According to references [Groves dictionary of musical instruments I think] the number of instruments in the percussion family exceed six hundred. In reality most of the instruments will be closely related and very rare. Furthermore the standard orchestral range of instruments is smaller still. Even so, I work on a broad variety of instruments, and yet I am still asked if I repair guitars or whatever. My brain can hardly cope with all the knowledge associated with my own specialism without taking on other sections of instruments, I will leave those instruments for those instrument makers!
So to demonstrate the diversity of what I do do [hehe], below are all the posts I have written, in chronological, order starting with the two latest (which are featured on the home page) and going backwards into the depths of time.
FOR SALE £3500
Made from 1928 to 1951 the Premier De Luxe Tympani was the lagship instrument for Premier Drums. These drums that are for sale are an early example which makes them around 80 years old. In that time they have had only two owners and are therefore in exceptional condition for drums of this age. Currently situated in the South of England, but will be moved to my workshop for viewing by arrangement.
FOR SALE £2000 ono I have the pleasure of being able to sell this really nice pair of early pedal timpani made by Parsons. These are the “Super Ideal 24” model which were top of the range at the time. So with the Premier Deluxe Timpani, I now have for sale both both premium brand… Read more »
There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding which model of Premier vibraphone people have. This post is a list of vibraphones produced by Premier arranged in reverse chronological order.
There are some of Premiers more modern models missing from the list, which may well be added to the list at a later date, but for now the list should be sufficient to answer most questions about identifying the model of your vibe.
This post are the fitting instructions for the replacement motor systems that I produce for Premier 701 or 751 vibraphones. I have designed the system so it is easy to fit to your instrument. The result is that I have done pretty much all the work for you, so all you need to do is drill a few holes and use a screwdriver.
Everything you need, plus a extras, are in the kit. Even the correct sized drill bits (to avoid any mistakes) and a small allen key are included. Three different sized belts so that you can determine the best fit and a long kettle lead.
In the immortal words of Axl Rose, “All we need is just a little patience (Patience)
Changing the damper felt on a vibe is something that anyone can do; this post shows how I do it
Do I have spare parts? What do you think?
This post explains the process