When British rock took off in the 1960s it was American drums that scored heavily. Previously denied to the Brits, once Ludwigs were imported to the UK, British drummers would sell their grannies to get one.
But British Premier prospered too - the boom was so massive there was plenty to go round.
In retrospect, it’s evident Premier always made superbly crafted drums, as shown by this pair of 2000 series snares. The 2000 was Premier’s top banana from the late 1960s and was available in three sizes - 14x4-inch, 14x5½-inch and 14x6½-inch - in wood or metal. Plus a 14x12-inch concert model.
As rock music got louder, most drummers - still un-miked - changed from wood to metal snares to compete. Thus the 5½-inch metal 2000 became Premier’s flagship snare and today still has many fans with its single-piece spun metal shell.