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Old 10-23-2010, 01:06 AM
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Default Added a 18" bass drum to my MCA

I found a cheap 18" bass drum on the bay. Wrong finish, but I have plans to strip the cover but I'm not sure if I can have it look the same as the rest plus that the WMP finish is so sweet :)







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Old 10-23-2010, 01:21 AM
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Default Re: Added a 18" bass drum to my MCA

It would be easier to cover the rest of your kit with WMP than to try to match your bass drum to your toms. Just sayin'...

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Old 10-23-2010, 01:28 AM
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Default Re: Added a 18" bass drum to my MCA

I agree with Caddy, There is nothing harder than trying to match a factory stained wood finish.
Cover the rest of the drums to match the bass, or cover all of the drums in a different wrap.
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Old 10-23-2010, 02:08 AM
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Ditto. Having taken the wrap off of a few drums to make my Bumble Bee Bop set, you never know what may be under that wrap. If it glued, you may lose some wood getting the wrap off, and then wood filler will not stain well. Unless you really like that natural finish I would wrap the rest in the WMP>
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:18 AM
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Ditto. Having taken the wrap off of a few drums to make my Bumble Bee Bop set, you never know what may be under that wrap. If it glued, you may lose some wood getting the wrap off, and then wood filler will not stain well. Unless you really like that natural finish I would wrap the rest in the WMP>
Thanks for your opinions! Haven't considering the option of covering the other drums. Not a bad idea, but I really like the natural finish and I will only use the 18" occasionally so I think I keep them as they are. I got the drum for roughly a fourth of the list price so I'm still satisfied.
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Old 10-23-2010, 09:29 AM
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I think it looks cool the way it is. The drums don't have to match, do they?
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:35 AM
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Wrong finish, but I have plans to strip the cover but I'm not sure if I can have it look the same as the rest
If you take your time, it's pretty easy to "come close". Go to a custom hard wood shop, with drum in hand, and ask salesperson for help. Certain stains can be "toned down" or "darkened up", as need be.
And in this particular case, where the toms all match, you have a lightning/perspective optical illusion working in your favor. With lights/shadows hitting the surfaces at different angles, the human eye "sometimes" see's the same color, even when it's not. What would be much harded, would be matching up two rack toms, where they would be side-by-side. The eye would have an easier time spotting "off hue".
My Ludwig kit, two drums have the factory finish, two drums are "home made" dye jobs.
You might also think to go darker on the kick drum "on purpose", and try to only match the wood hoops (lighter) with the toms. That can be a nice combo.
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:02 AM
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Nowadays i feel like the cheapest or easiest way to get a complete MCA kit on european ebay is to buy loose drums like 22" bass 16" floor 10" tom and 12" tom in different colors and stuff, mixing the finishes completly. Btw beautiful kit.
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:48 AM
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Default Re: Added a 18" bass drum to my MCA

I'm not too worried about the colour match because they are not stained, only darkened by sunlight. I'm more worried about getting rid of all glue and get a nice surface. I think I leave it at it is for a while.

Henke90: Maybe you can buy different colours and then wrap them in WMP? Can't be too difficult and expensive. Alternatively you sand them and oil them to get the vintage natural finish.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:57 PM
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I'm more worried about getting rid of all glue and get a nice surface. I think I leave it at it is for a while.
Use Jasco first .... and then all you need to do to the shell is some light sanding.
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Old 10-25-2010, 07:28 PM
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Default Re: Added a 18" bass drum to my MCA

I don't see why you a need a re-cover (either on the bass or on the toms). It looks okay to me. The snare doesn't match either, does it?

Btw Harry Conway, I like your setup.
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