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Old 04-01-2016, 08:30 AM
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I play a 2015 Ludwig Classic Maple kit and every time I take the heads off I get a big whiff of what I can only assume is a mixture of maple and glue. If they made it into a candle, I'd buy it. (grin)

Do other brands have such a smell? And if so, does it vary from company to company? I've also heard that vintage drums have a more musty odor and not the fresh glue smell of the newer drums. I wonder if this aging of the glue changes the sound.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:54 AM
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I spent the whole of yesterday doing my monthly check up on my vintage drums. They are always stored inside in soft cases etc in best condition but im always paranoid due to age. So yesterday i got my old kit and my 2 oldest snares and once i had begun stripping the whole house smelt of old drums. It was LOVELY. By the end of the day i was covered in beeswax, lube and grease and also stunk like drums but it was so worth it :) Not so much for my partner who lives with me though....
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:59 AM
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I play a 2015 Ludwig Classic Maple kit and every time I take the heads off I get a big whiff of what I can only assume is a mixture of maple and glue. If they made it into a candle, I'd buy it. (grin)

Do other brands have such a smell? And if so, does it vary from company to company? I've also heard that vintage drums have a more musty odor and not the fresh glue smell of the newer drums. I wonder if this aging of the glue changes the sound.
Yes, other brands do. My Pearl kit smells great (maple and African mahogany), as does my DW kit (maple). It's possible you are smelling wood and glue, but more likely you are smelling a finishing oil applied to the shells as well. I recall when I had ProDrum build me a 16x24 bass drum, the finished drum didn't smell like much of anything until we applied Tung Oil to the inside, that really gave it that woody aroma, and helped to seal the bare wood on the inside of the shell.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:25 PM
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Hummm. This gives me an idea........

Would you guys be interested in incense sticks or cones made out of vintage drum wood?
Do you think there would be a market for it? "Slingerland Incense"


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Old 04-01-2016, 05:57 PM
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Best smelling kit I have is the Club Customs.
New Ludwigs smell nice too.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:19 PM
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My Renowns still have an appealing odor after 8 years. I'm not sure if any of the odor is glue as I'm sure the industry would be sure to use glues that are neither toxic or obnoxious. We don't want the kids to be taking the heads off of their drums and getting high on the glue. Only getting high on playing drums.
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I play a 2015 Ludwig Classic Maple kit and every time I take the heads off I get a big whiff of what I can only assume is a mixture of maple and glue. If they made it into a candle, I'd buy it. (grin)

Do other brands have such a smell? And if so, does it vary from company to company? I've also heard that vintage drums have a more musty odor and not the fresh glue smell of the newer drums. I wonder if this aging of the glue changes the sound.
My Classic Maples are over 5 years old now and they still have that smell. The best thing is when you hit a drum and get a whiff of it escaping from the vents. I'm glad I'm not the only weirdo who can't get enough of that smell.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:46 PM
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I recall when I had ProDrum build me a 16x24 bass drum, the finished drum didn't smell like much of anything until we applied Tung Oil to the inside, that really gave it that woody aroma, and helped to seal the bare wood on the inside of the shell.
When I did the snare build we did 3 coats of Tung Oil inside and out, smells lovely but gets everywhere! Waxed it to finish it off. It still smells like sweet wood if there is such a thing.

I love the smell of my richmo whenever I reskin that, birch is a nice smell too.

Pretty sure yankee candle have probably done something similar.
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Old 04-01-2016, 07:47 PM
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Define obsession. :)

I love drum and cymbal smells.
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:05 PM
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Does anyone get high smelling drums, or the glue in drums?

Ha! Ha!
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Old 04-02-2016, 01:45 AM
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I love the smell of drums in the morning...smells like rhythm.
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Old 04-02-2016, 05:08 AM
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Dear Guru Drums:

Hi Andy. I'm considering buying a set of Guru drums.
I was wondering what do they smell like?
What different aroma options do you have available?


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Old 04-02-2016, 05:14 AM
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My Renowns still have an appealing odor after 8 years. I'm not sure if any of the odor is glue as I'm sure the industry would be sure to use glues that are neither toxic or obnoxious. We don't want the kids to be taking the heads off of their drums and getting high on the glue. Only getting high on playing drums.
Grunter, do yours have the silver sealer? My USA customs did and they had a unique smell. I do a lot of woodworking and am used to the smell of various woods and this was definitely either the glue or sliver sealer. Nonetheless, I too kind of liked the smell.
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:33 AM
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Dear Guru Drums:

Hi Andy. I'm considering buying a set of Guru drums.
I was wondering what do they smell like?
What different aroma options do you have available?


Thanks,
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Guru needs to add a "scratch n sniff" section to their website so buyers can pick the correct aroma they want to have.
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Old 04-02-2016, 03:27 PM
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I love the smell of wooden instruments.

I have been known to nap with my little acoustic guitar in my hand, and when no one else in the house is looking, I smell it. :)
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:06 PM
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Old 04-04-2016, 03:56 AM
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Every time I set up my Classic Maples I squeeze the heads together whilst inhaling at the vent. Fabulous.

Even better though is my 1959 mahogany transition badge Ludwig.
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:20 AM
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Having worked in a couple of music stores I got to un box all kinds of drums. Ludwig always had my favorite smell...Sonor Highlite was a close second.

As much as I love the smell of drums I love the smell of acoustic guitars even more. Taylor and Martin being my all time favorite smells.

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Old 04-04-2016, 04:32 AM
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Whenever I get drums, I give the insides a buffed coating of paste finishing wax.

I've grown fond of the wood/wax mixture smell.
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Old 04-04-2016, 05:53 AM
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My Renowns still have an appealing odor after 8 years. I'm not sure if any of the odor is glue as I'm sure the industry would be sure to use glues that are neither toxic or obnoxious. We don't want the kids to be taking the heads off of their drums and getting high on the glue. Only getting high on playing drums.
The smell of my New Classics is appealing, but different from a woody smell. The silver sealer is probably organic, right?
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:13 AM
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Having worked in a couple of music stores I got to un box all kinds of drums. Ludwig always had my favorite smell...Sonor Highlite was a close second.

As much as I love the smell of drums I love the smell of acoustic guitars even more. Taylor and Martin being my all time favorite smells.
Then you should smell koa in a Hawaiian ukulele shop ;)
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:51 PM
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Do the vintage Slingerlands innards smell like chocolate milk?

The 1960s club dates are still the best.
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:51 PM
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I figured there had to be a thread about this here.

I'm also one of those people who sticks their head inside the drum when changing heads to get a good whiff of "drum smell." Whether it's my 28 year old birch kit or my 1 year old maple kit, I really like that scent.

And yes, I would definitely buy a scented candle of this smell.

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Old 02-23-2018, 07:22 PM
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Whenever I get drums, I give the insides a buffed coating of paste finishing wax.
What? Does anyone else do this?

Does it improve the look? Darken the wood? Affect the tone?

I'm sure it's probably good for the wood, and along those lines would a furniture sealer or wood conditioner work better?
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:18 AM
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I'm sure that somewhere in this frivolous thread there's a serious lesson to be learnt.

For example, a nice, natural wood odour is a sign of a quality, artisanal wood instrument.

But seriously, I agree that the smell of a nice, wooden instrument is simething special.

My utmost regards to the OP who brought up this interesting subject.
It could be considered trivial, but indeed it is not. Sense of smell is very important and can reveal a lot about natural subtances. A glass of wine, anyone?
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What? Does anyone else do this?

Does it improve the look? Darken the wood? Affect the tone?

I'm sure it's probably good for the wood, and along those lines would a furniture sealer or wood conditioner work better?
It helps some of those sour notes to slide on by
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I thought it was just me. Yep. As long as they still like wood and glue and not mold or sealer...
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:41 PM
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I thought it was just me, too. I smiled when I first saw this thread.
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I thought it was just me, too. I smiled when I first saw this thread.
As I did,
I also like to “open up” my old Premier and smell. I think it’s the varnish smell, it’s very close to bee wax.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:33 PM
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So if you want a scented candle with something close to the smell, I found these for sale:

Sawdust candle: http://www.mandleco.com/Sawdust_Candle_p/sawd.htm

Timber! candle: https://stinkycandlecompany.com/product/timber-candle/

I may order one just to see how close in smell they are to the real drum smell.
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:39 PM
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I like the smell of metal snares and a Vistalite drum kit. Aluminum, steel, bronze, etc all have a specific smell-I'm bullshitting you here and just made this up, but I bet a Vistalite would have a specific smell.
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Old 02-26-2018, 05:13 PM
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I'll never forget the smell of my new DW's out of the box. And yes, I stick my head inside the drum and get a good whiff before I change heads.

Also new electronics..smell is heavenly. :)
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:55 PM
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Here's a pro tip for you guys to make your kit smell better. Book a lot of gigs with your local dive bars and make sure the cigarette smokers in the audience sit close to your drums. You'll leave the place with a nice smokey maple flavor!

Just kidding I never noticed the smell of my drums
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I will never forget the smell of my first brand new 1971 Ludwig drum set. Especially the combination of glue and wood when I took the head off of the 24" x 14" bass drum for the first time.
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:54 AM
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I'm sure that somewhere in this frivolous thread there's a serious lesson to be learnt.
Here is a serious lesson I learned about smells and drums. I used to be in the house band for an open mic jam night. I supplied the drum set for the jamers.
One night after the jam was over I noticed a distinct smell coming from my drum seat (Throne). After that I never used my good throne for the jam.

No I Don't make a habit of smelling drum thrones. Eweuuuu, nasty thought.


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