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Old 07-31-2012, 04:08 AM
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Darn near all the parts are here. Meaning, I think I have 'em all, but .... sometimes yes, sometimes not so much. Won't truly know until I go "darn, I'm missing something"!
My start is with 3 drums. 12x8, 14x14, and 26x14 (yeah, it's not a Club Date, yet). All Ludwig 3 ply.
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Old 07-31-2012, 06:48 AM
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you go, bro. Keep us posted on the transmorgification.



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Old 07-31-2012, 06:55 AM
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Oh goodness am I jealous. There's nothing like a vintage duco Ludwig!
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:42 PM
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Let the fun begin.
Go Harry.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:29 PM
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Great project! Gotta love 26" bass drums. What are you thinking of doing finish-wise?
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:50 PM
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Is it going to be a 'strip-back and re-finish' job? I did something similar a few months ago to a bass drum - it was fantastically rewarding. I'm excited for you Harry!
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Wow, very cool!

Have fun!!!
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:17 PM
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Du-co! (clap clap) Du-co! (clap clap)

Sounds like fun. Harry you once mentioned refashioning a 16" Ludwig standard floor tom into a club date style to go along with your CD kit and that you didn't fool anyone because people knew club dates didn't make 16". Anyway I may do that as well with a sky blue pearl 16" I just got on the cheap. I'm guessing this can be done without much effort? Thanks and good luck.
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Damn I love that duco. Wouldn't change a thing.
I think the 14 floor next to a 26 kick will be very unique.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:45 PM
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Oh boy. I love restoration threads and I love big kick drums. This thread is gonna be a fun one. Keep us updated Harry.
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:02 AM
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Well, 2 hours of sanding today .... and this is where I'm at. Using a Random Orbital Sander (100 grit sandpaper, today). Tomorrow, or Friday, I'll take on one of the toms.
The plan is an amber clear maple finish. And nickel hardware.
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:11 AM
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I'll be watching this thread like a fat kid watching a pie bake
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:05 AM
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So today, I sanded down the 14x14. Started with 60 grit, then moved to 100 grit. This drum has a much more "lively" grain pattern.
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Are you going to keep the bass drum single tension?
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Are you going to keep the bass drum single tension?
No, it'll get turned into a Club Date. I have the center lugs, T's and claws already to go .... and fold out spurs.
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the grain on the the 14 x 14 is great.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:52 PM
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the grain on the the 14 x 14 is great.
was about to type those exact words

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Old 08-05-2012, 01:27 AM
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Damn I love that duco. Wouldn't change a thing.
I think the 14 floor next to a 26 kick will be very unique.
Looks way cool as is...as long as it can be played without falling over( or apart) I'd just go with what you have now.
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Question, are you going to go with classic round edges?
I hope so because they will really fit the bill for this kit.
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I check this thread 10 times a day. I am afraid I am going to miss something.
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:34 AM
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I check this thread 10 times a day.
Well, makes me happy to see this thread has some "devoted" followers. So today, the 12 got sanded. Both toms are dated 1966 ... the kick is dated 1940. The bearing edges will be left factory. I'm being "very" careful, not to screw them up. I won't even try to take the paint off the tom edges. They will remain "old school".
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:00 AM
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I like them better seeing that gorgeous grain. The Duco was in bad shape. Plus they were mismatched orphans. You are doing these drums a solid, a kindness, making them into a family and giving them a whole new lease on life. They will be happy drums again.

You said the kick is from 1940. Would that be a mahogany shell?
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Old 08-05-2012, 09:24 AM
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They will be happy drums again.
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You said the kick is from 1940. Would that be a mahogany shell?
Every Duco drum I've ever come across has maple underneath. Mahogany is too porous, and would require extra steps (priming and sanding) to get a smooth finish. Cheaper to use maple than pay for the extra labor, is what I figure. Now, the kick has "darker" wood than the toms, for sure. Don't know if that's because of the age, or what .... but best I can tell, it's maple inside and out.
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Can't wait to see how this turns out! Great idea!
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:54 AM
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Caddy, the lack of updates on this thread are really bumming me out. More pics good Sir!!
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:03 AM
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So,,, Uhh,,, Are you done yet?
I figured that we would be seeing Youtube vids of this kit by now :)
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:46 AM
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Sorry about the delay, gents. The weather right now (and all week) has been down right hot. And even hotter in my garage. So it goes. And so I go to the beach.
Perhaps tomorrow, or Monday, UPS will be bringing me some Ludwig 3 ply's. Keystone badge, 20, 13, 16, 1969 vintage. Clear maple interior and exterior. Pics to follow, on that, as well.
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Great. You're down at the beach, tanning yourself, living like a king and here we are desperately waiting on you while you live it up. Hey, it's OK, take your time, whatever. We understand. :)
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:04 AM
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OK .... good news and bad news. The bad news is I still haven't worked on the Club Dates. Too hot. The good news ...... just because it's hot don't mean you can't buy more drums. In this case, 1969 Ludwig's ..... 13" rack, and a 16" floor.
And oh, by the way, the beach has been fantastic.
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Yea, the 13 and the 16 will really work with that bass.
I love my 22, 13, 16, Club Date 2012.
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Old 08-13-2012, 06:31 AM
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Yea, the 13 and the 16 will really work with that bass.
The 26, 12, 14 .... that's the Club Date project. I also scored a beautiful 20x14 (birdseye maple) Club Date Luddie shell w/hoops.
The "newest" 13/16 will be replacing my Luddie 6 ply 26, 13, 16, 18 kit. Two drums down, two to go.
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Harry, I just wrote to tell you that I have lost all hope in this thread and seeing those beautifully restored vintage luddies. So I leave this thread along with all my hopes and dreams. I wish it well.

...also your floor tom is still upside down.

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Harry - we're waiting with bated breath as to how this project is progressing. We need some visual stimulation.
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...also your floor tom is still upside down.
But at least it's a different floor tom.
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Harry - we're waiting with bated breath as to how this project is progressing. We need some visual stimulation.
Yeah, I'm a bad, bad, boy, and I need to be spanked. No more progress on the Club Dates. Life has it's way of throwing a wrench into the works .... but visual stimulation, I can provide. (and no, I'm not going back to motion avatars) I landed a 26x14 Gretsch kick. Gonna turn it into a round badge. I love my 20, 13, 16 .... but a 26, 13, 16 .... that's more my kinda kit.
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