I used to collect sixties Japanese snares and sets. When I sold that collection I kept two of the best sounding snares. One of them I used live and in recording studios. This the other one I kept in my teaching studio. The sixties Japanese drums were cheap drums made mostly for beginners that sounded pretty good to good, but the snares that had Luan (Phillipine Mahogany) shells with maple reinforcing rings and Slingerland stick saver copy hoops were the only ones that sounded GREAT. They also don't have as much volume as other drums which comes in handy in situations where you need a snare that is not too loud. I call them my "soft drums". I've had many live sound and studio engineers try to buy these drums from me because they sat so well in the mix in overly live rooms and didn't bleed into the high hat mic. They ended up buying my collection. I bought this drum new in the nineties. A lady brought it into Fork's Drum Closet in Nashville where I was teaching in the original Norma box. She said she bought it for her son. He lost interest quickly and it was stored in a closet for thirty years. I have used it in my teaching studio only - not on any gigs and it's still in close to new condition. I replaced the crummy throw off with a better generic three point throw off. That is the only modification besides new heads and snare wires. The finish is not faded. It's actually more sparkly than the pics show. I'll try to get better pics. The chrome is all still shiny. No oxidation.
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