This is a used Premier 4-piece drumset that recently came into our shop on trade. Fully functional and ready to roll right out of the box, this "players" condition kit has us a bit stumped! Per Premier's catalog listings from the 1970s, it looks a lot like a "Gig Maker" setup (minus the snare drum and hardware), but the bass drum interior is Resonator series, the 13" tom looks like Elite series, and the 14" and 16" toms look like they MIGHT have been Resonator series with the inner 3-ply shell removed and then the interiors refinished (note the small block of wood on the interiors of the 14" and 16", which was possibly where the inner 3-ply Resonator shell would have been attached). If they are indeed a combination of Resonator and Elite, the shells should be birch with beech re-rings, but not being privy to these drums' entire history, it could also just be a mix-and-match set of similar-era Premiers with matching Red Polychromatic wrapped finish. We're not entirely sure. In any case, we'll try to provide the best description possible. Don't hesitate to contact us with any additional questions.
This drumset includes 9x13" and 10x14" mounted toms, a 16x16" floor tom (that's actually closer to 15" deep), and a 14x22" bass drum. It appears as though the bass drum is from Premier's Resonator Series, and the three toms are Elite Series, all most likely from the 1970s. Wraps and hoop inlays are tight, shells are in-round, and bearing edges and reinforcement rings are in good shape. Expect to find typical signs of age-appropriate wear and tear like small scuffs and scratches, fingerprints, dust, and some pitting and corrosion on the chrome (especially the double tom mount), but overall these drums look great and sound fantastic! All badges have 4-digit serial numbers, and even though they are extremely difficult to read, they appear to be: 2539 on the 9x13", 4391 on the 10x14", 1871 on the 16x16", and 1824 on the 14x22."
Hoops, lugs, claws, mounts, and spurs appear to be original, but not all of the hardware on these drums is original. The Premier slotted tension rods on the toms and handle-style rods on the bass drum have been replaced with standard keyed tension rods on all drums. The leg bracket thumb screws on the floor tom may have also been replaced. Internal muffler on the 12" tom functions but is missing its felt pad. Internal muffler on the 13" tom has been removed and is no longer available. Internal muffler on the 16" tom is in good shape and functions as designed. The bass drum was manufactured without an internal muffler.
- 9x13" Mounted Tom
- 10x14" Mounted Tom
- 16x16" Floor Tom with Legs
- 14x22" Bass Drum with Double Tom Mount
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This item is used. “Used” means we acquired the item after it had been previously owned and used for some length of time. Used items do not include a manufacturer’s warranty and many do not have original packaging. The condition of used items varies greatly. They may be like-new or they may have some sort of serious damage. Refer to the item’s description as well as to our Appearance and Functionality scales below for more information.
APPEARANCE (How does it look?) = 3
- 1. Poor condition. Some type of severe cosmetic damage.
- 2. Fair condition. Cosmetic issues that may require cleaning or repair.
- 3. Good condition. Normal signs of age-appropriate wear and tear.
- 4. Very good condition. Minor signs of handling and light use.
- 5. Excellent condition. Very minor signs of handling and light use.
- 6. Brand-new condition. Opened and inspected but no signs of use.
FUNCTIONALITY (How does it work?) = 4
- 1. Does not function. May be salvageable but likely just good for parts.
- 2. Limited functionality. Some parts are fine but others require repair.
- 3. Mostly functions as designed. Usable but not perfect.
- 4. Functions as designed. Fair to good overall condition.
- 5. Functions as designed. Very good to excellent overall condition.
- 6. Functions as designed. All original and new or like-new condition.
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