Bought in 1989 by my customer, these bells have been very well looked after. I was sent a copy of the Premier brochure that contains these studio chimes and have included this below, however the text on the front cover reads as follows:
As every percussionist knows, Premier never do anything by halves. Designs that have been proved by generations of experience. Nothing but the best materials. How much more then, could you expect from Premier’s range of tuned percussion instruments? The cream of Premier’s production. They are quite simply, the best money can buy. Made by perfectionists, for perfectionists. That’s why Premier is first in percussion.
What more is there to be said? These were designed when Premier were at the top, the bells are excellent as is the frame. The tonality is really good, the tuning is good and I have fully serviced the frame only making minor improvements to the damper mechanism.
Along with the rawhide mallet, the instrument has cases. Everything except the uprights goes into the black bag, whilst the uprights have a dust cover that has been purloined from something else.
Cosmetic damage is minimal. The chrome is still in excellent condition, none of the bells are showing signs of fatigue and there is very little damage to the frame. In summary, an excellent set of studio chimes.
This instrument is stored at my workshop which means that viewings can be easily arranged. For viewings or to make an offer send me an
For Sale a set of 4 Ludwig Professional Timpani with discs and covers.
[serial nos: 32″=5220, 29″=5218, 26″=5219, 23″=5126]
These drums have been in my workshop for a while now, which is too long for such a good set of timps to be unused. Obviously this means that the price is too high, but all of my prices are just a starting point for the negotiations which follow. So I am going to try an alternative method; you suggest a price and we can go from there…
Those of you who read my blog and watch my videos already know that I am rubbish at remembering model names and numbers, I classify it as useless information, why retain it in my head when it can be easily researched if needed. However in this case, I think that I just told or learned the name incorrectly, so when I was clarifying exactly what to call the drums I discovered after many many years that Ludwig don’t even make Pro-Symphonics! They do make Grand Symphonics, but what the difference would be between a set of Grands and Professionals with the optional extra of hand hammered bowls will have to remain a mystery to me since they would both be made with exactly the same components. The answer of course would be the price tag. Anyway I digress; I apologise for getting the name of the drums wrong in the video, but the name is correct everywhere else.
What is in a name anyway? It doesn’t alter the fact that these drums are in a really nice condition. Equally, they rarely come up for sale second hand. Because of the condition of the drums when I collected them and their inherent value, I decided that I had to do some work on them. This work mainly consisted of giving everything a good clean (oh and isn’t that a massive understatement!) and going over the chassis making sure everything was tight. However I did have to spend a day working on the set up to make sure that they work properly. Normally after all this I would put new heads on as a matter of course, but these drums are not mine and are in for sale not an overhaul. This is a compromise, and I know that they would sound better with new heads on, but this can be left to the negotiations…
Above are some photos of the drums for you to have a look at, I tried to get the worst of the bowl imperfections visible. Below are some close up photos of the damage that I referred to in the video. There is nothing more I can really say about these timpani, for those who are looking for a good set of timps, proven over many years to produce a great sound reliably, you will know what you want and you will see that these drums are in great condition. For those who are thinking about other drums, well I would buy these everyday in preference to the gimmicky new crap that is popular at the moment – in ten years I fully expect that I will be doing very expensive repairs to those drums whereas in ten years, these Ludwigs might just need another clean and service. They are in my workshop available to be viewed, I can of course deliver if needed, and I will handle the whole transaction so it will be nice and easy to accomplish. To discuss viewing and prices either email or phone.
Premier tubular bells, in good condition now sold.
The problem with the brass finished tubes is that they discolour over time, but they can be linished with fine wet and dry paper (I use 400 grit) and they will come up like new.
The frame is in good condition on the whole. There are a few minor splits in the oak panels, but they are very minor and don’t affect the instrument structurally.
The damper vane on this range of Premier bells is a return to the original design of a sliding mid gate, as opposed to a rotating vane. The latter is a board that rotates between the two rows of bells. The sliding mid gate is simply another board with holes in it that moves from side to side in the instrument and pinches the bells. It is more reliable that the vane, as long as the holes are in the right place – one of which is not, so the low F is not damping. Again this is something that can be easily corrected.
The low F# was split at the cap. These tubes are no longer made due to changes in EU legislation, so the only option I had was to invert the tube, repair the split and retune it.
The pitches of the bells were all over the place, now they have all been tuned. So the set complete with a cover is ready for use.