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


, 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 -


- the following day.

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

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.