“I noticed the kit for sale in the UK and just had to contact the seller immediately,” Dave recalls. “I had an early-1960s Beverley Blue Oyster kit and it transpired that the seller had been after one for ages as he was in a 1960s tribute band. Four hours later I am driving off with this rare kit having agreed the swap for my Beverley.”
Trixon also made a conical snare with 14" batter and 13" resonant. Dave’s however is a standard 14"x5" and has the later oblong lugs.
“The 1963 snare, also in Blue Stripes, was bought from a seller in Scotland. The snare release was broken and I had to fit a spare one that I had stored previously. I have played the kit at many gigs with my two rock’n’roll bands, Sure-Can Rock and Serious Charge, and it always gets a second look due to the conical bass drum.
“I really love the full sound of the floor tom and the bass drum is perfect for those small gigs where you are at the back with not a lot of space.”
Vintage Gear continues each month in Rhythm Magazine.