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Old 06-10-2014, 09:41 PM
benjiring benjiring is offline
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Default Old snare drum, can anyone tell me what it is?

Hello VDF, my first post.

Getting right into it - I got this drum from a friend who plays in a symphony orchestra. He said that the section was going to get rid of it and asked me if I wanted it, and of course not knowing anything about vintage/whether it was good or not, I said yes. Anyways, here I am, a year later, with this drum sitting in my basement, and I decided to finally do something about it.

I have some pictures posted here of the drum. The outside finish and the metal hardware seems to be all in good shape, however on the inside the wood has a noticeable amount of cracks/parting. It it a little hard to see, but there are 2 reinforcement rings inside the drum - however I don't know the material of the drum or the rings.

The only part that seems to be missing is a claw that holds the rim on one of the bottom head lugs (you can see them in the pictures). I'd like to find the part sooner rather than later as I need it to tune the whole drum up.

The throw off is older style, with holes for each individual snare to feed through, probably designed for cat gut snares. I looked around and people seem to just be using regular wires with 2 strings attached and fed through the outermost of those holes.

There is only one written word on the drum: a signature on the inside that seems to spell "Leedy", although I'm not 100% sure. I've posted a picture of that as well so you guys can verify/contradict that.

So, my questions remain:

What is the company, model, and make year of this drum?
What is the drum made out of?
Would it sound good as a snare for jazz playing? Rock? Orchestral? How much of a beating can it take?
What type of snares, heads, claw, etc. should I buy to get the drum up and running?

Any help/info is appreciated - I am a total novice when it comes to this stuff.


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