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Old 04-01-2017, 10:11 AM
tpick tpick is offline
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Default 1962 Ludwig Pioneer

I recently picked up this 6 1/2" Pioneer snare, simply due to the date stamp being late 1962, which is the year I was born. I am wondering what would be the best way to get the shell shiny again. As you can see in the pictures, where the rims and lugs were it's much brighter. Am I correct in assuming that this is a mahogany shell, and not lacquer? Did they stain and then clearcoat the shells, so I could treat it like any other piece of finished wood? I'm also wondering if the hardware is nickel. I don't have much experience with nickel, so will it pit and flake like chrome? I tried to get good pictures but I didn't have much luck.

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Old 04-01-2017, 12:36 PM
jccabinets jccabinets is offline
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Default Re: 1962 Ludwig Pioneer

1962 rules! Im always looking for drums made in mt birth year as well.
That is stain with an old finish on it Im guessing nitrocellulose lacquer built up too heavy originally. If it was mine I would clean it with some mild soap and water, dry it then wax it with some furniture wax. Then again I might have not even done that, original finishes are great even if they are not perfect.
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Old 04-01-2017, 03:33 PM
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Default Re: 1962 Ludwig Pioneer

That looks like a stained maple shell to me.
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Old 04-02-2017, 12:55 PM
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Default Re: 1962 Ludwig Pioneer

I would just clean and use furniture polish on the shell. I use Flitz on nickel and get pretty good results.
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