A Rare Treasure Found in the Twin Cities – Minnesota.
In the summer of 2011, I noticed an online advertisement in Minneapolis, MN offering two Valje drums of an unknown build date for $1000.
From the pictures, it was clear that the author was offering the “real” Valje drums from the 1970s and not the Latin Percussion line.
There were only two grainy photos by which to judge the condition and authenticity, so a visit was required.
I had just begun a search on Ebay and other sources to locate drums made by Tom Flores in California in the 60s, 70s, and early 80s. Seeming like a miracle so far away from the east and west coasts of the United States; these drums offered in my home town were definitely a rare find.
My heart raced dialing the phone number of the seller. If these were true Valje antiques, then some other person surely would know their value and buy them from under me, I thought. I raced to the bank and withdrew the cash that afternoon and set a time that day to travel out to New Hope, MN to inspect them.