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Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 06-16-2015, 10:00 AM
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Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Gretsch Stop Sign restoration-help!!

My lacquered walnut kit was totally shot - too far gone to restore to the original finish. Eddie Ryan originally quoted me 350.00 using Gretsch quality wrap, but when I got to his workshop and saw...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 06-15-2015, 01:16 PM
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Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Gretsch Stop Sign restoration-help!!

There's something odd about the rail consolette, which appears to me to be back to front, unless the badge is the wrong way round, and that cymbal post certainly isn't original unless the tom tom...
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-07-2015, 09:46 AM
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Posted By robbiemurray
For Interest ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3069645/Jimi-Hendrix-s-drum-kit-memorabilia-sold-pittance-repossessed-lock-wife-didn-t-pay-fees.html

= $9,000 USD
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-18-2015, 04:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,696
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Gretsch Kit Walnut Finish Stop Sign HELP!!!!

Zyn were a budget brand made by Premier in the 1960s (and not very good ...) Super Zyn were a step up, but still nowhere near any Zildjian or Paiste. Worst of all were 'Krut' (Turk spelled...
Forum: Vintage Drums 03-16-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,864
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Gretsch Stop Sign Badge

I bought my Stop Sign kit in Mannys, NYC in 1971, and have had it ever since. it was lacquered walnut and the BD hoops were wooden with a black nitron insert. the TT holder is a 4 bolt rail...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 01-14-2015, 12:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,766
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Refinished 60s Gretsch RB kit

It's ironic that you can only do that with a kit that wasn't natural walnut to begin with, as I found when I tried to restore mine - the original factory stain was soaked through the outer ply, and...
Forum: Vintage Drums 10-20-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,036
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Ludwig Top Hat & Cane Wrap

He was quite a handy drummer .....
Forum: Vintage Drums 10-04-2014, 02:15 PM
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Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Need Help W/Gretsch FT legs ID.

Not early StopSign, which have a very small splay in the final inch, otherwise straight all the way, and no plain banding ..
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 10-02-2014, 06:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,949
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Irrational restorations

Not really - it always sounded great to me!: the improvement is simply cosmetic .....
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 10-02-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,949
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Irrational restorations

The hoops really make a difference - I did the same with my really scabby, badly pitted 1971 Supra 400 which I had sand blasted & powder coated, then finished off with multiple coats of black...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 08-16-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,030
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Pratt BD muffler.

Can I put the head back on then?

:-)
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 08-14-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,030
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Pratt BD muffler.

Does this help?
Forum: Vintage Drums 08-04-2014, 03:06 AM
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Views: 1,180
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Help needed on vintage Gretsch two-piece

Funny mix - I don't remember Gretsch having T-rods like that - look more like Rogers ...

... and did they do triple flanged hoops?

Happy to be corrected!

(Agreed on the Tom Tom mount)
Forum: Vintage Drums 08-01-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,136
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Gretsch Stop Sign - what to look for?

This is 100% genuine, bought in Manny's NYC, and has been beautifully restored by the #1 man in the UK - The full Monty, including re-cutting of bearing edges. One owner since new (me!), and...
Forum: Vintage Drums 07-18-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,691
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Need some help here. What are these?

No idea what a gunnel is, but we'll take your word that these will attach to it. Guess you know boats.

Mike[/QUOTE]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunwale
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-19-2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,146
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Black nickel over Chrome Ludwig Supraphonic snare drum?

This is a bit of fun which evolved from my badly pitted 400, bought in Manny's NYC in late 1971, which I had sandblasted and powder coated, then finished with a couple of spray cans of Audi Diamond...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 04-16-2014, 02:22 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Ludwig Tom Holder

Araldite or similar 2 part epoxy?
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 03-24-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Restoring Ajax Mardi Gras/Midnight Sparkle Kit

I understand, but there was a lot of funny business going on at that time, so just about anything could turn up on any kit!

Premier were always No 1, Ajax No 2, and strong rivals, but they traded...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 03-23-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,366
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Gretsch bass drum needs help

The badge is the same as mine, which was 1972, but those spurs are different, and don't look right to me (although I could be wrong)

AFAIK, the only walnut finish at that time was lacquered - not...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 03-23-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Restoring Ajax Mardi Gras/Midnight Sparkle Kit

Rogers had a tie-up with Boosey & Hawkes who made Ajax, so anything was possible ....
This may not help you, but it does explain what was going on at that time!
...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 03-19-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,988
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: New gretsch project. Need help identifying!

"Robbie,
The link in your post doesn't show, but is love to see the kit. Also, can anyone identify which series of drums these are? I can't find an exact match in any catalogue"

If my memory...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 03-19-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,988
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: New gretsch project. Need help identifying!

Apologies if the link in my previous post causes any problems - I kept trying to disable embedding, but it reverted as soon as I posted ....

Drums are now on eBay UK -
...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 03-19-2014, 05:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,988
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: New gretsch project. Need help identifying!

Hello

This looks like the same vintage as my kit which I restored last year, and if so, you may struggle to restore the walnut finish, as whilst it's easy enough to strip the lacquer, getting all...
Forum: General Drum Questions 03-05-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,671
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: Why? Stave drum construction

I've never heard the phrase 'Stave Drum' here in the UK, but I'm guessing it's similar to the construction of Congas, and if so, it's probably for strength - the segments can be chamfered to offer a...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 01-30-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,633
Posted By robbiemurray
Re: A Lurkers's first restoration

It's not mine! It's for sale here in England ....

http://www.rustydrums.co.uk/
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