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From 1964 until 1978, Rogers shells were a maple five-ply construction, with five-ply reinforcement rings.
Predominantly manufactured across two locations in America – Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio (Pre-CBS ownership) and Fullerton, California (Post CBS) – the Rogers brand was originally introduced by Irish migrant Joseph Rogers, who began manufacturing drumheads upon his arrival in America in 1849.
It was his son who, in the 1930s, began producing drums.
Affectionately nicknamed the ‘Cadillac’ of drums, these Rogers are up there with some of drum history’s finest.
Some believe these to be the finest drums ever produced, and the sound, build quality and design would certainly lend well to this accolade.
It includes a 22”x14” kick drum, a 12”x8” rack tom and a 16”x16” floor tom.
The drum set is complemented by a chrome-over-brass 14”x5.5” Dynasonic snare drum.
When we think of legendary American actresses that Hollywood was built on, Virginia Katherine Mc Math (AKA Ginger Rogers) was certainly one of the finest.
Rogers’ drum history is fairly short in comparison to most of the other brands we see, lasting only 50 or so years, the golden era for Rogers being the mid 60s through to late 70s.
This particular set is a silver glass glitter – now ‘Ginger Ale’ – ‘Holiday’ model.
The colour change is no indication of a poor quality finish; many drum sets from this era spent their days (and more likely, nights) in smoky bars and clubs and quite often, tobacco staining can be a factor of the colour change.
Generally, those drum sets tend to have seen better days all round, but for the mint drum sets, like this Rogers, it’s just age and time gracing the drums with a mellowed colour in both appearance and sound.
Although this drum set started life in the catalogues and in the drum stores as a silver glass glitter wrap, time has matured it.
Now, less silver glitter and more a sort of pewter, this drum set has taken on a lovely aged ‘Ginger Ale’ appearance.