Michael Lloyd Curotto started playing drums in November of 1959, decided that he wanted to be a professional drummer at age 12 and began teaching privately in 1963. The vintage snare drum collecting "bug" bit in March of 1995 after a trade with vintage drum collector/dealer and friend Sam Adato in San Francisco, CA. As of this printing The Curotto Collection numbers 425 + vintage snare drums....and counting.
Read more about Mike on his website, curottodrums.com
Straight from the fertile waters of Ebay...another weird one enters the collection. I have only seen four 4 x 14 Tone Flange Models. Three are 4 x 14 Slingerland (2 Sea Green Pearl, 1 Gold Sparkle) Artist Models and then there is this interesting no-name 4 x 14 (Black Lacquer) snare drum with a Tone Flange that makes it four. I know of what I speak because I own all four of the aforementioned snare drums. I know that I am not the only vintage snare drum collector out there so if there are other 4 x 14 TFs that I am not aware of please weigh-in as I always appreciate your correspondence. This drum is way different than the 3 Slingerland TFs as you will soon see.
I can't think of a better way to end 2012 than by bringing in the New Year with four more snare drums to add to The Curotto Collection. These are modern day snare drums that will be played so I included all four in this article. These snare drums come from master drum builder Gene D'Amico of D'Amico Drums USA. I've known Gene since he was the rep for Noble & Cooley Drums back in the 1980s. After he left N & C he became the drum shop manager at Gelb Music in Redwood City CA. This is where he started D'Amico Drums and since my drum studio is at Gelb Music I was able and privileged to play/test his prototype snare drums and prototype drumset in my teaching studio. Gene and I worked a deal consisting of drum lessons, trade-ins and cash. These four snare drums are the culmination of our deal. Gene purchased the Solid Drum Company many years ago, this run of snare drums are the first four "out of the chute" WITH THE SOLID/SELECT LOGO BADGES and are so new that they have not been named yet.
I got this drum about 9-10 Chicago Shows ago, thank you Steve Maxwell.
So is this a "post-law suit" DuAll? It has to be as the "pulley" mechanism on this drum is somewhat flimsy as compared to the "pre-law suit" DuAlls that we all know and love. There is a lot going on with this drum so I'll try to explain it as logically as I can...as always I welcome any further information and comments that any of you may have.
Here's a weird one from Ebay, I got this drum last week and this is going to be fun. I think that I found a missing link/transition drum. Be sure to weigh in if you have any thoughts, information or opinions as I always enjoy your input. The photos are of the drum as I received it in un-restored condition as I am anxious to get the your thoughts...photos of my restoration will follow soon.
Here's the latest restoration.
Many years ago I got up early on a rainy Sunday morning and drove out to the coast to get this weird drum. The drum is all original except for the heads. The drum has chrome hardware, a solid shell and a chrome type of wrap on the shell. The inside of the shell says "okay chrome" so does this mean it's OK to put chrome on the shell at the factory? "Okay" is an older way of saying "OK".