1944 an Amsterdam trader, Mr. Premselaar, asks both
men if they can make little screws for musical instruments.
Premselaar sells (snare-)drums amongst other things.
In the end of the year 1944 Looise and Vogel produce
so much parts for these snare drums that they decide
to design one for themselves. The first wooden drum
is born … and for quite a while it is the last
the war is over in 1945, Mr. van Wouw, a importer
of Spanish guitars steps into the little basement
in the Jordaan with a Swiss ‘Imperial’
snare in his arms and puts the question: ‘Please,
make me such a thing because I want to sell drums
as well’. Looise and Vogel design a new snare
drum and the new brand ‘Triumph’ is born.
It is the brand of Mr. van Wouw. Production starts
and within a few months the company grows to a number
of fourteen workers! Business is going very, very
well and the snare drums are sold to musical societies
and marching bands all over Holland and Belgium. The
two next-door basements on number 64 and 66 are rented
is an early Triumph Marching Snare
first Triumph snare is a beautiful, handmade, brass
snare with slim six-hexagonal lugs, a ingenious, casted
snare mechanism, a graceful throw-off and everything
is fully and beautiful nickel-plated. Also very unique
is the way how the snares are attached to the mechanism;
not simply glued on a strip of metal, buy one by one
guided through a brass piece and fastened with a tiny
screw. A hell of a job to make, but a perfect example
of the attitude of Looise and Vogel: ‘We only
want to make the best of all’.