Gretsch snare drum dating

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Gretsch snare drum dating

In most cases the best way to estimate the date of a drum is its physical characteristics.

In most cases they also included a host of other band instruments and items related to the music business.

These catalogs although re-printed in some cases from year to year with limited changes do provide a timeline of when finishes were added and when hardware was used and or changed on drums.

Unfortunately still there is no exact science or way to pinpoint an exact date of a drums manufacture.

As collectors and historians we have to settle for a date range or a specific year at best.

I get emails all of the time with a basic drum description and a serial number from visitors in hopes I can unlock the history of their drum.

I think in general serial numbers do play an important role in the commercial market especially electronics and other high end items.

In the 60's Insurance companies made it mandatory that serial numbers be put on items so they can be documented.

Unfortunately drum companies never really prescribed to any code of documenting a drum based on that serial number.

In fact I once heard that they started using serial numbers not for their own use per say but so schools and institutions could keep track of instruments in inventory.

I also get people asking what factory a drum might have shipped from or the exact month a drum was made or even the production numbers etc.

The ever important serial number which some companies keep detailed records of unfortunately does not exist in the history of drums.

We also have to state that much of the record keeping was archaic at best and in some cases history was destroyed in plant fires or just tossed in the garbage! With that said many drum companies never even used serial numbers early on.