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Old 06-26-2007, 01:44 AM
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Hey guys, i'm Michael. long time lurker, rare poster. Anyways, this is my pearl ex kit formerly in a chrome metallic wrap that has been refinished with 4 coats of minwax english chestnut stain and two EXTREMELY THIN coats of polyurethane. Sorry i don't have WIP pics, but anyway, here goes.

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18x22 Kick- Superkick II batter w/ Evans EQ3 resonant
9x12 Rack Tom- Aquarian Response 2 clear batter over classic clear resonant
16x16 Floor Tom- Aquarian Response 2 clear batter over Super 2 clear resonant (to control boominess and sustain)

5.5x 14 Mapex Black Panther Birdseye Maple Snare w/ Diecast hoops, Aquarian Texture Coated with Reverse Dot batter with Ambassador Snare side

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13" Zildjian Mastersound Hi Hats
17" Avedis Medium Thin Crash
20" K Custom Medium Ride
I'm also looking at filling out my setup with an 18 inch crash, possibly an A medium thin or a K medium thin.

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Old 06-26-2007, 01:54 AM
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DANG. thats sexy.

apsolutely magnificiently amazingly incredible job on those drums. Its so.. perfect
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:54 AM
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Wow that kit looks beautiful very impressive refinish! Great cymbal selection, so simple yet so effective! I would love the play that kit.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:03 AM
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thanks for the compliments, both of you. it really is a joy to play. and maybe I just want to believe this subconciously, but i think they actually sound MUCH better without the wrap.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:51 AM
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wow, that refinishing turned out great, I almost want to do it now, I have an export too.
was it hard to do, was it your fist time ? what problemes did you encounter ?
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:56 AM
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hard to do? it was time consuming. and yes it was my first time. it wasn't hard, although initially i was really paranoid about how it would come out.

i did run into a few problems. basically, you just have to make sure you keep the edges out of harms way, and know that you really have no idea what the wood underneath the wrap looks like. I try to turn most of the dings in the wood that the stain wouldn't penetrate away from the audience, but you can still see a few. make sure that you rub the glue from the wrap off with your fingers, stain in the direction of the grain (NOT UP AND DOWN FROM EDGE TO EDGE) and thinly coat with polyurethane. if you use too much polyurethane then it will run and create drip marks.

Edit: also i did run into some issues with getting the air vents and badges off. with the badges, the screws that held the wrap in place were too small to undrill, so i simply used a pair of wire clippers and pulled them straight out. for the air vents, i had to end up drilling through the middle with a bit that was just slightly larger than the diameter of the vent until it cut through the middle to the inside of the hole of the shell. Just be careful and use some ingenuity. If you really dislike the wrap and are willing to deal with your practicing being shut down for about a week, then go ahead.

also, www.drumsmith.com is a great resource for refinishing.
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:20 AM
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ahh, all that seems very stressfull, i'm not sure if i'm ready yet, but thanks for the tips
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Chestnut is one of my favorite stain colors. What is the line on the floor tom? Is that where the wrap overlapped? Despite that, they look very nice. Maybe add a couple more coats of the clear for added protection. The trick to clear coats is multiple thin coats, and light sanding in between. I have the same head combo on my kick. I bet the new look is much easier on the eyes.
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Old 06-26-2007, 05:16 AM
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the line on the floor tom is on all of the drums. its the seam where the outer ply meets. there's a big dip for some reason, probably because the outer ply was probably never meant to be seen. But it was sanded, extensively, i just didn't want to keep sanding until i destroyed the top ply and hit glue. ;) But fortunately the seam on the kick is on the very bottom, and i just turn the toms around so the good looking side faces the audience.
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:29 AM
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Your drums look great. And nice cymbal set-up. I agree - one more crash will be perfect.
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Old 06-26-2007, 03:13 PM
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Very nice..... Love it when people show some love for their drums. Great job man.
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Old 06-26-2007, 04:56 PM
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i'd say that was a good choice in refinishing, it looks great! cool cymbals too.
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Thanks for the compliments everyone.
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VEEEEEEEry nice!!!! i love it!! good job!
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:25 PM
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Looks great. I enjoyed the process of refinishing my Ludwig Accent.
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:31 PM
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Looks good. How do you get along with that superkick 2? I had a little trouble tuning low without it sounding like a wet fart. I tuned it up a bit & tuned the reso head lower & seemed to work better altough im just about to receive a regulator head.
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I tune it fat with basically opposite tension of how i tune my toms, which is about medium-low to medium with the bottoms about an 1/8th turn tighter than the tops. So i tune the superkick about medium-low to medium with the reso about a half turn past wrinkle. I get a nice fat sound with relatively warm attack and lots of low end, for a ported head. A regulator should do the trick. I've heard that they work wonders with any of the superkick heads.

Edit: just don't be afraid of tuning the batter higher, the pitch is deceiving from the batter side, as it sounds nothing like the true tone of the kick does from out front. Use the reso tension to adjust pitch.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:28 PM
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you should get paid to re-finish.
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Old 06-27-2007, 12:59 AM
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i don't know about that, but i am planning to order a kit from drumbuilder.com or something like that and stain and assemble it on my own.
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Old 06-27-2007, 08:58 AM
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:) nice looking drums :) i see your kitty there :) thangzs for sharing it alo in the black panther thread!!!

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Old 06-27-2007, 07:21 PM
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Man, that looks fantastic. Maybe I should rip the wraps off of mine... ;)

Looks really classy, I'd love to play it!
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:34 PM
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From a boring wrap to that...super classy. You did a great job on those!
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