The shells are three-ply mahogany-poplar-mahogany, with maple reinforcing rings, painted white inside and date stamped 4909 – September, 1949.
All the drums have streamlined Beaver Tail lugs, first seen in 1939. Toms still have single-flanged hoops while the snare sports double-flanged hoops. The snare is a Broadway Standard with extension strainer. This elegant design has a roller bar outrigger which allows extended snares to be fitted and holds the strings away from the edge of the head.
Making Winnie’s kit even more desirable is the authentic hardware including a Leedy XL bass drum pedal and Leedy XL hi-hat pedal.
“This is one of the nicest sets I’ve ever owned,” says Winnie, “and I still have it, although the band doesn’t exist anymore. I currently have the set on display in my shop, but every time I look at it I want to start a new band so I could use it again. Maybe some day...”