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Old 04-14-2019, 03:42 AM
Robzildjian Robzildjian is offline
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Default Recut Bearing Edges on Valuable Vintage drums?

I have been advised to have the bearing edges recut to original profile on my black oyster pearl 64 downbeat, my 57 black oyster pearl kit and also my Gretsch roundbadge 20,12,16 in common ol silver sparkle. Im Worried this will effect the value of the drums but will clearly improve the sound. Iím thinking of doing so on the Gretsch which has the worst edges but not the other rarer kits. Advice appreciated.
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Old 04-14-2019, 06:57 AM
Lance Lance is offline
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Default Re: Recut Bearing Edges on Valuable Vintage drums?

A laymans view, do you want to do this to improve your enjoyment of the sound currently produced, in other words do you play the drums for your own enjoyment or, are the drums an investment and you can live with the sound currently made by them ?
If you re-cut the edges could this potentially de-value the drums in investment terms ? I don't know enough about this subject to be able to say, but if so why not leave that decision to the potential next owner ?

Perhaps consider this, something is only ever original once, if you recut the edges any remaining originality will be gone forever.

I hope the above (which upon re-reading appears to ramble somewhat!) makes sense ?

Good luck with your decision ! Remember that the one you are proposing is irreversible.

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Old 04-14-2019, 07:50 AM
The Ploughman The Ploughman is offline
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Default Re: Recut Bearing Edges on Valuable Vintage drums?

Just how bad are they and who is doing the advice?

Yes. In all probability it will devalue the drums...especially when consideration is given to who is doing it. It may increase the value of the drums to you. So if you are going to have it done, choose a craftsman whose name will instantaneously demand the highest respect.
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Old 04-14-2019, 08:03 AM
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Default Re: Recut Bearing Edges on Valuable Vintage drums?

I have had great success with sanding sponge and butchers wax for finish
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