Has anyone ever vinyl wrapped drum shells (professionally of course) or is that a really bad idea?
Has anyone ever vinyl wrapped drum shells (professionally of course) or is that a really bad idea?[/QUOTE
An old friend of mine wrapped his father's handmedown drums in black vinyl (a leather looking vinyl) and they worked fine.
But... he had to glue it on. He had those drums for years, might even still have them. But they were probably maple or birch and I think they sounded okay. If I heard them with todays knowledge and todays ears for tone I would probably say that they were muffled a bit. I can't imagine that the wood would resonate better with the vinyl than without it.
I have been considering using vinyl auto wrap as a recovering alternative. It is extremely thin (2-6 mils for 3M brand), and if it is durable enough for a car, it should be just fine on drums. It is a bit pricey though, about $20 a linear foot on a 60" wide roll. The colors and prints are almost endless.