The kit has two 20x14-inches, 12x8-inch, 16x16-inh in Grey Ripple, with Ajax shells. It’s coupled with a 14x5½-inch American-made DynaSonic snare which was added later.
At the National Drum Fair, Rogers expert Alan Watt examined the kit, noting the serial numbers. He says, “The floor tom dates to October 1962 and one bass drum to April 1963 (presumably the second one the shop had to order). The DynaSonic dates to 1974/75.”
It has the later, double-ended beavertail lugs, unlike the ‘bread and butter’ lugs on the rest of the kit. The DynaSonic snare hoop with integrated snare guard was introduced from the mid-’70s.
The Swiv-O-Matic bass pedal and hi-hat were made in America, but the other metal fittings were made under licence at the Boosey and Hawkes factory in Edgware.
Many drummers believe that English Swivo hardware is not interchangeable with American. However, Alan says this is not always the case. “You can have problems, the odd English or American-made ones that just won’t go together,” he admits. “But they mostly interchange, so switch them around until they fit. I have an English kit and I use it with an American double tom stand with no problem.”