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Old 08-13-2022, 10:37 PM
Drew1975 Drew1975 is offline
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Default Mystery snare drum

I know nothing about drums. Iíve 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
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Old 08-14-2022, 09:49 AM
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Based on the Initials on the fine tuning knob, I think its a G.C Conn drum.
Very interesting and rare example.
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Old 08-14-2022, 01:41 PM
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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.

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Old 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)

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1960-ish Ludwig COB 5x14 Super Sensitive
1960-ish Ludwig COB 6.5x14 Super Sensitive
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Old 08-14-2022, 11:04 PM
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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.
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Old 08-15-2022, 12:59 PM
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I very much appreciate all the replies. Thank you. Now I have to figure out what to do with it.
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Old 08-15-2022, 01:21 PM
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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.
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Old 08-15-2022, 03:59 PM
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Drew1975,

From the bottom of the catalog page you posted I believe it says the tuning system was patented on August ?(1)?, 1883?
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Old 08-16-2022, 05:52 AM
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I saw that. Wouldnít have found that page without your help! Thank you!
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Old 08-18-2022, 10:48 AM
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I know nothing about drums. Iíve 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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