I just got this drum from my good friend and fellow collector Mark Cooper. This drum came to me in excellent shape so very little was needed to be done hence the short story.
1934- LEEDY 5 x 14 WMP FULL DRESS BROADWAY PARALLEL MODEL
The WMP has just a taste of ivory to it that blends nicely with the hardware. The red/gold sparkle Full Dress diamonds are a tad faded but all are intact. There is no date stamp inside but since the Parallel mechanism is the 2nd generation version I’m going with 1934-.
The Knobby Gold hardware is in great shape and just needed a light dusting. As always I like to clean the tension rod threads so this was the only real cleaning that was done to the hardware. The Parallel mechanism is the 1st version of the 2nd generation Parallel mechanism. Mark was kind enough to add an original Leedy SUPERIOR HARDWHITE brand batter head, I had an of-the-era slunk head for the bottom. Leedy Parallel snares are very hard to find, this drum has a set of Adrian Kirchler (A K Drums, Italy) reproduction snares.
Question put to Philly Joe Jones long ago: “What is your favorite drum set?” Answer: “The one that I don’t have to set up and take down.”
Question put to Mike Curotto: “What is your favorite snare drum?”. Answer: “The one that I don’t have to clean or restore.”