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Old 05-22-2021, 08:26 PM
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Im in Hawai’i to play a show and I was browsing through the only music store in Kona and came across this Camco kit and scored it. Now packing it up and shipping it to mainland. To restore or not to restore?
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Old 05-23-2021, 01:16 AM
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Im in Hawai’i to play a show and I was browsing through the only music store in Kona and came across this Camco kit and scored it. Now packing it up and shipping it to mainland. To restore or not to restore?
My vote is for restoration! Pretty cool that you found a Camco kit in Hawaii! Keep us updated!

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Old 05-23-2021, 02:32 AM
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Sweet find.

Try to determine if a famous band left it there. If you only had a three-piece, I have suggested Doug Clifford and Creedence. But with the extra one small tom, it probably wasn't him. If it was just owned by drummer X, I'd restore it.

Start looking right away for the double tom mount if you didn't get it. It's a rare bird.
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Old 05-23-2021, 04:36 AM
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Sweet find.

Try to determine if a famous band left it there. If you only had a three-piece, I have suggested Doug Clifford and Creedence. But with the extra one small tom, it probably wasn't him. If it was just owned by drummer X, I'd restore it.

Start looking right away for the double tom mount if you didn't get it. It's a rare bird.
I spoke to Rick the shop owner and he mentioned a local drummer had owned the kit for as long he could remember.
Upon removing the hardware I noticed the serial number 02 on the kick drum reinforcement ring. Maybe I have something rare.
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Old 05-23-2021, 12:09 PM
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There were a couple of Camco endorsers that played mostly in Hawaii (Morgan Grant and Frank Kim).
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Old 05-23-2021, 01:01 PM
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That drum set looks to like a great candidate for piano black lacquer finish. If not painted, I would wrap it in Slingerland version of large pattern Vintage White Marine Pearl.
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Old 05-23-2021, 04:25 PM
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DO NOT REFINISH THESE DRUMS! For the love of god they are only original once. The patina is charming and tells the story of a well loved and played drum set. Just clean and detail the chrome.

Your kit is VERY special and is the earliest production kit I have ever seen. It is the SECOND kit that was ever made in the Los Angeles era. I spoke with the owner of Camco during the Los Angeles era by phone, Tom Beckman. Among other things he told me that the numbers inside LA Camco shells are in fact production numbers and were sequential from the beginning of the run (1973-77).

Your kit made of Keller maple shells 6&6 shell/rings - as opposed to the Oaklawn and Chanute eras both being Jasper shells. If you feel like selling please let me know but I would really beg you not to strip and refinish. This kit looks cool and to me and other Camco fans is extra cool being such an early example. If you can share any posts inside the shells I would love to see them.

Hey and CONGRATS! Killer score
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Old 05-23-2021, 07:17 PM
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The title of this thread checks out.
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Old 05-23-2021, 08:42 PM
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DO NOT REFINISH THESE DRUMS! For the love of god they are only original once. The patina is charming and tells the story of a well loved and played drum set. Just clean and detail the chrome.

Your kit is VERY special and is the earliest production kit I have ever seen. It is the SECOND kit that was ever made in the Los Angeles era. I spoke with the owner of Camco during the Los Angeles era by phone, Tom Beckman. Among other things he told me that the numbers inside LA Camco shells are in fact production numbers and were sequential from the beginning of the run (1973-77).

Your kit made of Keller maple shells 6&6 shell/rings - as opposed to the Oaklawn and Chanute eras both being Jasper shells. If you feel like selling please let me know but I would really beg you not to strip and refinish. This kit looks cool and to me and other Camco fans is extra cool being such an early example. If you can share any posts inside the shells I would love to see them.

Hey and CONGRATS! Killer score
Thank for the input! I’ll definitely leave it be and just clean up the hardware as best I can. I packed it all carefully and shipping it tomorrow to the mainland then I will unpack and post some photos! I didn’t know it was that rare! Wow.
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Old 05-23-2021, 10:00 PM
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Thank for the input! I’ll definitely leave it be and just clean up the hardware as best I can. I packed it all carefully and shipping it tomorrow to the mainland then I will unpack and post some photos! I didn’t know it was that rare! Wow.
I'm glad this information came to light! I would never have known any of this! Yes, by all means, just clean them up, play them, and enjoy the historic nature and mojo of your Camco kit. Congrats on a great find!

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