The Rarest Snare Drum In the World - Part One
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 Manne, Ted Reed, Buddy Rich, Cozy Cole, Ray Reilly and Louis Bellson.
His drums are considered the "Holy Grail" of the vintage drum collecting community!
Between 1932-1945 drummers would come from around the world to see and hear Billy perform at New York's Radio City Music Hall.