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Walopus - New Canadian Drum Wrap Manufacturer

Although the folks operating Walopus Drum Wrap have been producing drum wrap for the better part of a decade, it has been on a very limited scale. Before 2015 production was limited to a few designs in small quantities for a handful of drum enthusiasts local to the Greater Toronto area.  During the course of the last five years the folks at Walopus have perfected their formula to produce the most flexible, durable, gleaming and lustrous drum wrap possible
 

Bello Drum Company For Sale
Bello drums announces the sale of their boutique Fiberglass drum co.   We are looking for a serious buyer to purchase our name, Bello Drums, our custom molds to make our shells, any and all other assets and inventory, and to retain our artist roster. Product training is available. The price is $20,000.00. Please, only serious applicants. Call  724-588-8193  ask for Bill Haller   Read More

The Latest Articles
"Every Drum Tells A Story"  by Bob Campbell

In my relentless pursuit of vintage drums, I came across an interesting Ebay listing: "Early 1900's Vintage Ludwig Drums, Black Beauty Snare, Zildjian, Zenjian Cymbals".  While the pictures weren't very sharp, I could definitely see a 1920s-1930s engraved Ludwig Black Beauty in what appeared to be the original case.  There were four cymbals, a bass drum and clearly a bunch of assorted hardware, all in De Luxe finish.  Normally, I just collect snare drums but in this instance, I decided to make an exception.  So I pulled the trigger.  Read More

by Dr. Timothy Jones

The device that allows a drummer such ease in controlling the snares (therefore the drum's timbre, tone, and individuality) seems as if it has always been part of the snare drum. In fact, the first working snare release with a lever mechanism was patented in 1889. The invention was that of Ellwood E. Fry of Brooklyn, New York
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By Mark Markowitz

This is one of those kits that you dream of finding and it actually found me. I run an ad on the local Craig's List looking for vintage drums. One day I get an email from an older gentleman telling me about this kit he may want to sell......
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"Once you've mastered a lot of the technical wizardry that your heroes have played, you only have a small piece of the puzzle...That's the easy part.
When you age, and hear the phrasing they played when they were twenty years younger makes you realize where the real work is!"
 
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by Brian Hill

Completely constructed of thick cut ash, this sturdy relic from the birth period of our American nation is wonderfully preserved, as should be in the case of such an early, historical piece.  Formally of a New England estate, this very unique drum must have been recognized for the role it must have played during a very special time in history, and thus carefully protected from the destructiveness of time and abuse.
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I rarely sell or trade my snare drums but this was an easy deal. The drum that I traded to Mark Cooper was a 1920s-30s Gretsch Emerald Green Pearl American Model. Mark is Mr. Sea Green Pearl and has the matching Gretsch EGP bass drum so I was happy to be able to help him get the matching snare drum and in turn Mark added another rare snare drum to my collection.  Read More


The drums I have chosen from my collection to show you this month is a cool set of Ludwig Congas.They are not the best sounding congas you will ever hear, but they are definitely the coolest. I have always liked the conical congas like Ricky played on the "I Love Lucy Show". Read More

by Richard Best

Whenever the discussion turns to click tracks, drummers like to cry foul (usually accompanied by a sour face). For many drummers, the use of a click track is unnatural, cheating, insulting, or all three. I'm afraid I can't agree. A drummer's prime responsibility is to keep time. Unfortunately, keeping steady, unwavering time is hard to do.  Read


Not So Modern Drummer columnist David Barsalou asked internationally recognized drummers Billy Drummond,  Larry Finn,  Tim Griffin,  Rod Morgenstein, Alphonse Mouzon, and Lewy Stix  to share their ideas and opinions on the following quote attributed to Shelly Manne:  "The ride beat is the easiest and the most difficult thing a drummer will ever play".
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About Not So Modern Drummer

Not So Modern Drummer is an institution dedicated to researching and documenting the history of modern drums, and the art of drum building. The writers and contributors are some of the top vintage and custom drum experts from around the world. NSMD serves as a gathering place and marketplace for the worldwide community of drummers who collect, preserve and play these instruments.

Not So Modern Drummer was started in 1988 by one of the foremost drum engravers, John Aldridge. It began as a small four page newsletter with classified ads for a small circle of vintage drum enthusiasts, then quickly developed into a quarterly magazine with articles from the experts and ads from most of the drum industry. John added a yearly drum show and a snare drum contest. Bill Ludwig III bought NSMD from John in 2005 and published it through 2008. Bill is the grandson of William F. Ludwig who founded the Ludwig Drum Company in 1910. Bill is now the manufacturer of WFL III Drums. Bill sold NSMD to current publisher George Lawrence in 2008. The quarterly print magazine was discontinued in 2012 and converted to a monthly email newsletter. Bill and John both continue to write for the publication.

Not So Modern Drummer's mission today is to preserve and archive the body of knowledge that it has published over the last 27 years and to expand that knowledge base in the future.

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