Most Controversial & Expensive Snare Drum Ever? $2 Million Ringo Starr Drumhead

August 27, 2020

DISCLAIMER: Harry spoke with the Jewish Defense League before writing on, and covering, this story about a historical snare drum. This post is not in support of any racist or anti-semitic behaviour, actions or visuals. This article is written to take a further look at the early 1900’s history, prior to World War II, as well as some of the definitive moments in drum collection history.

This blog post is going to be not only extremely interesting, but also quite controversial and historical in nature. This podcast and blog is highlighting William S. Hart, a famous movie star of the early 1900’s who made a purchase of a Snare drum from Ludwig & Ludwig for his son, that today is highly valued and, even more so, misunderstood.

Harry J. Cangany, a drum historian of sorts, and avid writer for many news mediums, including Modern Drummer, Drum! Magazine, Not So Modern Drummer and many more, joined us to discuss and shed light on this controversial snare drum and piece of drum history.

Harry also spends time highlighting the recent sale of a $2 million Ringo Starr Snare drumhead used upon his early arrival to the United States, both appearing on the Ed Sullivan show (with none other than The Beatles) and used on his personal Ludwig drumset. Harry also discusses sitting down with his hometown Billionaire who made the purchase of the snare drumhead, and continued on to purchase Ringo Starr’s first personal Ludwig drumset in the United States. This is an exciting podcast full of surprises and fascinating bits of history that are sure to leave you learning something new. Without further adieu… Harry J. Cangany on the 180 Drums Podcast…

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Written by Jake Nicolle

“I want to take drum lessons!” – Harry J. Cangany, moments after seeing The Beatles and Ringo Starr for the first time on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964, February 19th. He recalls it like it was yesterday.

Harry J. Cangany

The Snare Drum Itself

Why listen to this episode? You will learn about Harry’s:

20 year hunt for the most controversial drum ever

Experience, seeing, documenting and touching Ringo’s first drumset

Life changing experience with The Beatles

The early rise of the drum set and how Ringo Starr made that impact

150 Drum Sets and 50 Snare Drum large collection

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DISCLAIMER: Harry spoke with the Jewish Defense League before writing on, and covering, this story about a historical snare drum. This post is not in support of any racist or anti-semitic behaviour, actions or visuals. This article is written to take a further look at the early 1900’s history, prior to World War II, as well as some of the definitive moments in drum collection history.

This drum was purchased by William S. Hart for his son in the early 1900’s prior to World War II. At that time the emblem featured on the drum was one used as a sign of prosperity and good fortune in ancient sanskrit. The logo had it’s original meaning forever tainted following the events of World War II.

Note: The drum is made of solid 24 Karat Gold, including the snare strainer. The only non gold features on the drums being the pure silver emblems embellishing the rest of the drum. A true work of art at it’s time and valued well over $300,000 in todays dollars.

People and Artists Mentioned

The Beatles

Ringo Starr

Ludwig & Ludwig

Ludwig Drums

Ringo Starr

DW Drums

Buddy Rich

Gene Krupa

Premiere Drums

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