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NMM 10817. Snare drum by Harry A. Bower, Boston, 1918
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NMM 10817. Snare drum by Harry A. Bower, Boston, 1918. Leatheroid shell (composite material made from chemically treated cellulose) with walnut veneer, 314mm (12-3/8") x 150mm (5-3/4"). Single-tension with six rods. Each rod has hooks on both ends that pull directly on the heads. No rims, heads tucked over flesh hoops (metal) and placed directly on drum. Strainer (patented Aug. 14, 1917) has long bar running the length of the snares, pressing the snares against the head. Two throw-off mechanisms—one on each side—release the snares. Originally belonged to Charles F. Komarek (1911-1975), a lifelong school music educator, conductor, and trumpet soloist. Gift of Anita Smisek, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, 2005.
Paper label inside shell: The "BOWER" Drum / TRADEMARK / The "BOWER" DRUM is a / new creation. Invented and manufactured by the world's / authority on drums and / drumming, and the author / and publisher of the "Harry / A. BOWER SYSTEM." No. 379 [handwritten] / Harry A. Bower Boston, Mass.
Stamped near top of label: Charles F. Komarek / 325 West 2nd Street / Waconia, Minn. 55387. Written in marker on batter head: Property of Charles Komarek. Stamped twice on strainer: PAT AUG 14 17. Stamped on snare head: TRANSPARENT / L & L [Ludwig & Ludwig] / CROWN-HEAD.
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