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Old 12-17-2018, 07:26 AM
Gonzo666 Gonzo666 is offline
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Default 1976 Vistalite bearing edges and tom depth question

Hi everyone,
I recently acquired a 1976 clear Vistalite kit, the shell sizes are 22,12,13,16 and 14 snare.

After taking the heads off I noticed a lot of inconsistency regarding the bearing edges.
The 22, 12 and 16 seem to have a 30 degree edge while the 13" tom have a flat bed with slight roundover on both edges.
I'm wondering what were the type of factory edges on those Vistalite at the time? 30, 45, flat?


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Old 12-17-2018, 10:28 AM
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the 12" tom (with 30į like edges):
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Old 12-17-2018, 10:30 AM
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The 13" tom (more flat edges):
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:41 PM
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Default Re: 1976 Vistalite bearing edges and tom depth question

I'm also wondering if the marks on the edges are normal? Looks like sawblade dents.

I figured the 22, 12 and 16 shells have similar edges and serial number starting by 11xxxxx while the 13" tom has rounder and flat edge with a 96xxxx number.
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Old 12-19-2018, 03:48 PM
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Default Re: 1976 Vistalite bearing edges and tom depth question

Are the spacing's from the lugs to the bearing edge equal on both sides. I'm sure my old vistalites were sharper than that.
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Old 12-23-2018, 05:10 PM
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Default Re: 1976 Vistalite bearing edges and tom depth question

Yep Iíve got a 9 by 13 which has saw blade marks on both upper and lower edges.The shell does not appear to be modified it measures a true 9 inches.and the holes are the same measurements from both top and bottom bearing edges
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:42 PM
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Default Re: 1976 Vistalite bearing edges and tom depth question

Looks like someone skipped the step of leveling out the shell on a sanding board. I've had Ludwigs with sawblade marks on them too, but it was always a 3-ply drum. They still sounded good though so I didn't try to fix them. I can't say I've ever seen sawblade marks on 6 ply shells and definitely not on anything Monroe-made.
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Old 12-23-2018, 06:50 PM
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Yep Iíve got a 9 by 13 which has saw blade marks on both upper and lower edges.The shell does not appear to be modified it measures a true 9 inches.and the holes are the same measurements from both top and bottom bearing edges
Thanks moonbabies for the info and photos. My edges looks really similar than yours, same angle and marks. Maybe my shells were recutted with a similar angle or Ludwig made them a bit shorter.
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