2-Ply Drum Shells -- When Did They Begin?
Martin Johncox of Boise, Idaho writes:
I am an avid drummer and would like to settle a disagreement. I think people were playing plywood-construction drums soon after the technology was developed in the 1850s, but some of my colleagues say Gretsch invented ply construction in the 1920s and before then, drums were solid shell or steambent.
I have looked online but there really isn’t much discussion about this kind of thing. Can you please clarify?
So, readers, any thoughts? Please email me at BlogMaster@FieldDrums.com.
Hint: I have two drums by Wm. S. Tompkins (ca. 1860) and they are definitely 2-ply cross-grain laminate shells.