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Old 06-14-2015, 03:23 PM
Gerard Ball Gerard Ball is offline
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Default Project Leedy - finally complete

As some of you may recall, I completed the repair and re-paint of my beloved 1938 15"X8" Duco Leedy Broadway Standard a little while ago. Part of the extremely rare 4-point Standard throw was absent and I have been fruitlessly scouring all the usual places for a replacement since then. I am pleased to say that Mark Cooper came to the rescue and my lovely old Leedy is now 100% completed. I believe that Leedy only made the Standard 4-point throw for a year or two - if that and Mark said he had never seen another of these being sold separately.

I played her for the first time over the weekend and the sound is frankly, phenomenal. I tend to use a higher tuning and the crispness of the of the tone also has a wonderful rich depth, giving the drum an incredible fullness which I've not heard before.

I believe that the shell is single ply maple but I would be very interested to hear from the learned sections of this forum on whether 15" Broadways were common as I've not seen another.
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1920s 14"x5" Ludwig Super Sensitive Dual Snare
1957 6 1/2" x15" Slingerland WMP Concert King
1938 8"x15" Leedy Broadway Standard
1947-53 14x6.5" NOB Ludwig & Ludwig Universal
...plus a bunch of mismatched Slingerlands that collectively make a pleasing noise.
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Old 06-14-2015, 04:01 PM
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Default Re: Project Leedy - finally complete

Job well done, looks awesome !
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:55 PM
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Default Re: Project Leedy - finally complete

Thanks - I appreciate the comment.
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1920s 14"x5" Ludwig Super Sensitive Dual Snare
1957 6 1/2" x15" Slingerland WMP Concert King
1938 8"x15" Leedy Broadway Standard
1947-53 14x6.5" NOB Ludwig & Ludwig Universal
...plus a bunch of mismatched Slingerlands that collectively make a pleasing noise.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:59 PM
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Default Re: Project Leedy - finally complete

It's all the more gratifying when you see how the drum arrived in the mail. It looked like it had been smoke-damaged in a house fire and then left in a cellar for 80 years!
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1920s 14"x5" Ludwig Super Sensitive Dual Snare
1957 6 1/2" x15" Slingerland WMP Concert King
1938 8"x15" Leedy Broadway Standard
1947-53 14x6.5" NOB Ludwig & Ludwig Universal
...plus a bunch of mismatched Slingerlands that collectively make a pleasing noise.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:30 PM
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Default Re: Project Leedy - finally complete

Amazing transformation... great work..

Congratulations on a nice restore..

Cheers
John
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:06 AM
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Beautiful Gerald~! Congrats makes you feel great when you find that super hard to get part to finish.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:24 PM
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Default Re: Project Leedy - finally complete

Top drawer rescue, Gerard. And kudos again, Mr. Cooper, for the monumental assist. We all know how a single missing part can stall a vintage resto in its tracks for months - and stories like this keep the desperate of us looking and hoping. Truly inspirational. I wish I could hear her sing.
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