The absolutely mint 14x4-inch model 2011 belongs to West Yorkshire drummer Roy Tennett and the more familiar 14x5½-inch model 2000 is Richard Lanchester’s from Chichester.
Both are eight-lug drums with Premier’s low profile, sexily rounded, die-moulded hoops. The tension bolts still have European style slot-heads. The shallow drum has eye-catching double-ended, off-set lugs while the 5½-inch has the more familiar flush-braced lugs.
Premier had just changed over to this sharp-ended design from the earlier, more rounded version.
Roy still has his original receipt: “It’s from Kitchen’s music shop in Leeds for £34 and five old pence,” he says. “I played it up till the 1980s. I’ve always kept it in a cloth bag my mother made, inside the hard cases. And I take it apart every year to clean it up and oil the lugs.”
Vintage Gear continues each month in Rhythm Magazine.