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Old 08-29-2019, 07:48 AM
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Default Re: Premier Olympic Snare Drum Questions

Hello Donovan D... and to the forum!

Premier's Olympic snare drums were just a lower-price line, usually incorporating less lugs, different hoops, etc. However, they did continue to use those slotted tension rods, requiring a special drum key. Since your drum already has the slotted keys, you can find reproduction keys on eBay here...

I have a 60's Olympic snare drum, wrapped in original Red Silk, that came with "normal" tension rods. I believe they were changed out by a previous owner. I was thinking about restoring the drums back to slotted rods, but the cost of good condition rods and a key were going to set me back a bit more than $60! I'll just leave my drum as is! You already have the proper tension rods, so why not just obtain a key, and keep the drum as it was made. Good luck!

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