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Old 03-22-2013, 03:13 PM
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Default Thoughts on vintage, independent brand kits?

I am curious what people's thoughts on either the parger independent brands and the new kits by older companies (ie, Slingerland, Grestch). I may be in the market for a new kit in the next couple years and would like to have something to tune my sights to. I play a Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute currently and it's done me good for the last 15 years sor so I've had it. Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:31 AM
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Default Re: Thoughts on vintage, independent brand kits?

You mention Slingerland and dispite the fact that their website is still up,they are owned by Gibson guitars and haven't made drums in quite a few years.You can find used and maybe NOS drums on Ebay.

Gretsch is currently family owned,and has an extensive line of imported drums as well as US made kits which are on the expensive side.With the exception of the entry level stuff,their import drums like the Catalina series and Brooklyn series,as well as other lines are good ,well made drums for their price point.

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Old 03-28-2013, 03:23 AM
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Default Re: Thoughts on vintage, independent brand kits?

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the parger independent brands
What does this mean? Typo, or am I missing something?
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Old 03-28-2013, 03:54 AM
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Default Re: Thoughts on vintage, independent brand kits?

Depends how 'independent' and far back you wanna go with some of the brands. 40+ years ago, Camco and Fibes would almost have been considered independent compared with worldwide companies like Ludwig, Slingerland/Leedy, Rogers, Gretsch, Premier and Sonor. Yet Fibes (later Corder, later Darwin, later Fibes) and Camco (in its various manufacturing locations) are quite adored by collectors and players today. Kent and Walberg & Auge would qualify as true independents from that era as well.

Today's established indie brands like Pork Pie and GMS really haven't been around long enough to become vintage, and I don't see more recent names like Truth or SJC reaching that status. So, I'm not sure what you're looking at that would fit the bill. What brands are you referring to?

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Old 03-28-2013, 05:11 AM
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I think that is larger
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:06 PM
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I think that is larger
Ah, ok, thanks Grunt. As always I miss the obvious :(

SP, are you looking for vintage characteristics in a new kit? I'm not fully appreciating what information you want.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:40 PM
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Default Re: Thoughts on vintage, independent brand kits?

On re-reading the original post, I think the question is whether to go with a large company or a large independent (forget about "vintage" in the title.)

So it's a fairly common question with no easy answer.

But resale should always be a consideration, and some brands retain little value in the secondary market. The independents take a real beating for the most part, so I'd suggest sticking with the known, established, respected brands like Yamaha, DW, Tama, Ludwig, Pearl, Gretsch and Mapex. The only independents I'd consider are Pork Pie, GMS, and Craviotto.

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Old 03-28-2013, 04:58 PM
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There are many information on vintage kits here
hope this helps..
http://www.vintagedrumguide.com
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:38 AM
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Default Re: Thoughts on vintage, independent brand kits?

I would consider Noble and Cooley, who are a family drum maker that have been around for many years, yet are responsible for many modern innovations. their drums have a ver classic sound, old world expertise, and fine finish. I put them in the league of Craviotto.
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