DrumWright auction: Own a slice of drumming history

Many readers will know of the sad death of one of Britain’s greatest jazz drummers, Allan Ganley (pictured), who worked with Johnny Dankworth and Cleo Laine for over fifty years.

Allan was a long-standing customer of DrumWright, and as a service to Allan’s widow June, Chris Wright of DrumWright has arranged to sell the kit through auction. Chris emphasises that every penny will go to June.

The kit is a three drum Sonor Lite (pictured with Allan below). It is made of Scandinavian Birch, in a natural finish, and was  Sonor’s top model kit of the day. It comprises  20"x16" bass drum; 13"x11" tom and 15"x16" (depth) floor tom. It is in good condition, with some scrapes on top of the bass drum.  It comes with the following hardware: Sonor hi-hat stand, bass drum pedal and snare stand (Allan used this for 13” tom);  Pearl straight cymbal stand -  chunky single-braced (probably C850); Trak straight cymbal stand, single-braced;  Pearl double-braced stool with locking device and cloth-top; two budget cymbal stands; Le Blond hardware case.

Chris is also handling the sale of a brand new set of HHX cymbals (20” ride, 16” crash, 14” hi-hats) with a retail value of over £700, which Allan won in a charity raffle just before he died.  They are virtually unused.

Both the kit and the cymbals come with letters of provenance signed by June testifying to Allan’s ownership. The auction will be postal only, and sealed bids should be sent to:

Chris Wright, DrumWright Ltd, 4 Loddon Vale Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, Reading, Berks, RG5 4UL

to arrive no later than Sunday 31 August.  The envelope should be plainly marked ‘A G Bid’, and bids will be opened in the presence of an independent adjudicator on Monday 1 September.  The outcome will be posted on DrumWright’s website – www.drumwright.co.uk – the following day.

The kit has a reserve price of £500, and the cymbal set £300.