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Old 06-09-2007, 02:26 PM
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Picked these old Pearl Fiberglass drums up at a garage sale very cheap. There were other orphans in the mix and some cymbals too. I had played a set of the old Pearl Fiberglass drums and they just thundered. I saw these and thought what the hey! They had so much crud on them I am sure I could have had the carbon dated! A lot of work and some new wrap and heads and this is what I wound up with. They THUNDER !!!
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:31 PM
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Awesome job! It really looks professional and i dig the red sparkle.
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:21 PM
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Awesome! What are the specs?
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:38 PM
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ok, to be honest I hate sparkles, but this kit really came out 200% nicer then it was before :). Great job man!
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:51 PM
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I'll bet wrapping it cost more than the drums! How do they sound, was it worth it? They do look cool.
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:55 PM
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That's a great finished product, I'm hoping to do that with some drums soon, not sure what to do about the finish.

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Old 06-09-2007, 04:57 PM
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Awesome! What are the specs?
They are '73-'76 - 3/16" thick fiberglass shells. Powerstroke 4 batters, single ply reso's, Powersonic BD batter with a smooth white BD reso. 22,13,14,16 6x14 snare with an "E" ring dropped in it that cut's all the ring out of the metal snare .

The real kicker.... that is not real drum wrap. I went right over the top of the old wrap with the Blick Sparkle Brite glitter 4mil thick vinyl. Like contact paper, just a much better quality. 90 USD for all the wrap, 150 USD in heads.

All the hardware was buffed on a 2" thick 10" high speed buff wheel with using white rouge and Simi-chrome.

They are the "F" series I believe.
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Old 06-09-2007, 04:59 PM
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I'll bet wrapping it cost more than the drums! How do they sound, was it worth it? They do look cool.

Nope, I paid 60 bucks for the drums and spent 90 on the Sparkle Brite. There is a trick to putting the wrap on, what made it so cool is that going over this wrap made the film get that "orange peel" effect that you find on old Glass Glitter Rogers kits. I haven't had one person question is that real drum wrap! If I want to change the color, I can just go right over the top of this if I wanted to.

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Old 06-09-2007, 05:22 PM
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Nope, I paid 60 bucks for the drums and spent 90 on the Sparkle Brite. There is a trick to putting the wrap on, what made it so cool is that going over this wrap made the film get that "orange peel" effect that you find on old Glass Glitter Rogers kits. I haven't had one person question is that real drum wrap! If I want to change the color, I can just go right over the top of this if I wanted to.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz272/06/
Then you did pay more for the wrap than the drums. Is that sparkle bright easy to apply? Did you have to cut them yourself to fit the drums?
Your bass drum looks like wood inside to me, but I'm not familiar with those drums.
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Old 06-09-2007, 05:38 PM
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The Sparkle Brite is easy to apply once you know the trick. It's called rapid-tak. You spray this on when you are ready to apply (two people) and it gives you about 5 minutes to straighten out any wrinkles or if you went off track, then it seals it.

It comes 24" tall x X yards long (I layed it out on paper to scale before ordering it). I layed it out on the back of the film (paper slip shhet) with a pen and cut it with a pair of scissors. Then I trimmed any excess with an X-Acto knife, very simple. This kit took 4 yards but I bought 5 just to have extra from the same dye lot.

The whole kit is fiberglass, very heavy and not one piece of wood on or in it.

If you put pinstripes on them they just really thunder and boing, hence the choice of heads I am using.

In the deal there was also a 70's Slingerland 16x16 floortom, parted out on ebay for 250.00, also there is a 10 lug clear vistalite 5x14 snare (I'm keeping that) and the cymbals you see on the floor. One is a 20" NuVader (Paiste) very nice sounding ride and the HH are Avanti 5000's.. Meinel.. So actually, I am about even dollar wise and if I sell the Vistalite snare it's like being paid to take the set. Once in awhile, the drum gods do smile on ya!

Yeah, Definitely worth it, every penny and all the hours it took to bring it back.

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Old 06-10-2007, 01:14 AM
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Sweet kit...love the sparkle.
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Old 06-12-2007, 05:18 PM
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Nice kit man.

I love it when people take care to rescue old drums.
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Old 06-12-2007, 05:32 PM
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WoW! Those rack toms are like floor toms! Their huge!
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Old 06-12-2007, 06:05 PM
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Nice colour combination, the dark red and a white bass reso head :)
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Great job!!
Bump on the almost year old thread haha!

I just did a bunch of my Black long lug shells with Sparkle Brite in the Silver Sparkle and they look pretty awesome.

It was pretty easy, just get it on straight and have a little extra on the ends to trim off, and you're good. Getting the grommets and badge off were the hardest part, and even that was pretty easy, just took some time.

Great Red Sparkle drums!!
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Looks good, i like it.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:47 PM
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Is the Sparkle Brite easy to remove? I've got a set I would like to do with that stuff as a temporary solution, but a couple of the drums currently don't have wrap on them and I don't want to ruin them - or create a nightmare removal for myself.
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:48 PM
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Me thinks that is a great job. Inexpensive way to rescue the old dogs and make them 100% new looking. The price for the covering is great and you did a great job. Did I say great enough.
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