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Old 10-25-2009, 12:50 PM
M. Kekki M. Kekki is offline
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Default Identification of Premier Kit

Greetings from Finland!
I’m unable to identify the Premier kit shown in attached photo.
The salesman told, that the kit is full mahogany Premier 401 Byron from 1970, but this kind of kit doesn’t exist in any catalogue.
The serial numbers are: 22” bd 8718, 12” tt 4958, 14” tt 5395 and 16” ft 14746.
Can anybody help me?
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:53 PM
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I can't help with ID, but that is one seriously beautiful set of drums.
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Old 10-25-2009, 02:49 PM
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Yeah, those are beauties! As for the drums - the hardware is all Premier apart from the tom mounts. Lugs, tuning rods and bass drum leg mounts are all older premier style, possibly pre 1976, but I''m pretty sure those tom mounts are not Premier - they didn't do the two arm set-up as far as I'm aware.
Also, the 12 and 14 tom set-up is odd - it's usually 12 and 13 or 13 and 14, and I'm not sure kits of the age of that hardware had a 14 tom as standard.

Because the tom mounts are not premier, It could be that you've got some old hardware on a newer set of shells. Are there any reenforcement rings? Don't think Premier made too many mahogany drums in the past.

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Old 10-25-2009, 06:26 PM
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Yep, Premier 70's. Seems all original and in good condition. Great!

Brody, the tom holders do look Premier 70's to me. All the hardware seems right for the period. Premier did make 12" and 14" toms but not 13"s. They stopped making the 14" and started doing the 13" around... can't remember... late 70's?
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:51 AM
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Thanks for clearing that up - wasn't aware of the twin mounts at all!
It's a lovely kit - even better now it's original. I'm sure the mahogany lends it some collectability too!
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:01 PM
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Yep, Premier 70's. Seems all original and in good condition. Great!

Brody, the tom holders do look Premier 70's to me. All the hardware seems right for the period. Premier did make 12" and 14" toms but not 13"s. They stopped making the 14" and started doing the 13" around... can't remember... late 70's?

The 13" toms came in -73, I think.
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:27 PM
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Thanks for your answers!
Inside of shells were sealed with some beige stuff. It can't be painted by Premier, or can it?
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Old 10-26-2009, 03:42 PM
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In later years, premier painted the interiors black, but I don't think they did it in the 70's, may be wrong though. Some people paint the inside of their drums themselves for extra resonance.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:05 PM
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Those are the "bayonet" tom holders and they are Premier
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