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Old 05-24-2020, 11:28 AM
khmerali khmerali is offline
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I picked up this Nikkan marching school snare today here in Phnom Penh in Japanese second hand store.

It was the best condition of about 4 or 5 drums the same so my guess is that they came from a Japanese school music department somewhere.

What I know:
12" x 8"
6 central lugs
Luan shell (maybe 3mm) with reinforcement hoops about the same.
A bit roughly finished- stamped, but I can't make it out!
Red sparkle wrap a little loose in places but still in good condition

No snare wires
From what I have read on this forum, the Nikkan company was bought by Yamaha in '67 when Yamaha started making drums and other instruments.
When searching for Nikkan, quite a few of these come up on the various Japanese auction sites and it is pretty similar to a Yamaha marching snare I saw in another Japanese store here but didn't manage to snatch up.

Any other info anyone?

Sorry - only a couple of pictures as my internet is very poor tonight!
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Old 05-24-2020, 09:29 PM
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Old 11-24-2020, 03:41 PM
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Cool Re: Nikkan marching school snare

I`m thinking that this is a case where someone has converted a tom into a snare...That size is common for a tom...I personally have not seen a MIJ snare smaller than 13" diameter...

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Old 11-26-2020, 05:39 AM
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I`m thinking that this is a case where someone has converted a tom into a snare...That size is common for a tom...I personally have not seen a MIJ snare smaller than 13" diameter...

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Thanks for your reply but I must disagree with you!

I picked up the snare in a Japanese second hand store here in Phnom Penh and there were 5 or 6 others the same. I just picked up the one in the best condition (for 9 dollars!). I have also seen similar Yamaha 'marching snares' on the Japanese selling sites.

I have since replaced the snare wires with some 12" wires and it sounds less choked than when I had some 14" wires butchered in place. I plan to take it back to Scotland next year (if the luggage allowance and the wife allows!) and restore it fully.

Look at this old ebay post - it's the same drum.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikkan-Snar...p2047675.l2557
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Old 11-26-2020, 07:51 AM
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Cool Re: Nikkan marching school snare

Interesting!! Like I stated, I have never seen a 12" MIJ snare before...

Are there snare beds cut into the shell?

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1978 Ludwig Stainless 22-22-18-16-14-13-12 c/w 6-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-20-22-24 concert toms
1975 Sonor Phonic Centennials Metallic Pewter 22-16-13-12-14sn (D506)
1971 Ludwig Classic Bowling Ball OBP 22-16-14-13
1960's Stewart Peacock Pearl 20-16-12-14sn
1980`s Ludwig Coliseum Piano Black 8x14 snare
1973 Rogers Superten 5x14 & 6.5x14 COS snares
1970`s John Grey Capri Aquamarine Sparkle 5x14 snare
1941 Ludwig & Ludwig Super 8x14 snare

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Old 11-26-2020, 09:34 AM
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Interesting!! Like I stated, I have never seen a 12" MIJ snare before...

Are there snare beds cut into the shell?

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Yes - shallow, maybe only 2mm
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Old 11-26-2020, 11:41 AM
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Default Re: Nikkan marching school snare

I remember being in a marching drum corps in the early 70’s. At a parade in Cuyahoga Falls, there was a flag and baton corps made up of little kids, probably 10 - 13 years old. They were propelled by a marching drum section of TINY drums. We figured they made the drums for their little bodies. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that the snares they toted on their little legs were 12”.

Josh
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Old 11-26-2020, 12:03 PM
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Default Re: Nikkan marching school snare

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Look at this old ebay post - it's the same drum.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikkan-Snar...p2047675.l2557
Very similar but not the same. The badge is a different color and the strainer bodies and levers are different. Perhaps a year to year change. The stamp on yours appears to be 'SONIC' and '341'. Neat find.
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