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Drew1975 08-13-2022 10:37 PM

Mystery snare drum
 
I know nothing about drums. I’ve search the web trying to identify this old snare drum I got from my grandfather. The story goes that some guy gave it to him when he was a kid, so it has to be 1930s or earlier. No other identifying marks other than what is in the pictures. Appears to be brass and wood. Any leads appreciated!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/38FVpu4BZUDD3H1P6

kdg 08-14-2022 09:49 AM

Re: Mystery snare drum
 
Based on the Initials on the fine tuning knob, I think its a G.C Conn drum.
Very interesting and rare example.

idrum4fun 08-14-2022 01:41 PM

Re: Mystery snare drum
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kdg (Post 473698)
Based on the Initials on the fine tuning knob, I think its a G.C Conn drum.
Very interesting and rare example.

I would certainly say that "interesting" is an understatement! I've never seen one like this, so I will refer to kdg that this is a G.C. Conn.

-Mark

kdg 08-14-2022 07:51 PM

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Mark,

I really don't know much about early Conn drums, but I found those Initials and then just did some interweb sleuthing.
This Conn drum pic looks very similiar, in that the same basic tuning idea seems to be the same (or close)

-Kurt

O-Lugs 08-14-2022 11:04 PM

Re: Mystery snare drum
 
VERY close. I can't quite make out the patent date on that one lug, but appears to be Aug 2, 89 (?) which would fall in line with Conn's enterprises.

I had no idea that Conn made such fancy drums, but just a preliminary search turned up some real beauties. The perforated shells are quite interesting! There are engraved shells, there are drums with unique rims....very innovative stuff for its day, I'm sure.

Drew1975 08-15-2022 12:59 PM

Re: Mystery snare drum
 
I very much appreciate all the replies. Thank you. Now I have to figure out what to do with it.

Drew1975 08-15-2022 01:21 PM

Re: Mystery snare drum
 
Might also be relevant that the lore of where this drum came from took place 30 miles from Elkhart, IN so see some more connections thanks to your comments.

kdg 08-15-2022 03:59 PM

Re: Mystery snare drum
 
Drew1975,

From the bottom of the catalog page you posted I believe it says the tuning system was patented on August ?(1)?, 1883?

Drew1975 08-16-2022 05:52 AM

Re: Mystery snare drum
 
I saw that. Wouldn’t have found that page without your help! Thank you!

CTMichaelV 08-18-2022 10:48 AM

Re: Mystery snare drum
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Drew1975 (Post 473696)
I know nothing about drums. I’ve search the web trying to identify this old snare drum I got from my grandfather. The story goes that some guy gave it to him when he was a kid, so it has to be 1930s or earlier. No other identifying marks other than what is in the pictures. Appears to be brass and wood. Any leads appreciated!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/38FVpu4BZUDD3H1P6

This is a CG Conn Snare, I have one in my collection.


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