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Old 11-13-2017, 04:16 PM
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Default Help with very old (Possibly 1900) Brass/Bronze 15" x 2.5" Snare Drum

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I have posted more pictures on The Vintage Drum Forum on this topic:
http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/showthread.php?t=60643

Here's what I would like to know:

Does anyone know the age or maker?

How can I tell if it's brass or copper? (My hand smells like pennies after I mess with it)

What would you do to it? I love this thing but am not sure where to go from here. I put a Remo Skyntone head on it and it looks pretty nice.

I brought it to a few acoustic practices and it sound pretty good with rutes and has an extra inch for brushes. All my band mates were amazed!

I was told to not polish it or remove any patina. VDF has not yet identified it so I thought I'd post it here. No makers mark unfortunately.

Thanks!
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Very interesting drum! I wonder if this might have been a practice or student drum of its day. Nonetheless, very rare and quite cool!!
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Old 11-15-2017, 05:05 PM
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Very interesting drum! I wonder if this might have been a practice or student drum of its day. Nonetheless, very rare and quite cool!!
Not sure, I've contacted some drum museums, but it will probably be a slow turn-around.

It was definitely a marching drum because of the leg rest. It had some writing on the old head that said something about 1910 and Cuba, but who knows if it's even accurate. I'm going to attempt to transcribe what it says later today.
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