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Dales Drum Shop, Harrisburg, PA


I have been visiting Gettysburg for decades, but today was the first time I visited Dale's Drum Shop in nearby Harrisburg. What an amazing drum shop this is! I can't believe it took me so long to get there.

Just to keep this vintage, they have a beautiful Ludwig Blue/Olive badge kit in red sparkle; 12/13/16/22 with tom holder, excellent shape, asking $900! Somebody should jump on that deal.

Their selection of new drums is mind boggling; mostly DW, Tama and Ludwig. Sets in all price ranges and a few used kits. They don't really sell a lot of vintage gear, and when they do, they price it to move quickly.

The cymbal selection is equally astounding. I bought a one-of-a-kind 20" Sabian octagonal prototype cymbal with a multitude of holes drilled. It's dark, trashy, and can be used either as an effective China crash, or a ride. It has a strong, clear bell as well. A great cymbal. I have to mention that the staff is low key, friendly and very willing to help on all levels. When I walked it, I said, "Before I start browsing....," and the sales guy, Reggie, immediately said, "The bathroom is up the stairs to the left." Must have been drummer's telepathy. I was impressed already.

I spent almost two hours trying out drums and cymbals, and found a beautiful Tama 12/13/16/22 birch/walnut kit in Jade Silk, which is a new name for green oyster. It's a closeout finish, and I'm seriously considering it. I took a cell phone picture, but can't post it here right now.

If you have never been to Dale's and can get there, by all means, just go. It's a drummer's paradise. Even Dale's wife is knowledgeable.

Best drum shop I have ever been to. I don't know why we don't have any drum shops like this back home.

'23 DW Collector's, Black Galaxy: 13/16/18/22/14 sn.
'01 DW Collector's, Oyster White: 8/10/12/14/16/22.
'23 PDP Concept Maple, Seafoam: 10,12,14,20.
'72 Slingerland Red Tiger Pearl: 12/13/16/16/22.
'69 Rogers Holiday, Red Onyx: 12/13/16/24
'67 Ludwig Burgundy Sparkle: 12/13/16/22.
'70-ish Ludwig Std, Burgundy Oyster: 13/16/22.
'69-ish MIJ Drum Mate: Peacock Pearl: 13/16/22.
Too many snares to list!
Posted on 1 year ago
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thanks for this. I travel regular in the area . Will check this out

Posted on 1 year ago
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sort of similar side of Pa..

The 25th Pennsylvania Vintage drum show will be held on Saturday October 22nd 2022

9:30am to 4:00pm

been there couple times years past; used to be in Sunbury; since moved to Selinsgrove VFW


.................................................. ......Joe
Posted on 1 year ago
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Cool! Glad to read this. I'm a guitar player of 50 yrs and took up drums about 11 years ago and was lucky to meet and get coached by the VDF's Purdie Shuffle.

Dale's is nothing but drums, for and by drummers and I just happen to live 15 minutes away and consider myself lucky for being able to stop in and hang out whenever the urge hits. Also, I've been there numerous times when out of towners stop in for the first time and their reaction is much like DrumBobs. If you get a chance drop in and just hang out for a while.

Believe it or else!
Posted on 1 year ago