This is an amazing find. These drum sets come from a music store that I first visited over 20 years ago. At that time, these sets had already been sitting there unsold for 30 years. These 4 Trixon sets are New Old Stock. I had wanted to purchase these sets and some other drums when I visited, but wasn't able to. We have now been able to acquire these sets and some other instruments. The drums you see here have been unsold since they wwere delivered new over 50 years ago. Based on the colors and configurations, I have a theory as to how this delaer may have come to have 4 different sets all at the same time: Back in the 60s and into the 70s the annual NAMM music trade show used to be held in Chicago in the summer. My guess is that these sets were on display at the show, and that this local dealer bought the entire Trixon booth. That practice is not unusual and I have done it myself in the past. It allows you to have a wide variety of a manufacturers product on hand, and there are often extra discounts, so why not!
Anyhow, we acquired these kits recently. Since they sat for 50 years they needed cleaning, but we have now finished the work.
Before we talk about these sets, here is a little background about Trixon: Click HERE.
There are four different sets here:
- One set is a champagne sparkle "Telstar" model and all the drums are "conical" meaning that one side has a larger head than the other side. NOTE: In the pic some floor tom tension rods are missing. We have those and we were cleaning them when pics were taken. This set has never been played and is New Old Stock with all the original heads and even the drum key. The set has some of what we call "age spots". Older sparkle wrap finishes had a tendency to develop these darker spots with age, and this set has those. There is also some rust on the bottom floor tom rim. This set is unusual in that we generally don't see the conical snare. Typically times these conical sets have a standard snare with top and bottom heads both being 14". And, champagne sparkle is a finish I have not seen before on Trixon. This set has plastic strainer parts, which have a tendency to become brittle. The parallel strainer was a finnicky mechanism and the plastic parts are fragile, so this snare drum is best suited to display only. SEE THE LISTING AND MORE PICS. HERE.
- The red sparkle set is the more traditional Luxus set with standard size drums. This set is also New Old Stock and has never been played, and has all original heads other than the top of the 13. The red sparkle finish on this set doesn't have the age spots as the champagne kit does. The snare drum has the later version strainer that has metal parts, rather than the earlier verison which had more delicate plastic parts. As a result, this snare is more versatile and sturdier. SEE THE LISTING AND MORE PICS: HERE.
- The blue (aqua) sparkle set is another Telstar set and a very unique one. This set has no tone control and also has no badges. This is exactly how the set was made and may be the only one of its kind. It is New Old Stock with original unplayed heads. This set has the conical toms and bass drum, but the snare is standard size (14' top and 14" bottom). Also, this snare does NOT have the plastic strainer parts, which had a tendency to become brittle. This strainer has metal parts and is much sturdier than the plastic. This drum is very playable as a result. The finish is excellent on this set. SEE THE LISTING AND MORE PICS: HERE.
- The gold sparkle set is a Speedfire model with the elliptical bass drum and standard size toms and snare. The set is New Old Stock, unplayed, with all original plastic heads for toms and snare, and the bass drum has the original calf heads. This is probably the finest known example of this rare set.. The elliptical bass drum was designed with a board inside that separates the internal chamber so that each side of the bass drum would sound different. Two bass drum pedals would be attached to the batter side, and to facilitate this the snare was actually hung from a tom arm just like the bass drum. (That arm is not here with this set). By hanging the snare it allowed for the player to access the second bass drum pedal. A novelty for certain, but a wild look. Bill Haley's drummer (Bill Haley and the Comets) had a Speedfire set but he had the set that also had a rack of single headed toms arched over the bass drum. SEE THE LISTING AND MORE PICS. HERE.
ENJOY THE PHOTOS!