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Old 04-30-2009, 01:07 PM
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The history of Noble and Cooley drums


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In January of 1854, Silas Noble and James P. Cooley started making Drums in the Noble farmhouse kitchen. Their drum was an immediate success. In a few weeks they moved into a small building and after two years built their first factory.

In 1860 Noble & Cooley Co. made a Drum of a rail split by Abraham Lincoln which was used in political rallies in Massachusetts and Connecticut. This Drum was presented to the 10th Massachusetts Regiment and finally found a resting place in the United States Patent Office.
During the Civil War the Company boomed making Drums for the Northern Regiments. At this time, many changes occurred with expansion to a larger factory and change from Water Power to Steam Engine, all influencing the continued growth of the Company.
A few years later they made the Largest Drum on record, it being Eight Feet in Diameter. This Drum was made especially for use in Boston in 1869 at Gilmore's National Peace Jubilee, and later used in the 1876 Centennial.
Noble & Cooley Co. made not only Military Drums of all sizes, but also Toy Drums. In 1854, the Company produced 631 Drums; by 1873 they were manufacturing 100,000 Drums a year! Special machinery was designed and built to aid in the difficult process of Steam Bending, Decorating and Fabricating the Drum parts. Many of these machines have been restored for use on this line of reproductions. Granville, our home, is a typical small New England Village in the foothills of the Berkshires. The business is still owned and operated by the descendants of James P. Cooley and retains the original firm name. Through the years, improvements in buildings and manufacturing processes have been made, but the company has retained much of its antiquity and charm.

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Re: The history of Noble and Cooley drums


I've met Kevin Savage, a friends going to buy a used NAC kit (and I'm going to buy his old one!).

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Re: The history of Noble and Cooley drums


They look like well built drums, and with a history like that, I would expect nothing less. Post some pics when you get it Gus!

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Re: The history of Noble and Cooley drums


I had a Noble & Cooley snare drum once. It was a oyster pink color, solid maple with cast hoops, 10 lugs and measured 7.5" X 14". The finish was exquisite, highly polished with great grain. Even the vent hole and logo are pretty. It was a leftover from a kit at Guitar Center, the guy who bought the kit didn't want the snare. The sticker said $950.00 on it , but it was on the clearance rack and I got it for $250.

To this day I regret ever letting that snare go. It was by far the best snare I have EVER played. The snare throw-off strainer is the BEST design on the market. It was solid brass and has no flimsy rivets or plastic parts anywhere and is, mechanically speaking, a marvel of simplicity. The action is tilt down, but out from the snare rather than alongside it--and there are no cams or any gearing or levers that can get fouled up, broken or just plain stop working right...

I would pay $1000.00 to get that snare back. In a heartbeat.

I'm sure the same can be said about the rest of their drums. Snares are a great means to measure the capability and performance of a drum company--and N&C have my vote as one of the very best boutique drum makers out there.

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They look like well built drums, and with a history like that, I would expect nothing less. Post some pics when you get it Gus!
I have to check my E mail to see where were going to make the *Cough cough* deal *Cough*

follow this link to the drum company, then to his pictures... Its the DARK blue Acrylic!

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Re: The history of Noble and Cooley drums


That takes me to some myspace page, and I don't see a link to a drum company there. What am I doing wrong Gus?

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That takes me to some myspace page, and I don't see a link to a drum company there. What am I doing wrong Gus?
Look on the friends list to the picture of the drum(a black snare with a vent) Thats the drum company, then look at the pictures, sorry of my first directions, or maybe my second.

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Re: The history of Noble and Cooley drums


Here is the shortcut Mr. Der. when you scroll down you'll see the name Gus.

Mr. Der, you have outdone yourself again as expected with the history of drums.

MySpace.com - gus - 21 - Male - hooksett - www.myspace.com/135045776

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Here is the shortcut Mr. Der. when you scroll down you'll see the name Gus.

Mr. Der, you have outdone yourself again as expected with the history of drums.

MySpace.com - gus - 21 - Male - hooksett - www.myspace.com/135045776
That guy has a nice name! I bet he also has a link.

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Re: The history of Noble and Cooley drums


OK got it.

It's a good name. I don't know him personally. But he does sound familiar.

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