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Dave from Perth 05-20-2009 07:33 AM

Australian Collectors Group

I'm pleased to join you on this forum.

I am based in Perth, Western Australia, and I'm interested to learn whether there are any networks or clubs for vintage drum lovers and collectors in WA, Australia or the Oceania region.

Can any members direct me to a site, link or contact to get me going, please?

If there isn't a network, is anyone interested in helping me form one?

Happy drumming!

Webmaster 05-20-2009 09:45 AM

Calling Australian Collectors!

We have 3 or 4 collectors that are members here and I have met a few offline. So I wonder if there is a large enough group to start a group.

Then again any group more then 2 would work.

We can make this a sticky thread and see how many Australian members respond


Dave from Perth 05-20-2009 11:22 AM

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That sounds like a great idea, David!

If anyone out there is interested, please let us know here, on the forum.

Josh 06-30-2009 08:29 PM

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I'd be interested, great idea. Could be a more affordable ways to trade parts ect locally. I'm in Melbourne.


kevins 06-30-2009 08:30 PM

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Welcome to the Forum!!!

Rob J 08-31-2009 08:45 PM

Australian Collectors Group
Hi there.

I'm Rob from Sydney. I got directed here from the moderators in the States.

I've just ordered a custom made Brady kit from WA. 10 weeks delivery time.... needless to say... very excited.

But... my wife doesn't like my idea of keeping my Ludwig kit... I suggested we buy a new house with an extra room to house my drums etc... she kinda did not like that idea.

Anyway... I want to sell my Ludwig kit... the badges suggest the kit is from late 70's to mid 80's.

Anyway... happy to talk anything drumming... and the idea is a good one to start the group in OZ.



GAR 08-31-2009 08:58 PM

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Just wanted to chime in sayin' I'm a fan of alot of bands from Down Under.
Weddings, Paul Kelly, Hunters ect.. dating myself.
Saw Mark Seymour a few weeks ago here in Toronto great show.

drumhack 09-03-2009 07:41 PM

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Dont forget about Kylie Monogue!! And didn't Men At Work "come from a land down under" ???

Stevo 09-04-2009 02:00 AM

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I live in Adelaide.
Sounds like a good idea to me.


vintage drum bug 11-20-2009 11:45 AM

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Hi there Austarlian People! Any one selling or trading a Dandy by any chance?

Dno 12-16-2009 09:51 AM

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Mate Im in Perth got a 1975 Kenny Clare made of African Mahogany for sale. 22", 13", 16", 14" x 5" Hi Fi brushed ali snare, complete kit in rosewood lacquer. Beech reo rings all bearing edges are as new comes with bass drum cymbal stand, lockfast hi hat & cymbal stands, original 70s bass pedal with leather & sheep skin beater & tractor style stool along with the original bass drum mounted cow bell mount. The snare stand is at the inlaws in the UK at the mo but will be here early 2010. I have 70s Ludwig kits as well & are addicted to vintage drums. Give me your number mate I will ring you, have knocked off for the year waiting for santa to bring me a 70s Bonham set up, our beer is cold here & I love talking drums !

blonkins 01-23-2010 06:31 PM

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I used to live in Perth.
When I left for the U.K. many years ago I left my Rogers Big R XP8 with a friend who disappeared off the face of the earth.
My fault I know. So I guess it's floating around W.A. somewhere. It's cherry wood colour.
The good news is I now have a 60's holiday rogers I acquired through this site.
Good luck with the Collectors group. Next time I'm in town I'll look you up.


bonzo119 04-20-2010 08:54 AM

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Newbie in Sydney...
Hi all... Pommie (please don't hit me) living in Sydney here...Just wanted to say hi to the Australian contingent of the forum. Any of you Aussies out there and on here...get in touch maybe we can help each other out.
Anyway take it easy and happy drumming

Grefal 05-02-2010 08:11 PM

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I'm not an Australian but I do think a new message board for you guys is diffenitly a good idea. I mean you can talk drums until your blue in the face and it will help us Americans as well if one of you guys come up with a new way to fix a snare or other drum you can let us know. Oh and BTW I kind of have a soft spot for Aussies I worked with them when I was a young Marine.

Josh 05-02-2010 10:10 PM

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Hey Grefal, I spotted your posts about your lovely blue sparkle Rogers set and the pic of your Powertone snare. I have the exact same Rogers Cleveland set and also with the Powertone and Dynasonic snares. I guess my kit is the Australian brother to yours. Only difference is my set has the 14" floor tom (20,12,14) I have all the matching hardware too, I've never seen or heard of another kit like it here in Australia. Any other Aussies here have Rogers drums they'd like to show us?

bonzo119 05-11-2010 08:02 AM

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Hey Josh ...would you post pics of your kit? Used to play a lovely old Rogers when I was in the UK...had a great sound.

Josh 05-12-2010 06:37 AM

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Righto, lets see if this will work.....

This is my Rogers Holiday kit made in Cleaveland Ohio around 1965. It's a 20,12,14 Buddy Rich Headliner set with an early 7 line Dyna-sonic snare shown. Since these pics I have added a matching blue sparkle Powertone snare, lovely. I purchase all the matching hardware seperately. I took these shots during a recording session in 2008. I love playing this kit, sounds a LOT bigger than the sizes suggest.
Any one else care to share pics of their US drums in Oz?

Stevo 05-13-2010 04:13 AM

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Cool kit Josh
Love the wrap.Here's a pic of my pride and joy!
1970 Slingy 13,16,22 WMP.


steve gibson 05-13-2010 05:25 AM

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Hi Dave from Perth, I'm Steve from Fremantle , this is my first reply as I'm a brand new member, I'd be happy to join an Australian Collectors Group , I've just completed my first restoration of a vintage Prem and am always keen to hear what else is out there and what old kits have made there way here over the years.
I've tried to attach a before and after shot of the kit but its failed , i'll give it another go sometime.

Josh 05-13-2010 07:28 AM

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Hi Steve from Fremantle and welcome to the forum. There is a sticky thread in the General Questions and Topics forum on how to shrink photo's down to the rights size so you can post them here. It works well using photo shop. Pictures need to be 100K or less. Hope this helps.
Lets see some more vintage drums in Oz!

gweinst 05-14-2010 06:34 AM

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Hi all!

Grant here from Melbourne. So at least that is now representation from most states!

Keen to join a collectors group as I have collected tonnes of vintage items over the past years!

So bloody Oath!! Feel free to include me in when arranging!

Crickey! (Ok, enough of the crap aussie sayings!)


radar.rohan 05-24-2010 12:22 AM

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Just wanted to drop in and say hi guys! Im from melbourne and recently bought my first vintage kit. Just an early 70's pearl but sounds great and for a kit that needs to be packed up and moved a lot it suits me just fine! Ive also got a rogers powertone snare that i got when i was in LA recently.

Ill post pics when im not slacking off at work!

Josh 05-27-2010 07:49 PM

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So anyone here score that champagne sparkle Gretsch round badge kit last week on e-bay? It was in Sydney, i got outbid Violin

bonzo119 07-20-2010 05:19 AM

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Hey fellow Aussies...just dropping in to say hi and see what the 'locals' have been up to recently?
So any fantastic bargains, cool stuff , refurbs??
I'm still searching in Sydney for a re-chromer to help complete a refurb of a late 50's Olympic snare (that won't completely bankrupt me) ...hopefully a new strainer for this will be in the post from the states soon.
Then I have to set to on an old MIJ kit that I want to get up to speed as a practice kit...
the list goes on...
Anybody want to chirp in??

Josh 07-23-2010 01:04 AM

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Nothing new from me apart from from a new protection racket case for my 20" Rogers, overpriced and not very exciting. Just sitting back waiting for the right kit(s) to show up. I figure everytime I resist buying something it's that little bit extra I can put towards the kit I really want.
Let me know if anyone has anything Gretsch, Slingerland or Camco in red, champagne or green sparkle. Still kicking myself for missing that champagne sparkle Gretch in Sydney!

bonzo119 07-25-2010 10:48 PM

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Hi Guys,
Who amongst you have shipped in kits from the states and who did you use?
Get a good deal on shipping rates?
I'm interested in bringing in a kit but the shipping rates quoted are almost half of the cost of the kit itself.
Any advice?
Cheers Tony

alot2008 07-25-2010 10:54 PM

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am in sa, play a gretsch broadcaster kit from 70's, have just been given a sweet little yamaha kit, have owned, star, hayman(stolen) rogers,

Josh 07-29-2010 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by bonzo119 (Post 83100)
Hi Guys,
Who amongst you have shipped in kits from the states and who did you use?
Get a good deal on shipping rates?
I'm interested in bringing in a kit but the shipping rates quoted are almost half of the cost of the kit itself.
Any advice?
Cheers Tony

Tony, over the years I have imported 2 vintage kits from the US. Both times cost a heap, 300-400 I think. It was a while back but I think one was through UPS and the other maybe FedEx. I suggest buying through a store or someone who has experience shipping drums internationally and get them to find the cheapest way. Insurance and tracking numbers is a must. Don't forget if the total value including the shipping is more than $1000 you will have to pay Duty on top, 5% I think. One vintage kit I bought was shipped in 2 boxes and may have got processed seperatly as I got away without paying duty on that kit, sshhhh. All up I haven't had any problems, although it seems very expensive it can still work out a fair bit cheaper than paying Aussie prices for vintage drums. Hope this helps.

alot2008 08-04-2010 09:24 PM

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do any of you guys here in oz have or know of any vintage yamaha bits around the place, can get stuff out of uk/usa but freight is a killer nnd just blows the budget, i've noticed any 60/70's no name kits or more budget models have similar bits.

gweinst 08-05-2010 10:09 PM

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Great stuff! Our own Australian "vintage drums" club!

Lets keep in touch.


bonzo119 08-05-2010 11:34 PM

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Cheers for the info Josh . I recently had a cpl of kits I was very interested in shipping over but the quotes I received to ship just blew the cost out of the water. Damn hard to find any decent Vintage kits at 'decent' prices over here..and when they do pop up seems like anybody with any idea jumps in!

It's good to see people jumping on the Aussie side of the forum...
Keep in touch guys.
Happy Drumming

dave brown 08-11-2010 03:42 AM

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Hi to all Aussie Collectors, looking foreward to some topics....

alot2008 08-13-2010 07:30 AM

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looking for bits for a vintage yamaha kit

Dno 10-02-2010 08:12 PM

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Gday Dave

Mate Im in Perth with a couple of 70s Ludwig kits & parts if you ever need any. If you go down the page you will see a recent job I have done on a 70s S/S kit (Thunder down under). What sort of kit do you drive.


emmajay 10-25-2010 09:54 PM

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hi is the pic of the early Drouyn/Dandy kit we restored

Dno 10-26-2010 05:33 AM

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Gday Emmajay

Mate you pic did'nt come up of your kit check it out please mate Id love to see it. Im in Perth with a couple of Ludwig sets what part of Oz are you.


Antipodes 11-15-2010 02:01 AM

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Not sure how I missed this thread but I'm based in Sydney. Am pretty much 100% Camco all the time. Will have a Chanute-badge kit up on ebay from next weekend.

Josh 11-25-2010 05:57 AM

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I was lucky enough to buy the Camco kit from Antipodes. Great kit, i'll post a pic soon just for fun. Just want to publically send thanks and appreciation for a great transaction. The seller went far beyond the expected and personally delivered the drums to Melbourne from Sydney, saving me any postage costs and even threw in some extras. Great guy and a wealth of knowledge on all things Camco, highly recommend to anyone who may have any future dealings. I love how vintage drum guys look after each other.
Group Hug
The Camco's look and sound amazing, nestled next to the Ludwigs and the Rogers in my drum room......

bonzo119 11-27-2010 11:29 PM

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Well done on buying the Camco Josh, I talked to Antipodes about it but unfortunately my funds are a little low at the minute so no luck for me. I'm hoping to catch up with Antipodes for a chat soon. Enjoy the kit....

DaveDrouyn 12-09-2010 04:42 AM

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G'day all,

A newbie to the forum here. Just thought I post a brief introduction. I'm based in sunny QLD (or maybe that's "rainy QLD" of late...)


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