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Old 06-14-2011, 11:50 PM
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My snare family is getting some new members to the family today



I have been obsessively searching and wishing for a good deal on a set of Pearl Masterworks. If you are unfamiliar, they are special order custom handbuilt, take about 6-8 months to get after you place your order and come in at around $1200 PER DRUM.

Well yesterday I stumbled across a 10" and a 12", today I returned and bought them, $300 for the pair. I simply tightened the heads a bit in no real order and they came to life with so much tone, it seems impossible, totally amazing like the kit I played on 5 years ago, absolutely the greatest sounding drums I have ever heard. african mahogany inside with maple re-rings and an exotic Birch on the outside. Built in 2007

Could not wait to get home, at the office photoing and posting.




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Old 06-15-2011, 12:27 AM
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Now I guess you want us to look for the rest of the pieces. :) Nice finish.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:33 AM
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Yep, will probably take a year or so, but hoping to find a 14, 15 and a 20 or 22, want same build construction, but finish is optional, I will plan that when it is all assembled.
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Old 06-15-2011, 12:41 AM
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Beautiful finish, & what a bargain? Are you going to hunt around for more drums to make up the set?
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:12 AM
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Glad you scored that deal, very special drums indeed.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:02 PM
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Thanks No Diggie, can you believe this was a rental kit at Steve's in Toronto? Steve's is one of the major music shops, so if a major promoter needed gear, this would be a common place to shop. I wish I could find out where the rest of the kit went, guys at the store were not too enthused, just another drum going out the door to them.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:18 PM
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I could not wait to complete the kit, had to try them out. As good as my Signia's sound, full and robust, these explode with presence, on video they cut through twice or triple what my Signia kit does, they just pop out of the mix, I love these drums.





I made some video, but am having some issue uploading, will get there.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:52 PM
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Been searching ebay for a match, finally found a 14x12 from a guy in Florida, just did the deal, now waiting for it to be shipped. This is a 4 ply all maple shell, a little different from the 10 and 12, but the cool thing, same build date as my two toms and the serial number is 004142 and mine are 004169 and 004170, almost a numbers matching kit, re finish will wait until i find a kick drum, THE HUNT IS ON!.

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:45 AM
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My New Kick Drum is here!!! I found this from a guy in Big Rapids michigan, arrived today. I like the colour, just might do the toms to match the kick, will be a challenge to say the least.

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:40 AM
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You have the know-how to do the whole lot from scratch. Any thoughts there? A different colour?
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:24 PM
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I say make the kick match the toms. Glad you could find the stuff. That is half the fun. The search and buy. Duncan has a good point. If you wait until you have all the pieces, refinish them all a new color. At least then they will all match each other perfectly, and you won't be chasing a specific color match.
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:31 PM
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Yeah, it is part laziness, i have so many other projects on the go, not having to strip and refinish the biggest drum (kick) would save a whole lot of time and effort. Learning from my builders site, matching will be close to an impossibility, so I am comtemplating a burst effect from the kick up, so bottom of the toms would be a similar red and then fade either lighter or darker upwards.
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:11 AM
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I've never heard of someone Frankensteining a kit like this. I'd be concerned about tonal blending but wood type is much less of a factor than heads and tuning. Very interesting project to say the least and I will be following its progress. It must be fun to score pieces of it here and there.
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I've never heard of someone Frankensteining a kit like this.
What about Grunder'sDad's Bumble kit?

Also Check out Jim Messina's Franken-kit made to look like an original Slingerland Rolling Bomber

Sweet acquisitions Union. I love these pieced together kits so. The fun part of being so involved in the customization process is the close personal pride you have over your drums. I believe My next kit will be a Franken-kit like this one I want to find an old 28" marching bass drum then find two toms to match.

Can't wait to see how this kit is gonna turn out.
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Old 08-27-2011, 03:32 PM
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Thanks for the support RedMenace, tonal matching of a kit to me is a backwards idea. It often drives me bonkers because my toms sounds too similar, most noticeably during sound soundcheck. One of the reasons I often mix up my batter heads between the upper toms and lower toms, to give some tonal variety, rather than a repetive doon, doon doon doon down the kit. Makes sense? Does to me.

I am still casually looking for a 15 inch tom to go with this kit, but as it sits there is enough to get it done and take it out gigging.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:13 PM
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Still need an optimount for the 14X12, but she is together and sounds like nothing I have ever owned before, I just sat and hit the toms and did tom rhythms all last night, got kind weird actually, I could not get enough of the sound.







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Uniongoon, you have impeccable taste in shells. Do you happen to know the details on the shells?
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Thanks, I may write Pearl to confirm, but I believe the 14X10 is a 4 ply all maple, the 10X8 and 12X9 are 4 ply, 2 inner African mahogany and the outer is either Scandanavian Birch or it is maple, grain looks "birchy" but I will know better either if I do hear from Pearl or I get into stripping the finish.

Played lightly they sing, and when you flurry into them and build the power the tone seems to multiply and the you can feel the pressure in the air, no drum I have had has ever done this.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:28 PM
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I've never heard of someone Frankensteining a kit like this. I'd be concerned about tonal blending but wood type is much less of a factor than heads and tuning. Very interesting project to say the least and I will be following its progress. It must be fun to score pieces of it here and there.
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What about Grunder'sDad's Bumble kit?

Also Check out Jim Messina's Franken-kit made to look like an original Slingerland Rolling Bomber

I believe My next kit will be a Franken-kit like this one I want to find an old 28" marching bass drum then find two toms to match.
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tonal matching of a kit to me is a backwards idea. It often drives me bonkers because my toms sounds too similar, most noticeably during sound soundcheck. One of the reasons I often mix up my batter heads between the upper toms and lower toms, to give some tonal variety, rather than a repetive doon, doon doon doon down the kit. Makes sense? Does to me.
"Frankenstein"ing a kit has been common place in studio setups for a very long time. There are also quite a few guys out there who play out, tour and their regular gigging kit is a mish mash of different brand drums and wood types.

Dave Grohl used to play his big Gretsch BD with different toms for studio recordings.

Then of course the guys with maybe an old Radio King BD and some Rogers toms or whatever.

I love the concept. I have a maple kit with 22,8,10,12,14,16 and 18" drums and a mahogany with 18BD, 12 and 14" toms. I love playing the 18BD with a 10" maple rack tom and an old 16" Ludwig carbon fiber floor tom that is part of an old piece of crap kit at our rehearsal space. The finishes are all different but the drums sound great together.

Union's approach is a little more evolved in that not only is he going for the sounds he wants but ultimately with the same finish so it can be a good looking gigging kit.

I've got my eye on a used Ludwig 28x14 concert bass drum that I'm going to match up with a 14x10 rack and an 18x16 floor tom. I'm gonna try the big drum thing for a while. If I like it, I'm going to wrap the toms in black to match the bass drum.
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ONE MORE!!!! Being shipped to me now. 8 inch by 7 deep.



I need 8 chrome lugs if any body wants to trade for some black ones. Hoops too.
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Gettin it worked into place. I think I am going to build a custom rack, too hard to get things where I want, and the pearl L-arms look like a dogs breakfast out front. I want to tuck the mounts down low in behind the toms. Everything sounds like it came from the same tree, incredible sounding kit, maybe now a 15 or a 16 just to round out the bottom.



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Old 10-16-2011, 05:33 AM
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Looking good there buddy. Yes, loose the octopus arms. You want to see the drums, not the mounts. :)
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looking good, looking good!

Those are awesome drums to say the least, can't wait until you finish the kit to match, it's gonna look stellar!
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I am almost done doing up this kit. I am using a 2 mil vehicle wrap using photos of ice caves. The chrome is all getting powder coated with translucent blue so will appear as blue chrome.
These are camera phone pics, full good camera spread will come when she is up and running.





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Neat wrap! It would kill me to wrap up those finishes (especially that 8x7 - wow!), but I understand the need for all the drums having the same look.
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I'm not a fan of wraps, but there are exceptions, & this is one of them. How did you get the cave decals/image onto the wrap?
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I bought the photos from a bulk on line photo supplier, and had a local sign guy transfer the image and crop it onto the vinyl. Same process as the guys who do the front kick skin graphics. that is where I got the idea to do this. I generally hate wraps, but after applying this I can tell it is less cumbersome and adheres as good as a clear urethane or paint finish.
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Wow. That's really REALLY cool. Subscription to thread added, haha.
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