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Lang Percussion 5.5x14 Gladstone Snare Drum-Die Cast-Gold  From Other

The Replica of the famous 1951 Billy Gladstone Custom Snare Drum from Arnie Lang.


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What We Think

This drum was originally built in 1997 for Tim Rae and features Gold metal flake lacquer on eight-ply shell with 24 carat gold plating. Arnie was one of Billy Gladstone's students and builds replicas modeled from an original he got from Billy. The gold lacquer was one of the colors Billy used on his original release of 50 snares. Overall in good condition. The bottom hoop does have some pitting in 3 spots. The snare strainer is simple is design and allows for quick and easy throw off and engagement of the snares. The snare strainer arm moves away from the drum and is simple and extremely efficient. All parts function properly and the drum will ship in a soft case. If you're on the hunt for a top of the line snare, or want to own a rare and unique snare, don't waste any time and grab this before it's too late.


Manufacturer's Description from Other

Shells: Ply and solid shells in both domestic and exotic woods are available in 4.5", 5", 5.5", 6", 6.5", & 7" depths. 45º bearing edge and snare bed is cut with our own specialty machines then hand finished.

Three Way Tensioning™ : Adjustments are made from the top of the drum with a special three way tuning key which permanently mounts on the shell. Tune top head alone, bottom head alone or both heads at the same time without taking the drum off the stand.

Perfect Snare Control: The snare strainer flips off with out any noise since there are no springs or rods to malfunction.

Fingertip Tone Control: The muffler knob has a numbered gauge to obtain the exact degree of muffling required.

Finish: All Gladstone Drums are lacquered on the inside with the same high quality lacquer used on the outside.

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Here at Sound Pure we hand-select used and vintage pieces of gear for our inventory. Our used selection always reflects the high standards of quality and craftsmanship that we expect from all of our manufacturers.   We are a small team of dedicated experts, located in Durham, NC.  We buy, trade, and consign instruments that we truly believe in.  Because of this, we have developed a reputation of quality and trust with our customers, located all over the world.   Our best customers are the ones that truly understand our personal touch and commitment to everything we sell, and range from hobbyists and enthusiasts to some of the biggest names in the business.  Our passion bridges the products we love with the real relationships we develop with our customer - whether they are a lifelong musician, or they are just getting started on their musical journey but care about value, quality, and being treated right.  

We vigorously test everything we take in to ensure authenticity, functionality, and reliability.  We are supported by one of the most well-respected luthiers in the Southeast, guaranteeing products that come in are thoroughly vetted, and that products that go out our in premium, performance- ready shape.   We are so confident in our ability to provide the highest quality music equipment in the industry, we even invented our “Try Before You Buy” program where we can ship out a product before collecting actual payment. 

Sound Pure's inventory is constantly changing, ever-evolving, with some items sold before reaching the website.    Looking for something specific? Have questions about this product's condition or history?  Want more photos, or to simply chat with an expert who's had his hands on this actual piece of gear?  It is truly our pleasure to talk with our customers, please do contact us now.  



  • 8 ply shell
  • 24kt Gold Plating
  • 3 Way Tuning
  • Internal Muffler
  • 10 Tube Lugs
  • Gut Wires