Jeremy bought his Rogers on eBay in spring 2009. Sizes are standard 12x8-inch, 16x16-inch and 20x14-inch. The floor tom bears the serial number 67620 inside, which Alan Watt ascribes to late 1961 to early-1962.
Jeremy adds, “The thinner, more angular ‘bow-tie’ bass drum tension rods and Ajax floor tom legs confirm this, as neither were used on later kits. All the drums have chromed brass ‘bread and butter’ lugs, which are infamous for developing cracks, while the toms have the distinctive Rogers tall profile hoops.
“The hardware features Swiv-O-Matic collets for the bass drum legs, disappearing cymbal arm and tom holder, all made in England. The American-made Rogers Swiv-O-Matic pedal also came with the kit and the snare stand is a flat base ‘Buck Rogers’, made by Walberg and Auge.
“I used the kit to take part in the Stick It To MS record breaking event in Birmingham. Out of 582 kits it was the only one I saw. It’s one of my favourite gigging kits. It looks great and has a classic vintage sound. I believe in using these old kits whenever possible, though I only take them to venues where I know they won’t be harmed.”