Fw: George's Drum Shop announces VintageDrumMuseum.com

Scott Keller shkeller55 at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 10 01:01:43 CDT 2008

This might be interesting to those of us who are drummers.  It seems to be a brand new site and there aren't many posts on the forum yet, but it could turn into something that's really good.
Scott H. Keller
shkeller55 at yahoo.com

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Subject: George's Drum Shop announces VintageDrumMuseum.com


Announcing Vintage Drum Museum.com - “Every drum brand ever”
George Lawrence, of George’s Drum Shop and the band Poco, is launching a unique and ambitious website for the research and documentation of drums, cymbals and other percussion items. The purpose of VintageDrumMuseum.com is to document every brand and type of modern era drum that has ever existed (Civil War era to present) and to become the foremost resource on the internet for information about drums and drum manufacturers both historical and current. The site is free to visitors. There are forums and image documentation for every current major and minor brand, and also for defunct brands. Banner ads and other website/forum services are available to manufacturers, distributors and retailers. 
Vintage Drum Museum.com had its beginnings in one small web page, The Unofficial 60's Japanese Drums Virtual Museum, which has now grown and morphed into JapaneseDrumMuseum.com , a subsite of VintageDrumMuseum.com. There are also plans for subsites for most of the major drum manufacturers. Striving to encompass the complete history of manufactured drums with an emphasis on modern drum sets of the last 100 years, the site will include not only the older major vintage drum set brands like Ludwig, Slingerland, Rogers, Leedy, Gretsch, Sonor, Premier, etc. but also the newer brands, obscure brands and the multitude of current small drum builders. Participation from representatives of the drum companies will be a major source of info and documentation. The response from the industry has been very positive and Lawrence is asking manufacturers to provide liaisons to assure accuracy of information. 
Vintage Drum Museum is an “open source”, participant driven site and will depend on the drumming community at large, moderators and manufacturers to provide much of the documentation and knowledge. Visitors can ask questions and receive answers on the discussion forums, upload their pictures and view scans of instruments, catalogs, badges, hardware, price lists, serial numbers, magazine articles, dating information etc. There is a classified section for buying/selling and links to Ebay auctions. There are links to every drum information site on the internet. Lawrence is seeking knowledgeable moderators and contributors from the drumming community and the manufacturers. Please address all inquiries to george at georgesdrumshop.com or call 330 940 3786.
George Lawrence has been active for years in online drum forums and newsgroups and was inspired by the participation of drummers in forums like SonorMuseum.com, drummerworld.com, DrumSmith.com and the RMMP newsgroup (rec.music.makers.percussion) . He was also inspired by knowledge sites like Wikipedia, the Human Genome Project, the Google Patent Search, and the Google Library. Seeing a void in the collection and dissemination of information about all drums, new and old, he is establishing a very focused and easy to use site that will fill that need. 
Another reason for the site is the way that buying and selling drums has changed. According to Lawrence, “Vintage does not necessarily mean forty and fifty year old drums anymore because today’s drum companies discontinue models in as little as a year after introducing them. Several years ago I received a phone call at my shop from a man with an inquiry about vintage DW drums. I was about to answer that there is no such thing as vintage  DW drums because the company didn’t start until the eighties, but stopped myself short when I realized that, to this customer, the particular model he was seeking was actually “vintage’ because it was no longer being made. Even though it was not considered a "collector's" level drum it was unavailable from the manufacturer and desireable to this man.. It dawned on me that my thinking was dated and the market had changed. The vintage market will continue to grow and eventually become one of the largest segments
 of the retail drum business. Ebay has been responsible for the increasing demand for pictures and information that help in identifying drums for buyers and sellers. Drums are resold more times than they used to be. I decided to start this site to document drum manufacturing history and to document present drum production before it becomes history. ”
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