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Old 01-16-2009, 03:45 AM
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Snare and Toms Finished! See Post 23 for Pics.

Edit: Snare finished, see post #13 for the pics

Edit #2: Pics of the Completed set up at the following link:

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This will be the progress thread for what is soon to be my second home built kit. It will be a companion kit to the first set I build which can be seen here:

http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36544

This set will have more typical bop set dimensions of

18x14 Bass
14x5.5 Snare
12x7 Tom
14x14 Floor

All drums will be virgin (meaning nothing mounted on anything else) which will be in stark contrast to the previous kit, where everything is mounted on the bass drum. The tom and floor tom will be mounted with Gauger systems, a RIMS mount for the tom and a Dynamount system on the floor tom. The Snare will have a Trick GS007 strainer and Puresound wires. All the other hardware comes from various sources around the net.

I have all the information about prices in a spreadsheet which may or may not be legible.

At this point I all I have are the shells and a few lugs. Pics or the shells and spreadsheet are below.
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:59 AM
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So what's the master plan for these blank shells? Finish, lug type, hardware we want the juicy details. The spreadsheet's not so legible.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:00 AM
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Ah yes.. the rest of it.

Finish will be Champagne Sparkle to match the other set, as will the tube lugs. Unfortunately for me the price of the wrap is up $85 a sheet from $150 to $235. Also it's a special order item which means it might be a while before I get it.

It's basically going to be the same parts as the other set, only bigger and virgin.

I can send people the spreadsheet as an attachment in an email if anyone wants it. Just send me a PM with your email if you desire it.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:04 AM
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whats are the shells made from? They look like birch...
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:32 PM
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Wow, looks like a great start! Did you go for some maple keller shells again?
I`m really looking forward to see that beauty!

This will be your second custom built kit...really impressive, how about doing this for a living?

I`m really excited!

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Yea I was looking into Champaign Sparkle for an upcoming 70s Ludwig project I have. I found the same thing, what is up with that?

Looks great by the way. It is very rewarding building your own drums. Enjoy!
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:49 PM
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Excellent man! I can't wait to see what you produce! I'm pricing out a similarly sized kit (or rather, the pieces thereof) to build one myself. I'm thinking wood hoops all around.

Are you doing your own edges? Drilling?
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:39 PM
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whats are the shells made from? They look like birch...
Shells are maple actually. Toms are 6 ply, Snare and Bass are 10 ply.

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Wow, looks like a great start! Did you go for some maple keller shells again?
I`m really looking forward to see that beauty!

This will be your second custom built kit...really impressive, how about doing this for a living?

I`m really excited!

Karl
I would love to do this kind of thing for a living, but the thing about it is that anyone can do what I'm doing on their own, and it would be hard to justify spending the money to have me do it for most people when it can very easily be done by themselves. That said, if anyone wants me to build them a set, I'd be more than willing to do so, with just a slight margin for my time.

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Yea I was looking into Champaign Sparkle for an upcoming 70s Ludwig project I have. I found the same thing, what is up with that?

Looks great by the way. It is very rewarding building your own drums. Enjoy!
The answer I got was that the price of the Copper and Silver flakes they use in the wrap have gone up recently... apparently a lot. I just thought it was cool that it actually has real copper and silver in it!

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Excellent man! I can't wait to see what you produce! I'm pricing out a similarly sized kit (or rather, the pieces thereof) to build one myself. I'm thinking wood hoops all around.

Are you doing your own edges? Drilling?
I'm doing all the drilling myself, but I had the edges done by Drum Gear Online.

If you'd like, I can get you a copy of the spreadsheet and you can fill in your specs. It's pretty easy to do.
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Old 01-18-2009, 01:14 AM
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I'm doing all the drilling myself, but I had the edges done by Drum Gear Online.

If you'd like, I can get you a copy of the spreadsheet and you can fill in your specs. It's pretty easy to do.
If ya don't mind, that'd be great! I started a little spreadsheet to estimate costs but haven't put much time into it as I haven't committed to the job yet. I gotta finish my ash stave snare first.
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:08 AM
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thats a sweet kit..how much were the shells with the edges?
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:20 AM
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thats a sweet kit..how much were the shells with the edges?
BD $114.95
Tom $56.95FT $82.95Snare $52.95
That was quick due to the magic of my spreadsheet.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:25 AM
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Well, most of the parts have arrived now. Had some good news about the Champagne Sparkle wrap: It's down to $198 a sheet... So that saved me about $80 to do the kit. Still waiting on it to come in though, along with the bass claws and a few of the bags. Can't wait to get started with the wrapping of these babies!

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Old 03-01-2009, 04:21 AM
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Finally had a day off, so I did the whole assembly of the snare today with the wrap left over from the last set. The rest of the wrap hasn't arrived yet and I had a hankerin' to do some building.

Pictures tell the story... Put the wrap on, do the seam, drill some holes, put on the strainer and butt, but on the lugs, put on the heads. Enjoy!
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Old 03-01-2009, 05:42 AM
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Dang, that snare it beautiful! Congrats on a job well done.
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Old 03-01-2009, 09:58 AM
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I would be totally freaked out to drill in such a nice shell...

Great result! I wonder how it sounds?
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Old 03-01-2009, 12:38 PM
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Aahh champagne sparkle, a man after my own heart! How much do you reckon it would cost for the wrap for the snare alone?

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Old 03-02-2009, 08:04 AM
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I would be totally freaked out to drill in such a nice shell...

Great result! I wonder how it sounds?
Fortuantely I got over the freaking out part on the last set. I still measure like crazy, but it has all turned out fine so far. As for the sound, it needs a different bottom head to really get what I'm looking for... For some reason I bought a head that's meant for hard playing rather than something nice and thin and sensitive for jazz, so once I get that changed (or maybe just tuned), it should be really nice.

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Good luck with the rest
Well, it costs $200 for a sheet, and a snare takes about 1/3-1/4 of a sheet, so somewhere around $60-70 maybe? Fortunately I had this left over from the last set I built. I should have another one left over after this set that will be big enough for a snare that I would probably be willing to let go for cheaper than that... Maybe.
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:26 AM
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Today I finally got around to wrapping and drilling most of the holes in the toms and bass. Both toms actually are ready to assemble, the bass I'm still waiting on the tension rods and claws from Drum Foundry. I would have had the toms done today if I hadn't somehow lost the lugs screws!!! I've looked all over the place and can't seem to find them. I know I had them for when I did the snare drum, but where they might be now is anyones guess.

So I'll be looking for those and when I find them or break down and order more, I will post pics of the whole process.
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Pretty good yeah.
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I can't really tell from the pics but, I reckon it would nicer with bronze hardware if you could ever get any!!
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Finally figured out what the deal was with the lug screws... Turns out Drum Gear Online only sends them if they have them in stock.... Apparently they didn't when I ordered the rest of my stuff. So they didn't send them. So I went ahead and ordered some more last Friday, they were shipped Monday, and arrived today. So I got home and immediately went to work on the toms.

Finished them up and boy do they sound great! The floor tom which is suspension mounted has so much ring to it! They're so beautiful. I'll have pics tomorrow... I just need to get started on some homework tonight.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:58 AM
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OMG!

I can't believe I'm just seeing this thread!. :-|


Fabulous thread, somedrummer!


Thanks. ;-)
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:56 AM
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All right, well, my body's going to hate me as I have to be up in 5 hours, but I'll post pics... Just for you guys.

Here are the construction pics of the 12" and 14" toms, them completed, and a little set up I made up with the 16" bass from my other set just so I could hear how it all sounded.

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Those are beautiful!

Sound files?

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Those are beautiful!

Sound files?

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I think I'll wait til I get it all together, then I'll post a video or two about it. It sure sounds warm though, I'll tell you that...
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:11 PM
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Awww...


Neat! Great pics, sd! Man...you must be in heaven, huh? ;-)


Keep up the good work and pic posting...Please.


YEA!
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Awww...


Neat! Great pics, sd! Man...you must be in heaven, huh? ;-)


Keep up the good work and pic posting...Please.


YEA!
Yeah, man. I'm having a blast. Now if only the last parts for the Bass drum would come in! I'll get final pics and perhaps even some videos(!!!) when that happens.
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That sparkle and those tom lugs look just like my much drooled after Gretsch New Classic set. Very very nice.
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That sparkle and those tom lugs look just like my much drooled after Gretsch New Classic set. Very very nice.
Thanks GD. Just found something in the thread from my last kit... Kinda made me chuckle. I wrote this just over a year ago...

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As far as a bigger kit goes: No. I'm thinking I'll probably start building some snares for myself or anyone else who wants to pay me to make them one. But a bigger kit is out of my price range and besides, I have all the other kits I need for other jobs.
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Today I completed the bass drum hoops. Took off the masking tape from the inlay section and installed the inlay pieces. From up close there are some flaws, but from more than about a foot away it looks as good as any!

Also drilled all the rest of the holes in the bass drum. Lugs are all installed. Spurs would be installed except for the screws that come with them are too long... like they're made for a thicker shell or something. So I'll be heading to the local hardware store for some tomorrow.

So then, the only thing that's keeping me from having a fully functional drum set is the lack of tension rods and claws from Drum Foundry. Please, feel free to write them some hate-email on my behalf.

I promise... Pics of the complete set will be up as soon as the parts come in... and I get them installed, of course.
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thats awesome!!!!

nice kit

and even better wrap!

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Finally got around to putting the hardware on the bass. Last thing that remains is the T-rods and claws which apparently are still backordered from Drum Foundry.

But here are pics of the bass with the heads and hoops just hanging on...
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Absolutely gorgeous. A set to be proud of.
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Oh Yes!


I ditto Gruntersdad!


SaaaWEET! :-)
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:33 AM
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Yes... Thank you all... Just can't wait until the dang tension rods come in!!!!

HURRY UP DRUM FOUNDRY!!!!
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looks like you used longer lugs on the bass...
if so, any reason why?



... and absolutely gorgeous btw. stunning.
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looks like you used longer lugs on the bass...
if so, any reason why?



... and absolutely gorgeous btw. stunning.
Oh I don't know... I guess they look more appropriate for the size of the drum? They also stick out further so that the T-Rods fit over the hoops. They're 2" long, the tom lugs are 1" long... I don't know. No real reason I suppose. Ludwig used different sized lugs on toms vs kick, no?

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Looking very sexy! I hope the last parts arrive quick, I can't wait to see and hear the complete thing!
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That is a classy finish!
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