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Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2020, 11:34 PM
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Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Tension rod query

Great thanks. I've ordered from Drum Factory so hopefully should be OK.

On a separate note, it's interesting how hard it is to get heads for a 15" drum. Mine had a Duco finish and I'm wrapping it...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Tension rod query

Thanks guys. Unfortunately NZ is completely metric and I’m guessing these tension rod threads are all imperial no wouldn’t hold out a lot of hope in getting an in store ID.
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2020, 03:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 272
Posted By Gerard Ball
Tension rod query

Hi. As part of my ongoing Slingerland snare drum conversion, I need to replace the existing tension rods with shorter ones. Can someone tell me what thread/diameter I should be looking for to fit the...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-22-2020, 01:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 447
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Restoring Slingerland duco paint

Hi. The gold went on first and then the black. It’s much easier to manage the overspray on one edge rather than two at the same time. I struggled with the lacquer coat and may have another go with a...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-20-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 447
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Restoring Slingerland duco paint

I had the same issue with an old Leedy where the Duco paint was in a poor condition. I opted to strip it off and repaint. You can see the results below and make your own judgement. It's not a 100%...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-20-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Shell ply query

Thanks very much guys. I'll post photographs of the project and finished drum when complete. Still struggling to find a 3-point snare throw for the completed snare but will persevere!
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 09-20-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By Gerard Ball
Shell ply query

Hi. Iím in the process of making a new 7Ē Slingerland snare from an old 1940s Slingerland 15Ē marching snare. Having cut the shell down yesterday, I wonder if anyone can ID the timber in the shell...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 08-01-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 412
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Oversized drum head

I would also add that I don't think that Remo Classic Fit comes in a 15". Hard to find 15" heads in any make!
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 07-31-2020, 11:44 PM
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Views: 412
Posted By Gerard Ball
Oversized drum head

Iím about to embark on converting a 1940s Slingerland 15Ē duco marching snare to. 7Ē regualr snare which I want wrap in marine pearl to match my Slingerland kit. Iíve noticed that even an American...
Forum: Wanted to Buy 06-30-2020, 05:52 PM
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Views: 529
Posted By Gerard Ball
Slingerland 3-point strainer & butt

Hi. Looking to buy a Slingerland 3-point strainer circa 1940-50 for a restoration project. Any condition considered. Thanks.
Forum: Vintage Drums 05-29-2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Ludwig Ghost pedal

I think part of the problem is that a lot of people never really understood how to tension the springs to get it to work properly. In my view, when properly adjusted the ghost is one of the fastest,...
Forum: Vintage Drums 05-26-2020, 01:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Ludwig Ghost pedal

Yes itís funny isnít it? Yet most folk happily drive cars they have no clue how they work or much less are able to repair. How times have changed!
Forum: Vintage Drums 05-16-2020, 01:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,008
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Kit Made of marching snares (as toms) and marching bass drum???

I have a kit that I’ve made from orphan Slingerland drums in ages from the 50s to the 70s. It includes two 15” floor toms that we’re both marching snares. They look great in white marine pearl and...
Forum: Vintage Drums 05-15-2020, 02:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By Gerard Ball
Ludwig Ghost pedal

Hi. Iíve recently bought a late 70s Ludwig Ghost pedal. I love the concept of the clock springs and love the look. Seems very quick and fully adjustable too which is cool. Iíve found a good website...
Forum: Restoring Vintage Drums 10-30-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,253
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Nickel over brass-polishing recipe?

I always use a buffing wheel on nickel with a little rubbing compound. You need to be careful not to take the nickel off but it is far better than simple polishing. See attached from my own 38...
Forum: Vintage Drums 10-30-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 798
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Any Boston Fans?

Saw Boston around 78 or 79 in London so possibly saw this kit then. What a phenomenal band they were. Utterly blew me away.
Forum: Vintage Drums 10-30-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,999
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: 1971 Ludwig Set Has Arrived!

Nothing wrong with hoop mounted spurs. I love these ones from DW which I have on my Slingerland 24". Drum came with no holes so wanted to keep it that way!
Forum: DRUM IMAGE GALLERY 07-24-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,691
Posted By Gerard Ball
20's 5X14 Ludwig Super Sensitive Dual

Stripped, cleaned and polished. 100% original drum other than heads. Now fitted with Evans Calftone '56, it sounds amazing. With no damping, there are very few overtones - just a really pure...
Forum: Vintage Drums 07-22-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive

Thanks for clarifying. Just complicate matters further, there is also the New Era model where apparently the snares are under the batter head but also on top of the snare head (e.g. inside the...
Forum: Vintage Drums 07-22-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Ludwig Super Sensitive

Thanks for the comment. The bottom hoop is stamped 'Super Sensitive'. Not sure what the differentiation was from a 'Super Ludwig'.
Forum: Vintage Drums 07-22-2018, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Posted By Gerard Ball
Ludwig Super Sensitive

For more years than I care to remember I have been looking for a 1920s Ludwig Super Sensitive snare. One of those with the lovely heavy 2-piece shells. Over that period I have seen several come and...
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-13-2018, 12:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 878
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Can you please date this Ludwig & Ludwig drum?

Thanks a lot Mike. Very interesting.
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-12-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 878
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Can you please date this Ludwig & Ludwig drum?

Out of interest is this snare (pictured) likely to be a 2-piece soldered shell. It's hard to tell from the photo.
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-12-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 878
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Can you please date this Ludwig & Ludwig drum?

Hi and thanks very much for the helpful reply. Obviously the drum is newer than I thought which might also explain its condition.
Forum: Vintage Drums 06-12-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,012
Posted By Gerard Ball
Re: Old Man Rant: Something I hope never happens to drums.

Never heard the term 'reliced' before. In the furniture world, the term 'distressed' is typically used.
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