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The only other change Alan has made is to swap (temporarily) the inlaid Black Pearl hoops for Rogers silver glitter ones.
“The original hoops were designed to be used with calfskin heads and when I tried to fit Evans EQ1s, the bass drum tension rods were rather short,” he says. “The Rogers hoops, being slightly narrower, allow the rods to catch better. I have all the original calf heads except for the bass drum and snare drum batters.”
The matching wood snare drum has a Way Paramount ‘beer tap’ style strainer. “The lever pulls away from the shell and you have to be careful, because it could easily get damaged,” explains Alan.
“The lever was later modified on Camco snares to go side-to-side. The floor tom leg brackets are Leedy designs, I think left-over from the Leedy factory that Way adopted to make his own drums.
“The spurs are the Waybest retractable curved type and all the lugs and rims are solid brass with ‘Triple A’ chroming.”