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This first kit belongs to Sheffield be-bopper and collector John Good. He says: “The drums are three-ply with white sealer paint inside, similar to Leedy and Ludwig. The hoops are chrome over brass… the finest ever made in my opinion, but doubtless expensive to produce.
“Way was a brilliant engineer but lacked prowess as a businessman. In 1961 his company was taken over by John Rochon, president of the Camco Drum Accessory Company, who’d been supplying him with hardware - pedals and stands.
“Camco moved production to Oaklawn, Illinois. The drums retained the look, but the winged brass badge with black enamel became the Camco badge with white enamel.”
Camco drums are essentially Way drums. They too are rare, but not so rare as Way drums.