What's your latest purchase?

someguy01

Well-known member
Has anyone ever sand blasted and/or wire brushed the chrome off and then painted the hardware,
I have, but not with drum hardware. It's tedious and the results vary based on how the item was originally plated. Under the chrome there is nickel and zinc layers that allow the plating to adhere. Quality plating, i.e. Premier, is very hard to remove and will leave a surface that just won't look good painted. It's easier, less laborious, and cheaper to replace any hardware if you want another color.
There is one last option with chrome: take it to a powder coater and have it anodized. Also, not cheap but will yield a wicked cool finished product.
 

felonious69

Well-known member
You folks are ALL the Coolest!
I did a cleaning and they fared better than I thought they would turn out!
I didn't take the lugs off... just the hoops.
This is going to be a starter kit for an eight year old girl who's been showing an interest, so I think I'm gonna final clean em, put em back together and tune em up.
Gotta get her a bass pedal.
Oh... and haven't quite told her mother (my niece) that I got it yet. But mom's a rocker too!
Rock fan, anyway.
 

JDFaulky

Well-known member
Since I have a Tama Starclassic (W/B) on order and waiting to ship to me, I thought I should start looking around for the matching snare. If I want it in the finish of my kit, it'll be an additional 6-7 month wait. However, I noticed my local Guitar Center had this Tama Starclassic 14x6.5 snare drum in walnut/birch with a cedar finish and it was $100 cheaper than ordering the snare in my matching finish. I just said hell with it and bought the cedar finish one instead due to being readily available and saving me some cash. Since it sits behind the kit and is barely seen anyway, I figured it didn't matter.

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I got home with this puppy, slapped a new Evans HD Dry head on it, kept the snare side head since it came with an Evans 300 anyway (which is what I would have put on it), tuned it up how I like it, and immediately noticed a huge difference in sound. Normally I struggle to tune my two Pearl snares and this thing tuned up so fast an easy that it shocked me. The snare throw off is much nicer too. I've never owned a 6.5in deep snare and I love the fatter sound of it. If this is any indication on how the rest of the Starclassic kit will sound then I'm in for a huge treat.
 

felonious69

Well-known member
Since I have a Tama Starclassic (W/B) on order and waiting to ship to me, I thought I should start looking around for the matching snare. If I want it in the finish of my kit, it'll be an additional 6-7 month wait. However, I noticed my local Guitar Center had this Tama Starclassic 14x6.5 snare drum in walnut/birch with a cedar finish and it was $100 cheaper than ordering the snare in my matching finish. I just said hell with it and bought the cedar finish one instead due to being readily available and saving me some cash. Since it sits behind the kit and is barely seen anyway, I figured it didn't matter.

(not my image)
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I got home with this puppy, slapped a new Evans HD Dry head on it, kept the snare side head since it came with an Evans 300 anyway (which is what I would have put on it), tuned it up how I like it, and immediately noticed a huge difference in sound. Normally I struggle to tune my two Pearl snares and this thing tuned up so fast an easy that it shocked me. The snare throw off is much nicer too. I've never owned a 6.5in deep snare and I love the fatter sound of it. If this is any indication on how the rest of the Starclassic kit will sound then I'm in for a huge treat.
Gorgeous!
 

rebonn

Senior Member
Ongoing deal...trying to get eight yr old Rox into drumming, and she is showing an interest.
Got her a pad and sticks...
Then got her a snare (n stand)
Gave her my stock hi hats and stand.
For a beginner set...for 120 dollars:
12,13, 16 and 22. (Bonus: The color kinda matches her snare)View attachment 107112
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They need a DEEP cleaning. But physically they look and sound pretty...sound.
Emad kick head and Enforcer reso.
Remo Emperors on the toms. G1 resos (Used, but all still good)
Gonna need the BEST chrome cleaning advice.

I am all excite-y!
I like that color. I’ve had a Similar Pearl in some sort of smoked brushed aluminum for 25 years and still use it on gigs. I can attest to these being good kits to learn on and be confident it can hold up to any task down the road if needed.

This is the Pearl Export at a July 4th gig last month.
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Happy Drumming
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
:rolleyes: I just realized I never put the Stage Custom set I got a couple weeks ago in the 'latest purchase' thread,
although I made a couple other posts about them.
Anyways - they're 10/12/14/20 w/14" snare. Finish is Honey Amber. I stained the unfinished parts of the hoops since I got them.
They sound better than any of the many previous versions of Stage Customs I've had. :cool:



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yammyfan

Senior Member
Grabbed a 20" K Sweet crash today to round out the collection.

I now have the 16-17-18-19-20 crashes in that series. I figure I can make some interesting pairings like 18"/20" or 16"/18" etc. I'm going with 19"/20" for now to see what that's like.

It's a great cymbal. Opens up really easily and has a very pleasant tone. Not as low pitched as you might think, either.

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rebonn

Senior Member
:rolleyes: I just realized I never put the Stage Custom set I got a couple weeks ago in the 'latest purchase' thread,
although I made a couple other posts about them.
Anyways - they're 10/12/14/20 w/14" snare. Finish is Honey Amber. I stained the unfinished parts of the hoops since I got them.
They sound better than any of the many previous versions of Stage Customs I've had. :cool:



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The one above the post.
My bad I thought I did reply to it.
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wildbill

Platinum Member
The one above the post.
My bad I thought I did reply to it.
This one

I kind of thought you meant the Stage Customs, but wasn't sure.
The Stage Customs aren't that expensive, but didn't you recently post about getting some pricey Mapex stuff?
That should help take your mind off of it. ;)
 

rebonn

Senior Member
I kind of thought you meant the Stage Customs, but wasn't sure.
The Stage Customs aren't that expensive, but didn't you recently post about getting some pricey Mapex stuff?
That should help take your mind off of it. ;)
Yeah the Stage Customs were in the running when I bought a cheaper Mapex Mars kit. I got a deal on the Cherry Bomb kit ($1000 off) plus a free Equinox snare that I added to and got the Maximus.
 

Hewitt2

Senior Member
Got two Sabian cymbals today:

- 18” SR2 Medium. Definitely was an HH Medium crash in its previous life. Has a pleasant dark/throaty/balanced tonal response. Opens up surprisingly easily given its characteristics. Tried it out as a secondary ride but it didn’t work out too well in that area. So this will make nice primary crash in lower volume settings.

-21” HH Raw Bell Ride - Phil Collins edition. This is a bit of a unicorn for me as I’m such a PC fanboy and this specific ride in this condition doesn’t come up for sale that readily in my area. Tried it for the first time today and I was struck by the pronounced ping and overall stiffness of the cymbal. The bell sounds great. Will definitely take some getting used to but I see its application when cleaner definition and more attack would prove of use. The crash is way too gongy so this is a ride only, and an especially hefty one.

I’m really looking forward to add these cymbals to my palate of sounds but it is bittersweet as I had to put down my beloved 8-year old English Bulldog Lord Wellington just one day earlier (he’s the one on the right!). He was a champ and loyal to the end and I will miss him greatly. Dogs - we don’t deserve them! ❤️😢
 

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