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Old 07-21-2015, 02:07 AM
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Do you think this is significant enough to affect the tone or the head not seating properly?
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Old 07-21-2015, 02:18 AM
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That damage is minor. The dings can filled with a little wood filler and carefully sanded smooth with a fine sanding sponge.
That drum will be as good as new.
Don't leave the rough edges because they will cause heads to become blemished.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:39 AM
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You can fill, recut, or simply sand anything that looks like it may perforate a head and use them as-is. You can also close any combination of the above. While the damage is macroscopic, it may produce little audible difference. That drum isn't as bad as it looks.

If you have access to a router and table, you're looking at $15-$30 for a bit and $15 for a no-name poplar cadaver to practice on.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:49 AM
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Ahhhh...gettin' into those vintage drums I see.

Nice wrap. That shell ding would be a good bargaining point on a sale.
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Old 07-21-2015, 05:27 AM
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Thats a pretty good gouge there. And its right on the crest where the head seats, so Im sure it will play some roll in the drums sound. How large of a roll is something you will have to decide. I wouldnt use wood filler on it though. That area will be receiving lots of head vibration and will probably rattle the filler loose or just make it crumble away. Epoxy will be stronger but requires a lot more sanding to get it all to blend in. The best option would be to find someone to cut you a new edge on that drum. It would probably cost less than $50 and it will give you the best finished product.
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:04 AM
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Do you think this is significant enough to affect the tone or the head not seating properly?
Although that's a fairly nasty ding, it is isolated, so probably won't have the greatest affect, especially on a floor tom. I would let overall edge condition guide you on rectification. Of much greater impact is overall level state of the edge. Put simply, if the rest of the edge is absolutely level, then use a good wood filler & blend in. If the rest of the edge isn't level, then re cut the edge.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:06 PM
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thankx guys. Worse case I have a buddy who restores and repairs. He can easily give me a clean bearing edge if needed.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:34 PM
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I would be more concerned with the fact that the head will be seating on the wrap, and not on the wood shell---those little nicks won't be a problem if you smooth them out a little, but you will never get it right until you trim the wrap back so the head seats on the wood!
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:40 PM
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I would be more concerned with the fact that the head will be seating on the wrap, and not on the wood shell---those little nicks won't be a problem if you smooth them out a little, but you will never get it right until you trim the wrap back so the head seats on the wood!
Well, that's not entirely true. There are some different schools of thought on wraps and what role they play in the drum. Are they just decorative or are they intended to become part of the shell's construction and play a part in the drum's sound. I am of the latter mindset and when I re-wrapped my Tama kit, I cut the bearing edge right in to the wrap and the head partially touches it. I didn't use sharp 45 degree edges all the way to the outside edge of the drum. I used a generous rounded outer cut so the head has lots of shell contact, but it also touches the wrap right at the end.
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