Camco was born out of the George Way company after John Rochon bought out the other shareholders in the company and gained majority control. After George had been backed into a corner, Rochon accepted his forced resignation, after they had had conflicting views in a board meeting in August 1961. Production of Camco Drums was moved from the GW factory in Elkhart to Oaklawn, Illinois during 1961, and production continued there until 1971. The Oaklawn era drums built by Camco varied very minimally from those designed and built but the Way company previously. The Turret Lug The shells were predominantly 4 ply in construction, with reinforcing ‘glue’ rings. They were adorned in the most part with the famous George Way turret lugs, ‘cloud’ badges and tall ‘double flange’ counter hoops. But not all drums had the same features – a new ‘Studio Model’ snare featured the ‘Streamline’ lug design and strainer. The Camco company did not capitalise on the rock’n’roll scene of the 1960’s in the way that the other major brands like Ludwig, Gretsch, Slingerland and Rogers did. With only a few high profile pop acts of the time, like Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) and Doug Clifford (Creedance Clearwater Revival), the company seemed to stick to a slightly old fashioned and jazz based clientele that may have hindered later sales. 2 kits from the LA era Unlike other drum companies of the time, Camco drums did feature differing internal shell finishes dependent on the exterior of the shells. Wrapped drums were almost exclusively painted white inside while lacquer finished drums featured a clear coat to the shell’s inner ply. In 1971 the company was briefly moved to Chanute in Kansas whilst under the ownership of Kustom. Kustom were a Kansas based amplification company owner by Ross Inc and established in 1964. Kustom built solid-state guitar and bass amplifiers, organ amplifiers, guitars, basses, keyboards and P.A systems. The alliance was short lived and Camco moved to LA where it finally closed shop in 77/78. These drums are coveted by collectors around the globe Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys snare in satin blue swirl. There would not be Camco and DW drums without George Way. DW would purchase all of the original George Way tooling and left over shells and the rest is history. They are still using the turret lug design today as to show you how ahead Way was in his design....they are now the drums that pro level drummers use all over the world. Born in 1891 in San Francisco he grew up to play drums with some great company’s....Wild Bill’s Wild West Show was just one of many. He also worked for Stone Drum Co, Leedy, Amrawco, Slingerland, Rogers, C.G. Conn, Leedy and Ludwig and finally his own brand George Way Drum Co. established in 1956. He was a huge contributor to the evolution of modern drums. Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.