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Old 03-25-2020, 05:00 PM
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Default Winkler three headed cocktail drum

I have been helping Tommy Winkler of Nashville clean out his workshop and bought three cocktail drums that he made in 2003 under his TW brand. He exhibited them at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society convention. Two of the drums are fourteen inches in diameter by twenty four inches tall. The fourth drum made was delivered to Steve Ferrone. Tommy explained that the normal two headed cocktail drum was being used for the “unplugged” acoustic style but Mr. Ferrone was not happy about the sound. Tommy made a three headed cocktail drum by having a five inch deep molded plastic funnel shape to suspend from the top rim with a smaller head diameter snare head mechanism suspended in the shell. The plastic strap for the snare strainer exits through a small hole. The shell has two plywood baffles and three pairs of vent holes. The fourteen inch drums have a ten inch snare head. One of the drums was sixteen inches in diameter and I assume had a fourteen inch snare head. The sixteen inch drum was purchased by a local blues drummer, Ardie Dean. The distance from the top of the drum to the snare baffle is ten inches. The two maker’s plates read “TW Cocktail drums Hand Made by: TW Drum company Nashville – USA”. The bottom “bass drum” head is a two ply head with a Remo foam muffler and the snare side sounds best to me with a high tuning similar to a piccolo snare but that may be the result of the single ply coated head. I think this is a very interesting design and wanted to share it with the forum. As far as I know no tom toms or other accessories were made for these drums.
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Old 04-08-2020, 09:27 PM
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Cool Re: Winkler three headed cocktail drum

The design is very interesting!! Have you played it yet? How does it sound?

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1980`s Ludwig Coliseum Piano Black 8x14 snare
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Old 04-09-2020, 10:16 AM
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Default Re: Winkler three headed cocktail drum

Hello, I have not really played this particular cocktail drum mainly because I have just finished taking it apart and cleaning it completely. It was not in bad shape but had been sitting without a case for 17 years or so. I also did not get the floor tom legs with it and do have some on order. This silly pandemic is messing with my drum hoarding and I am starting to get mad. We did play the larger 16" cousin and it sounded great. The owner, Ardie Dean, is a blues drummer and it is perfect for him. My drum is a 14" and when I put it back together I did some tuning. It sounds to me to be much more like a normal drum sound, especially the snare head. It has a Remo Ambassador batter and has a nice jazz sound like a timbale with the snares off. The bass head is a two ply and has an internal foam muffle ring. I did manage to buy a new old stock Humes and Berg conga case from Steve Weiss Music. The case is extra tall and there is room for the bass pedal and horizontal special leg to attach the pedal. I am looking forward to playing it when the three floor tom legs arrive and will let you know how it sounds. I think Winkler accomplished his goal of getting a better sound than what was available. I forgot to mention in my original post how well crafted he made the drum. For example, all of the holes have the wrap pressed down to cover the shell without any little cuts as far as I can tell. I don't know how he did that but he did mention that it was a challenge and he just slowly worked the material until he could trim it flush. The third drum I had went to Daniel Guajardo of Indianapolis. It had no hardware and I will be interested to see how Daniel puts it back together and how he tunes it. I assume he will make a more rock or "Americana" sound. I don't know if Mr. Ferrone still plays the drum Tommy made for him in 2003.
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Old 04-09-2020, 12:04 PM
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Cool Re: Winkler three headed cocktail drum

I look forward to seeing pics after the cleaning...Can you possibly post a video or sound file?

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1978 Ludwig Stainless 22-22-18-16-14-13-12 c/w 6-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-20-22-24 concert toms
1975 Sonor Phonic Centennials Metallic Pewter 22-16-13-12-14sn (D506)
1971 Ludwig Classic Bowling Ball OBP 22-16-14-13
1960's Stewart Peacock Pearl 20-16-12-14sn
1980`s Ludwig Coliseum Piano Black 8x14 snare
1973 Rogers Superten 5x14 & 6.5x14 COS snares
1970`s John Grey Capri Aquamarine Sparkle 5x14 snare
1941 Ludwig & Ludwig Super 8x14 snare
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Old 04-09-2020, 12:46 PM
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Default Re: Winkler three headed cocktail drum

Yes, indeed. After the floor tom legs arrive I will do a video from my wife's cell phone and try to post it. I will look at the possible file types in the "Manage Attachments" menu and see what I can do. It took me a couple of tries to start a thread here but this will be a good learning experience. Its funny that I am a retired software weenie but never had a cell phone or know diddly about most of this Internet stuff. I guess I had plenty of that at work so it was refreshing to be a neo-Luddite at home. It probably will be a while before the legs show up but I will do my best.
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