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Guide to Vintage Drums [Paperback]

John Aldridge
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July 1 1994 Percussion
(Percussion). Written by the publisher of Not So Modern Drummer magazine, this is an essential guide for collectors-to-be that want to shop around, or for current collectors to discover drums outside their area of interest. Includes many photos.


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As a collector of Vintage Drums, and a drummer, I have spent a lot of time during the past ten years looking for the ultimate drum. Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Vintage Drums Book Review June 29 2004
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Format:Paperback
Disappointing coverage of the vintage drums due to all black and white photos.The author's own website currently has much better pictures in full color. I realize this book was done in 94,but there was still an availability of color pictures from old drum catalogs which are now collectors items in themselves. Thought alot of the history was sketchy and not nearly as detailed or complete as The Great American Drum Co's.by Canagy. Felt it was an amateur attempt to put an inferior book out on vintage drums.Illustrations were dark and overall quality was poor.Various books on individual drum co's are much better sources.(i.e.Rob Cook's books). May be worth a look at the bookstore but not a must have reference for your library! Surely the experts on vintage drums could collectively compile a much better and more informative and valuable book and price guide on this subject.Vintage drum magazines and articles will have to do till a better book comes along.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory survey March 18 2001
Format:Paperback
John Aldridge's book is a good introductory survey to the history of the drumset. There is a slight bias toward Ludwig Black Beauty snare drums that should be taken into account, but most readers should be able to identify with Mr. Aldridge's enthusiasm. Although it is only marginally helpful for collectors trying to identify a particular drum, this book is an essential foundation that should be the first addition to every enthusiast's library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for drum collectors. Nov. 10 1998
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Format:Paperback
Expertly written. Aldridge really knows his stuff. This is the place for drummers to acquire a little background information about their vintage American sets - Rogers, Ludwig, Slingerland, Gretsch... Lots of fascinating info for collectors and dealers, too. The only gripe is about the quality of illustrations (too many blurred blck and white reproductions reduced to unreadability). How about more color in the next edition ?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for drum collectors. Nov. 10 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Expertly written. Aldridge really knows his stuff. This is the place for drummers to acquire a little background information about their vintage American sets - Rogers, Ludwig, Slingerland, Gretsch... Lots of fascinating info for collectors and dealers, too. The only gripe is about the quality of illustrations (too many blurred blck and white reproductions reduced to unreadability). How about more color in the next edition ?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Vintage Drums Book Review June 29 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Disappointing coverage of the vintage drums due to all black and white photos.The author's own website currently has much better pictures in full color. I realize this book was done in 94,but there was still an availability of color pictures from old drum catalogs which are now collectors items in themselves. Thought alot of the history was sketchy and not nearly as detailed or complete as The Great American Drum Co's.by Canagy. Felt it was an amateur attempt to put an inferior book out on vintage drums.Illustrations were dark and overall quality was poor.Various books on individual drum co's are much better sources.(i.e.Rob Cook's books). May be worth a look at the bookstore but not a must have reference for your library! Surely the experts on vintage drums could collectively compile a much better and more informative and valuable book and price guide on this subject.Vintage drum magazines and articles will have to do till a better book comes along.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory survey March 18 2001
By Kathryn L. Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
John Aldridge's book is a good introductory survey to the history of the drumset. There is a slight bias toward Ludwig Black Beauty snare drums that should be taken into account, but most readers should be able to identify with Mr. Aldridge's enthusiasm. Although it is only marginally helpful for collectors trying to identify a particular drum, this book is an essential foundation that should be the first addition to every enthusiast's library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic information, but an enormous quality-of-publishing disappointment... March 8 2012
By rpb - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot tell you how disappointed I was with this book. It was intended to be a gift, but is so poorly published, I lost all interest in gifting it.

The information itself, while sometimes inconsistently delivered (and with a clear Ludwig bias, particularly for the Black Beauty), is (of course) fantastic and there is no question that John Aldridge and others who contributed to the book know their "stuff." The images are all in black/white, even though known and recognized color images were readily available at the time the book was originally published. The publishing quality is extremely poor, with poor printing that sometimes appears blotchy and at other times just inconsistently printed--although the glossy cover is stunning in design and full color (that's one reason I was so shocked; when I first unboxed the book and saw the cover, I thought, "Oh boy! This is beautiful..." and then, reality smacked me in the face.

What a terrible disappointment, even though (as I said above), the information is wonderful. The book needs some really good editing and a wholesale graphics redesign, utilizing the very best images that can be obtained. It would be worth $50-and maybe even $62.50 or $75--if this was done, but in the meantime, I'm moving to another gift. I can only hope a redesigned effort and reprinting can soon be done.

One more point: There are several known and recognized experts on various brands that might have been interviewed to give a more consistent presentation.
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor attempt at best Oct. 9 2014
By Charles Coronato - Published on Amazon.com
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Poor black and white pictures was something I could ignore but the book was poorly written and it seems like John knows his vintage drums but no idea how to write a book. Really not worth it. Buy anything by Rob Cook.
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