One of the most well built instruments ever made were the clear acrylic drums made by Zickos. Zickos was the first to make clear acrylic shells. These drums were owned and played by many famous drummers. The first set ever made by this company was played by Ron Bushy of Iron Butterfly on their big hit song Inna Gada Da Vida. Remember the drum solo? We are sorry to see them go. You owe it to yourself to spend a few minutes at their website and see these great American drums. Here is the announcement that is on their website ZickosDrums.com
The original set used by Dave Clark of the Dave Clark 5 will be sold at auction at Bonham's Auctions in London on December 15. Here is Alan Watt's research that we used to write the feature article in the latest issue of NSMD.
GIBRALTAR® 2-Tone Compact Saddle Seat
These saddle seats measure 16" wide by 13" deep just enough size to give ultimate comfort to the player while being compact to carry. Gibraltar utilizes two styles of materials; a durable textured seat cushion material mixed with vinyl side panel covering, with a stitched Gibraltar color logo and red stitching highlights. Now available in various color combinations, the 9608 two tone series of thrones are built with premium foam padding contoured for added lumbar support and comfort.
• Rock Solid double braced leg base
• Super-lock cast seat fastening system
• Super foot solid foundation rubber feet
• Memory lock height adjustment
ALMA, Michigan — Jerry Shirley, drummer for legendary British supergroup Humble Pie, will visit the United States in November to promote his recently released memoir, Best Seat in the House: Drumming in the '70s With Marriott, Frampton, and Humble Pie.
The re-introduction of the bell brass snare drum. This is one of the most beloved drums in recording history. Discontinued by many manufacturers, we brought it back to life. The drum is to original specs of the most popular models.This drum will begin shipping 12/10/11 production is limited please contact us for pricing. Http://www.mdrums.com
To support the growing interest in their groundbreaking line of drum, cymbal, hardware and accessory cases, Ahead Armor Cases has announced the launch of a new, completely redesigned website at AheadArmorCases.com. The interactive site includes extensive information on the full line of durable, reliable, drummer-friendly cases as well as videos, reviews, links to social media and a dealer locator. Armor Cases online also offers a gallery of world-renowned drummers such as Thomas Pridgen, Eric Singer, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Daniel Glass, Richie “Gajate” Garcia, Mike Johnston, Eric Moore, Tiki Pasillas, Danny Seraphine and Street Drum Corps who have chosen “the new standard for protection” for their drum and percussion gear at home and on the road.
Featuring several patented improvements and advantages over conventional drum cases, Ahead Armor cases are licensed by Revolution and distributed exclusively by Big Bang Distribution. For more information, visit your local dealer or contact Big Bang Distribution at BigBangDist.com.
From Morris "Arnie" Lang;
Only 20 Limited Edition Gladstone drums will be made available. When the edition is sold out, a drawing will be held among those people who had purchased one of these drums. You might be the lucky one to be selected and get a complete refund of the purchase price.
These beautifully crafted 5.5" X 14" snare drums feature solid single-ply
Maple shells with a quilted Maple veneer, with original Gladstone hardware
in gold, chrome or nickel. The series is limited to only 20 drums worldwide,
priced competitively at $2,300. with 24K gold hardware and $2,000. in chrome or nickel.
Go to www.langpercussion.com or email arnie@langpercussion
If you would like to receive a free DVD and price list about the Gladstone Drums email me.
(What is this "FREE" stuff. How are we going to pay the rent? Luckily I have a rich wife. Arnie)
Gretsch has redesigned the Microsensitive strainer and it is fantastic! The new strainer eliminates all of the issues associated with the old style strainer used in the 50s and 60s. The new version has solid internal mechanisms for smooth, trouble-free operation. Now the basball bat style arm is now an integral part of the assembly, rather than a part that is screwed in. This was a very weak point where the parts would break on the old strainers. This is now a thing of the past. Also, a push button has been added on the top of the strainer arm. The strainer locks in place when engaged, and you push the button to disengage the arm. The butt plate that goes along with this strainer can either be the current style used on USA custom drums, or the single node adjustable butt plate shown here, that is essentially the same as the design from the 50s era drums. And, extra good news: The strainer holes line up with the originals so these strainers can be used as reproduction parts for your vintage Gretsch round badge snares!
Gretsch USA’s Custom Microsensitive throw off and butt plate are a modern update to the classic Gretsch Microsensitive from the 1950’s and 60’s. Both products are made from heavy-duty zinc alloy and fit the original hole patterns, allowing drummers to retrofit their original throw off/butt. The Microsensitive system is dual tensioning. Macro adjustments are made by the small knob on the butt plate, while ultra fine micro adjustments can be made by the large knob on the throw off side. The solid die cast lever features a locking button to secure snare wire engagement. The butt plate attaches to the shell with a single post. Both pieces use key screws for the strainer plate.
Model: G5380, Description: Gretsch Microsensitive Snare Strainer, Retail: $120.00
Model: G5381, Description: Gretsch Microsensitive Butt Plate, Retail: $50.00
Available from Not So Modern Drummer
After months of anticipation, the CoolMount™ by Noble & Cooley has finally arrived! The mount is available in Chrome and Black Chrome and ready to ship now.
Here is a quick video demonstration: