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Old 03-23-2020, 09:27 AM
JohnBonham JohnBonham is offline
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Post 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

Hello.

The past year I got a mixed up drum kit, with parts from different british kits.
I didn't restore anything lately due to busy schedule. Now that I got some free time, I decided to restore the bass drum.

It is a 24" Premier with black wrap finish. It has all the original hardware and hoops, with the matching inlay.
The tom bracket is a mistery. It has a 70s Lokfast tom bracket placed over the badge. Something is wrong with it. Maybe she was a virgin right out the factory, but she isn't anymore. I don't think Premier sold virgin BDs at that time (maybe custom orders). I will let the Premier guys solve this for me
The wood seems to be African Mahogany. No major damages found nor extra holes, beside the (eventually) DIY job on the tom bracket. The wrap has some scuffs and cigarette burns and the shell has ply separation, close to the spur bracket, that will be
easily repaired. The BD hoops have ply separation too.
She's gonna be a players. Anyway, I will restore it the best I can.

Keep tuned and feel free to leave your comments and suggestions. Peace.
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Old 03-23-2020, 09:34 AM
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Post Re: 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

More pics below
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Old 03-23-2020, 09:40 AM
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Default Re: 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

More pics. Pay attention to the glue leftover between the edge and the reinforcement hoop. It seems to be factory made. The bearing edge profile is OK.
The other picture shows the ply separation.
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Old 03-23-2020, 09:44 AM
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Default Re: 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

More pics.
You can see the bracket elliptical hole from the inside.
The bass drum hoops have some separation like that one. They are in rough shape, since the claws were very tight and damaged the wood. Some scuffs on the inside of the shell.
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Old 03-23-2020, 09:47 AM
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Default Re: 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

Let's start. Cleaning time.
The shell is disassembled. You can see now the tom bracket hole from the outside. The wrap has some cracks arround the hole.
It is very dirty and has tape residues on the top.
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Old 03-23-2020, 10:00 AM
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Post Re: 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

Cleaning process is finished. It came out nicely with a cloth and warm soapy water, and patience.

I was planning to wet sand the major scuffs and then polish and buff the sheel. Before that, I have to decide what to do with that hole.

I have some ideias:
1 - leave the bracket
2 - cut the hole to round shape, fill it with wood and apply a matching wrap circle. Do the same to the 4 small holes. The cracks arround the oval will force me to do a big round hole.
3 - cut a wrap section, between the top lugs, plug the holes and apply a new wrap rectangle on top.
4 - fix the holes and do a complete rewrap. It is a orphan so I don't have to stick with this finish.

Any better ideia?
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Old 03-24-2020, 04:38 AM
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Default Re: 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

I just sold a Virgin 24”..in Gloss Black also...early 70s....could have been 1/2 of a double bass set...
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Old 03-24-2020, 05:58 AM
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Default Re: 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

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I just sold a Virgin 24”..in Gloss Black also...early 70s....could have been 1/2 of a double bass set...
Yes, it could be. Didn't think of it. Thanks.

Edit: In fact Premier did sell virgin bass drums. They advertise them on '69 and '72 catalogues, for example, right at the beggining. There are pages exclusive to BDs.

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Old 03-30-2020, 04:38 PM
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Default Re: 24" Premier Bass Drum restoration

Could it be a conversion from a marching band drum? Also were the spurs as roughly done as the Tom mount?
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Old 03-30-2020, 04:59 PM
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Could it be a conversion from a marching band drum? Also were the spurs as roughly done as the Tom mount?
The spurs look original to me. The shell is perfectly drilled.
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