But once we get past 1968 or so during the transition from Pre-International to International size shells you also find lots of references to aluminium Premier snares. Premier appoint and Premier appoint Trius Vertrieb GmbH for Germany and Austria distribution. Most confirmed brass Hi-fi's seem to have come with the older badge and often had the Hi-fi name on the badge, so at first I suspected my drum was a later 1970's model, and likely aluminium. For a long time Premier made their own lines of cymbals in the Wigston factory called Zyn and Krut. The wooden drum has the newer badge, while the metal drum has the older badge.
Late 90's to early 00's. Premier board of directors resign in October and company goes into receivership ending 60 years of family ownership. For isntance, you could try shoving the hi-hat and slave pedal closer to the snare, if space permits. Long high-tension lugs were a Premier first too, and for many years fitted to all drums except, for some strange reason, to the floor toms. Seasoned snare collectors know that it's rare to find an older chromed aluminium snare that doesn't show at least some pitting.
. Side note: Serial numbers at Premier don't help with dating since they were only provided to allow you to track your assets for insurance purposes. Premier actually has made heads from the same sort of film called Mylar that Remo uses, which comes from a French concern called Dupont. In this post I'll share what I've learned about late-60's Premier metal snares. May, new Modern Classic kits launched. Some of them like Resonator and 2000 have gone on to become part of the mainstream.
He majored in Music Business at Western Illinois University and played in the drumline, steel drum band, and in various percussion ensembles. Many of our recent questions are being stored on our. Our network of drummers are usually checking in to our which has been on the Internet for over 10 years. It was the standard Premier hoop in the 60's and before feel free to add detail in the comments below. I can also mention that there's a very smooth weld. These are good questions, so let us go into a little more detail.
Premier was one of the very first drum companies to make its own plastic heads in approximately 1958. From the very beginning Premier made timpanis, and for a number of years successfully sold a great deal of its production to a company that rented them to be used as sound effects in silent movie theaters. I don't know if the mounts are interchangeable or not, but I really think that that second type of tom mount could be found online or wherever without too much digging. Please contact us on 01255 221137 or with any questions or enquiries. This web site is purely a Premier dedication site about Premier history and The Premier Vintage Drums.
I have a black shadow snare the snare did not have the inner shell I also have two resonator kits that have the same inner lining sprung fit shell. Premier was also the first to put a shaped piece of metal between the arrest screws and the tubes in stands to stop them from being dented. In that time, we have developed a network of industry people and every day drummers that in some way have become experts in their own little world of drumming. There's a lot of empty space and the distances seem quite long. Worse still, some well intentioned owners have attempted to clean the blemishes off and simply made the drum look even more unattractive by removing the lacquer itself! The Premier Drum Experts is not associated with the Premier Drum Company.
This drum my Hi-fi showed no evidence of the usual aluminium pitting. Albert used to hawk his drums round the music shops in London by day and physically make the drums at night. That would get the hi-hat closer to you. Premier has been responsible for a great many designs and innovations the fact that Clifford had a degree in engineering was something of a bonus. I bought this a month or so ago, got a good deal from a guy via craigslist. Although a marked improvement on the standard Zyn, they never could match the Avedis and K Zidjians of the time, despite the extensive development work put into Super Zyns. I have the tom mounted off a Gibraltar double tom mount.
In case you're new to Premier snares, the Hi-Fi is a late 60's addition to the Premier line. Take a look at most pre-1970s Premier catalogs and you'll find that their metal snares were made of. Premier used at least two different tom mounts around this time. They are impressive sounding drums, originally an intermediate level kit, they sound more like a pro level. Need to know model number, approximate age of manufacturer, and any other useable information or approximate value of the drums. In 1958 the owner wanted to retire so he sold the company to the founder and chairman of Premier, Albert Della-Porta.
He was not happy with the drums the stores were selling in the early 30s and thought he could make better ones himself. They changed to birch at the same time as the adoption of clear lacquer inside, sometime in the mid 90s. Hi there, Can anyone please help me with any info on the attached kit. Hi-fi: The drum that got me going. So finally the drum arrived! They were situated in north east Yorkshire in a town called surprise, surprise Beverley. Resonator begat Black Shadow, which was the same, but with single-lug power toms and bass, black-stained and lacquered inside and out. They are impressive sounding drums, originally an intermediate level kit, they sound more like a pro level.
When both jobs got too much he asked brother Fred to take over the selling while he concentrated on the manufacture. Premier launch the Signia range. Fortunately the tom holders too had moved on — they were called Lokfast and had retained the ratchet tilter and were available in three models: shell to shell, disappearing where there was vertical movement from the bass , and double disappearing where the tom itself could be moved horizontally. What makes a Hi-fi a Hi-fi? But in 1984 the company went into receivership and was rescued by a consortium of its management team and The Royal Bank of Scotland. Hello, you might be asking yourself a few questions right about now. Olympics, Beverleys, Clubs and Projectors shared many of the features found on the top line Premier Elites, Soundwaves and Resonators in terms of hardware and shell construction, but by the time the Royale line replaced Club - savings were being made on shell construction.