This classic kit is a 20x14-inch, 12x8-inch, 16x16-inch, with 14x5½-inch snare drum, exactly 50-years-old and in mouth-wateringly mint condition. Lucky owner, Plymouth drummer Alan Drew, got the kit from America in 2005.
“The shells are all stamped inside ‘3 October 1959’,” says Alan. “They were originally supplied by the George Hamilton Drum Shop in Detroit, Michigan. Apparently the first owner bought them for his son, who never used them.
“A friend in Ohio told me about them coming up for sale. He phoned and said they were in unbelievable condition. When I received the kit, it had the original Waybest small tom ratchet fitting.
“This has knuckle joints that you can add extensions to, but they just push the drum away from the bass drum and don’t really increase the height.
“There was also a Ludwig consolette rail fitting, but no extra holes were drilled because the consolette fitted exactly into the Waybest holes, which are now capped with the original Way bolts. I prefer to use a snare drum stand for the small tom.”