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Old 11-07-2017, 11:02 AM
WalterSayler WalterSayler is offline
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Default Camco - What is this?

My Dad passed away and left me his 4 piece Camco drumset. Not sure what I really have. Badges are missing. The hardware on the cymbal stands says Oaklawn. The snare drum has hardware that I've haven't seen before on any other Camco drums. But I'm a newb about all of this.

I already stripped the hardware off the other drums before I thought of taking pictures to post.

Thanks in advance for any information you have.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:30 AM
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You're in for a pleasant surprise when the Camco experts here chime in...
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:38 AM
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+1 with orangemi. Should be here any minute now.
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Old 11-07-2017, 12:48 PM
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An Aristocrat with the 99P`s throw,....there`s a new one !!
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Old 11-07-2017, 08:29 PM
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Thanks!

Is it possible it was done this way at the factory? My dad used to tell a story about going there and selecting the shells himself. There are no extra holes.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:00 PM
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Lol ! Sounds like your dad may have been a friend of the fellas at Camco possibly ?
Whatever the case, i agree with everyone else here when they say that you're in
for a pleasant surprise .... You're also probably going to get offers to buy the drums !
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:19 PM
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Lol ! Sounds like your dad may have been a friend of the fellas at Camco possibly ?
Whatever the case, i agree with everyone else here when they say that you're in
for a pleasant surprise .... You're also probably going to get offers to buy the drums !
What is the big surprise?

My dad had friends where ever he went. He knew everybody it seemed. People just liked him.

It's missing the original tom mount. Sure wish I knew where to get one.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:45 PM
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Where is Steve? The suspense is killing me.

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Old 11-08-2017, 07:48 AM
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That's a nice drum! It isn't clear from the catalogs, but you could order a drum with a "super" parallel strainer, a wood shell, and aristocrat lugs. It would make sense that if your dad went to the factory to pick out shells, he could have told the people at Camco that he would prefer to have a matching wood-shelled super to match the rest of the drums in the kit.

The majority of Camco supers are chrome over brass (COB). As Steve (DolFan54) has pointed out before, the only supers shown in the catalogs are the COB versions with Tuxedo lugs, so most people probably defaulted to buying this version. The catalogs do note, however, that the supers can also be ordered with wood shells, but for some reason wood-shelled versions show up much less frequently than the COB ones. Supers with Aristocrat lugs are also uncommon. So, you add together that your drum is a) a 99 Super model, b) with a wood shell, and c) with Aristocrat lugs, and you have a recipe for a very uncommon and desirable drum.

Your drum looks like it has all original hardware, including the classic Camco COB "double-flange, double edge" rims. It has the second version of the Camco super strainer, which can be a little finicky. If yours is complete and working, that's a big bonus, since it can be difficult to find replacement parts.

In essence, the drum is a Camco equivalent of a Rogers wood-shelled Dyna-Sonic (probably the most desirable production model snare drum from the 1960s), but a Camco like this is a lot less common. Based on the pictures, and the fact that it has the second version Super strainer, I would guess it is likely a mid-60s drum, and probably had a Camco "Oaklawn, Illinois, USA" badge on it. It would be worth finding one of those and having it installed on the drum.

Really nice drum. It sounds like you have good memories of your dad as well, so that makes it all the more special!

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Old 11-08-2017, 09:23 AM
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That's a nice drum! It isn't clear from the catalogs, but you could order a drum with a "super" parallel strainer, a wood shell, and aristocrat lugs. It would make sense that if your dad went to the factory to pick out shells, he could have told the people at Camco that he would prefer to have a matching wood-shelled super to match the rest of the drums in the kit.

The majority of Camco supers are chrome over brass (COB). As Steve (DolFan54) has pointed out before, the only supers shown in the catalogs are the COB versions with Tuxedo lugs, so most people probably defaulted to buying this version. The catalogs do note, however, that the supers can also be ordered with wood shells, but for some reason wood-shelled versions show up much less frequently than the COB ones. Supers with Aristocrat lugs are also uncommon. So, you add together that your drum is a) a 99 Super model, b) with a wood shell, and c) with Aristocrat lugs, and you have a recipe for a very uncommon and desirable drum.

Your drum looks like it has all original hardware, including the classic Camco COB "double-flange, double edge" rims. It has the second version of the Camco super strainer, which can be a little finicky. If yours is complete and working, that's a big bonus, since it can be difficult to find replacement parts.

In essence, the drum is a Camco equivalent of a Rogers wood-shelled Dyna-Sonic (probably the most desirable production model snare drum from the 1960s), but a Camco like this is a lot less common. Based on the pictures, and the fact that it has the second version Super strainer, I would guess it is likely a mid-60s drum, and probably had a Camco "Oaklawn, Illinois, USA" badge on it. It would be worth finding one of those and having it installed on the drum.

Really nice drum. It sounds like you have good memories of your dad as well, so that makes it all the more special!

Thanks for all of the information. Wow. Its in perfect working order and sounds better than any snare Iíve ever heard. I currently looking for badges now. As Iím doing a light restoration on all of the drums.

Thanks again.
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