Blue Satin Flame finish
1972 'new' blue ink aluminum
(Made in Japan) badge
At the Kent Drum factory formally
known as "Drummers Paradise, Home of Kent Drums," I
myself (February, 1972) personally watched one of the owners
grind off the "Made in Japan" inscription (bottom of
badge) and then try to sell these drums as still being made at
the Kenmore, NY factory. In fact, in 1972, Kent Drums discontinued
all production and turned to importing ready made drums "Royalstar"
from Tama (who agreed to affix the new Kent badge on the drums).
By the late 1970s Royalstar
became Tama Drums. These drum shells were the same also used
by Pearl Drums for their "Majestic" drum line.
The imported 'new' Kent Drum
line was an enormous improvement over the original Kent drums.
Which, inarguably, were the worst mass produced drum of the 20th
century. And, incidentally, became the starter, and standard
'garage band' drum set in the Buffalo and Western New York area
during the 1960s & 70s. To this day, Kent drums can readily
be found in that region.
1189 Military Road, Kenmore,
Former site of the "Kent
a.k.a. "Drummers Paradise,
Home of Kent Drums."
This location now houses automotive
Photo taken; 08/2000.