Originally Posted by bobdadruma
A few months ago Gary sent me a set of his lugs with the instructions as follows.
He said, "Bob, have fun and experiment"
I did just that!
I purchased a vintage Ludwig maple 3 ply 5x14 shell on eBay for about $30.
I filled the holes from the original hardware with wood filler and I sanded the shell.
I also bought some 10 hole hoops and a throw-off from Gibraltar.
I bought a Puresound 24 strand brass snare strainer.
Here is what I came up with.
I have ordered a really cool wrap for this drum which hasn't come in yet.
I will post more pics shortly when I have finished the drum.
I love this drum. I have spent most of the day fooling around with it.
Gary's lugs work great!
I can't find one thing that I don't like about his system.
The tuning is a breeze.
The bottom head will equalize and be at a higher tension from the batter head all on its own.
I can quickly tune on the fly while playing just by turning the top tension rods a slight bit.
This drum always has a fully open sound. The harder that I hit it the more that it projects. It will not choke!!!
It is also ultra sensitive at low volumes.
When I play a rimshot it sounds almost like a metal shelled drum.
I believe that I now have a $500 drum for less that $200 dollars.
Thanks Gary, I love you man, and I love my new drum!
OK, I'm not gonna get all sentimental... but I know exactly what you mean. Since putting together my snare with Gary's lugs I haven't payed another. I absolutely love being able to change the sound between songs when playing gigs. I own a Sleishman kit and also find that these things can't be choked, so wonder if 'choke resistance' is a feature of free floating shells.