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Old 07-17-2012, 07:58 AM
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Default Drum heads too small for drum

I have an 8" Gretsch tom that I love. However the diameter of the shell is 8 1/16" and Remo and Evans heads won't fit it -- they are much too tight. I called Aquarian about their American Vintage heads, which are a little larger, but they don't make one to fit an 8" drum. I would like to re-wrap this drum in red sparkle, but that would even make the problem worse. I also have an old vintage Trixon 8" concert tom that has the same oversize measurements. Is there a head manufacturer that caters to the old oversize drum shells? I don't want to get some calfskin heads to put on a larger wood hoop, and I don't know where to get them either. Maybe someone has some old heads that measure a little larger than 8" that they will sell me. Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:16 PM
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What series is your 8" tom? I believe when you re-wrap a shell, the old wrap is first removed, so the problem shouldn't get worse unless the new wrap is thicker.

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Old 07-17-2012, 06:56 PM
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Default Re: Drum heads too small for drum

Thanks Dennis, but unfortunately the drum is a natural finish (no wrap) and the added wrap just makes it more difficult. Normal heads don't even fit the un-wrapped shell. I have an old Gretsch Permatone head that just barely fits, but it is really tight.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:27 PM
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Default Re: Drum heads too small for drum

If you are going to re-wrap the shell anyway, would it be possible to sand down the outside of the shell?
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:29 PM
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Default Re: Drum heads too small for drum

Have you tried any pre-international heads? I know that a lot of older Premier kits have similar problems because the shells weren't made to quite the 'standard' size. Remo make pre-international heads so you should be able to pick one up and see if that solves your problem.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:12 PM
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Default Re: Drum heads too small for drum

No idea what the cost is, but I believe Remo can custom-make heads to any size.
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