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Welcome to the New Leedy!

Welcome to the New Leedy!

The Leedy Drum Company was founded in 1895!

The strength of the Leedy legacy stands as a tribute to the founder, Ulysses G. Leedy. U.G. Leedy began his career as a professional percussionist in the 1890s. His personal need for instrument improvements led him to begin crafting his own. A good example is his first product, the folding drum stand. (Snare drums were hung on slings or placed on chairs until Leedy developed the stand.) Fellow musicians, quick to recognize the value and quality of Leedy,s creations, convinced him to start a business. With only $50.00 startup cash, Leedy set up a small shop in his Indianapolis apartment in 1898 and began making snare drum stands, then snare drums. Within two years he was able to buy four lots and build his first factory building.

Recognizing the value and prestige of the Leedy name, Gretsch has taken carefully measured steps in bringing Leedy back into the marketplace. At the 2003 Anaheim NAMM show, 25 new Leedy drums were displayed and received an overwhelming response. Gretsch expects to begin shipping the new Leedy drums to expectant dealers and their customers in mid-2003.

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These three different standard models have features that make possible an unlimited number of tonal effects of great vitality and brilliance. These features place at the Drummer’s command a character of rhythm in exact accord with all styles of music. Your leader and other musicians will be quick to recognize the difference in quality and projection of sound coming from the drums. Even those untrained in music will hear that clear, penetrating “LEEDY” snap.

Rhythm is the job of the Drum . . . the Drummer is the Rhythm Dispenser. Rhythm without tonal shading becomes monotonous … This is never a problem if you choose these new “LEEDY” models. Their brilliance will help you to shine!


The Leedy “BROADWAY STANDARD” is more than another Drum. It is also the means by which any Drummer can improve his playing ability. A Drum built to a high mark of efficiency and beauty. Experience for yourself the sensitivity of fully-extended snares, the classic look of vintage “Beavertail” lugs and Leedy floating head design.


Every Progressive Drummer now agrees that appearance plays an important part in “making” or “breaking” the path to greater success. The “ELITE STANDARD SERIES” drum combines Leedy original 1930’s lug styling, sleek molded die-cast hoops, a contemporary “state of the art” throw-off to create a drum that is far more than a “time beater”.


The Leedy “ELITE STANDARD BRASS” snare drum has an “aliveness” that will be a revelation to you. It combines all of the great features of the “ELITE” series with a quality chrome plated brass shell and a great price. See this model before you buy any drum and you’ll agree that it’s the finest of its kind on the market.