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The Gretsch Drum Book
By Rob Cook and John Sheridan. Complete business history and dating guide. 288 page paperback, full color, over 1100 pictures.



Italian Vintage Drums & Cymbals
by Luca Luciano. 150 pages. Complete view of Italian drum and cymbal makers. Hollywood, Meazzi, UFIP, Zanki, Spizzichino, Wooding, Alberti, Davoli, Di Berardino etc. etc. Written in English and Italian. Wonderful book featuring the great Italian designs of drummakers in the past and present.

NEW April 2013


The Ludwig Book
by Rob Cook, 306 pages, 64 pages full color. Complete business history and dating guide for all catalogued snare drums, outfits, and production clues such as badges, colors, etc. Includes Ludwig & Ludwig, WFL, Leedy & Ludwig, Ludwig Industries, and today's Ludwig. Includes CDROM with today's Ludwig catalog, 1:1 scans of 1980s endorser posters, and rare audio recordings of WFL Jr. and WFL Sr.


History Of Ludwig
by Paul William Schmidt. 171 pages with patents, family photo's, reprints of reminiscences of Wm. F. Ludwig (most previously published)


The Making of a Drum Company
Autobiography of Wm. F. Ludwig II; The most famous name on drums tells his own story, from childhood to today. It's all here: starting WFL, struggling with Buddy and Slingerland, the Beatle boost, the sale to Selmer. etc.


Ludwig 1912 catalog
First Ludwig catalog!


The Slingerland Book by Rob Cook
paperback €29.90
8 1.2"x11", 300 pages, 30 pages in full color. Revised Edition Slingerland Book... All new Krupa section All new Jake Jerger section New color pages featuring the Slingerland drums of Mike Curotto, new family information and updated family tree. The ultimate Slingerland Drum Company Book!


The Rogers Book
by Rob Cook. 2005 second edition. Complete business history and dating guide. 8.5x11, 221 pages, 32 color pages of topcollections.


Gretsch Drums
The Legacy Of That Great Gretsch Sound by Chet Falzerano. Softcover, 144 pages.
The history of Gretsch, with lots & lots of photos. 8 pages of color. Lots of endorsee information.


Gretsch 1941 Catalog


History Of Leedy
History Of The Leedy Drum Company by Rob Cook Catalog. 177 pages Lots of photos, charts, catalog pages, etc. in this complete business history of Leedy from the founding in 1900 through the years as the World's largest drum company and ultimate demise at the hands of the Conn company.


George Way's Little Black Book
Compiled by Rob Cook. 8.5"x11" paperback, 60 pages. A brief biography of George Way, followed by a reproduction of his vendor directory; personal notes from George to himself about where he got brass, felt, etc. Specifications are on many pages, and a few manufacturing notes such as not Leedy lacquered shells, etc.


Billy Gladstone by Chet Falzerano 8.5x11", 77 pages.
Admired by colleagues and the public alike, Billy Gladstone was the featured percussionist at New York's Radio City Music Hall for 18 years after its opening in 1932. He was also a consummate inventor, with more than 20 US patents to his name, not the least of which was the famous Gladstone snare drum. This book examines the man and the remarkable instrument he conceived, with great color photos in the "Gladstone Gallery."
"My roll is probably the best roll in the world outside of one other drummer, and I'm not modest. The greatest drummer that I have heard in my life as far as rudiments and the roll are concerned is Billy Gladstone." - Buddy Rich.


Zildjian- A History of the Legendary Cymbal Makers
by Jon Cohan. 128 pages paperback (Also available in hardcover €30.00) Probably the most detailed Zildjian history in terms of the earliest days, though it excludes the cymbal makers who have split off from Zildjian, most notably Sabian. Very slick production, great photos.


The Cymbal Book
by Hugo Pinksterboer 9x12 inch paperback, 212 pages.
THE definitive book on cymbals. Histories of all the cymbal companies as well as cymbal acoustics, selection and testing, setups, cleaning, repair, etc.

€ 24.90

Guide to Vintage Drums
by John Aldridge. Paperback. Includes some of the most informative articles from the author's periodical NSMD (Not So Modern Drummer) as well as a few related articles.


The Drum Book
(The) Drum Book by Geoff Nichols. Updated second edition 2008. 8.5x11, 144 pages. $24.95 A must for any drummer's library; this book is jammed with useful historical information related to the evolution of today's drum set. Includes capsule histories of dozens of drum companies.



Time Line American Drum Company Badge Poster
plus badge pictures in a timely manner, Easy-Date Poster for your drumroom. Shipped in a cardboard cylinder box.


Gene Krupa, The Pictorial Life of a Jazz Legend
by Dr. Bruce H. Klauber. With over 200 photos that span six decades of jazz history, this most visual of performers, the man who made the drums a solo instrument, comes alive like never before and provides a definitive retrospective about Gene's music, drumming, drum setup, and important contributions to the evolution of the drum kit. The companion CD includes previously unreleased tracks covering five decades of Krupa's unmistakable drumming. 176 pages.


Gene Krupa, His Life & Times
By Bruce Crowther
The biography! SPECIAL PRICE!


The Baby Dodds Story
As Told To Larry Gara. The autobiography of the famous New Orleans drummer that has inspired drummers from Gene Krupa to Steve Smith.
This book was out of print until Rebeats republished it in 2003.


Drummin' Men, The Swing Years
by Burt Korall
paperback, 370 pp
This book was previously available only in hardcover, and went out of print in 2000; it was recently (October 2002) released in paperback.
Sections on Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Ray McKinley, Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Dave Tough, Buddy Rich, Sonny Greer, Cozy Cole, Ray Bauduc and more


Good Vibes- A Life In Jazz
by Terry Gibbs, 334 page hardcover The autobiography of jazz vibist (and PAS hall-of-famer).


Hal Blaine And The Wrecking Crew
by Hal Blaine with Mr. Bonzai. 6x9, 128 pages. Updated edition (2003) includes new chapter on The Carpenters, and updates of Hal's activities since the release of the original edition of this book in 1990.


Cream and Ginger Baker
by Chris Welch. 192 pages. Complete group history with section on Ginger Baker by Geoff Nichols


Commandments of Early Rhythm & Blues Drumming, by Zoro and Daniel Glass.
9x12, 152 pages with CD. €24.95.

A guided tour through the musical era that birthed Rock, Sould, Funk, and Hip Hop; lots of photos and transcriptions, explanations on the lineage of today's grooves. Includes a comprehensive guide to shuffle playing.Drumming: 1948-2000.
The most comprehensive work ever written about rock drumming. Covers five decades of history and more than 500 of rock’s greatest drum


The Ultimate History of Rock’n’Roll Drumming: 1948-2000.
The most comprehensive work ever written about rock drumming. Covers five decades of history and more than 500 of rock’s greatest drummers.



Calf Skin Heads
made in USA, tucked on wood fleshhoops, and ready to mount. Top quality NEW calf skin drumheads, as used in the 1940s and 1950s by Ludwig, Slingerland, Gretsch and the other great drummakers. They are more expensive and need more attention than plastic heads, but the reward is great if you're looking for that authentic feel and sound. Great for studio work. Call for advise, or email.



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