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Old 07-21-2008, 03:01 PM
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Hello everyone!

It has been a long long time since I last posted on this great site. I had this project where I was going to take off the wrap from my Ludwig Accent CS Combo and paint it.

Well I did, but I never got around to posting pics.

So here are the specs followed by the pictures. Tell me what you think.

Ludwig Accent CS Combo
16x22 Bass Drum
16x16, 11x13 Floor Toms
10x12 Tom

5x14 Pearl Chad Smith Signature Snare Drum
5x12 Sonor Full Maple Force 3005 Snare

14" Istanbul Agop Traditional Regular Hi-hats
16" Istanbul Agop Traditional Thin Crash
17" Istanbul Agop Traditional Medium Crash
10" Istanbul Agop Traditional Heavy Splash
20" Istanbul Agop Sultan Ride

Yamaha Flying Dragon Direct Drive Single Pedal

Ludwig, Yamaha, and Tama Stands

Stock Heads on Sonor Snare, REMO CS on Snare batter, Clear Ambassador on Reso
Remo Coated Ambassadors on all toms (batter) and Clear Ambassadors on resonant side.

Pearl Cowbell

Vic Firth David Garibaldi Signature Jam Master Sticks

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Yes, these are my babies.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:03 PM
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Yay! the pics are visible.
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:49 PM
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Thats an awesome finish man, excellent work.... 5 stars!!!
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Old 07-21-2008, 03:51 PM
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Wow, very very cool finish, mind blowing cymbals, great pedal, and what do think of your snare? I got one too.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:22 PM
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and what do think of your snare? I got one too.
Well if you are talking about the Pearl, then I think it's amazing. It's one of the most versatile snares I've ever played, with respect to the price ofcourse. I can tighten it up and get that Chad Smith funk sound, where you can really tell that it's a steel snare, or I can loosen the batter head and get a fat rock sound from it. The Remo Controlled Sound works wonders too. The great thing about the snare, though, is that it is so bloody cheap! For its price, I'd say it's the best one around.

If you are talking about the Sonor Force 3005, it's the perfect side snare for me. I have it tuned really tight, and it obviously has less deep end than the Chad Smith Signature snare anyways, so it's perfect for funk, or even for chillout, or electronic music (kinda like Nerve).

I really like both these snares. What do you think of your snare?
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:34 PM
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..Ya, sorry I meant the Chad Smith.. I like it for the same reasons, but it is kinda does better high pitches, so I was wondering if you get enough of a separation with your Sonor
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:53 PM
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Hey I remember when you posted about this before! The finished product is nothing short of spectacular. I think you chose a great finish. I really like the cymbals too. By the way, I just picked up a flying dragon myself and I'm in love with it. It's totally responsive and feels great.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:43 PM
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so I was wondering if you get enough of a separation with your Sonor
it does, cuz like i said, the sonor doesnt have so much deep end like the chad smith one, so i get a lot of seperation. also, the sonor force snare is dryer than the chad smith, the way i have them tuned.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:45 PM
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By the way, I just picked up a flying dragon myself and I'm in love with it. It's totally responsive and feels great.
I know!!! one of the most responsive pedals i've ever played. i dont think i can lay my foot on anything else now. whenever i go for a recording or for a live gig, i always take my cymbals, snare(s), sticks, AND PEDAL... i can't do without the flying dragon.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:46 PM
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I looked at this thread earlier and forgot to write something... These are really great looking drums. I think this finish is great, and would absolutely love a kit like this.
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:42 AM
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wow that finish is amazing! i absolutely love it - can you take us through how you did it? im thinking of doing something similar with the snare im making, ive been inspired!
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You did a great job!! They really came out nice. Do you notice a difference in the sound from when the wrap was on the drums vs. off?
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Very cool finish job. It actually looks like you used two different kinds of stain. What exactly did you do and how did you do it?
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That is one freaking sweet setup...everything from the color of the drums...to the setup of the kit...to the cymbals are just fantastic...really digging that kit man nice job
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Looks very good, however one suggestion if I may. Next time use painters blue masking tape, or fine line masking tape and not the normal beige, textured kind. I can tell where the edges didn't lay down flat and the stain ran underneath. I would use a rag to put on the stain so it won't run in the first place then clear coat after both stains have dried.
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...I would use a rag to put on the stain....
I've had good success using a fine-pore foam brush to apply stain (or just a plain piece of foam). It acts like a sponge, and lets you apply just the amount of stain you want... by pressing down slightly more or less, you can dispense slightly more or less stain.
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WOW that kit looks awesome. That custom paint job looks great and those cymbals finish it all of
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Thanks for the suggesstions. I know the stain ran down the masking tape at a few parts, but overall I'm pleased with the look.

For those of you who want to know how I did it:

First off, I took the wrap off the drums. Basically, as someone had previously told me from drummerworld, if the wrap is cheap, you are lucky because it will have glue only at the beginning and the end. Be careful when you rtake off the wrap in order not to take some of the wood out as well.

After the wrap is off, there is sure to be some residue left on the wood. I used a "wood-friendly" to take care of that.

Then you sand...
...and sand more...
...and more...
...and guess what?

YOU SAND EVEN MORE.

This stage is sooo painstakingly long. Butt it must be done. Make sure you sand evenly with sandpaper.

Next, you can apply your design with masking tape.

When you are done with that, you apply the stain. Though it seems like i used two diffrent stains, I didnt. the light part of the drums is actually the natural wood with venner (clear coat) over it.

So what I did was to stain the whole thing with the masking tape. Let it dry, and stain it again. Wait for it to dry and then stain it a third time.

When that was dry, I took off the masking tape, and applied a clear coat. Again, wait for it to dry and then apply anohter clear coat.

And what you see is the end result.

I hope that helped.

Keep the comments coming please! :D

and feel free to contact me at s.sinanimre@hotmail.com
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