Well, it goes back way too many years, but I'm from the Kenmore, NY area. While riding my bike down Military Road in Kenmore I passed the Kent Drum Company (aka Drummer's Paradise). That's how I got interested in drumming. From there, lessons were pursued, school music groups were entered, and I guess you could say the rest is history.
As my parents realized my interest in drumming was not just a passing phase, they ponied up the money to buy me a nice set of Kent Drums, gold sparkle, 5-13-15-20. I practiced them every day, learned the fundamentals, and eventually giged them out with a couple of my buddies in a jazz trio.
Then there was the infamous day in the early 60's, I was 14 years old, and my parents took me and my brother to see Gene Krupa at a local supper club! My dad flipped the matri'd twenty bucks, and Gene sat down at our table between sets to have a couple scotches and talk to us about music, drumming, equipment, and his upcoming drumming school venture with Cozy Cole.. I will never forget his statement "I'd rather have a ketchup sandwich at home than the best steak at a restaurant on the road". It wasn't until many decades later, after spending considerable time on the road, that I really understood that! And how true it is! At the time, he was a Slingerland endorser, and asked me what I had for drums, and I mentioned Kent. He shrugged off the name, and remember telling him "oh, it's just a local company". The memories!
My interest in drumming has continued for decades. The old Kent set was put in storage somewhere, and I have since had the pleasure of obtaining and restoring a classic Ludwig Ringo set, and my current Niles Slingerland white pearl set.
This past year the original Kent set was found, and it brought back a LOT of memories. So once I set it up as-found for old time sakes, I went to work restoring it. The step-by-step of the Kent restoration can be seen here.
When finished, you got it, the missing link... what about the damaged and missing drum badges? I took it upon myself to solve that problem. THAT is what this site is all about!