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Duplex After-Beat

Drum Is Announced perfect and steady rhythm and many novel combinations. The monotonous 'clank' of foot cymbals has been eliminated. It's all that you would want it to be.

"The extra-fine pedal action makes it sensitive to the very slightest touch. So little effort is required to operate it that it is necessary to barely move the foot to obtain a soft 'swish' or 'sweep' after-beat.

"Can also be played on the beat, eliminating bass drum altogether, if desired. "No practice is necessary to operate it, if you can play a Charleston pedal, and most modern drummers can do that."

The new After-Beat drum is twelve inches in diameter with shell and hoop made of nickelplated steel and good quality head, heel guard, patent brush holder to accommodate two brushes, quick take-down and compact folding. It will retail for $15.

1928 Slingerland Catalog

Latest Addition to Line of Duplex Mfg. Co., St. Louis, Is Announced to the Retail Trade ST. LOUIS, MO., March 5.—The new Duplex After-Beat drum was announced this week to the music trade in an eight-page two-color advertising broadside sent to the trade by the Duplex Mfg. Co., maker of Duplex drums and drum products, 2815 Henrietta street. It is a unique instrument that is expected to be greatly in demand by orchestra drummers. It offers an unlimited variety of syncopated and rhythmical effects heretofore unknown in dance drumming.

The After-Beat drum is the creation of J. A. Meyer, head of the company, and he tells the story of it in the circular. Here are his words: "Ever since the advent of making use of the left foot for after-beat rhythm it has been put to only one use—that of playing cymbals. The idea of playing after-beats with the foot is indeed a very good one, but playing it with cymbals has not proven practical owing to the fact that there are only certain passages where foot cymbals can be used with good effect. It is our opinion, and many of the profession have agreed with us on this point, that After-Beat Rhythm should be maintained constantly throughout the number. If the drummer is obliged to stop using his foot cymbals, and this has been the case, he immediately takes something from the rhythm that should be there.

"Another objection to the old method has been too much cymbals. Cymbals on top of the drum, side cymbal and foot cymbals. No variety at all. We all know that top and side cymbals are a necessity, but it is our contention that foot cymbals are superfluous. "With the 'Duplex' After-Beat Drum comes a new era in dance drumming. New effects.

Here is the patent filed Jan 21, 1928 and issued Jan 21, 1930



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