Cameo Los Angeles Kit

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  1. Blkonyx

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    Hi all, got a lead on the following drum kit. I’ve never owned or researched camco drums, but have always wanted one! I’m checking out the below kit tonight. Looks like the high Tom and bass were redrilled for pearl style hardware.
    12,14,20 -los angeles badge. Owner bought them new in 1977

    He has he had a matching snare as well.

    Thoughts on value, he’s asking a pretty penny, but do love natural finish drums
     

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    A 10 lug 20? My 22 LA Camco BD has 10 lugs, my Oaklawn 20 has 8. But, I don't know what they did in LA.
     
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    Those sizes in LA era Camco are almost nonexistent. If he has the matching snare i’d Guess in the $3000 range. The Pearl mount definitely kills off another $500 or more IMO.
     
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    That's a really nice looking kit. You should check for numbers stamped or written on the re-rings. On all-original kits they typically match, or in rare cases are very close to each other. If they are far apart, then the kit is likely married. If the owner is correct that the kit was purchased in 1977, I would think the number would be north of 1000, and probably written on the re-rings in black marker. Other things to note would be presence of tone controls (it looks like one is installed on the floor tom); also check to see if the original Aristocrat strainer is on the snare drum. These are often missing with either a Ludwig (extra holes) or Rogers clock-face (no extra holes) installed. The tone controls and strainers are hard to find and expensive, so it is impactful to the price if they are present or not. If you get a chance to take some pictures, it would be great to see more details. Good luck!
     
  5. Osahead2

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    Yes those sizes (20/12/14) in the L.A. era are quite rare but unfortunately the Pearl mount hurts it some. Too bad the mount was added at some point otherwise they would be special but nonetheless, they are very good drums. Hmm, I've only seen a small handful of 20" L.A. bass drums in all my time involved in Camco drums. The 14x14 L.A. floor toms are rare too!

    I have a pretty cool looking 1 o'clock rail mount 20/12/14 L.A. Camco kit with no extra holes or mods...
     
  6. DanC

    DanC "Get in, sit down, shut up, hold on"

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    How much is he asking?
     
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    I can't "see" the Pearl hardware (well that's a good thing)
    Where is it exactly guys.
    It's minor I'd say ...
     
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    I just noticed the drum set in question is a 10 lug bass drum... not a huge deal but my 20x14 L.A. bass drum has the typical 8 lug set-up.
     
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    I ended up getting them, feeling I may have overpaid, but they sounded incredible and wood finished drums get me every time.

    The good: 12,14,20 with matching snare. Not too many bruises on this one, some light marks...doesn’t bother me. All Los Angeles badges with matching number on re-ring. And yes 10 lug 20 inch bass...very funky.

    The bad: 12 inch was redrilled for a different mount , along with the bass drum. The bass drum has DW lugs ( wasn’t redrilled) but he said the original lugs gave in in the 80s. All ts are incorrect, as well as a set of claws. The 14 floor is perfect, no mods.
    The snare is missing one part of the throwoff, see picture.

    I know parts are going to be next to impossible to find, but not sure when I’d ever see a matching kit like this again...so I took the chance.
     

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    Gosh those look like thick shells (pic 3) looking at it with a Gretsch eye. Cool. Very cool.
     
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    Ive got a 20-12-14 LA in that same finish. Great sounding drums
     
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    Good news... if you can locate yourself a complete original Camco center post for the bass drum you could easily cover those extra holes from that nonfactory post.

    Congratulations, I like them...
     
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    Oh and find yourself some replica & original Camco T-rods & claws.
     
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    Love the color and sizes.....hope it was less than $2K.........
     
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    DanC "Get in, sit down, shut up, hold on"

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    Beautiful kit.

    The missing part of the throw is a simple piece of steel with 2 holes in it. Someone at a machine shop could make you one in 10 minutes for a few bucks.

    A 10-lug, 20" bass - awesome!
     
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    Nice kit Ryan!
     
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    Word Up on that LA Cameo kit!
     
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    Sweet!
     
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    Awesome! I'm a sucker for wood finishes too, and Walnut is my number 1 favorite. I wouldn't have been able to resist either!
     
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    nice drum set .... i'm new to , camco meself ....
     

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