Finally Finished: Vintage Premier '54 with mods

Old Dog new Cans

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So, I will preface this thread by saying, this kit started as a classic 20/12/14, with a 14x4 piccolo. At the age of 9 or 10, my buddy talked his parents into adding another tom (a 13" yamaha stage custom). This modification happened around 1980, so let's leave it there, 40 years ago. . .Yes, he regrets it. But, now he has another great gigable 5 piece kit!

First just a couple before pics. These drums sat in garage for about 30 years. The heat and humidity effected ALL of the wrap.

 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

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wait...what year are those?

is that new wrap, or did you clean the hell out of the old wrap? I love the color!
 

Old Dog new Cans

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wait...what year are those?

is that new wrap, or did you clean the hell out of the old wrap? I love the color!
ALL NEW WRAP. These were built between 65-69. They are a '54 model. I cleaned the hell out of all the hardware for sure, lol.
Only the 12" tom is a pre-international. The Yamaha is still blue under the wrap.
 

Old Dog new Cans

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Was the chrome rusty or just dusty?
Didn't mean to rhyme that.
I'm a poet and I didn't know it.
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There is still a handful of rust, mostly on the bass drum claws and T-rods. The hoops were all in good shape, except for the bass drum hoops and the Yamaha hoops (they were all replaced with new hoops). If tension rods were rusty, they ended up on the bottom, or in the case of the bass--on bottom and batter side.

Beautiful work! I love seeing vintage gear brought back to life!

:)

Thank you Mr. Wolf I truly enjoyed the work. I also learned a TON about how Premier's drums are put together obviously. The snare was a PAIN IN THE BUTT! Wow, I hate that snare mechanism.

I did make a rookie mistake with the wrap. Hopefully it doesn't come back to haunt me. I FORGOT to move the seams under lugs or hardware. But, these WILL NOT end up in a garage for 30 years again.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Diamond Member
ALL NEW WRAP. These were built between 65-69. They are a '54 model. I cleaned the hell out of all the hardware for sure, lol.
Only the 12" tom is a pre-international. The Yamaha is still blue under the wrap.

I didn't realize Premiers went all the way back to the 50's...
 

IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
Fantastic job on the restoration, the kit looks almost new! I bet your hands are happy to get a break from all that elbow grease.

After I restored my Ludwig Vistalites, my hands were sore from scrubbing lugs and rims and tension rods and acrylic shells. It was a solid 20 hours of work over a few days.

That feeling of accomplishment is great isn't it?
 

SomeBadDrummer

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WOW you obviously put TON of blood sweat and tears into this kit! I’ve never restored a kit so I can only imagine what you have put into it, but man it looks beautiful and you should be proud of the results. Fabulous job!
 

Auspicious

Silver Member
It's absolutely awesome Old Dog, that blue finish, A1. And the white wood bass drum hoops, they go along well with the blue finish.

You can buy wrap like that at a music store?
 

rhumbagirl

Senior Member
Nice restoration. I'm heading in that direction myself. Just haven't committed to veneer or wrap. And before that I need to find some cash flow. Such is life. Nice job!
 

Yamaha Rider

Gold Member
Love Premier stuff, love pearl wraps and love blues.
Can't help think those wood hoops stick out a bit tho... Beige and blue is a bit of a clash in my eyes.
Would black lacquer on them fit better?
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Diamond Member
I think the maple hoops and the blue look great together...but I have seen that combo many times before, so I am used to it.
 

Old Dog new Cans

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Yeah they have a model '54 and '58 that I learned about. I honestly don't know if that was the year the model was created or what.

Love Premier stuff, love pearl wraps and love blues.
Can't help think those wood hoops stick out a bit tho... Beige and blue is a bit of a clash in my eyes.
Would black lacquer on them fit better?

I'm hopefully going to be able to give my buddy that option--or similar. I actually still have the OG bass hoops. They were originally grey with the same wrap inlay. I plan on stripping the paint in the next few months and re-painting them black! So, yeah I was wondering the same thing about the natural finish hoops. But I still think it looks good.
Looks great.

Did you strip the old wrap off, over wrap over it?

That 13" Yamaha tom looks like it might be a Tour Custom.

Interesting Bill. The inside of the Yamaha looked like the birch Tama bass drum I have sitting. It's very solid. the finish on the inside looks like a satin lacquer or something.

Oh no, the wrap was peeling terribly. Jimb----lifting for sure.
It's absolutely awesome Old Dog, that blue finish, A1. And the white wood bass drum hoops, they go along well with the blue finish.

You can buy wrap like that at a music store?

This wrap was purchased from Precision Drum Co. HIGH quality product and service there. Andrea on the phone is quick and awesome. No BS.
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WOW you obviously put TON of blood sweat and tears into this kit! I’ve never restored a kit so I can only imagine what you have put into it, but man it looks beautiful and you should be proud of the results. Fabulous job!

I have a nice feeling of accomplishment for sure. The difficulty came with the snare mechanism, which I saved for the end. Hand polishing all of the small metal parts. I had to find a few things like spur legs, a couple tension rods, and the snare wires cost $100.

To amend my comment to Yamaha Rider. . .I was actually able to dissolve most of the rust. But the finish in those spots was destroyed. I purchased a kitchen stainless steel appliance cleaner, mixed that with goo gone, some Mr. clean and vinegar and DW40. Basically stuff I had. The S.S. cleaner did an amazing job on loosening rust--I'd let it soak for 12-24 hrs.
 
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