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Post  T on Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:08 am

Drouyn...
anyone heard of them, my only runin with a kit was about 4 years ago, i still own the kit but its in Sydney, kind of looks like a Premier. But was, according to a quick google search, made in Brisbane. will try and get a photo of it soonish, but tricky since its in AUS!
anyway since you guys seem to be vintage nuts thought i should ask.
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Post  Mark [Admin] on Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:17 am

Yep, they produced drums out of brisbane they stopped production in the 80's but kept supplying sleishman with shells. From all accounts excellent sounding and well made. I myself have never seen one. If you ever get them over here i'd be keen to check them out. PICS!!!!! Very Happy
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Post  drumtechnz on Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:27 am

I was supplied a kit of Drouyns for the Australian leg of the Gene Pitney/Bachelors Tour in 1965, with the Mike Perjanik Group. They initially gave me an 18" bass drum, which, for a "pop" tour, was totally inadequate, especially when there wasn't a mic to be seen. The band had to balance themselves on stage in those days. I finally persuaded them to get me a 20", which was what i used back here in NZ on my Ludwig Downbeat outfit, which i still own today.
When the band moved to Sydney in late 1966, I met an old mate Johnny Dick from Hastings, who had moved to Sydney previously with Max Merritt and the Meteors, and was playing in a weekly TV show called "It's All Happening" fronted by Billy Thorpe. He had a "custom-made" set of Drouyns which included a 20" x 20" bass drum, one mounted tom, and two floor toms. Well ahead of its time by todays standards.
They were fine drums as i recall, well-made, and equal to anything else available. Their lug castings were stylish but heavy, similar to early Gretsch units. Their hardware was a similar design to Ludwigs.
I have a photo of him on the TV set behind the kit somewhere, and if I can find it I will post it for you.

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Post  granstar on Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:05 am

MPG Wink

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Wally Scott ( Invaders)guitar, MP on Hammond B3 organ, Bass guitar is Peter Skerrett (Keil Isles)

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http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/showthread.php?t=2637


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Post  T on Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:34 am

wow,
i had no idea...
maybe i will try and get them over here.
would need a bit of restoring, the finish is faded as... and i think the tom holders leave something to be desired for a working kit of any standard
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Post  granstar on Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:33 am

One man's junk, another's treasure Laughing
Mate has an Aussie made guitar. At the time (60's) they also were not very popular and now a collectors item, and is rare. Sorry can't remember it exactly (think a Maton Fyrebird), he had no idea until i looked up the web for him, and still uses it regularly.
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Post  drumtechnz on Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:37 am

This photo is the MPG at the Sydney Latin Quarter soon after i left the group and returned to NZ. New drummer is still a great mate and working drum legend -Doug Gallacher, now based in Brisbane. Sax player is George Barna (retired), and the trumpet player is another Kiwi - Pat Crichton, who went on to be head of Jazz studies at Perth University, where Frank Gibson Jnr also taught for some years.

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Post  granstar on Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:43 am

Thanks for the pic info.

Frank Gibson Jnr is down our way this week. He is a great jazz drummer, i still dig out play clasic "The Ballad Of Crazy Horse" (J.D Blackfoot) from time to time, his drumming on that track is awesome (and that was in his early days).
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Post  Bonham on Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:06 am

I sold a white marine pearl Dandy snare not long ago. The lugs were made of old melted down war amo after the 2nd world war cast in Japan. They used Australian hardwood & Premier use to supply hoops & tension rods to them in Brisbane.

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