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Premier Percussion

Premier Music International Ltd
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1922 (1922)
Founder Albert Della Porta and George Smith
Headquarters Kibworth, Leicestershire, England
Products Drum kits
percussion instruments

Premier Music International Limited is an English distibutor of drum kits and percussion instruments manufactured elsewhere.


In 2012 Premier began moving the production of its higher end products back to the UK.

Noteworthy drums

Drum lines

Elite Series (1970s)

Resonator Series

Black Shadow - A unique run of the Resonator series with a specially applied lacquer finish

Projector Series

Signia Series

Signia Marquis Series

Genista (original 90s version used only birch)

Gen X (4ply maple/2ply birch)

Artist Series

Series Elite (Maple/Birch/Gen-X Hybrid)

One series drums - unique one off kits and snares named of British towns and places of interest

Modern Classic drums

Snare drums

2000 Snare

Royal Ace Snare

Carmine Appice Signature Snare

Project One Snare

2005 Snare

Modern Classic Snares

XC Series - part of the 90th anniversary line.


Gordon Mann 1 Wing Pipes and Drums

Early Premier drums were mostly made of 3-ply birch, with reinforcing hoops as was common with most drums from that period.

In the 1960s Ludwig, Rogers and Slingerland were being sold in greater number than Premier drums. This decrease in popularity, despite Premier's equal quality, was only temporary and Premier continues to produce quality drums today.

For some years during the mid-1970s, Premier began using African Mahogany in their drum construction. Premier drums from that period were mostly made of three-ply mahogany with beech wood reinforcing hoops (or glue rings.) True mahogany from Khaya Nyasica, Africa have an

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