Saturday, November 21, 2009

In Praise of Student Models

I love vintage American student snare drums, which are amazing for brush playing and shuffles.

Gretsch 6-Lugger. Nice sounding (used it yesterday live), with snare beds deeper than the grand canyon. This model does not have a muffler (never did), but did come with the shell mounted key holder and key.

Slingerland 8-lugger. I love the sound of this one. I purchased her from W. Lee Vinson, percussionist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (see his collection!).

Ludwig Pioneer Concert Model. Not much playing time on this one, but I did spend an hour with her and she sounds amazing. Deep, throaty and very nice with brushes.

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