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Old 01-05-2012, 02:40 AM
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Default Gretsch Round Badge--stripped naked and ready to play

Here are some pics of my newly-restored Gretsch round badge kit. I bought it as an orphan kit and lovingly futzed with it and somehow managed to get it to its current state. Some of you might remember my pestering about how to strip paint (rack tom) and how to remove the backing of a satin flame wrap (bass drum). Thanks for the help, and after about 18+ hours of stripping, and then restoring/protecting the finish, here she is, ready for a night on the town:
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:12 AM
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Default Re: Gretsch Round Badge--stripped naked and ready to play

Man, I love the looks of that kit. Very nice job.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:34 AM
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Awesome looking kit! The best thing is, you did all of the work and you should be proud. It doesn't matter that it was pieced together. You saved four individual vintage drums from going to the landfill and now have a vintage kit.

The Gibraltar flat based hardware keeps that vintage look.

Thanks for sharing,

Tim
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:00 PM
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Great work! The finish looks fantastic. The sound is the thing with a Gretsch Round Badge and you'll definitely have that going on. Congratulations. Great to see.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:32 PM
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Beautiful job! I'll bet those drums really "sing" now. The great thing is that you'll never have to deal with tight fitting heads on those old Round Badge shells ever again. What did you use to seal the outer shells, by the way? I'd really love to do the same thing to some old Gretsch shells and apply whatever Yamaha uses for their Vintage finish drums, for example.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:46 PM
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Those are gorgeous!!!!
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Old 01-05-2012, 03:19 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch Round Badge--stripped naked and ready to play

Sweet Caddy! I'm a lover of orphan kits, that's a gem.

I can't help wanting to see it either; painted in Cadillac Green, or wrapped in Tangerine Sparkle. Classic drums. Nice save.

Enjoy,

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Old 01-05-2012, 03:56 PM
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Default Re: Gretsch Round Badge--stripped naked and ready to play

I've been playing around on it a BUNCH for the past couple days. Man, this kit is amazing!

...oh, I forgot to mention the sizes: 12/14/20. I used Howard's Restore-A-Finish on the naked shells, which were *almost* a stark white. The Restore-A-Finish brought color back to the shells and REALLY brought out the grain. I then used Howard's Feed-N-Wax to protect the shells. Each of the shells is really its own shell. The tom was an example of how Gretsch's shells were sometimes "slapped together", the floor tom has excessive quilting all the way around (looks like it's in the rain...), and the bass drum has the most beautiful grain of the three.
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:21 PM
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Beautiful. I always like flat base stands with vintage Gretsch drums.

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Old 01-16-2012, 11:58 AM
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Awesome! I just joined because I want to get and fix up a vintage kit. I was thinking Ludwig, but I am also thinking about a Gretsch. How did you get all the toms? eBay?
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