This is the second kit from Trixon collector Dave Prince, who says, “Telstars were built from 1962 ’til the early-’70s. This set is a rare one because it is the original style, produced in the first year (1962/63), with the teardrop lugs and big floor tom.”
Dave alludes to the massive 16"-deep floor tom, which has a 16" batter expanding to a 20" diameter resonant side. It is actually the same shell as the bass drum, which has a 16" front end with metal hoop and 20" batter side with wood hoop.
Evidently the floor tom proved too large though, as Dave reveals: “In 1964, Trixon changed to the 16" batter, 14" resonant (still 16"-deep) floor tom.” The small tom goes from 14" to 13" and is 81⁄4" deep. Adding to the kit’s rarity is the Blue Stripes (TX6) finish, which Dave says was typical for UK Trixons, but rarely used on Telstars.”