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Billy Gladstone was one of the percussion world's most legendary figures; a masterful snare drum virtuoso, teacher, inventor and master craftsman. Billy only built just over 50 snare drums, many of which have not survived. His drums were prized possessions for serious drummers both then and now. This snare is reputed to be the last drum that Billy built. Of the 50 drums he built, only four snares were made with birdseye maple and gold plated hardware. Billy built snare drums for many great drummers including Gene Krupa, Shelly Manne, Ted Reed, Buddy Rich, Cozy Cole, Ray Reilly and Louis Bellson....

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Billy Gladstone 6x14 Birdseye Maple Custom Snare Drum with Gold Plated Hardware This is the most collectible snare currently available for sale today! The artistry, history and rarity put this instrument in a class of it's own. Hand built by Billy Gladstone between 1957and 1959 - allegedly the last snare drum Billy made. The nameplate reads: "Billy Gladstone Radio City Music Hall". The only other snare to have Billy's name on it was the drum he performed on at Radio City Music Hall. He performed a drum clinic with this drum at Roy Harte's Drum City in California in 1959! The...

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  In this weeks' installment of "The Rarest Snare in the World!" we will discuss the legacy of William D. Gladstone. Through our experience with this snare drum, we at Soul Drums have discovered a truly amazing instrument and the depth of the genius of Billy Gladstone. Thankfully there are historians, drummers and collectors that have provided us with their details of research that honour the lifetime of invention and music of Billy. We are humbled and deeply appreciative - thank you.  William D. Gladstone 1892-1961 Born in Rumania December 15, 1892 (his father was the supervisor of the Rumanian Symphony Orchestra) He...

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  Billy Gladstone was a perfectionist. He transferred his inventive genius directly to the instruments he built. His goal was to design the finest sounding snare drums with vital,unique and practical features that made the drummer's job easier. Three Way Tuning System: To overcome the adverse effects in changing temperature and humidity on calf skin heads , Billy patented a 3 way drum key whereby both heads could be tuned individually or together from the top head without removing the drum from the stand. Key 1. Separate tensioning of batter head alone Key 2. Separate tensioning of snare bottom head alone Key...

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Billy Gladstone 6x14 Birdseye Maple Custom Snare Drum with Gold Plated Hardware Billy was one of the percussion world's most legendary figures; a masterful snare drum virtuoso, teacher, inventor and master craftsman. Billy only built just over 50 snare drums, many of which have not survived. His drums were prized possessions for serious drummers both then and now. This snare is reputed to be the last drum that Billy built. Of the 50 drums he built, only four snares were made with birdseye maple and gold plated hardware. Billy built snare drums for many great drummers including Gene Krupa, Shelly...

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