Drum Finishes - A Natural Debate - Part Deux

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audiotech

Guest
If it was a moderately priced kit worth one or two thousand dollars, then a couples of dings or scratches wouldn't bother me either. As everyone knows, "things" happen and I know this all too well. But if we're talking about a set of Craviotto drums, then to me it would be a bit more than just disparaging.

Dennis
 

BabyBob

Silver Member
I really like woody finishes. Not really a fan of sparkles and wraps of course there are exceptions.
 

alparrott

Platinum Member
I've always wanted a green set of drums, and at the moment, this finish on the Crush Chameleon Ash has really got my attention.

 

keep it simple

Platinum Member
I'm probably not the only one on this board that has little to no knowledge when it comes to re-finishing wooden products
Agreed, not everyone has the confidence to have a go, but it really is just a case of some careful fine grit sanding & applying a few layers of wax, & that's on a fairly big repair. Small scratches are fixed by putting a dab of wax on a cloth, working the wax into the scratch, then polishing off with a dry cloth. No more than polishing your dining room table really.

Andy I didn't realize that particular benefit of your shellac and wax finish, easy scratch repair. Cool beans.
We just use shellac as a sealer Larry, the finish is actually the wax, & that's as easy as applying furniture wax & buff to a sheen.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I had a mirror chrome wrap Slingerland back in 1981, & I loved it. It might be a bit cheesy now, but nothing beats it under good stage lights :)

Yes Bo, & it's even more gorgeous in the flesh. Of course, it's not a "finish", it's the solid real deal. It does darken over time to become a very deep burnt orange/red - lovely!
Now you're just teasing me. Stop it ;)
 

Jeff Almeyda

Senior Consultant
I can't say what I like, I just know it when I see it. I know I hate any cheesy finish that has flames or skulls or anything that is supposed to look tough. I also HATE guys that put their name (or even worse their nickname which is usually something like "Sticks" or "Speedy") on their kick drum head.

I'm getting a Guru padauk kit, the deep red finish is absolutely gorgeous. It's not the reason I bought them but it is a beautiful color.
 

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
I can't say what I like, I just know it when I see it. I know I hate any cheesy finish that has flames or skulls or anything that is supposed to look tough. I also HATE guys that put their name (or even worse their nickname which is usually something like "Sticks" or "Speedy") on their kick drum head.

I'm getting a Guru padauk kit, the deep red finish is absolutely gorgeous. It's not the reason I bought them but it is a beautiful color.
Let's all get together and hate Jeff Almeyda now ;)
 

JohnnySomersett

Senior Member
I tend to not like being able to see the wood grain! Same with my guitars.
Favourite finishes are all wraps and are as follows:

Black
Red Sparkle
WMP
Sky Blue Pearl
Ludwig Bowling Ball (blue or black)


I appreciate a nice grain on wood (my father was a master carpenter so I grew up around some beautiful stuff) but I couldn't live with it as drums. Don't know why either! Weird.
 

larryz

Platinum Member
I'd choose Ludwig's early 1970s blue oyster pearl.

Though I think if you walked into a room of drum kits of many finishes good old white marine pearl would exclaim "I'm the boss here...I've been around the longest and I've got the yellowing to prove it."
 

Begyed13

Junior Member
Im looking to custom build my own kit and have been contemplating how to finish it.
Probably going to to stain it but i like this 2 tone stain. How did they put the seperater boarder on it and what is it made of?
2 tone.jpg
 

longgun

Gold Member
I'm a sucker for natural finishes. I also really liked that "Egyptian Night Burst" gold sparkle finish Tama did a few years ago.

However, I think one of the best-looking drumsets I've ever seen is this SJC zebrawood/black ripple kit. It is simply stunning to me. One of the only things of SJC's I've ever liked, and boy do I like it! (except for the hideous kick reso)


Man that looks good.
 
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oddtime74

Guest
I like so many, I can't pick one. it's probably easier to say which ones I don't like.
Same here larry. I wish I had enough funds to get the ones that really strike me, different configs, finish, wood types etc. I've never really dug deep to find what I like personally but I too am starting to take a liking to the wood finishes. Like the burst finishes.

This Cat Birch Walnut Burst is really nice. I'd like to have a 3 up 1 down version of this set though I see this specific finish is going away!



This Cat Maple finish is mouth watering....



Or like this Tama SC Maple....



I also really really like the Antique Brown Birch by Tama, the Honey Amber and Natural finish on the Yamaha Stage Custom Birch, the Apple Sparkle Fade by Yamaha and the Orange to Red fade on the Crush Sublime set.



Just to name a few. I really wish PDP had more color choices when I bought the X7. The other finishes were ok but just didn't catch my eye the right way. I admit I've always wanted a white set after seeing Lars' white Tama set as a young buck which is why I chose the white X7 at the time.

I do look forward to my next set though cause with the wealth of info from the web, here at DW and looking at me personally to know what I want in a set and config I am going to really enjoy it next time.
 

Beam Me Up Scotty

Silver Member
I can definitely pick one, surprisingly. Tama's "Molten Satin Brown Burst". Quite the mouthful, but hot damn do I love this paint job. Hell, I'm even fortunate to own a kit with this finish!

I'm not such a fan of "natural" finishes per se.
 

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