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Old 05-12-2015, 08:46 AM
DuplexTim DuplexTim is offline
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Default Duplex Drum Kit for Sale - Get that vintage sound!

Want THAT vintage Radio King sound? Don't want to PAY for that vintage sound? Then this is the kit for you. This my recently rescued and restored Duplex 1930's era drum kit that I'm parting with. Here are the specs:

14x26 Kick - Single tension, with original light kit (all rewired) w/new Danmar spurs
9x13 Tom
12x14 Tom
5x14 - "Artist" COB model snare drum with original "snappy snares" A Duplex Invention!

I've tried to keep this kit as original as possible. With the following exceptions. Rear (batter) hoop on kick drum is modern and is a good match...it's not exact. Inlay is original to the kit on that hoop. New hoop clips on toms (didn't have any when I found them). New Aquarian American Vintage heads all around. "Modern" hoops on the Artist snare drum (the originals will be included but they were made of cast aluminum and the bottom hoop is cracked. I think it's repairable, but needs someone who can weld aluminum, I will also include the original calf heads (snare head ripped but could be re-tucked if desired)). The 9x13 is missing the wool on the internal muffler (which I don't use anyway) but otherwise it's intact and totally intact on the 14.

The White Marine Pearl looks very nice. There ARE places of discoloration which is typical of an almost 80 year old kit, but as you can see by the pics, this is a sweet looking kit! All the seams are nice and tight and the wrap is intact and in GREAT shape. It shines beautifully! I have TONS of pictures available in you need more information.

It's a very solid kit. It's very giggable! And it sounds....amazing! Warm, round, resonant. The kick drum is slightly out of round, but tunes and stays in tune and sound's great! You also can't tell unless you're looking for it up close. This is typical of drums of this age. When I found it, the metal tension rods were very rusty, which I've cleaned and polished. There is some pitting, but it's not really that noticeable. They tension rods are original AND solid. I have lost of before/after pics.

The shells are 3 ply (mahogany, poplar, mahogany), with maple re-rings. They all have the 2 1/4 inch rerings a la Radio King which brings me to my point about these being "like" radio king. I've asked several experts about this and they all say the same. Duplex either used Slingerland Radio King shells and put their own hardware on it OR they copied Slingerland's design. Man, they look exactly like RK's from the era! They sound exactly like RK's from the era. The WMP is the same pattern as Slingerland used in that era. The only difference is the internal tone control and the lugs and badge.

Neither tom has a vent or badge (typical of drums of this era) and neither have their tom mounts. Originally they were both drilled for Radio King hoop mounts. These come up on ebay all the time if you'd like to go back to that mounting system.


The Details: $800 for the 4 drums. + shipping. USA, lower 48

Like I said, I have TON'S of pics I too during the restoration, so please ask any questions, share any concerns, anything. I want the buyer to be pleased with the drums and enjoy playing great sound vintage drums! They are really cool...sound great...and have a great vibe to them!

NEW VIDEO - USE HEADPHONES!
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:27 AM
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Default Re: Duplex Drum Kit for Sale - Get that vintage sound!

bump - LOWER PRICE!
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Old 05-20-2015, 09:30 AM
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Default Re: Duplex Drum Kit for Sale - Get that vintage sound!

Great luck on the sale! Those look beautiful!
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Old 05-20-2015, 01:32 PM
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Default Re: Duplex Drum Kit for Sale - Get that vintage sound!

KILLER price on those .
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Old 05-20-2015, 05:52 PM
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Default Re: Duplex Drum Kit for Sale - Get that vintage sound!

I saw those at the Chicago show. Killer kit
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Old 05-20-2015, 07:35 PM
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Indeed! Maybe they'd look good in YOUR drum room
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Old 05-24-2015, 06:46 PM
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Default Re: Duplex Drum Kit for Sale - Get that vintage sound!

samples/videos ? wonder how it sounds
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:26 PM
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Default Re: Duplex Drum Kit for Sale - Get that vintage sound!

Hey Daniel, I don't have any videos...(yet), BUT, to give you a very good idea here's an mp3 of my other Duplex kit I did a while back. The snare in this sample is the one included in this sale. Not the greatest playing...but you get a feel for the drums. the first link it to the restoration of these drums for sale....http://www.drumforum.org/index.php?/...ain/?hl=duplex This second link is from my first restore project. On the 2nd page, you'll find an mp3...you can hear it there. http://www.drumforum.org/index.php?/...ge-2?hl=duplex These drums are of the same time period, construction and head type as this kit for sale. They sound very similar. Incidentally, I played the kick this morning @ church with a bluegrass totally acoust kinda deal! Sounded great!

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