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These capstans had an annoying tendency to crush your fingers against the drum and were neither particularly stable nor hard wearing. Hayman spurs were modelled on Ludwig type outrigger designs, but with large, cast circular holder blocks which matched the nut boxes and also located the tom legs.Hayman's 'lightning-bolt' bass drum tensioners were the first that were ergonomically designed to ease operation - they were shaped to accommodate the thumbs better.This was fitted with not one, but two ratchets and by judicious use of both you could actually have exceedingly limited horizontal height adjustment.

Hayman drums were introduced in the late 1960s, being made by an English manufacturer.

The idea was to come up with a drum series to compete with the success of the large American companies of the time.

The shells were thin walled with rings, and painted white with what they called "Vibrasonic" interiors.

The lugs were essentially a copy of the Camco design. The company started with the name George Hayman on the badge, then shortened it to just Hayman in later years.

Dallas-Arbiter designed their own cumbersome tom holder too, which might well have looked good on the drawing board, but in reality was something of a nightmare.

A flat, curved and slotted rail was jacked up a little above the bass drum shell and to this was attached the body of the cast tom holder itself.I'm told they didn't make too many metal drums so they’re evidently quite collectable.After the "Beverley Cosmic 21", Hayman were amongst the first non-American snare drums to have ten tensioners per head and boasted a simple, but effective American-style on/off strainer attached to a 22 strand snare too.The drums had a mixture of features which, prior to 1969, would only be seen on expensive American products.Triple-flange hoops, which gave a more open sound, very new to British drums, as were non-telescopic spurs, adjustable, swivelling shell mounts and cymbal arms and an abundance of tension screws and Remo heads.Ultimately they discarded the metal inserts, which were weighty and expensive and instead chose to thickly coat the drums' interior surfaces. In further homage to that famous American marque, the set's lugs were also made circular, which was well avant-garde at the time.

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