This is one of the coolest and most unique drumsets we've had the pleasure of selling! These were only made in one year, 1967, and are quite hard to find. The Wildwood finish is a very thin, colored veneer of Beechwood...what's "wild" about the finish is how it was made - spikes containing various dyes were actually driven into the ground around Beech trees, which then drew the dye into the roots, coloring the wood inside the tree. What's perhaps most amazing about this particular set is the vibrant color and patterns of the wood grain...the vast majority of Wildwood that has turned up tends to be heavily faded, and is hard to distinguish from a regular maple finish. While these aren't completely unfaded, they still have quite a bit of color - it's easy to pick out green, orange, and even streaks of black. Truly wild!
Wildwood sets only came in 2 configurations: 20-12-12-16-Powertone, or 20-12-16-Powertone. These drums are the first configuration - 14x20, 8x12, 8x12, 16x16, and matching 5x14 Powertone snare. The black painted bass drum hoops were an original option, and are completely correct. All shells are early Dayton with flat grey interiors and Dayton paper tags. This is an original, factory matched set with relatively close serial numbers. A number of the heads are original Rogers. Drums are in excellent overall condition, chrome ranges from light wear to heavy pitting. Most rims are in excellent shape, snare rims have areas of chrome loss. Finish has light wear with some dings and scratches, some rash on the rack toms, but overall these are much cleaner than the average wood finish vintage set. Bass drum has an extra knobby mount that looks to have been professionally installed, which will come in handy should the owner decide to use the kit as a 20-12-16 with an L-arm (we've included a photo of the drums set up as a 20-12-16). Snare stand not included.
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 31 July, 2013.