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Old 01-16-2007, 06:08 PM
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There is an unkown brand of drums (blackhorse) at my Church. This kit has been through some interesting times. I'm not sure what the original finish was, but now it has some weird finish that resembles a green truck bed-liner. I believe the shells are mahogany on the inside and possibly pine on the outer shell (I sanded one section off to the grain).

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Will removing this - incredibly disgusting looking substance - affect the sound of the shells drastically? The toms sound pretty good (considering over 3 year old DENTED heads) and the bass drum sounds nice. They are surprisingly resonant but not terribly over resonant.

Also, how do I move the ventilation rings that are in each of the drums?
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:30 AM
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Here is a little blog about my most recent modification attempt:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...ndID=155152272

Not quite what I expected, to say the least!
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:13 AM
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Here is a little blog about my most recent modification attempt:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fu...ndID=155152272

Not quite what I expected, to say the least!
OUCH! Not good. What on Earth possessed you to mess with the snare beds? I'm good with tools and such, but I'd no sooner mess with the bearing edge or snare bed than I would give myself a vasectomy. Leave such things to the experts.
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Old 03-05-2007, 01:34 AM
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Live and learn, I guess! I'd been reading up on it various internet forums and it sounded doable. I did it, all right - put my foot in it.

I sometimes get these urges to try things just to see what will happen, but I try to keep them relatively inexpensive and not too dangerous. My wife just says it's a man-gene thing, thinking I can make it better by tinkering with it.

At least this one wasn't dangerous.
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:51 AM
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I have a tama rockstar fusion set which i have looking to refinish. Right now its a simple red finish, and its just boring to me. I am looking for a natural/ stain finish mainly because i dont want to pay mucho bucks for a new wrap.

I re-did some old pacifics that i had, and when i pulled off the wrap it pulled off some of the wood, basically ruining the grain. What can i do this time to make sure that when i take off the wrap it will virtually look like the inside of the shell? Please answer asap!
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:40 AM
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Regarding removal of factory wraps. Sometimes heat from an industrial "blow dryer" works to soften the glue, but if your drum co. has a thing for gluing the entire wrap to the shell, it won't be easy. Patience is sometimes the key here. Also, if you hose a drumshell by ripping the wrap off, relax. A Keller shell isn't that expensive and it might even sound better. If you cannot do bearing edges: A) buy a router table and learn how, B) get somebody like Precision Drum Co. to do the edges for you and then assemble the thing yourself. Any way you look at it you're taking a chance, so don't worry. Building drums is relatively easy compared to making cymbals! :)


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Old 05-08-2007, 05:37 AM
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Usually rap finish are apply with contact ciment glue, so use laquer thinner it will soften the glue enough to remove the rap without damaging the shell.
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:05 PM
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Hi there. Having read all of the above, I'm not really all that confident about stripping my kit down myself etc (I've been playing for 9 years and I've never come across the terms "wrap" and "bearing edges" but then I don't know much about the technicalities of the drums, more just playing them lol... what are "wrap" and "bearing edges"?). Does anyone know of anywhere in the UK that will strip down drums and re-paint/ whatever them to custom colours etc etc? I'm due to have an operation in August so won't be able to play for a couple of months, this will be an ideal time for me to have these done as it'll take away the temptation to play when I'm not supposed to, plus I'll get an awesome looking kit. I have a Yamaha 9000 series kit from the late 80's, it's in a bright scarlet red, but I have a Recording Custom 12x10" tom, when I ordered I told the guy on the phone that the kit was a bright cherry red, he said "Yea, no problem, Yamaha only do one red on the Recording Cusrom"... Yea, they do now tool, but what about back then? Anyway, the 12x10" is a lush dark red colour, but the rest of the kit is bright scarlet red. It kinda stands out a bit. I'd like it all matching and looking sweet, maybe in black?

So anyway, back to the original question, anyone know of anywhere in the UK that does it? Preferably in Lincolnshire/ Cambridgeshire/ Nottinghamshire/ Yorkshire area (I don't want to have to travel hundreds of miles, but if there's somewhere that will do an astoundingly good job in, say, South London, I'll travel to it!!)

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Well, I know this was a little while ago but, there is a guy i know, who is currently making me a custom kit, in red sparkle (28,14,16) and he also does refinishing of drums. His name's Alan Gilby of Richmo Drums. here's the site:www.richmo.com It isn't much, but email him and ask. It's definitely worth a try isn't it? He's also the guy who made the *LEGENDARY* premier resonator double shelled kit in the late seventies. So, give him a try. Hope this helps you

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Old 05-15-2007, 10:08 PM
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Tough topic. I don't have drums right now. I'm waiting for 'em.
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Old 06-26-2007, 12:34 AM
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I have a Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage kit that I really like. Wonderful features for the money. Anyway, I'd like to make it a bit more unique from a sound point of view. My first thought was to pick up some high end rims that could add some uniqueness to the sound. What do you think about this? If this is something commonly done, is there a preference for what folks believe to be primo rims to upgrade too?

I like a more vintage sound. Warm and fat. I like to do rim shots on my toms as well as my snare.
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:59 PM
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I have a Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage kit that I really like. Wonderful features for the money. Anyway, I'd like to make it a bit more unique from a sound point of view. My first thought was to pick up some high end rims that could add some uniqueness to the sound. What do you think about this? If this is something commonly done, is there a preference for what folks believe to be primo rims to upgrade too?

I like a more vintage sound. Warm and fat. I like to do rim shots on my toms as well as my snare.
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:22 PM
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Default Regarding drum re-wrapping....

Heyas,

Regarding the re-wrapping of drum shells.. here is one alternative that you may wish to consider.. PLease keep in mind that I am in no way associated with these guys, nor endorsed by them... I just like their product).

Go to http://www.rockenwraps.com/index2.html and take a look. Scott Rockenfield (the drummer for Queensryche) has a comapany that specialises in re-wrap kits for drums and heads.. ( I use a 24" decal on the reso head of my kick).

You can choose any "off the shelf" patterns that he has or you can have your own made up for just a couple of bucks more. There are some killer designs there. A few companies are beginning to use them for custom sets... The best part is.. you can remove the wrap when you want a change with no damage to your existing finish or shells!

There is a kit in a local music store here in Sydney that had taken an old kit and used the Rockenwraps and ended up with a fantastic looking set.. they hung it on a wall for everyone to see.. It really is a good product.

For guys looking for a killer logo head, get a decal or head made with whatever you want on it and look good.. ( a pic of my decal can be seen in message #49 at http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=30834 )

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Old 12-31-2007, 11:57 PM
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you can get coustom heads at drumart.com
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Old 01-21-2008, 05:20 AM
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...playing with screwdrivers again.

I, like so many other drummers bought an acrolite some years ago. I did not use it very much, so following my natural inclination towards tinkering, I stripped it, and used many of the parts for other projects. I was bored today, and the drum shops were closed, so I thought that I would see if I could put the little beast back together again.



I found the lugs, but I could not find the springs or the lug nuts, so I had to dig through every rat pile in my shrine to find what I needed. I could not find springs, so I got this brainwave and cut up some tubing to use instead.



I bought a length of this tubing to cut up for cymbal sleeves. I found it at a home brew/ winemaking shop. It was pretty cheap, and it works great for protecting cymbals . You will have to excuse this picture as it is a little out of focus, but you should get the idea.



as you can see, the tubing fit the lugs, and it is flexible, and rattle free. I used the bracket from a gibralter tom clamp as my template, as it was the right length for the insert.



I had to scrounge for the lug nuts. I did not have enough of the right size, so I used what I had. You can see if you look at the two lugs pictured here that the length of each is different. I also had to scrounge around for the rods. I also could not find the original butt plate, or the nuts and bolts for the throw off, so I had to pull out the old cordless and use a Gibralter throw off that I had.



As it was with that little piece-0-crap snare that I frankensteined back together, this snare is not any form of drum building art. It was just another excersise in improvisation that allowed me to transfer a bunch of odds and ends into a usable drum.



I could save myself a lot of effort buy just leaving this damn stuff alone in the first place, but what fun is that ?

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Old 02-23-2008, 02:38 AM
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...playing with screwdrivers again.

I, like so many other drummers bought an acrolite some years ago. I did not use it very much, so following my natural inclination towards tinkering, I stripped it, and used many of the parts for other projects. I was bored today, and the drum shops were closed, so I thought that I would see if I could put the little beast back together again.



I found the lugs, but I could not find the springs or the lug nuts, so I had to dig through every rat pile in my shrine to find what I needed. I could not find springs, so I got this brainwave and cut up some tubing to use instead.



I bought a length of this tubing to cut up for cymbal sleeves. I found it at a home brew/ winemaking shop. It was pretty cheap, and it works great for protecting cymbals . You will have to excuse this picture as it is a little out of focus, but you should get the idea.



as you can see, the tubing fit the lugs, and it is flexible, and rattle free. I used the bracket from a gibralter tom clamp as my template, as it was the right length for the insert.



I had to scrounge for the lug nuts. I did not have enough of the right size, so I used what I had. You can see if you look at the two lugs pictured here that the length of each is different. I also had to scrounge around for the rods. I also could not find the original butt plate, or the nuts and bolts for the throw off, so I had to pull out the old cordless and use a Gibralter throw off that I had.



As it was with that little piece-0-crap snare that I frankensteined back together, this snare is not any form of drum building art. It was just another excersise in improvisation that allowed me to transfer a bunch of odds and ends into a usable drum.



I could save myself a lot of effort buy just leaving this damn stuff alone in the first place, but what fun is that ?

Barry
I have that same snare...how does yours sound and what heads do u have on it...i really like mine but i think it could sound better...i have a coated weather king on it with some crappy snare side head on the other end
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I have that same snare...how does yours sound and what heads do u have on it...i really like mine but i think it could sound better...i have a coated weather king on it with some crappy snare side head on the other end
...Tyler.

I have a coated ambassador over ambassador snare on this. To my ears, it sounds pretty good, but my taste may be very different than yours. I have a pair of the old Premier die cast hoops on this, but I am going to switch back to triple flange. I also had to change out the strainer and butt plate to Gibralter. I can not say how that may have affected the sound (if at all). As I said in my post, my intent with this snare was to put together a usable drum from what was a pile of parts.

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Does anyone here know if Mapex uses glue for the whole wrap? I'm considering refinishing my Pro-m. Does anyone have experience with mapex?
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Does anyone here know if Mapex uses glue for the whole wrap? I'm considering refinishing my Pro-m. Does anyone have experience with mapex?
A Pro-M; no. But No kit will, but i have heard stories of some cheaper kits, such as low level CB's or percussion plus etc. That have actually had glue all the way around. But i don't see why. Kits like that are trying to produce the cheapest product possible, and why they would waste al; that glue, i don't know.
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Tama Rockstar (2001 model) 5 piece
22", 14"x6.5" snare, 12", 13", and 16" toms.

The drums started out like this


and now look like this








It was laquer red, but I stripped away the laquer, stained and varnished it, this is the finished product. I also had to replace the black plastic bass drum hoops with chrome hoops, replacing the bolts with vintage styled claws at the same time. I haven't set up all the cymbals I own, keeping it to the basic (and pretty) K Constantinople family of hats (13"), crash and flat ride, which is a pretty unique set up. The tom tom holder mounted from the bass drum was next to go, it looks crap, so I replaced it with a snare stand holding the tom, making the entire drum set wood and chrome... very happy. Furthermore, the skins, their all single ply battered of some description... = good jazz/vintage sound.

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I have a Yamaha Stage Custom Advantage kit that I really like. Wonderful features for the money. Anyway, I'd like to make it a bit more unique from a sound point of view. My first thought was to pick up some high end rims that could add some uniqueness to the sound. What do you think about this? If this is something commonly done, is there a preference for what folks believe to be primo rims to upgrade too?

I like a more vintage sound. Warm and fat. I like to do rim shots on my toms as well as my snare.
Ring can do the trick if the bearing edge was well made. You can also think about just using different type of drumhead.
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just wondering if someone can help me...

I stripped the wrap off some old CB's and decided to stain a bold strip along the middle the drum horizontally. Problem is that the stain ran a little bit and the edges are not 100% perfect at all. Also, I made the mistake off brushing i the stain sideways to the grain rather than with it
I'm debating whether i should cover it up with some kind of material bordering the stripe's edges to cover up the run...or try to create some kind of fade to the rim of the drum... or should I should I just paint the whole shell and forget about getting fancy.

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just wondering if someone can help me...

I stripped the wrap off some old CB's and decided to stain a bold strip along the middle the drum horizontally. Problem is that the stain ran a little bit and the edges are not 100% perfect at all. Also, I made the mistake off brushing i the stain sideways to the grain rather than with it
I'm debating whether i should cover it up with some kind of material bordering the stripe's edges to cover up the run...or try to create some kind of fade to the rim of the drum... or should I should I just paint the whole shell and forget about getting fancy.

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You could always make the strip wider to cover up the running?
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If you are really set on that strip you can always resand and start over and do it the way you should have done...sounds to me you had a look you wanted and now are settling for something less...its your world bud

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just wondering if someone can help me...

I stripped the wrap off some old CB's and decided to stain a bold strip along the middle the drum horizontally. Problem is that the stain ran a little bit and the edges are not 100% perfect at all. Also, I made the mistake off brushing i the stain sideways to the grain rather than with it
I'm debating whether i should cover it up with some kind of material bordering the stripe's edges to cover up the run...or try to create some kind of fade to the rim of the drum... or should I should I just paint the whole shell and forget about getting fancy.

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After much thought, and quite a few unsuccessful attempts to drill a clean hole through some scrap ply, I added some extra venting to my M Birch snare, more out of curiosity than anything else.




It does seem to have dried things up a little compared to before, though that might be my imagination

It certainly sits nicely with the kit, and is a pleasantly subtle change to the main snare, so I'm happy - count how many weekends until I drill more holes to see what happens then :O)
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Not sure if this goes in this thread or not, but here's a quick way to add some flare to your drum set that i did.

I went to Walmart (yes Walmart) abd bought a small green flashlight (like REALLY small but really bright), some velcro and attatched the flashlight inside my bass drum. I got it in a spot so that it looks like the light is coming out of the sound hole. The velcro is great cause if you don't like it, or want to point the light another way, you can.

Not the flashiest modification ever, but it's cheap (total cost was like $30), easy and it'll make you stand out alittle.
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So I have a crusty old Powerbeat drumkit and I wanna turn it into Elvin Jones yellow kit thats on the video of him on this website haha. Ive stripped it right back to naked wooden shells I reckon I can replicate the look of it.. but

HOW DO I IMPROVE THE SOUND OF THE SHELLS.

should I be sanding inside smoothing it out? putting resin on the edges? what will change the sound.. Im thinkin that coated ambassadors will be the go..

ps I want a jazz sound.. pretty crucial criteria really

some ideas and help thrown around would be very much appreciated. thanks
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So I have a crusty old Powerbeat drumkit and I wanna turn it into Elvin Jones yellow kit thats on the video of him on this website haha. Ive stripped it right back to naked wooden shells I reckon I can replicate the look of it.. but

HOW DO I IMPROVE THE SOUND OF THE SHELLS.

should I be sanding inside smoothing it out? putting resin on the edges? what will change the sound.. Im thinkin that coated ambassadors will be the go..

ps I want a jazz sound.. pretty crucial criteria really

some ideas and help thrown around would be very much appreciated. thanks
well first off yes the heads should offer a significant change. i'm new to drum mods and builds but i would say to have a look at your bearing edges, you may want to customize those a bit. there's always venting, which is a little harder to undo. but look at the pictures attached and you'll see what i mean when i say ANYTHING can be accomplished. i don't really know how to achieve the desired jazz sound, but do wish you the best of luck in finding someone who does lol.
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thanks for the reply srge. I went and had another look at mine, Ive got some little cosmetic splint chips not too deep around where the tuning pegs are/were. Are these going to drastically effect the drum sound.. will they at all, how can I fix them properley, can I fill them with resin or will the sound be secondclass? heres some photos of the shells, Id appreciate any ideas.
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in the last days i was thinking about re-cutting the bearing edges on my kit but first of all i can't do my self so i'll need to take it to some technician but what kind of? would any carpenter be able to do it?
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I was wondering if there is some kind of Laquer, or some shiny transperent paint that i could paint my Pacific MX to make my emerald fade shine like no other.

I would like it cheap, but good quality.

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I will give you a little known tip--Use proffessional floor gloss- JOhnsons clear high gloss is good, its designed to be uV stable, wont shrink and will not coulour the wood..apply it to a freshly sanded drum after using no higher than 600 grit and damp wiping to remove the dust- after dry.
Use a lint free cloth and always go with the grain, apply in thin coats and leave an hour to dry between coats, no need to sand between coats as it will bond cleanly with the previous coat.BUt damp wipe and let dry to remove dust.
Apply upto 5 coats and when cured after around a day- it can be ssanded flat with 1200 grit using a backing pad..then buffed with a lambswool pad for an extreme high gloss pro finish!

Its way cheaper than guitar and drum specific stuff and I know about it, because I use it often on jobs when I strip and seal gym floors!

NOte- mask the drum to close all holes and bearing edges. Sand the joins in wood as wood glue build up there and will show up as a hard line later if you dont! Dont rush this entire process and you will have a great job!

Pucker perfect finish mate!
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:26 AM
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im too scared to do this although i may try with a drum i dont really use much just to test
heres a site i found that has a pretty good walk through guide:

http://soft.com.sg/forum/gear-drums/82880-refinishing-your-drumset-getting-awesome-natural-finish-diy.html
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My first acoustic drumset, a Tama Rockstar kit. I went from this:



to this:



I apologize for the fuzziness, and the flash. It was taken literally minutes before I moved out of my old place.

And I was really really happy Tama glued heavily only on the seam of the wrap, except the bass drum hoops. Those were horrid to clean up.
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I wanted to share my experience with my Gretsch Catalina Maple kit. There has been a enormous amount of discussion here about drum quality, and affordability. Often it seems that the the only way to achieve that pro=sound is to plink down BIG bucks on a pro kit or a custom job. This in itself is fine, especially if you can afford to do this or if you are a working drummer that needs this kind of imediate quality. Guys like me that aren't working all the time or just can't afford $5,000 for a kit are often resigned to buying the intermediate stuff, which in its own rite isn't bad, but never seems to quite measure up in the sound department. Well, here's what I did about it. I researched the differences between the the Gretsch Renown and the Catalina line and to my surprise found very little seperating the pro line from the intermediate line. Basically it involves labor and sealing. The Renown line's shells are finished with silver sealer ( a Gretsch thing that improves the sound through resonance and sealing the pores of the wood). Other than that, the Catalina series lacks - A. Finished interiors on the shells and B. good heads. Heres what I did. I dis- assembled all the drums and sanded the interiors with 300 grit paper so that they were baby skin smooth. Then I sealed the interiors with Teak oil, applying several coats until the interiors were sealed and had a nice low sheen. The sealer, although not the silver paint ,that Gretsch uses on the Renown line, accomplished the same thing. That being, smooth sealed resonant interiors, that improve the sound. I then added Evans G2 over G1'heads and tuned them up. The bass drum has a Emad batter and the stock reso and I am using the Evans Emad pillow for just a little muffling. The difference is phenominal !!!! to say the least!. I will put my Catalinas up against any high end Gretsch kit and I bet you wouldn't hear the difference. Pro kit with a little sweat equity..........not bad,eh? Let me know what you think and If you try this.
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Just purchased this old KB/BB Supra snare drum from e-bay which was bought with the explicit intention of converting it into a super sensitive drum (already have a p70 SS strainer for it ready to go), but the shell is a disaster since according to posted pics and seller's own description most of the chrome plating has flaked off--is going to require a lot of work to prep for eventual wet sanding and buffing so wind up looking something like my '66 Acro snare.

Anyway, the pros of this purchase are that allegedly the rims are COB (want them for the '66 Ludwig 6.5" super sensitive if they indeed turn out to be chrome plated brass hoops), has a well preserved Keystone badge, and both basebat muffler's lever and white felt muffler appear to be in excellent shape too (could sell them in e-bay and make more than what originally paid for the drum but won't).

The one essential aspect for a successful outcome is knowing the size and placement pattern measurements of the center rod bushings' holes--same goes for the throw-off mechanism's mounting holes (am praying that the existing p83 strainer's and butt end plate's hole pattern match those of the the p70 so that the swap can be accomplished with the least amount of fuzzing and effort, but will drill new ones if the need arises)--something that am not privy to.
Can anyone here provide me with those direly needed measurements? Will immensely appreciate any help with this situation. Thanks!...

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You'll never guess what this is going to be...



That's right! It's my previously trans amber (orange) starclassic performer kit wrapped all in camo fabric, including the seat!
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I have a 90's Sonor Force 2001 kit in black wrap with faux-tube lugs. The kit still looks good except for some bubbling wrap on top of the bass drum, from playing long gigs in the sun, I think. Anyways I was thinking about removing the wrap and Marbleizing the outside of my kit. Anyone ever tried this?

I think I'm also going to finish the inside of my shells with a shellac or something, to brighten the sound up a bit. Inspired by Vibra-fibing.

I'll let you know how it goes if I ever get around to it, haha
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Where can you send your snare away to get it rechromed. I have a old ludwig chrome snare and the chrome is peeling a bit. Can it be fixed? And where? Please help.
I have the same problem with a 5" Supra snare I recently bought off e-bay and which I want to convert into a Super Sensitive drum (have all the parts to do it with)...but rather than have the shell re-chromed am going to have it sandblasted and then progressively wet-sand until it resembles a shiny "raw" '60s Acro (Ludwig used the same aluminum shell on both...Supras and 6.5" deep Acros having 10-lugs rather than 8; have '66 and '69 KB Acros, one with a baseball bat and the other with the small round mufflers...both outfitted with 8 "bowtie" lugs).

Hope this helps...

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Well, I just made a boo boo with this drum set

I put 1" tom lugs on the bass drum...tom lugs don't have the height for the tension rods to screw in straight if you use them on a bass drum....so I'm getting the 2" BASS DRUM lugs shipped to me as we speak. I plan on drilling another hole an inch below the lower lug hole for the 2 in lug....then i'll have an extra hole in the middle...I could just leave it and use them for my air vents all 20 of them!...but I think i'm going to try to stick LED lights in the holes and somehow use a trigger to light them up every time I kick it. I'll keep you posted....
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