Vintage Drum Forum

Vintage Drum Forum (
-   -   Gretsch Salvation Army SSB (

Silvertonemike 05-31-2016 07:38 PM

Gretsch Salvation Army SSB
4 Attachment(s)
Almost two years ago I found this 20" bass drum in my local Salvation Army store. I didn't know anything about drums at the time and both the badge and label were missing. The only clue I had was the Gretsch script on the cymbal arm mount. The price was so low I couldn't pass it up. When I got home I did some research and found out that it was a Stop Sign badge from about 1971. The drum was missing some parts, tension rods and hoop on one side, and a Ludwig mount had been added. At first my intention was to just quickly flip the drum but pretty soon I felt compelled to put the kit back together. I slowly gathered parts and more matching drums. The 18"x16" floor tom was just a shell when I got it. The 13" tom was an ebay score, and the snare, by far the hardest piece to find, magically fell into my lap via Craigslist.

Just about complete. I fitted an original Gretsch double tom mount in place of the Ludwig that was there when I got the bass drum. Easy enough. Just had to enlarge the bolt holes outward slightly. No evidence of the Ludwig mount remains.

Added a 20" Zildjian sizzle ride, a Gretsch hihat stand, and a floating action bass pedal.

I just need to attach the badges to the floor tom and bass drum, hunt down a flat base cymbal stand,....and, oh yeah, practice!!

jerrysterken 06-01-2016 08:02 AM

Re: Gretsch Salvation Army SSB
Very nice drum set. Looks beautiful.

mlayton 06-01-2016 10:17 AM

Re: Gretsch Salvation Army SSB
Great job! That's the way to save one and put something nice together like you did. Well done.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:36 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2009 VSDwebdesign