Nick Hopkin Offers Vintage British Drums At 2014 Chicago Drum Show
Leading UK Specialist Will Showcase Rare Premier Kits in Debut USA Appearance
British vintage drum specialist Nick Hopkin Drums makes its North American debut with an exhibit at the 2014 Chicago Drum Show on 17 & 18 May 2014. Hopkin, whose facility near the England/Wales border attracts such major-name players as Sean Moore (Manic Street Preachers), Steve White (Paul Weller), Clive Deamer (Robert Plant) and Geoff Barrow (Portishead) has quickly built a reputation as a go-to for rare and hard-to-find vintage kits, snares and accessories.
At the Chicago show, itself renowned as a world-leading exhibition, Hopkin will highlight, among other collectibles, rare drums from the vaults of legendary British drum maker Premier. “These kits have been tucked away at the Premier facility in Leicester for decades,” notes Hopkin, “and their presence at the Chicago show will be their first time they’ve been seen by the public. They are super-collectible. And yes, they are for sale.”
Hopkin, also a regular columnist for the magazines Drummer (UK) and Not So Modern Drummer (USA), notes that, “The UK has a rich history in drum design and manufacturing, with brands including Premier, Ajax, Beverley and Hayman being highly collectible. Non-British brands including classic-era Ludwig, Gretsch and Slingerland also come through the shop, which handles a constantly changing inventory of great gear that can also be seen online.”
Founded in 2012, Nick Hopkin Drums quickly established itself as one of the UK’s leading sources of pro-quality vintage gear and has steadily amassed a keen international following. “Yes,” noted Hopkin, “where better to tell vintage fans and collectors that they have a new source of high-quality collectible gear – especially those great British brands – than at a world-class drum show in Chicago, the hometown of such legendary names as Slingerland and the Ludwig Drum Company.”