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A Brief History of the Marching Drum

Introduction | Rope Tension | Rod Tension | Short Lug | Full Lug | Early Kevlar | Later Kevlar

Short Lug

From memory the first Royal Scot came out in about 1947/48 with bottom snares only. (I bought mine in 1948). Then Carlton came out with dual snares in I think about 1950. with Premier bring out the dual snare Scot about the same time. At the time Carlton became the most popular drum.

During this era calf drum-head vellums were universally used. However a company in Blackpool, England came up with the "Rudiment Nylon" drum-head for the snare drum. This was made from a waterproof Nylon material. Bands could sound well in all weather conditions. Eventually Premier and John Dallas also produced this type of nylon drum-head.

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