English Rogers - Logos

The Chrome Script Logo

English Rogers used the script logo commonly found in the US in the late 50 and early 60s US catalogues. This is one of two American logos that were refered to as "pirate" logos.
To this "pirate" logo B&H added an underscore and mounted the logo horizontally on the drum shell. The exception to this was in the case of the English Dynasonic, where the logo was usually mounted at approx. the same angle as the American logo.
The chromed logo used on the drum shells was cast in a very soft aluminium alloy. It was held onto the drum with two pegs that were part of the casting, which passed through two small holes that were drilled in the drum shell. The addition of the underscore, unique to English Rogers, may well have been to strengthen the logo casting, and if this was so it was sorely needed. The softness of the metal meant that the logo easily approximated the curvature of the drum shell, but the casting was very fragile, and it is not uncommon to find that a drum’s logo has long since broken and dropped off.
However there was a variation in the standard logo.The logo shown in the top of this photo was used from 1961 into 1966. During the second half of 1966 the lower logo started to be introduced. The second peg has moved from the underscore to the "s". There are sets from the second half of 1966 that have a mixture of these two. It seems possible that this change was again to strengthen the logo. They do seem to survive better due to the peg at the end not being on such a slender part of the logo.
B&H were using similar soft alloy logos on all their drums at the time.


The Bass Drum Logos

1961- 65
This is the most sense that I can make of all this.
Judging by photos of the period the most common logo would appear to have been the small "pirate" logo.
Alan Gilbey with Blue Pearl
Early Kinks - Mick Avory with his Grey Ripple English Rogers
Ronnie Stephenson with playing a Grey Ripple 12,14,20 with matching snare.
DC went over to this logo sometime in 1965
The next is not so commonly seen and has taller narrower letters, and there is a small version and larger version.

I have only ever seen Dave Clark with this tall version with underscore.



1965 onwards  
From around the beginning of 1965 when the drums started to be fitted with beavertail lugs the logo changed to this -
An original logo on an Everplay Extra head.
I think Roy probably brought his own front head over with him.