need to check your junk folder if your filters are set to 'stun'. Get back to me if it didn't reach you (some providers block...
Forum: Vintage Drums 11-11-2010, 03:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,202
Posted By Gerry
Re: Ajax/Trixon...just what is this??

Hmm, took the Trixon wires out of storage and now I see why they only have 17 wires. They've been cut and filed on one side to make them fit! Any use to you?
Forum: Vintage Drums 11-11-2010, 03:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,202
Posted By Gerry
Re: Ajax/Trixon...just what is this??

Calfskin, I contacted a Trowa collector last year and he mentioned that the plastic knobs break pretty easily, so I'll probably stick with the metal ones I'm using. Thanks for the offer though, and...
Forum: Vintage Drums 11-11-2010, 02:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,202
Posted By Gerry
Re: Ajax/Trixon...just what is this??

Re the wrap, it's not inconceivable that Trowa were importing it. There must have been trade routes with the West because here in the UK my parents bought cheap bedroom furniture in the 1970s that...
Forum: Vintage Drums 11-11-2010, 09:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,202
Posted By Gerry
Re: Ajax/Trixon...just what is this??

Teverson, I think I mentioned above (this thread is over a year old by the way) that Trowa and Tacton snares wires had their ends cast in resin, along with a tensioning bolt. If you use normal wires...
Forum: Vintage Drums 11-10-2010, 07:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,202
Posted By Gerry
Re: Ajax/Trixon...just what is this??

Excellent post Calfskin and you raise some valid points. It's easy to forget that the 1960s was a boom time for many eastern-block countries too and not just the west, so goods from the DDR during...
Forum: General Drum Questions 09-17-2010, 05:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,254
Posted By Gerry
Early Jazz-Styles for Brushes

A new article at my website, for the brush players among you:

http://brushbeat.org/Articles.php
Forum: General Drum Questions 08-31-2010, 03:03 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 22,125
Posted By Gerry
Re: First commercially available brushes?

Apologies about being late getting back here.

Wow, excellent photos! I'll have to see if I can get a back issue of NSMD (I think there's at least one U.K. drum shop that sells them).

In that...
Forum: General Drum Questions 08-13-2010, 09:26 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 22,125
Posted By Gerry
Re: First commercially available brushes?

510, I've updated the 'Junk Man' section of the Never Swat a Fly article to incorporate some new info that I came across recently. Might be of interest to you:

http://brushbeat.org/Articles.php
Forum: General Drum Questions 07-12-2010, 04:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 740
Posted By Gerry
Roll your own beaters?

A few weeks ago I spied this 'blink or you miss it' shot in a yootoob vid:

http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr14/Longfuse123/Bechetjazzmoviestill.jpg

It looks like the same wrap used for the...
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-20-2010, 05:20 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 22,125
Posted By Gerry
Re: First commercially available brushes?

510, don't let the views deceive you, there's hardly anyone following this thread anymore if my webstats are anything to go by! :)

Glad you like it, anyway. Brushes is a minority interest thing...
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