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Old 03-03-2017, 01:44 PM
Mike Curotto Mike Curotto is offline
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Default [B]1940 LEEDY 7 x 14 BROADWAY STANDARD “SWINGSTER” MODEL #624 (SPECIAL ORDER/ONE-OFF

Hi,

This drumset was first offered to me by Steve Maxwell in 2011. Steve was brokering the drumset for the original owner’s widow. The timing wasn’t right so I passed even though that snare drum was crying out to me: “Come to Papa...Come to Papa!”. Steve eventually sold it to a collector named Mike Leshkevich. I know Mike and I know that the drumset went to a good home/collection. Fast forward to Feb. 2017, I got a call from my good friend and fellow collector Tony Lewis who informed that Mike was now ready to sell the drumset and that he (Tony) had recommended me as a possible buyer. Mike contacted me and a very fair deal was made.

1940 LEEDY 7 x 14 BROADWAY STANDARD “SWINGSTER” MODEL #624 (SPECIAL ORDER/ONE-OFF MARINE PEARL/AUTOGRAPHS of the STARS)
1940 LEEDY “THE IMPROVED” NEW YORKER OUTFIT #5380 (SPECIAL ORDER/ONE-OFF MARINE PEARL/AUTOGRAPHS of the STARS)

I am not a drumset collector but when this drumset was offered to me -- a second time -- I went for it. I usually don’t buy snare drums as an investment, I love to collect them so if they are worth more money in the future that’s a good thing but if the value stays the same or goes down I honestly don’t care as it has always been more important to me to own the snare for the collection rather than worry if the drum will eventually be worth more money. This drumset was purchased as an investment, especially since the snare drum alone is worth as much as I paid for the entire drumset. Don’t misinterpret this, I paid Mike’s asking price and he was happy with our deal.

Special thanks goes to Steve Maxwell for allowing me to use his video clip of the drumset...
and his website article about this drumset:
http://www.maxwelldrums.com/leedy-au...ue-p-5727.html
The Maxwell Drums video and website text says it all so be sure to check those out as they are very informative.

Another special thanks goes to Tony Lewis for recommending me to Mike, for brokering the deal AND for shipping these drums to me.

I did clean up the Leedy 7 x 14 Broadway Standard “Swingster” so I have included a few photos because... after all of the dust settles... I am still a snare drum type-of-guy.

My wife puts up with my 625 + snare drums in our home so one little, rare, one-of-a-kind, special order, one-off drumet shouldn’t make a difference, right?

As always, feel free to weigh-in with your comments and stories.

Enjoy!

Mike Curotto
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Old 03-03-2017, 01:46 PM
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Old 03-03-2017, 01:49 PM
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:19 PM
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Just simply awesome. You have a great wife also.
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Old 03-03-2017, 02:39 PM
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Default Re: [B]1940 LEEDY 7 x 14 BROADWAY STANDARD “SWINGSTER” MODEL #624 (SPECIAL ORDER/ONE-

I can't even attempt to express my wonderment at actually owning such an exquisite set of drums. I am so small-time!!! You are a lucky man, sir!
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Old 03-03-2017, 03:07 PM
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I`m speechless!!

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Old 03-03-2017, 04:53 PM
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I had seen catalogue pictures and thought that they just didn't exist anymore. What a beautiful piece of history. Such a fantastic add to one of the worlds most envied collections. Congratulations Mike!
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Old 03-03-2017, 05:04 PM
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Wow.......just wow! I take it, you will detail the whole kit, Mike?
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Old 03-03-2017, 06:37 PM
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Wow.......just wow! I take it, you will detail the whole kit, Mike?
At some point yes, right now I'll store the rest of the drums and traps.

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Old 03-03-2017, 10:44 PM
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Default Re: [B]1940 LEEDY 7 x 14 BROADWAY STANDARD “SWINGSTER” MODEL #624 (SPECIAL ORDER/ONE-

The English have a word for what I'm feeling - Gobsmacked. What a beautiful drum!
Unfortunately the links to the videos won't work for me, so I can't see the set, but that snare drum...
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