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Old 03-04-2020, 11:36 AM
Mike Curotto Mike Curotto is offline
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Default [B]EARLY 1920s C. G. CONN (SPECIAL ORDER*) 7 x 14 (SILVER/GOLD PLATE)

Hi,
I got this drum many years ago but never did an article on it so here goes.

EARLY 1920s C. G. CONN (SPECIAL ORDER*) 7 x 14 ALL-METAL (SILVER PLATED/GOLD PLATED ENGRAVED) SEPARATE-TENSION DRUM Cat. #4-S-20

*As you know C. G. Conn was a big musical instrument company so after the silver and gold plating was done on the shell it most likely was sent over to the horn engravers for the custom engraving work. I can only suspect this but there is also the possibility that C. G. Conn had their own drum shell engravers. As always, feel free to weigh-in on this if you have more information.

THE SHELL:
The shell construction is a single piece (18 gauge brass) with soldered-over bearing edges but the bead is noticeably smaller than the Ludwig & Ludwig or Leedy brass shell snare drums of the same era. The shell is silver plated with a gold plated “tint/wash” over the silver plating. The engraving is a scroll and petal type engraving that covers the whole shell especially because it’s only a 6-lugger.

THE HARDWARE:
All of the hardware is gold plated. There is a Leedy-type Utility strainer and the common butt plate of the era.

Enjoy!

Mike Curotto
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Old 03-04-2020, 12:37 PM
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Default Re: [B]EARLY 1920s C. G. CONN (SPECIAL ORDER*) 7 x 14 (SILVER/GOLD PLATE)

Truly art. functional in its work. !!!
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Old 03-04-2020, 08:50 PM
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Default Re: [B]EARLY 1920s C. G. CONN (SPECIAL ORDER*) 7 x 14 (SILVER/GOLD PLATE)

Thank you for continuing to post these examples of historic instruments!
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Old 03-05-2020, 06:40 PM
nittanyperc nittanyperc is offline
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Default Re: [B]EARLY 1920s C. G. CONN (SPECIAL ORDER*) 7 x 14 (SILVER/GOLD PLATE)

Definitely looks like horn engraving. Almost like a later Selmer Mark series (Sax) pattern.
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Old 03-14-2020, 10:02 AM
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Cool Re: [B]EARLY 1920s C. G. CONN (SPECIAL ORDER*) 7 x 14 (SILVER/GOLD PLATE)

Superb craftsmanship!! Beautiful snare!!

Cheers
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