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Old 08-15-2012, 07:45 PM
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Default Fixing a de-laminating Gretsch kick shell

So my early 1980ís 22 inch Gretsch bass drum is de-laminating a little bit right at the top on the beater side. Iím not sure of the cause, but Iím guessing itís from a combination of old age and temperature extremes. (Itís from the kit in my avatar, not that you can see much of it there.) I discovered the problem by chance when I changed the head, and the drum is more or less still playable and sounding good. Other than the one issue itís in great shape.

So how do I fix it?

Should I get a pro drum fixer to do it? Should I just goop some white glue or carpenterís glue on and clamp it?

All thoughts and ideas welcome. Particularly if theyíre relevant.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:26 PM
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Default Re: Fixing a de-laminating Gretsch kick shell

Use Carpenters glue,and make sure you get it as deep inside the ply as possible,I would use a knife to CAREFULLY seperate the plys,by a very small amount,to make sure you get enough glue in there.Use small scrap pieces of luan ,masonite or hard rubber as a cushon to protect the shell fron the clamp,and it will conform to the diameter of the shell..Wrap the scrap wood in wax paper,to prevent it from being glued to the shell.Don't over tighten the clamps,and when the excess glue comes out,clean it up with a moist cloth.I would leave it for 24 hours,but most glues will dry quicker.Better to be on the safe side,than to have to start over.

Should be good as new.

Steve B
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:09 AM
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Default Re: Fixing a de-laminating Gretsch kick shell

I repaired a damaged Rogers XP8 shell, basically like how Tamadrm mentioned. Came out great.
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