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14 x 6.5 The Retrosonic

14 x 6.5 The Retrosonic

14 x 6.5 The Retrosonic

14 x 6.5 The Retrosonic

Overview

Just when you think you've captured all the models from the 2010-2019 era, along comes this rarity. I spotted this in July 2022 in one of the photos Ariel de Leon sent me of his extensive (and I do mean extensive!) collection of Black Panthers. After doing a double-take and querying it with Ariel, I managed to find a video from the Drum Centre of Portsmouth (below) that shows it in action.

I put the photo up in the Facebook group, and Morgan Deveney sent me a link to a contemporary review by Geoff Nicholls on MusicRadar that explains it was a special order option*. Given that there are just about zero photos of this size available anywhere, not many people seem to have chosen the option, so it's a definite rarity.

The catalogue reference is an educated guess, since this deeper model doesn't appear in any catalogue I can find. 

Note that Ariel has swapped the original Sonic Saver hoops for Die Casts on his example. 

*The article says that you could order it as a 14"x6" but it's definitely a 6.5".

 

Photos of this rarity are courtesy of Ariel de Leon and Bruce Murphy. Thanks a million guys!!

Specifications

  • Catalogue Ref:
    BPWB4650CNEN
  • Shell Size:
    14"x6.5"
  • Shell Construction:
    Walnut
  • Shell Thickness:
    8.1mm
  • Shell Finish:
    Satin finish
  • Bearing Edge:
    1:9 Bearing Edge
  • Hardware Finish:
    Chrome
  • Lug Casings:
    High Tension Tube
  • Number of Lugs:
    10
  • Hoops:
    Sonic Saver
  • Air Vents:
    1
  • Snare Wires:
    20-strand
  • Snare Throw Off:
    Cylinder-Drive
  • Catalogue Ref:
    BPWB4650CNEN
  • Shell Size:
    14"x6.5"
  • Shell Construction:
    Walnut
  • Shell Thickness:
    8.1mm
  • Shell Finish:
    Satin finish
  • Bearing Edge:
    1:9 Bearing Edge
  • Hardware Finish:
    Chrome
  • Lug Casings:
    High Tension Tube
  • Number of Lugs:
    10
  • Hoops:
    Sonic Saver
  • Air Vents:
    1
  • Snare Wires:
    20-strand
  • Snare Throw Off:
    Cylinder-Drive

Rarity (on release)

Super Unicorn
Super Unicorn