Some of Garry's Vintage Drum Collection


Garry's hobby is buying and selling vintage drums and he currently has an extensive collection of about 20 drum sets and about 40 snare drums. They range from the 1920’s up to 1970, and are made by the  famous American Drum Companies,  Ludwig, Gretsch, Leedy, Rogers, Slingerland  Radio King, etc. some of which are listed below.

Ludwig Blue Oyster

Ludwig  set one owner from new in 1963 Oyster Blue Pearl, 22x14, 13x9, 16x16 original COB, 14x5 400 Snare Drum.
Gretsch set in Anniversary Gold Sparkle, very rare, only a few sets made in 1958.
20x14, 13x9, 16x16, and 14x5 Snare Drum.

Gretsch Set

Ludwig Downbeat 14x4 snare drums in White Marine Pearl, Green Sparkle and Champagne Sparkle.
Rogers, mid to late 1960’s set in Blue Onyx Pearl. 20x14, 12x8, 14x14 and matching 14x5 Powertone Snare Drum.

Leedy, Blue Oval Badge set, 1960’s, Recovered in White Marine Pearl, this set belonged to early british be-bop drummer Carlo Krahmer, 22x12, 13x9, 16x16 and matching 14x5 Shelly Mann Snare Drum.

I bought this drum at the 2005 Chicago Drum Show and when talking to Mr William F. Ludwig II got him to sign it for me.

Ludwig and Ludwig 14 x 6.5 Snare drum in White Marine Pearl. Late 1930's, 8 Imperial Steamlined Tension Casings.

Slingerland Radioking

Slingerland Radio King Set, Gene Krupa  Style in White Marine Pearl.
Bass Drum is undrilled 22x14, 13x9, 16x16 and solid shell 14x5-5 Snare Drum.

Ludwig Super Classic, black oyster pearl and blue oyster pearl.

Ludwig, mid 1960’s  Silver Sparkle, 18x14, 12x8,and 14x14 and Supra-Phonic 400 Snare Drum 14 x 5.

Ludwig Super Classic set in Mod Orange Pearl , 22 X 14, 13 X 9 and 16 X 16, Dated 1967. very rare colour.

Ludwig, mid 1960’s, Jazzette, Recover in Champagne Sparkle, 18x12, 12x8, and 14x14.
Ludwig, Gold Sparkle, Jazzette, 18x12, 12x8, 14x14, and 14x4 Snare Drum

Leedy and Ludwig 14 x 6.5 'Broadway' Snare Drum in White Marine Pearl. 16 streamlined Beaver Tail tension casings, double flanged counter hoops, one-piece extension strainer. used and endorsed by many famous drummers of the day including Jack Sperling with Tex Beneke Orch, Irv Kluger with Artie Shaw Band and Sonny Greer with Duke Ellington Orchestra.

Roger's wooden Dynasonic
Ludwig 1960's

Ludwig, 1960's W.M.P. 20x14, 12x8, 14x14, 14x5, 14x4, 13x3 and 14x12 W.F.L. Marching Snare Drum

Rogers, 1972 set  in Black Strata Pearl, 22x14, 13x9, 16x16 and matching wooden Dynasonic Snare Drum.

Gretsch set in Silver Glass Glitter, recover, Round Badge, early 1950’s 3 ply Bass Drum 20x14, 1960’s 6 ply, 12x8, 14x14

Max Roach Progressive Jazz 14x4 Snare Drum

Gretsch Snares

Gretsch, Round Badge, several Snare Drums, wooden shell and chrome on brass

Ludwig Super, late 1920’s polished brass,14x5.

Drums with a provenance