• That's a relatively large Chinese tack-head tom he's got there. We more often see the smaller versions, like the other three he has mounted on the kick drum. - Samm Bennett
  • Both of his cymbals are Chinese cymbals, and interestingly, both have rivets. - Samm Bennett

Drummer in orchestra in Memphis juke joint, Tennessee.

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Digital ID: 1260217. Wolcott, Marion Post -- Photographer. October 1939

Notes: Original negative #: 52907-D

Source: Farm Security Administration Collection. / Tennessee. / Marion Post Wolcott. (more info)

Repository: The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Photographs and Prints Division.

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  1. Samm Bennett 54 months ago | reply

    This is a great shot: relatively rare to get this good a glimpse of a drum kit from this period. This fellow had a relatively elaborate setup. See my notes on the photo.

  2. lauramorlandrhodes 12 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot, Samm Bennett! Are those your notes above?

  3. Samm Bennett 12 months ago | reply

    None other, lauramorlandrhodes ! But, um... was that a sarcastic comment? I mean, the comments are *signed* and all, so I reckon it's obvious. I'm confused...

  4. Samm Bennett 12 months ago | reply

    At any rate, this fellow made it into my Vintage Drum Kits page, which will be of interest to any old drum fans...

    www.polarityrecords.com/vintage-drum-kits-1920s-and-30s.html

  5. sonia gee 3 months ago | reply

    Often, in around New Orleans, a drummer got by very well, with bass drum, snare, woodblocks, cowbells perhaps.

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