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Old 04-17-2011, 09:18 AM
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Default Who makes the best repro vintage shells?

I ask this, as I am buying a Slingerland Chicago kick and snare set. I want to buy repro lugs for making a set of toms for this set. I plan on aging whatever wrap I get on the new drums to match what is on the kick and snare presently. It's a skyblue marine pearl. I have access to many methods of aging, including knowing a very, very sought-after guy who builds aged guitars.

I plan on gigging this kit and jettisoning the OCDP Venice kit I currently gig with, so this is why it's okay for me to have "fakes" as my toms. But if I can capture the spirit of the older Slingerlands, that's what I would prefer to do.

I know whatever I buy will need re-rings.

No pics yet, as this kit is still in lay away. I may be overpaying; but then again, I would rather buy stuff that I can see when it comes to stuff that is 50 years old, you know?

So- who makes new shells the most like old shells?
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:25 AM
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Default Re: Who makes the best repro vintage shells?

I don't know that anyone makes 3-ply mahogany/poplar/mahogany shells anymore. The closest substitute I'm aware of are Keller's 6-ply vintage mahogany shells. But buying a set of those, plus hardware, plus edges, plus finish would cost you a lot more than real used Slingerland drums, which often sell pretty cheap.
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Old 04-17-2011, 12:39 PM
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Default Re: Who makes the best repro vintage shells?

Yeah- I just don't want to mix eras and such. I want a 20" floor tom (like they used to offer), and I know those don't come up too often.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:40 PM
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Default Re: Who makes the best repro vintage shells?

Theres a company down the street from where I live called Vaughancraft Percussion.Have you tried them yet.Per thier website they make just about every kind of drumshell you can think of.
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:16 PM
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Default Re: Who makes the best repro vintage shells?

Also, the modern wraps are not made of the same materials the old cellulose shells were. Aging them would not work. You can, however, go here: http://www.drummaker.net/1-800-NEW-D...ishes.htm&-new
this is the closest you will get to "aged wrap".
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:43 PM
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Default Re: Who makes the best repro vintage shells?

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I plan on... jettisoning the OCDP Venice kit I currently gig with...
Jettison, I love that word.
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Old 04-17-2011, 05:59 PM
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Also, the modern wraps are not made of the same materials the old cellulose shells were. Aging them would not work. You can, however, go here: http://www.drummaker.net/1-800-NEW-D...ishes.htm&-new
this is the closest you will get to "aged wrap".
I was going to go for cosmetic aging, as in yellowed clear nitrocellulouse lacquer and tanning beds. But if those methods don't work, then I do that cutom wrap.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:31 AM
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Default Re: Who makes the best repro vintage shells?

Without a doubt Bill Cardwell at Gladstone drumshells..

http://www.gladstoneshells.com/Glads...um_Shells.html

He's after the vintage vibe...
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:31 AM
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I am chuffed that I can get maple/poplar/mahogany shells!!!!

Not that bad of prices, either.
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:04 AM
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Jettison, I love that word.
Yeah! And 'hence'... another of my favorites.

Vintage Slingerland hardware is the bargain stuff indeed. Even on eBay you can get great deals on lugs and rims.

I think I would go as suggested earlier though. An entire kit, even on eBay, would be less expensive than piecing one together with old and new.

Hence (there it is!) the suggestion.
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