The One Million Pound Drum Kit Restoration -
Stands & Pedals

Understandably, when DC gave his drums away they didn't come with the expensive American Rogers stands but a set of Ajax stands. This page charts the acquisition of model-correct, mostly Rogers hardware for the kit, rather than restoration of original stands.

This page may be a work in progress for some time as given the rarity of some of these stands it will be quite a challenge to bring the drum kit up to its original specification.

Below is a page from the 1964 English Rogers catalogue showing the stand options available. You could have either a set of cheaper Ajax stands with your kit or a far more expensive set of American Rogers stands.

With his Red Sparkle English Rogers kit, DC used the American stands at the bottom of the page.

4402 Swiv-o-matic Hi-Hat Pedal, one-piece footplate.

4012 Giant Snare Drum Stand.

4403 "Professional" Cymbal Stand.

These can clearly be seen below - Ready Steady Go!, late 1963.

Along the way DC did make use of a few non-Rogers stands as well. These will be dealt with later, but we will start with the Rogers stands.

Snare Drum Stand - 4012 Giant Snare Drum Stand.

This stand was introduced by Rogers USA in 1962 and produced until around 1966.It is a version of Walburg & Auge's "Buck Rogers Snare Drum Stand", so called because when folded up it looks a bit like a ray gun. Walburg & Auge were an American manufacturer who made many items of drum hardware which were re-sold by the big American drum companies

Although B&H were producing other Swiv-o-matic hardware, they did not make a UK version of swiv-o-matic floor stands. These stands came from America.

Drum collectors refer to these stands as "swan leg" stands - the curvature resembling that of a swan's neck. The design of these stands evolved over the 15 years or so that they were available. Dave Clark's stand being aquired in late 1963 was what could be called a first generation model. The swan leg is curved as it comes down to the floor but is otherwise straight.

Before aquiring this stand, from my friend Martin Black who just happened to mention that he had one in his attic that he had purchased in 1965, I can't ever remember seeing one for sale, especially in the UK, so I am indebted to Martin. I suspect they are very rare. This one has lost a little chrome on the way but is in otherwise very good condition.

The second generation 4012 has a bend, or crank, in the leg just before joining the central slider - see photo below for comparison. (Thanks to Wayne Smith of DrumFox.com for this information). There is also a difference in the securing screws.

The photo below from Thank Your Lucky Stars in late 1963 affords a view of the lower section sliding adjusting lever (circled).
The photo below shows DC's snare drum back on a first generation Rogers USA Giant snare drum stand.
The photo below from about 1970 shows us that after giving the drums away DC kept his first generation Giant snare drum stand and used it with his White Pearl English Rogers drum kit right up to the end of his career with the DC5.

Bass Drum Pedal - 395R

This is the only close-up shot that I can find of DC's bass drum pedal, and as you would expect it is Rogers, and specifically a Rogers swiv-o-matic pedal with a hinged footpate.

This model was introduced in the 1962 Rogers USA catalogue. The illustration opposite is from the 1964 catalogue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The one-piece footboard version was available in the English Rogers 1961 catalogue but then appears to have been dropped in favour of hinged footboard in subsequent catalogues.

I think I found about as good an example as it would be possible to hope for. The original black leather strap is still in place and looks almost un-used.
   

Hi-Hat Stand - 4402

 
Dave Clark used the one-piece footplate version of the Rogers USA siv-o-matic hi-hat stand.Again this was a first generation siv-o-matic stand so it didn't have the sideways bend/crank in the tripod legs.


A page from the 1962 Rogers USA Catalogue.
This was the first appearance of these stands.

The catalogues show the first generation hi-hat stand with 2 different one-piece foot boards through the period that it was produced. These may have been date related, but as yet I am unsure.

As shown in the Rogers USA 1962 Catalogue (above)
Rogers logo on the heel plate and a hole at the top of the footplate.

From the 1964 Rogers USA Catalogue
Rogers logo on both heel plate and foot plate andhole at the top of the footplate.


From the 1967 Rogers USA Catalogue

Possibly the re-use of an older photo.

The 1968 Rogers USA catalogue a first generation hi-hat stand is show still with the same footplate as the 1967 catalogue. However by the time the 1970 catalogue is published the footplate has changed.

From the Rogers USA 1970 Catalogue
   
   

Cymbal Stands - 4403 and others

 
To begin with DC used just one cymbal with his English Rogers kit, and this was mounted on a first generation, American Rogers, swiv-o-matic, swan leg cymbal stand - model 4403, as shown in the English catalogue. These were first seen in the USA in the 1962 Rogers USA catalogue.  The design evolved slightly over the years but the earliest version that DC used was in production unchanged until around 1966 (thanks to Wayne Smith of drumfox.com for this date).

 

 

The earliest version and had a small removable tilter, a hexagonal shaped split collet at the top of the second section and straight swan legs, which did not have a crank before joining the central sliding boss. Of course the early version is the most difficult to find, and again in the UK, almost impossible.

 

When DC added a second cymbal to his kit, around late 1963, it appears that he couldn't immediately get hold of a second swiv-o-matic stand. Instead the additional stand naturally enough appears to be an Ajax stand -

 

Ajax stands were the cheaper alternative in the English Rogers catalogues. Ajax stands were not a good design by today's standards, and don't stand the test of time. They are quite flimsy and don't survive well. They didn't measure up to American Rogers swiv-o-matic stands. Many players of vintage Rogers drums today are still happy to use their Rogers USA swiv-o-matic stands. They are light and sturdy, and can still look good fifty years later.

Given their price in the 1960s it is unlikely that many Rogers USA stands were purchased in the UK, and this would make finding stands to put the kit back to spec. doubly difficult.

Following the DC5's first trip to the USA, only matching swiv-o-matic stands are seen with the kit. However, Ajax and/or Premier/Olympic stands were have been used at the front of the stage.

Drum Stool/Throne.

I have the guys on the Mike Dolbear Forum to thank for identifying the drum stool in the photo above. It is a Trixon model 11/170.

Photo courtesy of Drumarchive.com

Photo courtesy of Drumarchive.com
Trixon are a Germany brand of drums and this stool is seen above in the 1961 Trixon catalogue.
This stool can be seen in a number of early photos, as seen below.
 

I am told that these stools are very rare. The example I managed to find is purhaps not in the best condition, and someone has reupholstered it with a faux snake skin cover.

This space for stool after reupholstering.
However DC did not use this stool for long .................
Above is a photo of The DC5's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show 1st February 1964. DC is playing a Rogers USA set and appears to be using a flat base Giant snare drum stand, which affords us a good look at the stool that DC is sitting on.
This stool was available in the 1964 Rogers USA catalogue as shown below and was available with or without a backrest. It was not Rogers top line stool, which was the Sampson, as can be seen from the catalogue.

On his return from the USA DC appears to have brought back with him not only, as we will see later, an extra swiv-o-matic cymbal stand, but also a new drum stool, as can be seen below.

These stools were available in the catalogues of a number of top USA drum makers at the time and were probably manufactured by Walburg & Auge, who produced a great number of products for US drum manufactures of the day.

The throne that I found came from Philadelphia. It has its orginal corduroy covering. The version that DC owned had a black, rather than red, finishing strip.

The pin and wing nut on the underside are there to fix the optional removeable backrest, which I don't believe DC used.

The similarity to the base of this Walburg & Auge "Buck Rogers" snare drum stand are clear.

This space for throne after refurbishing.
DC appears to have used one of these Rogers USA drum thrones following the DC5's first trip to the USA right up to the end of his career with the DC5, as the following photographs show.


The DC5 at Garrett Coliseum 1965

 
 
 
 

Hi-Hat Stand - 4402

Again, available in the English Rogers catalogue, DC used a swiv-o-matic swan leg hi-hat stand - model 4402. This was the version, with the one piece footboard, as opposed to the split footboard version. And with my luck this is of course the rarer of the two.