The internal mechanism which accomplished this was operated via a single, large slot-head screw positioned centrally on the outer shell. The complex internal gubbins made the drums extra-heavy and what with the thin shells the enormous top toms could not be mounted on a bass drum holder, but instead were supported on a basic console-like rack.
The kit belongs to Preston drummer Eric Hammond, who has recently retired from full time drum teaching. Eric says, “I bought the kit from Terry Flannery in 1992 and I have had it ever since, although I have not gigged with it. Terry did play the kit - he was a respected dance band drummer in Preston and he bought it new around 1950.”