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A rare Silver Sparkle outfit - but the sound of 'em!
A New Yorker we hear you cry!? Yes! Well, technically a New Yorker outfit, available from between '59 and '66, was a 12" rack, a 22" kick and a Supra (not included). There were very few outfits that featured this kick - 22" x 12"! Yes, that's right! 12" deep! Let us tell you. We've got a couple of kits in right now, rarer than this, tidier than this, prettier than this but this is the drum kit that the boss wants to take home. Not because of the rarity of the bass drum but the sound. DUMPH!!! ADC Adam feels that that is the only onomatopoeia that comes close to describing the sound of this drum. It's amazing. It makes you wonder why everyone has 18" and 20" deep bass drums these days... But anyway, it's not just a bass drum you're looking at here, it's the whole shell pack! This is apparently a factory set but obviously, this outfit, with the 14" floor tom, does not appear in any catalogue that we're aware of. We have had one of these New Yorker kicks in before that was part of a White Marine Pearl Super Classic set as these bass drums were available to order as an option. What we think is that, particularly as the floor tom looks identical in build, age and condition to the rack, the kit's original owner ordered a New Yorker with an additional 14" floor tom. This unique set up has got us. The warmth and more musical nature of the smaller 12" and 14" toms, then paired with a deep, super punchy 22", it's a brilliant combination.
So it's not just another Sparkling Silver Pearl set of tubs. Yes, this'd get Morello fans going but these drums sound so good, this is one for everyone. We'd put this in player's kit territory. The toms are pretty tidy but the bass drum has had it's consolette rail removed and a centre post plate added. It's also taken a few knocks but as you can see, when you look at the kit as a whole, it looks tidy. The interest doesn't end there either! The dog-leg spurs appear to be amazing homemade jobbies! There's a date stamp in the floor tom, 'NOV 21 1968'. The construction and condition of the rack tom appears to be identical, which makes us believe it is of the same age in the absence of a date stamp. The kick drum appears to be older by a year or so. It has a factory egg-shell interior as opposed to the lacquered Maple interiors, which cam in in '68, of which the toms share. It's not unusual for drums of factory sets to be separated in age by up to two years and we have seen more unusual drums, such as a 22" x 12" bass drums, etc. be different ages from the kits that they were factory-paired with as they were made, stamped but then sat on a shelf in the factory for partners in crime! This is what appears to have happened here. The bass drum does not have a visible date stamp but appears to have been made between late '66 and '68 judging from the build of it. We were told this is a factory kit and that these drums have been together since day one. The fade of the drums could suggest otherwise as the rack and floor are a wonderful 'ginger ale' shade of Silver Sparkle, while the bass drum is a more typical Silver Sparkle colour. The bottom right-hand (player's perspective) side of the kick drum gives us a useful clue as it's closer to the colour of the toms. This kit has aged this way, together, as it's been set-up stationary for a long time with a consistent light source always hitting it at the same angle. Whether it was on stage in a club for most of it's life or set up in someone's back room with sunlight hitting it at a regimented time each day, we will just have to let our imagination fill the gaps. Although, the ware on the kick drum, we'd argue this thing has been gigged and therefore the former is more likely. Regardless, these drums can tell a story but really, they're here for one thing, to be played.
Rack Tom – Great condition. The only thing we can mention, apart from the ginger ale effect of the wrap, the odd lug shows a little age, a little wear, but that's pretty much it. Tidy enough bearing edges, original Maple lacquered interior, Big Knob Damper, no visible date stamp. Clear lapping, original wrap, a beautiful drum.
Floor Tom – Great condition. Much the same as the rack tom. No real damage to speak of. Slight wear and tarnish, only noticeable on the floor tom legs. It's hard to point to anything particular on this drum. Original lacquer Maple interior and wrap, tidy enough bearing edges, etc.. Nice clear date stamp 'NOV 21 1968'. Big Knob Damper, not so clear but present lapping. Another lovely drum.
Bass Drum – Good condition. As mentioned above, the rail has been removed and the holes have been filled but they've been done well. There's been a centre post plate added, period correct. The plate has also been retapped for that beefy bolt you can see on the pics so you can be sure it'd be sturdy if you were to obtain a tom holder post for this kit as this came to us without one. Apart from the mods, the odd scuff and ding to the wrap and metal work. Some of the lugs have taken a knock and the t-rods show wear but again, as you can see from the pictures, they don't detract from the overall look of the kit. Some of the claws are modern repros. Badge is a little mangled. The only thing really worth mentioning about this drum is the addition of what appears to be silver paint on the top of the drum. Now, far away and when you're right on top of the drum, the paint blends with the wrap and it doesn't look much different if at all but if you get close up on an angle to the top of the drum, you can notice it more. Apart from that point of interest this drum is arguably the star of this show. It's rare, solid and sounds fantastic. One of our regulars came in when we'd tuned the drum back up and he was blown away, "Best bass drum I've ever heard." That's quite a statement considering he's often here when we have tasty gear in. We weren't willing to argue with him without some of the other gems we've had in to 'A B' them. This is with old heads on it too, this drum is a stunner. Aside from all that, we have the original egg-shell interior, clear lapping and but no visible date stamp. Another killer drum. Good bearing edges – ready to rumble!
This is a killer set. Tidy enough, classic finish but the sound! These drums have old heads on but this kit sounds knock-out, we ain't touch'n 'em. This outfit is special.
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