for me, drums were made to be played. not to sit and look as a collectors item. play the hell out of them. when drums fall apart, repair them! when drums cant be played (in your case) fix them up any way you can, so they are playable.
....That is when I started to feel weird. I was feeling guilt about being so pleased with the results of my mods.
Think of how many vintage drums would still exist if owners didn't modify/renovate them? Then ask if modifying shows respect to their vintage or not!I wonder what percentage of surviving vintage drums remain in an unmodded state. Are they equivalent to an endangered species?
Ooh, I'll send you my contact info and hold you to itSo, no mods to the 1964 Wine Red Ripple Rogers 4 piece, or the two 1966/67 sets. Those will keep their original dressings. Hopefully, in 25 years or so, if I live that long, I will be able to pass them on to three drummers who will feel the same..
Would love to see a photo of this kit played by both father and son over 40 years. Cool.I'm new here so be easy on me!
I own a few vintage kits and all of them are played on a regular basis, as with anything wear and tear takes its toll after a while and things need repairing/replacing.
My dads first "proper" drum kit was bought in 1973 brand new when he was 18, the kit has been gigged hard ever since even being caught up in a stage invasion!
It's also the kit that I played my first ever gig on. To look at it now it looks like it's been through the wars with many battle scars and mods but it's still gigged regularly by the pair of us and probably my favorite kit out of all of them. It honestly dosn't bother me if it's worth nothing as it'll never get sold just passed on to the next gen of drummers to appreciate the sound. The memories and sentimental value to me are priceless.
I like those rules.Wow, this thread is really moving along. Great responses. I see that this is a subject that brings out passionate feelings.
lets say for the sake of argument that some modifications to vintage drums are OK.
Perhaps we should establish some rules for what an accepted modification is.
My rules are as follows.
Do not remove a good outer finish from any drum. Only refinish the exterior if the original is badly worn.
Only drill when absolutely necessary.
Only add modern hardware that compliments the drums in a tasteful manor.
Plug all holes with color matched plastic plugs that can be removed in the future.
Try and keep the drums so that they can be put back to "Close To Original Configuration".
Save all of the hardware that you remove for future use.
When I modified my kits I followed the above guidelines. (Or at least I like to think that I did)
Feel free to add more rules or comment to the above.
Bob, where do you get those?Plug all holes with color matched plastic plugs that can be removed in the future.