By Mike Curotto
Here’s the latest snare drum to enter into the collection. This drum comes via a straight across trade with my very good friend and fellow vintage drum collector Mark Cooper of Cooper’s Vintage Drumscoopersvintagedrums@verizon.net I rarely sell or trade my snare drums but this was an easy deal. The drum that I traded to Mark was a 1920s-30s Gretsch Emerald Green Pearl American Model. Mark is Mr. Sea Green Pearl and has the matching Gretsch EGP bass drum so I was happy to be able to help him get the matching snare drum and in turn Mark added another rare snare drum to my collection. As Mark mentioned in his various posts, this drum is in very good condition and has been carefully stored for a long time.
The WMP is in very good condition and shows no “ivorying” that is normally seen on 79 year old WMP drums. No polishing was needed, only a light dusting. The white interior is also very clean with a strong0236 (Feb. 1936) date stamp. The badge is the brass oval badge left over from the 1920s/early 1930s pre-Anniversary era. I have a few Silver Anniversary snare drums like this and whereas this is pretty rare it is still seen here and there.
The hardware is 100% original. The chrome plating is in excellent condition and needed only a minor cleaning (wipe down). Both the Super and Sensitive mechanisms work perfectly. The Anniversary Imperial lugs are the original tapped versions.
Wood Silver Anniversary Super-Sensitives are very rare, I’ve never seen any until this drum. Feel free to weigh in if you have one or know of any.