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Old 03-20-2019, 11:47 AM
KCDrumDad KCDrumDad is offline
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Default Re: RIP Hal Blaine

I went to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix on Monday and saw one of Hal's sets displayed. It was listed as being from 1962, but the serial numbers I read indicated that most drums were from 1963/64 and the 16x16 floor tom was likely from 1968. I could not handle the drums or get too close, as this is a museum, but I noted the serial numbers I could see for my records.
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Collecting information about the following for ongoing research projects:
Gretsch drums with serial numbers,
Ludwig Keystone and B/O badge drums with serial numbers and date stamps,
Ludwig Standards from 1968-73, and
Ludwigs with paper labels from 1971-72
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:35 PM
K.O. K.O. is offline
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Default Re: RIP Hal Blaine

Such sad news. I never had the chance to meet him although I did once get a nice letter from him after sending him one (MD published his address once back in the 1980's).

An old friend of mine (not a drummer) who lives in Palm Springs happened to become acquainted with him and would meet him for lunch occasionally. I was visiting him in 2014 when out of the blue he asked me if I knew who Hal Blaine was. Well of course I did. He mentioned that he might be able to set up a lunch with him while I was there. Unfortunately that didn't come to pass (just one of several scheduling mishaps that occurred on that particular trip). I told him I'd fly back out just for that opportunity but it never worked out even though he met up with Hal several more times. I always heard about these meetings after the fact. Oh well.

So sorry to see another great one go.
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:40 PM
ATeam ATeam is offline
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Default Re: RIP Hal Blaine

Hal got the last line of The Wrecking Crew documentary, and it gets me every time.

What do you call a trombone player with a beeper?
An optimist!

A long life, well lived, and much accomplished. We should all be so lucky.
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