Late 1920's Leedy 'Full Dress' Professional Snare in Marine Pearl - 5x14

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Late 1920's Leedy 'Full Dress' Professional Snare in Marine Pearl - 5x14

1,425.00

Late 1920's Leedy 'Full Dress' Professional Snare in Marine Pearl - 5x14

This drum was made in Indianapolis, Indiana Leedy factory between 1926 and 1928 with either a solid mahogany or solid walnut shell wrapped in white marine pearl and featuring nobby gold hardware with fully engraved hoops and a Speedway strainer. 

The hoops are both fully engraved 360 degrees around with a scroll pattern.

The Speedway strainer is crisp and firmly holds tension on the snares meaning it was utilized very little over it’s lifetime.

There is some dulling/patina to the nobby gold hardware, but it is in fairly good shape with little to no wear. The hoops are double flanged solid brass.

 

All is original except the heads and snare wires.

 

Strainer arm is missing one thumb tension screw that would allow strainer arm to be fully extended. 

Leedy was the first company to use wrapped finishes on drum shells starting in 1926 making this one of the first drums to have a wrapped shell. The seem is incredibly tight and does not appear that it will ever delaminate. The white has yellowed over time, but initially Leedy claimed “the Marine Pearl giving forth a thousand shafts of sparkling lights and the engraved Nobby Gold Hoops form a combination that is truly far in advance of any beauty ever conceived for a musical instrument.” It really is amazing that this drum with it’s finish and ornate features has held up this long over time. 

This drum not only looks amazing, but has a full bodied warmth and tone that still sounds top notch today. U.G. Leedy personally preferred wood shelled snare drums to W.F. Ludwig’s preference for metal shell snare drums, and you can clearly see the craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into building this drum from inside out and top to bottom.

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