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Traps: The Incredible Story of Vintage

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Drum Channel
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009GESIP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,556 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any vintage drum enthusiast March 18, 2013
By T
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Kudos to Daniel Glass and Drum Channel for making this its own release and not relegating it to the 'special features' on the Century Project discs. If you have any interest in vintage drums, or interest in the evolution of how drums were made, whatever this DVD costs you will be worth it. The multitude of examples of vintage gear (including gorgeous close-ups), explanations of how things were assembled and how they worked (or didn't work quite right, in some cases), and deep context for why and when some technologies were introduced make this disc a goldmine of information.

Is it instructional? No. But you should know that from looking at the case. Is it educational? Absolutely. The evolution of what eventually became the drumset in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is a fascinating story, and what you get with this 2-disc set is that history told through the drums, cymbals, and hardware across the decades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cursory look at a century of drum gear evolution November 15, 2013
This DVD is actually the special features from Century Project By Daniel Glass. However, it stands alone as a crash course in vintage drums. There are three audiences for the information conveyed: (1) folks who watched the Century Project and were interested in the drums that were discussed and demonstrated in that video, (2) drummers who play nuanced music like jazz who want to capture the sound and vibe of the instruments played in the early days of their music, and studio musicians and producers who understand the value of some of the iconic vintage drums like the Ludwig Black Beauty and Slingerland Radio King, to name but two of many.

I love the format. It's Daniel Glass - the 'star' of the Century Project and a vintage drum collector and player in his own right - and John Aldridge who is well known to the vintage community as an author, publisher (he established Not So Modern Drummer) and engraver who transforms modern drums into works of art.

The format itself is both a discussion between Glass and Aldridge of the gear and the evolution of drums that follows the chronology of the century project. Of course it's scripted, with Glass asking rhetorical questions and in some spots contributing his own insights and knowledge.

However the real star is Aldridge who displays not only an amazing knowledge of drum evolution, but materials science in general. For example, in more than a few places he was able to tie together innovations like ply shells and a 1930s console that employed plexiglass to the innovations in the airline industry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for vintage drummers and drum devotees February 11, 2013
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Being a long time jazz drummer wannabe and one who plays vintage Slingerland and a choice 1938 Radio King snare, this fine DVD by Daniel Glass is a must have; I watched it start to finish when it landed on my doorstep and have gone back to it a half dozen times, so fun and informative this effort is. For those of us who walk into modern drum shops and corporate box music stores, look at the gleaming stacks of new DW, Ludwig, Gretsch, Yamaha, Pearl and other contemporary companies and sigh.........."Nothing here for me" this DVD will only heighten and expand your enjoyment of fine old drum equipment.
Starting with Civil War drums Mr. Glass takes us on a highly entertaining and informative romp up along the time-line of the history of the drum "Kit or Set" to what has become today's modern style drum kit. Daniel Glass's knowledge of the subject is of Master Thesis level and he is incredibly adept at making the presentation understandable and did I mention entertaining as well?!?!?!
Throughout the DVD examples of vintage and highly collectible drums from rope tension civil war era drums up to early turn of the century sets featuring the latest innovations to big band bop and rock. Notable were the evolution in the early 20th Century of the bass drum pedal and sock cymbals [they evolved to the hi hat] as the drummer consolidated what had been three or four instrumentalist in an orchestra into one person able to play bass drum, snare, cymbals and trap sounds. Dixieland, Chicago Blues, Swing, be-bop and rock are all covered by decade and each era is illustrated by some of the most majestic and pristine editions of signature vintage drums and sets you'd be hard pressed to see anywhere save for Mr. Maxwell's heady emporiums of fine drum antiquity in NYC and Illinois.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn more about vintage drums! August 18, 2013
By Scott
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I learnt lots of new stuff that had been alluding me for years! Very in depth and information rich.
Including a great bonus section on how to get a vintage sound from modern drums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Vintage DVD July 15, 2013
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This is a "Great Present" to have the history of the drum set and their principals makers in one Hundred Years
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