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Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by LBCD, Jan 25, 2019.

  1. Kan Kustom
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    Anyone heard of Crowell drums ? I have a vintage bass peddle that has that name on it . I tried to look up information on the company and only came up with the patent on the peddle. I would like to find out if they actually made drums or just the peddle .
     
  2. Kan Kustom
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    I have played with most types of music and a lot of bands and musicians but Motown is one of my favorites.
     
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  3. LBCD
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    Thanks for the post! I have never heard of the Crowell pedal until now. Didn’t find much online about the pedal or the inventor, but it looks legit for 1948![​IMG]


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  4. ^^^^^ I like how the clamp allows for the contour of the drum itself. Don't see form and function as much it seems these days.
     
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  5. bowie
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    My first drum, school band 1966. The old Acro still has a pretty good ring to her : B5E7C3F5-1143-4331-9D00-7E37A73022F4.jpeg
     
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  6. LBCD
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    Nice! I’ve owned a couple of blue/olive era Acrolites and bummed I sold both in the last few years. [​IMG]


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  7. LBCD
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    My favorite snare to date...it’s a Valley Custom 14 x 7. Maple ply satin finish. Maybe used on some of the greatest recordings in history do a search on these amazing snare drums!
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  8. bowie
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    When I was about 16, someone stole my Ludwig cowbell at a gig. Last weekend my brother in law up in NH found this one for $5.00. She looks right at home on the original mount. Funny how a little thing like this can make your day! DBBDEE70-9572-4842-84FF-176FCAB6A30A.jpeg
     
  9. Kan Kustom
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    That picture made my day. My set came in the same blue sparkle but years ago I decided I wanted them black so I refinished them all except the snare. I had an extra chrome snare and left the blue sparkle on the snare so I could remember them the way they were. Now later in life I am glad I thought to leave the snare original. Seeing your set brings back fond memories .
     
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  10. Truck64
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    Mississippi Queen, or maybe Don't Fear the Reaper, has the distinguished honor of "Most Cowbell".
     
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  11. Kan Kustom
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    Does your bass peddle have the quick connect swing out tab with a hole in it that you pull up on the spring loaded knob on the peddle and it snaps in the hole for a positive connection ? I love that feature and feel really uncomfortable when playing on other sets that clamp down on on the rim. I am always afraid they will work loose while playing . I think that is one of the coolest features Slingerland came up with.
     
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  12. bowie
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    My Slingerland set is a stage band model, it came with the lesser factory pedal without that feature. I upgraded to a Ludwig Speed King pedal in about 1970; and never looked back. I do still have my original pedal as spare. On the cowbell subject, the first song I ever played in a group was Honkytonk Woman... hard to do that one without a cowbell!
     
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  13. Kan Kustom
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    That was the song that came to my mind when I read about the cowbell.
     
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  14. LBCD
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    "We're An American Band" not a ton of cowbell throughout but when it comes in it is kick ass!
     
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  15. ^^^^^ Right!
     
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  16. Speedwrench
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    What would Van "Halen's Dance The Night Away" be without the cowbell?
     
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  17. Period correct year vehicle.
     
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  18. Stone Free
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  19. LBCD
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    Speaking of cow bells....I made this a few years ago, it’s 16 gage 304 stainless and can be over the top loud. I had to stick a piece of dense weather stripping inside it to control the ring! IMG_6866.JPG
    I made this 13 x 7 snare a few days ago using vintage parts, it’s a throw back to the snare drums of the 30’s. It too is 16 gage stainless 304 and has a nice ring to it. IMG_6873.JPG


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  20. LBCD
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    Saw this Slingerland the other day...[​IMG]


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  21. Ric Dean
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  22. LBCD
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    This one is 16 ga. stainless steel rolled and a TIG welded seam . I’m using USA Gretsch parts and Remo over Evans heads. [​IMG] IMG_6911.JPG [​IMG][​IMG]


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  23. The heads take to the edge OK? Not much surface for any real radius. Daylight shows relief for wires :cool:
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  24. LBCD
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    The edge works fine but tuning takes longer than with a 45* bearing edge. Look up Dunnett and Keplinger snare drums...they are both true metal artists, huge influence on my drum building.


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  25. LBCD
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    This song has the first snare I ever built on it.
    14 x 3.5 stainless steel with a spot welded seam and hand filed super smooth so the heads were not effected from the overlap. From the early 90’s


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