Stupidest/Most Embarrassing thing you've ever done to your drums

drummer-russ

Gold Member
Sold my blue 77 vistalite 10 piece kit to pay the rent!

Put tape on the ends of my sticks to stop the chipping so they would last! Felt like clubs!
 

8Mile

Platinum Member
When I bought my first drum set, I wanted to keep the dust off it, so I covered it with a big bed sheet. I realized I liked the sound of the drums when I hit them with the bed sheet still on them.

Hey, it was the 80s.

And at least I never played a vertical ride cymbal.

Actually, I did that one time, too.

Ashamed,
8Mile
 

RacingBeat

Senior Member
Here's one: as a 16 yr old kid in the '80's, I took black electrical tape and gave me sticks the candy cane treatment, a big black swirl over the whole length of the stick.

Bonus points: I was such a newb I didn't even realize how bad they felt
 

calan

Silver Member
I left an early/mid 60s slingerland kit in aqua satin flame sitting in a barn when I moved out on my own after high school. I was certain my exports were better. Didn't make time to grab them when the place sold years later.

Thinking about it now hurts my soul.
 

steadypocket

Gold Member
Bought a high end DW 9000 series tom/snare stand that had neoprene pieces affixed to the traditional rubber ends that grabs the drum hoop. I didn't know what to make of the neoprene pieces so I trashed them, assuming they were packing material. Later, I learn that DW designed the stand with the neoprene to allow the drum to float, allegedly enhancing resonance. My dealer ended up getting replacement neoprene for me. My drums sounded great in the stand without neoprene and I can't really tell the difference, but I'm still happy to have the stand as designed.
 

Zero Mercury Drummer

Senior Member
Probably the dumbest thing I ever did was what I didn't do:

When I first started playing in the mid-80s my cousin called me up. He had heard I started playing drums. He told me to go over to my aunt's house (his mom) and there was a drumset I could have.
So I go over and there is a set of vintage, 70s Ludwigs. The only problem was the had this cheesy psychedelic covering. So being 17 years old, and pretty stupid, and having no knowledge of what cool drums are, I turned them down. (Also, in the mid-80s, vintage was not cool. Shiny, new, teal and pink stuff was cool.)
Idiot, idiot, idiot.
 

KCMike

Junior Member
After I bought my first set of non-B8/ZBT cymbals I setup the hi hats upside down. Being the expert that I am, a few weeks later when I was at the music store where I bought the cymbals I was gracious enough to help the staff by pointing out to them that the hi hats on display were upside down... ...yeah.
 

pgm554

Platinum Member
I tried to clean K Zildjian ride using a dishwasher.
The heat cycle turned the copper a weird shade.
 

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RockNGrohl

Senior Member
I have a Pearl Sensitone brass shell snare drum. I fixed it all up a few years ago. But years ago I was so superstitious about my sound I wouldn't dare do anything to it. I didn't know much about tuning so if I got the sound I liked I would leave it and never touch it again. Some of the snare wires on the bottom had bent so I simply snipped them off with wire cutters. But I left the cut offs sticking out and they wore a hole in the snare side head. I wouldn't dare take it off because that would mean re-tuning it. The snare strainer arm had bent and wouldn't stay but I thought removing it and replacing it would be a nightmare. I literally thought if I unscrewed a single screw the drum would be permanently wrecked forever. I wouldn't even think of replacing the batter head even though every inch of coating was worn off the WHOLE top of the head. I really felt that I would never be able to tune it again.
Why?!?
Later as I learned the art of tuning and what tension got that "magic" sound I liked so much. I replaced the head, snare wires and strainer. I finally got a new batter head The drum sounded amazing! Plus i realized I was tuning it too tight and choking the sound. I found a fatter crack with a loser tuning. Ahhh to be young and stupid..lol..
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
I part exed a mint condition Slingerland Festival Snare with the case for a Big Dog snare when they first came out. I've had many a word with myself since. They sound lovely too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJrNuMx2MPY

Also part exchanged my early 80s Tobacco Sunburst Tama Superstar. The kit I part exchanged it for was a belter but I regret it because I've not seen another one like it since.
 

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FreDrummer

Silver Member
Back in the late 70s I took all the grey pearl wrap off a classic Rodgers kit. Took off the bottom lugs to make them power toms and covered the kit in black wrap. To add insult to injury I used oil filled heads on all the drums. I am stll ashamed of what I did to the formerly beautiful kit. In my defense it was the way to go back in the day.
Boy, can I relate to this one! My very first kit, when I was 14 back in 1974, was a beautiful used Rogers Holiday 4-piece in champagne sparkle. You know, one with a mount for the ride cymbal on the bass drum. But, I had a hankering for a 5-piece, so, with my dad's help, bought a fibreglass 13" tom shell to add to the kit (in my own defense, I did buy all rogers hardware for the drum). This meant drilling the bass drum for the double tom mount. When one looks at the present-day value of an all-original Rogers kit today, I just go "Arghhhh!" But, like mikel said, it's what you did back in the day. Sort of like everyone pulling their PAF pickups out of Les Pauls to put in Super Distortions...

I sold the kit to an acquaintance almost 20 years ago. I think he still has them, but we've lost touch the past few years.


This is an easy one.....Giving away my 70's 6-piece Ludwig Vistalites to my nephew. Although it must have been almost 20 years ago, so the pain has subsided. They were absolute mint when I offered the set to him. He always admired those drums and would often visit to play them so I just couldn't sell it. Oh well............
The BIG question: does he still have them? Are they still "in the family?"

Edit: oh, yeah...I had Evans hydraulics on those beautiful Rogers drums, 'cause they were "cool" (and I didn't know how to tune).
 

Lickety Britches

Senior Member
Evans Hydraulics. I thought they were the bee's knees.

I also, for some reason, would use a 6" splash and ride the hell out of it from time to time haha. I went through 2 where, due to the stress, they would crack terribly around the hole.

Ahead drum sticks.
 

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
I once, when I was still a teenager, got this idea to have pinstripes on top and black dots on the bottom of my toms.

Needless to say, they sounded terrible.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
Sounds like a labor of love. I'm in the middle of that process myself.
The drums are a little higher quality though.
Good luck on your build man.
That's the way I have to look at it, a labor of love and a learning experience. I have enough other drums and the wrap to do another kit, but I never get around to doing it.

Anyway, knowing the drums aren't worth much and them being all scratched up again, I don't mind leaving them set-up in my friends garage where we have band practice.
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
OK - my turn. I've posted this several times before.
I cut down a set of drums to do an A to E kit conversion.
Some of it turned out OK, and some of it ended up like this:

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wildbill

Platinum Member
....4. I've used all kinds of dampening methods over time, including weather stripping, tape, napkins, etc. I think the dumbest was the weather stripping.....

Weather stripping works good, it's easy to move it around on the head, and it doesn't leave much residue.
Either you shouldn't feel dumb for using it, or I should feel dumb for trying it - but I don't. LOL



Buying $110 worth of old orphaned luan Pearl-style drums and dumping close to $500 fixing them up and re-wrapping them. I think they're still worth about $100 on Craigslist. Regardless, I still have the kit.

Sounds like a labor of love. I'm in the middle of that process myself.
The drums are a little higher quality though.
 
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