Re-finish or not to Re-finish

tommyglarner

Junior Member
Hello all,
I have a beautiful Sonor Signature Series HD Bubinga wood Double bass kit I bought new back in 1985. I was full time road gigging with Messendger (84 to 87) and Eternal Teenagers (87 to 90) and had at the time a set (3 of them) of Anvil 3' wide X 5' long X 4' high, road cases on wheels where each drum had a padded compartment and then a top went over that where hardware was loaded then shut the cover and they were safe and secure. Still, they got thier share of nicks and scratches. I am going to be putting them up for sale in the next month and wanted to know if I can get some input as to wheather or not I should have the shells refinished or not before hand. They are no means in terrible shape and still look and sound great. I know some drummers like the "used" look and they wouldn't be considered "original" if I did have them refinished. I appreciate any and all thoughts on this.

Thanks in advance,, Tommy G.

By the way, the sizes are 2 - 24 X 20" bass drums, 14 X 14 rack tom, 15 X 15 rack tom, 16 x 18 floor, 18 X 19 floor. The HD 580 snare 14 X 8. All hardware is the Signature Heavy Duty stuff. Legless high-hat, Snare stand, Rack Tom Stand. I'll post pics when I get them setup and ready to sell.
 

baz

Silver Member
...with drums that size it might be easier to convert them into condominiums.

So many things to consider, would you refinishe these yourself, or would you have them done professionally? If so, would you be able to recoup that cost? Is every scar a road story? I doubt that I am asking anything that you have not already considered, so I apologize for being no help.

My inclination would be to try and sell them as is. If you get your price, you are laughing, but if you have to sit on them or fire sale them, refinishing them might not make a difference.

Whatever you choose, good luck and good drumming.

Barry
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
If so, would you be able to recoup that cost?
My thoughts exactly. It's likely the cost of repairs/refinish will outweigh the few extra dollars you may be able to get for them. Providing they're not completely jacked, a few small battle scars are usually to be expected and shouldn't stop a keen buyer from making a purchase.
 

harryconway

Platinum Member
My take. You've had the drums for 25 years, so figure you've got your money's worth out of them. I'd sell them as is. Let the new owner decide if they want to keep 'em "original", or have them re-finished.​
Also, you might consider splitting up the kit, into 2 kits. 24, 14, 16 and 24, 15, 18. Certainly, someone who wants all the drums would simply buy both kits. But you might attract more buyers by splitting the set up.​
 

eamesuser

Silver Member
I would professionally re finish them only if I was prepared to keep them if I did not get my price.Like someone else said if they just have a few nicks and scratches and you can give them a spit shine for good curb appeal,I would be inclined to do that.
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Having limited experience with refinishing a few drums and working with wood a lot my first question would be what skills do you have? Stripping drums and putting on a new coat or finish can be difficult, time consuming, and at times frustrating. The end result can be rewarding but not if you don't have some expertise. As was said
previously what you put into them you may not reap. Advertise them at their true condition and some history and you should be fine. Take a few photos of the worst dings and be up front about them and count your cash.
 

tommyglarner

Junior Member
O.K. guys, I got it.
Thanks a lot for all of your help on this. I will leave them as is and get some pics next week and post them up. It's just that I never have intended on selling them. I've had to do a lot of talk sessions with drummers that are still friends of mine that used to play back in the 80's with me just to re-inforce my decision to sell them to save my home.

Now, any ideas where I can go to get an idea of what a fair ( to both sides) price on them would be. E-Bay isn't much help. I did have a guy recommend to list and piece sell them as he wants both bass drums. Sonor ended up building 5 bass drums to get two in perfect tune with each other when I ordered them. the other idea was to split them into two kits one with the HD 580 snare and one without.
Let me know, you have all been a great help to me through this.

Tommy G.
 

Skitch

Pioneer Member
Hello all,
I have a beautiful Sonor Signature Series HD Bubinga wood Double bass kit I bought new back in 1985. I was full time road gigging with Messendger (84 to 87) and Eternal Teenagers (87 to 90) and had at the time a set (3 of them) of Anvil 3' wide X 5' long X 4' high, road cases on wheels where each drum had a padded compartment and then a top went over that where hardware was loaded then shut the cover and they were safe and secure. Still, they got thier share of nicks and scratches. I am going to be putting them up for sale in the next month and wanted to know if I can get some input as to wheather or not I should have the shells refinished or not before hand. They are no means in terrible shape and still look and sound great. I know some drummers like the "used" look and they wouldn't be considered "original" if I did have them refinished. I appreciate any and all thoughts on this.

Thanks in advance,, Tommy G.

By the way, the sizes are 2 - 24 X 20" bass drums, 14 X 14 rack tom, 15 X 15 rack tom, 16 x 18 floor, 18 X 19 floor. The HD 580 snare 14 X 8. All hardware is the Signature Heavy Duty stuff. Legless high-hat, Snare stand, Rack Tom Stand. I'll post pics when I get them setup and ready to sell.
I'm vaguely familiar with this finish and I would say that you should leave them as they are. You will only devalue them and refinishing the rare drums takes quite a bit of experience! You might also post some pictures som that we can have a better idea of how extensive the wear is.


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