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Old 03-24-2009, 06:14 AM
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Okay guys, I've been holding out long enough over here. You may remember the posting of Jerry Jenkins monster Blaemire kit, and his Mod Orange Blaemire kit. Well, he stumbled onto another lot of shells and I was able to purchase 7x10, 8x12, 9x13 toms, 16x16 floor tom, and 6.5x14 snare drum shells, all virgin. There was no bass drum shell available, so I picked up a 14x24 6ply Ludwig bass drum, and stripped it, then re-wrapped to match the kit. All the Blaemire shells had a red wrap on them that we stripped off. These shells were initially made for a guy named Andy Florio, but he never ended up bulding the kit, and passed away quite awhile ago. His name is actually tagged in several of the shells. After the stripping of red wrap, Jerry and I had quite a bit of sanding to do, to get the glue off, and smooth them out. I was going to try and finish them in their raw green finish, but the shells were not consistent in color, so a wrap was in order. The snare would remain in it's raw finish though. Jerry did all the drilling and wrapping, and I had most of the Ludwig hardware that would be used, I did have to purchase the hardware for the 10" tom and the snare. Here are a few pics along the way, and the final pic is at a gig I did this past weekend. Obviously, I owe Jerry many thanks for helping me put this one of a kind kit together.
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:39 AM
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I am jealous! That final kit looks for all the world like a classic luddie. But it's stealthily hiding fiberglass Blaemire shells that will confound listeners. "Why is that kit so loud??" And it looks great in white!

Very cool! I wish I had beat you to it.
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Old 03-25-2009, 03:10 AM
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Who is that space alien sanding that shell?
I had no idea creatures from space were into drums.!!
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That kit does look beautiful very nice looking indeed!
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Hi Greg,

That looks like it was a huge under taking. Looks like it turned out great.

You must be very proud of those tubs.

Well done!!!
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Who is that space alien sanding that shell?
I had no idea creatures from space were into drums.!!
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One of the drum gods sent him down, said he did good work. ;-)

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That kit does look beautiful very nice looking indeed!
Thanks drumhead, she did turn out pretty nice.

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That looks like it was a huge under taking. Looks like it turned out great.

You must be very proud of those tubs.

Well done!!!
Thanks Fred. It was quite the project and it was very cool of Jerry to let me dig right in on the build. To me, it is more than just a good looking kit, it is very personal because I was able to see every step of the way, and I know what went into them. The drums sound sooo good! I am very proud of them indeed.
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I had no idea creatures from space were into drums.!!
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Well being in SoCal, it seems George Lucas has sent none other than Plo Koon himself.

Mendozart, I do not envy you trying to navigate the Jedi Union rules on skilled labor. What a nightmare!

Although you can't argue with the results of good Jedi craftsmanship. Nice work, Plo. Nice work, indeed.
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I have obtained (though clandestine underground sources), a recording of this white Blaemire Ludwig kit...
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The kit looks great! Thank you for wearing proper PPE while working on the drums. I am the Safety Manager where I work and being fairly new to this field and I have a hard enough time making everyone wear it at the plant, but at home......Once again Thanks!
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WOW!, very cool so I am not the only one that takes on huge projects.

Great job, and I love the wrap machine,

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Cool kit mate. It's one of those kits where you think 'I really want to play that!'

You've got more guts than I have though balancing the shells on the edge of the pool like that :P
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Cool kit mate. It's one of those kits where you think 'I really want to play that!'

You've got more guts than I have though balancing the shells on the edge of the pool like that :P
They would not be damaged by water. They are fiberglass after all.
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The kit looks great! Thank you for wearing proper PPE while working on the drums. I am the Safety Manager where I work and being fairly new to this field and I have a hard enough time making everyone wear it at the plant, but at home......Once again Thanks!
Yeah, Jerry's pretty good about doing things safely. You definitely don't want to be breathing in that fiberglass.

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Great job, and I love the wrap machine,
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Cool kit mate. It's one of those kits where you think 'I really want to play that!'

You've got more guts than I have though balancing the shells on the edge of the pool like that :P
Like trk said, they are fiberglass, so it won't matter if they get wet. Jerry does get a little silly with the pool shots though. ;-)
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Old 03-26-2009, 04:05 AM
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The kit looks great! Thank you for wearing proper PPE while working on the drums. I am the Safety Manager where I work and being fairly new to this field and I have a hard enough time making everyone wear it at the plant, but at home......Once again Thanks!
Same here, in the military we have to wear breathing apperatus, eye protection, steel toe boots, ear defenders and gloves to do anything with machinery.

"Complacency is all fun and games until you get a lung full of fiberglass dust."
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I'm lovin all of these restorations. It kinda makes me want to buy beat up drums and make them new again.
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I'll tell ya, there's no better feeling than bringing some drums to life. These shells have been sitting for years, (1973) without any holes drilled in them. Now they are wearing some hardware, and making some music. :-)
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I finished decalling the bass drum reso yesterday, looks much better now.
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I thought I would post a little snippet, for those who are not familiar, of some of the history of the Blaemire shells, and who made them famous. Allen Blaemire was a mechanical engineer who worked for the Navel Undersea Center in Pasadena, CA.,which is where he first saw a tube made of fiberglass. He was also a drummer, and thought he might be able to make drums from fiberglass. He was actually making these out of his garage. Now, Hal Blaine was part of the "wrecking crew", some amazing musicians who dominated the studios in the 60's & 70's. He played on 40 # 1 hits. Here's a link to a recent documentary about them.
http://www.wreckingcrew.tv/trailer.html Hal had a "monster kit" constructed, which had 7 Blaemire concert toms running across his '65 Ludwig Blue sparkle kit. This was the precursor to Ludwig's octaplus kit. Now, my shells weren't the actual drums Hal Blaine played, but they are from that golden era of hand made fiberglass shells, made by the one and only Allen Blaemire.
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I thought I would post a pic of a Blaemire snare that Jerry recently finished. The downbeat was just finished as a tribute to Allen Blaemire, as it is his favorite size snare. Mr. Blaemire has recently been weighing heavily on Jerry's mind as he has been in failing health recently. He's 81, has Parkinson's disease and now has contracted Pneumonia, and is down to 136 pounds, from 170. Hopefully he can recover.
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I just keep noting we have the exact same pool tile. LOL.
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Amazing resto job!
I love it when guys resurrect old and sometimes forgotten kits into fully functioning and gorgeous works of art!

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I love it when guys resurrect old and sometimes forgotten kits into fully functioning and gorgeous works of art!

Fabulous work!
Thanks Yamahammer. It was really fun, and I learned alot about building drums from Jerry.
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It is with a heavy heart that I post that Allen passed away yesterday. He may be gone, but I will always think of him when I play my cherished Blaemire kit.
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Here's a cool pic from a Cinco de Mayo gig I did. We did an hour set of Santana material, and these Blaemires really did shine. This kit is such a pleasure to play.
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^^^Amazing kit...just amazing!
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Fantastic job! I bet they sound great. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Sorry to hear about Allen's passing.
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Just a little update. About a month ago I decided to purchase the 8" shell, which noone had spoken for. Last week I finally got it all put together and played a gig yesterday with 8,10, 12 up top. It's nice to have options.
Edit: I forgot, I also picked up a little 12x20 Blaemire bass drum from Jerry. This will work great on small gigs and rehearsals.
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Sweet kit. The history behind the kit makes it seem just a little sweeter, it takes me back a few years.

Thanks for shareing both the pics and the history.

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A little update:
I wrapped the 12x20 bass drum to match. I haven't painted the hoops white yet, I may just leave them green. Also, I've been doing some Santana-type gigs, so I asked Jerry if he had any shell cut-offs laying around for a timbale. I took all the hardware off a DW piccolo tom and created a Blaemire timbale. Also, there is a possibility of me picking up a 15x22 bass drum in the very near future. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :-)
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. Also, there is a possibility of me picking up a 15x22 bass drum in the very near future. I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :-)
Another update:

Well, I didn't get the 15x22 bass drum that I was hoping for, but............
I scored a 14x24 Blaemire bass drum! I stripped off the champagne sparkle wrap, filled the clubdate lug holes, wrapped it in white, and now own a cannon of a bass drum! Not only that, but I also acquired a 12x15 Blaemire shell which I'm going to make into a floor tom.
So, that makes 7x 8, 8x10, 8.5x12, 9x13 hanging toms, 12x15 and 16x16 floor toms, 12x20 and 14x24 bass drums, and 3x12 timbale, all Blaemire shells. Whew!
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Mendozart you are a very very lucky man with some gorgeous drums there, made all the more special by the history attached.

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I'm seething with jealousy
Hey Munch,
I do agree that I am very lucky. I can't help but pinch myself every once in a while, to make sure I'm not dreaming. These drums have been a pleasure, and an honor, to play.
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Great workmanship on the shells! Love the white.Simple yet stunning.Well done.Sorry about your freinds passing..We are here but for a speck of time..............
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Great work! That bass drum must be a cannon!
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Great workmanship on the shells! Love the white.Simple yet stunning.Well done.Sorry about your freinds passing..We are here but for a speck of time..............
Thanks for the compliments. And yes, live life to the fullest.

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Cannon is an understatement. I first put a SKII on it, but I knew it was the wrong head for this kick. Finally got an EMAD on it, and can you say.....Bonhamesque?!
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It's been a while since I checked into Blaemire drums, but I have a complete Blaemire kit that Al made for me in the mid-70s. I had them originally set up double-headed with Ludwig hardware, which was weird for a Blaemire kit in those days. Most guys built them single-headed with uncovered shells like Hal Blaine's. My kit is 15x22, 7x10, 8x12, 9x13, 15x16, which I usually paired with a rare 1950's WFL mahogany 6 1/2" snare. We all thought irregular sizes sounded better than say a 16x16, which is why the shell sizes are so unorthodox. The loudest, purest sounding black "Ludwig" kit ever made. Killer.

I played sessions and toured with them for years, played baseball stadiums in the rain, in 100-degree heat, in studios and clubs around the world, and they sounded exactly the same no matter where you played. I had three other kits are the same time and used them only if I needed something for a specific gig. Most of the time it was Blaemire all the way--they kept me well fed and amused or a number of years.

Not playing much these days, but thanks for the memory jog--glad people out there recognize just what a treasure those drums are. Your project looks great--the white version of my kit. I'll post a pic of them sometime.
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It's been a while since I checked into Blaemire drums, but I have a complete Blaemire kit that Al made for me in the mid-70s. I had them originally set up double-headed with Ludwig hardware, which was weird for a Blaemire kit in those days. Most guys built them single-headed with uncovered shells like Hal Blaine's. My kit is 15x22, 7x10, 8x12, 9x13, 15x16, which I usually paired with a rare 1950's WFL mahogany 6 1/2" snare. We all thought irregular sizes sounded better than say a 16x16, which is why the shell sizes are so unorthodox. The loudest, purest sounding black "Ludwig" kit ever made. Killer.

I played sessions and toured with them for years, played baseball stadiums in the rain, in 100-degree heat, in studios and clubs around the world, and they sounded exactly the same no matter where you played. I had three other kits are the same time and used them only if I needed something for a specific gig. Most of the time it was Blaemire all the way--they kept me well fed and amused or a number of years.

Not playing much these days, but thanks for the memory jog--glad people out there recognize just what a treasure those drums are. Your project looks great--the white version of my kit. I'll post a pic of them sometime.
Sounds like a great kit dellis! I would have to agree with you on the point that this kit has sounded great everywhere I've played it. Please do post a pic, I'm always interested in seeing some Blaemires.
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I am surprised I missed this thread. Sorry for the really old bump, but cheers to Jerry for keeping AB's spirit alive. I need a second chance in getting 6.5X14 from you if it is ever possible again.
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