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trkdrmr

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Re: Fibes drums

First,I must say I have 4 Fibes kits,and I love them all in their own way...my main baby is my 8 piece Clear Acrylic,built out of 3 different sets,carefully restored my removing all hardware and sanding (YES,sanding) the pieces using 7 different grades of wet and dry sandpaper plus 3 separate liquid compounds to remove scratches,some pretty deep,which meant 10 steps times 2,since i had to do both sides,20 steps each(about six to eight hours for each shell) all hardware cleaned,hoops removed,sanded,painted,and new aluminum bands installed...2X 22,12,13,14 mounted,16,18 floor and an Austin Era Blue Acrylic Snare picked up in Hollywood...you might notice a similarity between this and Billy Cobham's set from Mahavishnu days,except for the 18 mikes he used!
That just broke my cool-o-meter! That totally rocks! I really dig resto jobs like that!
Amazing kit!
 

bbeyer

Junior Member
My first kit was (and still is) an original Fibes four piece with fiberglass shells and a chrome over steel wrap that I got when I was ten. They sound great with the right heads and tuning, but the finish is so trashed after 23 years under my hands, and God only knows how long they were around before I got them, that I have pulled all of the hardware off and I'm looking to re-shell the kit with different sizes. I started with 9x13", 16x16" and a 14x22" (the 4th is my 5x14" Gretsch steel snare), but I might make a 7x8", 8x10", 10x13" and 18x18" bop kit by adding four tube lugs to the bottom of the kick and using the remaining 44 lugs to finish it off.

I thought about re-covering the shells, but that steel wrap is pretty stubborn and I don't want to mess up the tubs if I don't have to.
fibes lugs are still available if you want for this project... fibes will be back up and running soon from what i hear so you can get new replacement lugs or another option is using old NOS lugs.. a guy i was talking to on www.ghostnote.com had a bunch of NOS lugs from when fibes sold out to corder in the 80's or late 70's. go on there and search or post up a thread about lugs.. i dont remember the guys name now.
will you be selling the old shells when you are done?
 

bbeyer

Junior Member
Re: Fibes drums

First,I must say I have 4 Fibes kits,and I love them all in their own way...my main baby is my 8 piece Clear Acrylic,built out of 3 different sets,carefully restored my removing all hardware and sanding (YES,sanding) the pieces using 7 different grades of wet and dry sandpaper plus 3 separate liquid compounds to remove scratches,some pretty deep,which meant 10 steps times 2,since i had to do both sides,20 steps each(about six to eight hours for each shell) all hardware cleaned,hoops removed,sanded,painted,and new aluminum bands installed...2X 22,12,13,14 mounted,16,18 floor and an Austin Era Blue Acrylic Snare picked up in Hollywood...you might notice a similarity between this and Billy Cobham's set from Mahavishnu days,except for the 18 mikes he used!For the guy that is thinking of recovering his chrome set-my next project set is a set made up of former chrome pieces that were truly beaten to death,the bass drum was actually hit by a car!!All hardware was removed,missing or broken pieces replaced,chrome was removed,all the contact cement was removed using denatured alcohol,my new covering is actually decorative sheetmetal,and since it will be a 2X24,10,12,13,14 16 setup up,I had to order 2 4X8 sheets...the Company for the laminate is Pacific Crest,here is their Link
http://www.pacificcrestind.com/index.php/vmchk/SpectraMetal-Metal-Laminates/View-all-products.html As soon as it is complete,I will show you guys the set,but looking at the covering,its going to be gorgeous...

cool drums and nice work restoring them.. but whats with the aluminum plates inside the toms? i've seen something like that inside a fiberglass fibes kickdrum to support the tom mounts i guess.. but why use it on a clear drum? i would have just hung the toms on rims mounts if i was worried about the plastic cracking (and BTW I have heard that Fibes acrylic was and still is much stronger than the ludwig vistalites.. you rarely see a cracked fibes shell)
 

Mikecore

Silver Member
I'll probably keep the shells. The idea of getting those babies back to fighting shape is getting more appealing as I think about it.
 

dennisp06@yahoo.com

Junior Member
Anyone interested in purchasing an 8x10 fibes octobon in Lifetime yellow? Flawless, and very rare. If interested let me know and I will post pictures. $300.00
 

Grae UK

Junior Member
Hi

I've recently found a Fibes snare in my cellar and it's the worse for wear. I am looking for spare parts for it so that I can get it back to working order. I've rang the factory in Austin but there was an automated answer machine saying the factory was closed for relocation.

To cut a long story short, does any one know where I can buy spare parts please? I live in England.
 

flamtap

Junior Member
Re: Fibes drums?

Fibes are GREAT drums. A lot of care is put into making these... the finish is beautiful, bearing edges are perfect, nice hardware, the sound is excellent.
 
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Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
I used to practice on a Fibes set at a church. Never moved, tuned or fiddled with them much. But for playing, they sounded and looked very good.
 

Bennett Williams

Junior Member
My Jasper Shell Fibes kit in silver glass glitter finish:

26" x 17" bass drum with Trick aluminum hoops
13" x 11" rack tom
16" x 16" floor tom
14" x 7" cast bronze snare by Artisan Percussion
All drums have die-cast hpops







 

Chuckl

Junior Member
Back in the mid-seventies, Cesar Zuiderwijk, then drummer for "Golden Earring" was playing a double-bass set of Fibes. I don't know if they were wood or fiberglass shells.
 

Drumolator

Platinum Member
Before they became "Fibes" made in Texas, in the 80s they were Corder made in Alabama. I had a set, and they were great drums. I probably should have kept them, but that is water under the bridge. Peace and goodwill.
 

drmfd

Junior Member
FIBES WANTED :
FIBES CLEAR ACRYLIC CRYSTALITE:
-sizes 6" & 8" & 10" head toms.
-12 x 15" head tom or snare drum.
-either 16 or 18 or 20 x 20" head floor tom or bass drum.
-20" head bass drum.
-4 1/2 or 5 1/2 x 12" head snare drum.
-any or full 7 set of Fibales.

FIBES FIBERGLASS:
-26 inch bass drum shells (or finished) need two, but will take one.
-any or full 7 set of Fibales, any finish or unfinished shells.

FIBES cymbal stands, tom floor stands, snare stands, lug key tool, compact cowbell holder, solid cym-sets, t-shirts, golf-polo shirts, ballcaps, heads with logo (if near mint), possibly wood bass drum hoops.

FIBES Any odd piece or prototypes.

Corder T-tom floor stands.

Corder or Darwin stands - snare, cymbal, T-tom floor stands if same appearance as FIBES.

Paypal. Please send me private message here on site if selling any of these. Worldwide OK. Thank you.
 
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jodgey4

Silver Member
Quick update on Fibes - they are sold in Austin through Tommy's Drum Shop. They/Tommy sold the old Fibes place across the street a while ago. I talked to them a while ago and they said they were looking for a new warehouse or something to start work in again. They probably can still get old parts for you, and they do some restoration of drum kits at their shop. Apparantly they have a lot of Fibes restorations lined up for the new factory, so that's all they will be doing for a while when they re-open. If I ever get any updates, I'll let you know.
 

goatee220

Junior Member
Here are my Fibes drums. I just spent the last month cleaning them up. They've been in storage since the early 90's. The kick drum is 26x14, the rack toms are 15x10 & 15x12, and the floor toms are 16x16, and 18x16. It was my first attempt at cleaning/restoring drums. Let me know what you guys think.







 
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