This stunning 1960s Fibes 5x14 prototype snare drum was born at the legendary Jack's Drum Shop in Boston, MA in the 1960s. During this time, Buddy Rich was endorsed by Rogers, and when he would play the Boston Playboy Club, Jack's would bring a silver sparkle Rogers set there for him along with this Fibes snare that Buddy loved the sound of. To appease the folks at Rogers for Buddy, Fibes founder Bob Grauso custom fitted the early Fibes rectangle badge shell with a Rogers strainer and butt, as well as Rogers beaver tail lugs. He also installed a 1960s Gretsch round badge era muffler. After some time, Buddy briefly became a Fibes endorser after leaving Rogers at which point Bob Grasso switched the Rogers Beaver Tail lugs to the Fibes lugs that have remained to date. These lugs have the same lug spacing and did not require any extra holes. To that end, this drum does not have any extra holes having only ever been drilled for the Rogers strainer and butt and Gretsch muffler. After Buddy left Rogers and Fibes, the silver sparkle Rogers set and Fibes snare he played at the Boston Play Boy club was acquired from Jack's Drum Shop by local Boston area drummer John Taylor. John has since sold the Rogers set, but held on to the Fibes snare until recently sending it to Drugan's Drums & Guitars. As one would expect, the drum sounds simply amazing, and it's easy to see why Buddy continued to play a Fibes snare for the rest of his life, even while being endorsed by other companies after leaving Fibes. It’s been said that whenever an irritated artist rep would complain that he wasn’t playing one of their snare drums, Buddy would reply, “When you can make a snare drum like Fibes, I’ll use it!” Here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of music history as well as a piece of drum history. Imagine the licks that have been played on this drum, and the things this drum has seen. Seize the moment and enjoy!
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