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Old 03-24-2016, 09:46 PM
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Default Orphan reunited with family!

Hi everyone! I've been away from the forum for quite a while, but I wanted to share a sorta heartwarming MIJ story.

I'm sure no one remembers that many years ago I scored a 14" MIJ floor tom orphan that had been wrapped in a ridiculous banana yellow contact paper. I dubbed it, "the banana drum."
http://www.vintagedrumforum.com/show...ghlight=banana

I realized at the time that it had a nice gold sparkle wrap underneath, but since I had no drums to pair it with, I was in no hurry to take it apart to and restore it to its original glory.

Fast forward about 4 years or so, I see an ad for what looks like some gold sparkle MIJ project drums on CL. "What the heck," I thought. Contacted the seller and went to check them out.

Once there, I saw a scrap of bright yellow paper in a pile of parts. "No way..." Sure enough, it was the same banana yellow contact wrap that my floor tom had been wrapped in! Furthermore, the badge on the bass drum matched the floor tom. Round, offset Tempro badge!

Purchased the bass drum and rack tom that the seller had, and I did a little work on them after I brought them home. Then, they sat. And sat. You get the idea.

Well, I finally found enough time to get back into the restoration of these drums, and am nearly done. There are some missing items as you can see, but I'm glad to have made the progress on these that I have, and really, I'm just glad that the family is back together.

The floor tom when I first bought it:
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:50 PM
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The floor tom given its dignity back:
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:52 PM
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Now reunited with the other pieces of the set:
(I guess the original owner was an aspiring JHB!)
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Old 03-24-2016, 09:57 PM
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And just for kicks, a shot with a Pearl snare in a matching wrap. (Which I believe is not gold sparkle at all, but Sparkling Silver Pearl, according to the 1968/69 Pearl catalogs.)
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:25 PM
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Nothing better than a family reunion! Goes to show that, sometimes, waiting does pay off! Congrats on the kit. Looks great!

-Mark
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:44 PM
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Awesome story! What are the chances of something like that happening?!
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Old 03-24-2016, 10:54 PM
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Well done! Those drums were meant to be together!

Mike
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:36 PM
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Great match! Love to see / hear about stories like this!
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Old 04-02-2016, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for the comments!

In case anyone is interested, this set is up on Craigslist, if you're local to Portland, Oregon. Thanks!
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