Is Premier back?

jda

Silver Member
The Elite lug has been around for years, albeit probably from "only" circa 2000
Elites have literally been around for 2 decades
Which lug are both or either of you referring to as Elite series- The Flush braced single series which used to just have model numbers like PD 303 ... Right?

Premier Elite.jpgpremier 1971_premier_drumsets2.jpgpremierJDA1.JPG

and not the "Button-Mirror" (as I call the most 'recent lug. I don't know what those are if called at all
 

jda

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By 1976 Premier had settled on some hardware design choices, which became uniform across all models and these features remained through to the late 1980’s. The 1976/77 catalogue still gives us drum set model numbers - B202, 604,605, 606, etc and the B203 and B204 featuring internal liners (Resonator). However, we see the introduction of the 392-50 tom post mount and 392 double tom holder across all models, with matching bass drum and floor leg mount blocks. It’s noticeable that the sets in this catalogue mostly have 8 lugs on bass drum, but the larger sets such as the 305 and 717 feature 10 lugs on the bass, a feature that became synonymous with their flagship sets (Elite, Resonator, Soundwave).

1978/9 catalogue features three new kits – ‘Elite’, ‘Resonator’, ‘Soundwave’. Firstly I’m going to focus on the ‘Elite’.

Premier Elite drums, from late 1970’s​

The Elite retains
 

jda

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The current Elite.. like mentioned.. they have been around a couple decades since around 2000..

Here is the 2003 Catalog : http://www.drumarchive.com/premier/Premier_2003.pdf

I see Premier Series -the top line the button lug..
I see Modern Classic and Artist..Heritage... where's Elite..
Cabria...
Where is the word Elite in that catalog I haven't seen it

To me- speculating- Elite came in late 78/79 to put a name instead of the prior-only model number- on the long flush top line series sets - was short-lived and vanished by time of the mid late 90s Genista and Signia
Help me see the word Elite in that catalog
what page lol.
 
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Artstar

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What which page is the word Elite (save me time looking for it Thanks..

The Elite were the Series drums like in that catalog but with some additional features.. They had a separate catalog which was shown here in this URL below but they removed the site to make way for the new version .. Here is the old site and you will notice it does not work anymore: http://drumset.premier-percussion.com/catalogue/drumset/drum-set/elite

and here are a ton of Elite kits from the last two decades : https://www.google.com/search?q=pre...=1#imgrc=ZZcY6ry7IGzgqM&imgdii=A2VimZbdbxSZNM
 

jda

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So the Elite name came- on the Premier Series lug sets- when Premier were revived via Taiwan/China returned.
Premier England - after Genista-Signia- never brought the name -which was on the long lug top series in 1980/81- back.
the Elite name was revived- That's what threw me- I see it here on what prior was called Premier Series

 
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Artstar

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First Usage of Word "Premier Elite" is on Page Three- it's the old top series-named


10 page catalogue for 1980-81
(13,219Kb ZIP archive)

at www.drumarchive.com

Never said it wasn't


and they DID build the recent Elites in the UK for a while before moving them offshore .. If they were from UK they had a small circular badge that went around the vent hole that says hand built with their flag like here : https://useddrumsets.org/rare-premier-elite-series-drum-set-gen-x-10-12-14-16-toms-22-bass/
 

jda

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Never said it wasn't
I never saw the top series Premier Series (mirror button lug) referred to as " Elite" till you just showed me;
I didn't know the 'Elite' name got revived.

My mind was "Elite" was 79-81.
I go back a ways with these $%^&* British drums
Altho mercifully not to the pre-international days :D
 
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someguy01

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I love my XPKs and I'd buy a set of the new Premiers if I had a space to put them.
 

Drum Mer

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Never said it wasn't


and they DID build the recent Elites in the UK for a while before moving them offshore .. If they were from UK they had a small circular badge that went around the vent hole that says hand built with their flag like here : https://useddrumsets.org/rare-premier-elite-series-drum-set-gen-x-10-12-14-16-toms-22-bass/
They also used three wood types (maple, birch, and the two combined called Gen-X), and ofcourse more (over 40) finishes and wraps too choose from.

 
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NouveauCliche

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I can't tell if I like their lugs or not - but I'm sure they are great sounding and playing kits. My friend had a Premier snare when we were growing up and it sounded SO GOOD. It was a metal snare and it was just SO crispy - I loved that thing but he would never sell it to me haha. And he worst of all, he was a trumpet player haha.
 

jda

Silver Member
anyone have a 30s or 40s Premier Dominion snare out there?
How rare are they.. 6.5 or 5..
 

jda

Silver Member
saw it post #91 addressed already ; )

anyone have a 30s or 40s Premier Dominion snare out there?
How rare are they.. 6.5 or 5..
 

mpthomson

Senior Member
saw it post #91 addressed already ; )

anyone have a 30s or 40s Premier Dominion snare out there?
How rare are they.. 6.5 or 5..
Not particularly in the UK, they come up fairly regularly if not frequently. It's the kind of drum that crops up in auctions/ junk shops occasionally. Naturally as the years pass there are fewer of them surviving but they are out there. I had a pair of brass rims from one for a long time that lived on a variety of snares for a long time, they were lovely.
 
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