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I picked up a Del Rey snare and a St George Hollywood snare in the past couple weeks for cheap. I spent the weekend disassembling and cleaning all of the hardware and wrap to get them into as-good-as-new condition.

Brasso for the hardware and Novus 2 and 1 for the wraps.

I think they look pretty good, heading to the studio tonight to see how they sound.


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Posted on 6 years ago
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Very nice looking drums! Those Del Rey badges are really neat. Nice job on the detailing.


Posted on 6 years ago

Very nice job on them. I love the black pearl drums ! I have a few Del Ray snares and they are built pretty well.


No Guru - I just love collecting & learning about vintage drums!

Some of my favorites from the kits in the collection
58 WFL New Yorker Blue Sparkle
67 Ludwig Hollywood Red Psychedelic
69 Ludwig Standard Red Ruby Strata
70's Ludwig BOP "Ringo" Kit

A few of my favorite snares
20's Leedy Black Elite
51 Leedy & Ludwig Knob Tension
58 WFL Buddy Rich Classic Blue Sparkle
63 Walberg & Auge Sea Blue Agave Green Pearl
66 Leedy Shelly Manne Blue Agate Pearl
Posted on 6 years ago

I like the Del Rey badge a lot. The drum little weak sounding, but it has a nice thud to it.

I actually have some other St George Hollywood drums and I think they sound pretty great. They are built reasonably well, good quality parts and re-rings help them have some more body.

Posted on 6 years ago

Loving those!

When it comes to how they sound - IMHO the thicker the shell the better.

I have a Star made thick shell (Luan of course) and I can't believe how good it sounds. I am putting it up there with among the best I own. It could be the edges and the head/wire combination.

(I know you are wondering)

....just the standard Remo AMb Coated top / Clear "Amb Snare" reso (not hazy, big Remo logo....indicating a modern one I believe).

Puresound wires - but honestly not sure if they are Blasters or not. It does not say Blaster on them, so maybe they are the Custom wires?

I had a great day! Instead of sleeping in and wasting the day, I got up at 8 and I had all my slacking done by noon!

Posted on 6 years ago