The kit you see here is a ’70s California-built beauty. It retains its original Camco swivel tom mount with triangular baseplate and mounting block for a cymbal arm.
It also has the later wide-spread floor tom legs, more stable than the earlier straight legs. On the other hand the superb high-profile brass hoops of George Way’s drums have been superseded by regular triple-flanged hoops.
The kit appears courtesy of Winnie Mensink of Hide Hitters vintage shop in Amsterdam. He says, “This is an all-original, early-’70s set with the ‘LA, Calif’ badges.
“Although the first Camco sets, as well as the original George Way sets, had white shell interiors, the later ones like this left the factory with clear lacquer insides. As you know, the accessories manufacturer Camco started their drum department after buying George Way Drums in 1961.”