I think i had that same Japanese kit with regular snare, same color, my parents got it for me in the mid 60s ,my first kit ,but i dont remember the brand name ?My very very first kit was a cheap Japanese copy of a Slingerland-type jazz setup that my stepdad bought from a guy for $200. It was in a black diamond pearl wrap, the snare had been torn apart to use as a 14" tom (which sounded terrible), the hardware was sketchy, and the cymbals were the same sort of brass used in curtain rods - 12" hi-hats and a 12" crash/splash/ride. Those cymbals shredded like paper during normal use.
But the snare was a 1960's Ludwig Pioneer in blue duco. Still one of the best snares I've ever owned.
In a couple of years, my folks splurged for Christmas and bought me a Blackhawk kit from the Sears catalog. Not a Gretsch Blackhawk, though; Sears had taken that name and hung it on a Taiwanese generic kit. No matter. I ended up combining that kit and my first kit into a kind of home-improvement, do-it-yourself double bass kit. The picture shown is one of the few pictures I have left of that kit. I sold almost all of that kit in 1999 to buy my current Yamaha Stage Custom, including the Pioneer snare, which by itself netted $500. I still regret letting it go.
Neato! Wouldn't that have been considered just a "Swingstar" or maybe even a Tama, rather than a "stencil" brand?Mij stencil kit under brand SwingStar
Mine was a Westwood. But there's dozens and dozens of these stencil brands that came from the same factories at about the same time.I think i had that same Japanese kit with regular snare, same color, my parents got it for me in the mid 60s ,my first kit ,but i dont remember the brand name ?