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Forum: Vintage Drums 09-05-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Odd Marketing at Rogers

that is the first new Rogers set I've seen with two floor toms.
Forum: Vintage Drums 07-15-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,866
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

They seem to be everywhere, yet only 12 were made?

https://reverb.com/item/20239046-1955-gretsch-cadillac-green-3-ply-birdland-drum-set-w-gold-plated-hardware-original-excellent
Forum: Vintage Drums 07-15-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,866
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Anyone remember the Gretsch Birdland kit that was discovered....

is this the drum set?

https://www.revivaldrumshop.com/blogs/news/gretsch-cadillac-green-birdland-kit
Forum: Vintage Drums 05-10-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Big R

In 1974 I bought a swivo set used and had it for 35 years. I never could warm up to the memoriloc hardware. It always looked to me like a mad-as-a-hatter plumber got ahold of the drums and memoriloc...
Forum: Vintage Drums 04-18-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,981
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: The 14x14 Remains Highly Sought

There’s a 14x14 Gretsch RB in burgundy sparkle for sale on reverb for $2500, but it’s been up for a loooong time. In fact, i do believe they actually raised the price once. It seems like there are...
Forum: Vintage Drums 04-09-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 983
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Forum: Vintage Drums 04-02-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,238
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Blast From The Past: Contemporary Drummer 4-1-1981

Ha! his name is Desi Krater, as in desecrator.. I love it!
Forum: Vintage Drums 04-02-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,238
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Blast From The Past: Contemporary Drummer 4-1-1981

I found a Gretsch RB progressive jazz set in a pawn shop. When the owner brought out the drums, the toms were without the bottom hoops. Yikes! I was disappointed. Then he brought out an old battered...
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-31-2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 11,253
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: This is the Display Your Vintage Bass Pedal Thread

Not that old, but my Rogers Swivo-matic pedal is still my favorite.
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-19-2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,259
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: New Dynomatic Tom Arm

Are they making new collet plates, too?
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-18-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,261
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Maybe legit... but may not

I played along with one of these scams and received a check with correct account information from a company in the mid-west. Called the company, checked with the book keeper who told me it wasn't...
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-14-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,987
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-07-2021, 12:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,476
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: 1964 Ludwig BOP update....

I have no idea what it is worth, but what a great find!
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-06-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,987
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Gretsch RB pawn shop find

Truth. The TT and snare on my set are visibly lighter than the BD and FT.

Yeah, I have my dream sizes in a fabulously well preserved set. I'm happy.
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-06-2021, 05:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,987
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Gretsch RB pawn shop find

Well boys and girls, the finish work was superb, kudos to Jack Lawton. The color is slightly darker, but I assume my original set faded a bit. All in all, the colors are close enough that I won't be...
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-04-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,134
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: 1959 Gretsch Gold Sparkle

I've got a Progressive Jazz set (20/12/14) with a matching "Name Band" snare (4157) rather than the "Progressive Jazz" snare (4175) that is shown with the Progressive Jazz set in the 1966 catalogue....
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-02-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,184
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Wake up California - Rogers

Looks like a Powertone
Forum: Vintage Drums 02-25-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,987
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Gretsch RB pawn shop find

That is a perfect match! and definitely lighter than the Gretsch. I am impressed and it gives me hope that mine will look equally as good when set up along with my Gretschs. I'll have enough to do...
Forum: Vintage Drums 02-23-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,987
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Gretsch RB pawn shop find

I can't see the bass drum to really compare the difference in color, but they look much different that the merlot. I originally had Maxwell redo my hoops in merlot and it looked awful when up against...
Forum: Vintage Drums 02-23-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,987
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Gretsch RB pawn shop find

I misspoke, Drum Supply. They told me Delmar needed a minimum order to do a run of the burgundy sparkle and it took five months. Communication wasn't easy, but I was able to speak with Andy twice to...
Forum: Vintage Drums 02-23-2021, 12:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,987
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Gretsch RB pawn shop find

I’m excitedto see what it looks like. I ordered through Drum Maker(Andy) in Nashville, but it is a Delmar product. One can order both Ludwig and Gretsch burgundy sparkle on their website and there...
Forum: Vintage Drums 02-21-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,987
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: Gretsch RB pawn shop find

Well here is an update I just needed to share. The set was dated to '65 and '66, a couple of tags from each year. I was once going to sell this set and use the profits to buy one of the new Rogers...
Forum: Vintage Drums 01-27-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,366
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: I have never seen a bridge like this on a Jupiter Snare

Isn't that a parallel strainer; Pearl's knockoff of the Ludwig supersensitive
Forum: Vintage Drums 12-30-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 588
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: memories of a drummer - Bilboard magazine 1923: Ludwig, Leedy, Evans, Wilson

The Leedy Utility would be about $412.00 in today's dollars. Not a bad deal.
Forum: Vintage Drums 11-09-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,517
Posted By Bill the Drummer
Re: New price points

Hello? About what are we talking? 35K what?
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