Coopers Vintage Drums
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The BIG THREE Collection
Here is a collection of fully restored engraved snare drums from 1928-1930. This collection represents the top three U.S. drum companies and their Flagship instruments. The three drums were restored by Adrian Kirchler of Italy. Adrian is a master craftsman and a true artist. These three stunning masterpieces are being offerd as a set only.
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1930 Leedy Black Elite Broadway Standard Model
This amazing 1930 Leedy Black Elite was found with its black finish totally removed down to the bare brass. The throw-off was also missing. Mr. Kirchler fashioned an exact and perfect reproduction of Leedys Speedway strainer from raw brass to complete the drum. The drum received an era correct black nickel plating and so called Knobby Gold hardware treatment. Note that the original engraving was treated so that the brass shows through the black nickel.
1928 Slingerland Black Beauty Artist Model
This 1928 Slingerland Artist model snare drum was discovered with most of its parts missing. The solid brass shell originally had a nickel plated finish with the words, Slingerland USA engraved in the shell. After all of the correct parts were located, the shell was hand engraved by Adrian Kirchler with the exact authentic pattern that Slingerland used in the late 1920s. A correct black plating was applied to the shell, along with Artgold plating on the hardware.
1929-30 Ludwig & Ludwig Deluxe Standard-Sensitive Model Model
This 1929-30 Ludwig & Ludwig Standard Sensitive snare drum surfaced in very poor condition. Its original Ludwigold textured finish had been removed to the bare brass. It had an incorrect throw-off, as well as other non original parts. Miraculously, the interior top snare wire unit was completely intact and functional. Many drummers removed these top snares in later years. The shell received a black nickel finish and an original hand engraving pattern. All hardware was plated in Deluxe imitation gold plating which was offered on Ludwig drums at that time.
1929 Slingerland 5x14 Artist Model with Tone Flange Lavender Pearl
This is one of the most rare finishes ever produced. Here we have a 1929 Slingerland Artist Model equipped with a Tone Flange. All hardware is Artgold plated. Solid mahogany shell. On Tone Flange models, the top bearing edge is completely flat with wood screws installed. On top of the screws, a brass ring sits with the brass tone flange on top of the ring. The batter head fits on thew top of the flange. One screw is missing and some of the screw holes were filled with epoxy to stregthen the bearing edge. Because the Tone Flange fits over the edge, the repairs are not visible. Due to the very sharp edge of the flange, often the finish is severly damaged. This drum has only minor damage. There are scratches in the finish near the badge, as well as some scrapes and scratches. Most Lavender pearl is notorious for fading and surviving examples have an almost gray color. Years ago, someone painted this drum shell with black paint. Miraculously, the black paint preserved the finish and the Lavender is extremely vibrant. Note the HEAVY brass double flanged hoops. These were an exclusive Slingerland design from 1928 until 1935.
1933 Slingerland 5x14 Full Dress Artist Model Sparkling Gold Pearl
Here we have another very rare snare drum from the early 1930s. The original Full Dress finish is extremely rare in this condition with all diamonds intact and minimal age spotting. Often, these old Full Dress drums have lost their diamonds but this drum has all of them. This incredible drum has a gorgeous SOLID MAPLE shell Notice the lack of a cloud badge. Slingerland did this on all Full Dress snare drums. Only Full Dress bass drums received a badge.This beautiful snare drum has an optional matching 14x28 bass drum. The bass drum does have some crackling and discoloration in the finish but it too has all of its diamonds.
ULTRA RARE!!! 1930s Slingerland Duall Sparkling Gold Pearl 5x14
This Duall snare drum is extremely rare! The original finish is aged and has the crackling appearance like that of an antique porcelain vase. The Duall models were only made for a short time and are extremely rare. The highly complicated snare mechanism works well. This drum comes equipped with brand new, custom made calf batter head.