A rare piece of drum history rediscovered.
This drum line has been made using new old stock, beech drum shells from 1976, recently discovered following the death of Clive Adams of Mercury Drums.
The shells were originally from UK drum company Promuco. These perfect examples of seasoned beech drum shells have been used & stored by Mercury Drums until Clive’s passing in 2012.
Promuco Drums, created by Gerry Waller, established Doncaster Yorkshire in 1974, they used technology developed for canisters used in parachute drops which needed to be flexible on impact. Promuco were best known for drumsticks making john Bonham’s sticks & totaling over a million a year many for other “brand” manufacturers but Gerry an engineer previously behind Hayman Drums & Premier.
The shells were formed of many very thin plies, like modern shells of today. Unusually the plies of wood have been formed diagonally on a 45 degree angle and each layer cross laminates the other.
The fact the shells have survived 30 years storage in their raw state is a testament to the quality of the shells and the technology which was far ahead of its time in the drum Industry.
The 76 Beech Legacy drums are available, made to order on a limited basis due to the limited quantity of shells available… thankfully they made a lot of shells
The 76 Beech Legacy drums are available, made to order on a limited basis due to the limited quantity of shells available.
All drums feature:
- Evans Batter heads
- Fine Section of Vintage style finishes
- Chrome fittings
- Tube Lugs on snare drums
Sizes 14″ snare drums: 4″ to 7″ in depth
13″ snare drums: 4″ – 6″ depths
Full kit: 13 rack tom, 16 floor tom & 22 x 14 bass drum, with or without 14″ matching snare.
*14″ floor tom also available to special order.
Pricing Examples :
14:” legacy Snare (4″ – 7″ deep) = £195
4pc kit – 13, 16, 22 & 14″ snare = £800
3pc Kit – 13, 16, 22 = £ 700
Available Finishes (subject to availability)
Vintage Cream Oyster
White Marine Pearl
Black Diamond pearl
Vintage Marine Pearl
Pink Oyster (currently special order)
Vintage Grey Oyster (Special order ETA 2018)
Lime Green Sparkle
Other finishes available at extra “upgrade price”
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