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Old 03-29-2022, 07:54 AM
jaghog jaghog is offline
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Default Re: The worst thing that happened to vintage drums

This drums made in our hey day we’re not to be beat on like some of those commercial’s you see on tv
they were suppose to played with a nice meter not with those horrible aluminum sticks either that took your heads out in a few beats or dented your hoops ,
The added weight of head bagging music just destroyed the locks and pushed them on there resting place the bd or snare I’ve seen rash so bad it was through the wrap
I gave up trying to find Answers
that’s why when you see a kit clean you know it was a old timer that played them and you have to snag them even if there at 3k …..
My 2 cents
April 2nd 1969 scarfed pink champagne holly wood and 65/66 downbeat snare, and , supra same year very minty kit old pies
66/67 downbeat with canister
Super 400 small round knob
1967 super classic obp

once the brass ceases to glitter, and the drum looses its luster, and the stage remains dark, all you have left is the timbre of family.
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Old 03-29-2022, 09:00 AM
leedybdp leedybdp is offline
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I've resisted posting another of my pet peeve issues with mistreatment of great old drums until now. I just couldn't hold it back any longer. There are VERY FEW drum sets that look good to me that were originally wrapped or painted at the factory, and then stripped, sanded, and stained or clear-coated. In my opinion, re-wrapping or repainting these drums does justice to them. They were originally wrapped or painted in non-see-thru colors because the outer ply was not of finish grade wood. Rogers drums outer ply of wrapped and painted shells was notoriously a quite ugly mix of different color pieces of wood. If you think that a stripped, sanded, and stained drum looks appealing, I must disagree with you.
No matter how far you push the envelope, it is still stationery.

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Old 03-29-2022, 02:20 PM
Romulus Romulus is offline
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Default Re: The worst thing that happened to vintage drums

The mod squad get my gears grinding.

Who cares what hardware was brought in for the project, the fact that it was a ‘mod’ is what irks me, rewraps I can understand as the shell is needing refreshed.

Whether it be a 12x15 concert to floor tom conversion, hardware from another manufacturer, drilling holes, etc…

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Old 04-01-2022, 12:56 PM
Fordman49 Fordman49 is offline
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I have restrained myself from posting on this thread because I am partially guilty...but I have a lot of mixed emotions about this. I fitted a swiv-o-matic cymbal mount and bass drum spurs on a 28" blue and olive badged Ludwig bass drum. It was a concert drum, it had no mounts or spurs. At least now its usable for me and its WAY cool! In many cases as new and more robust hardware came out back in the day...people modded their drums too. Off the top of my head, Ginger Bakers silver sparkle set had swiv-o-matic hardware and I know there are more. George Way drums were often also sold with swiv-o-matic hardware from the factory as was Camco (arguably not a "mod" then, but I digress). You could easily say that in the early 60's, Rogers hardware was the modern day Pearl was everywhere.

I restored some Sonor teardrops for a friend. The first thing he wanted was Pearl bass drum spurs. When I restored it, it got all original hardware and a bass drum hoop claw. He said it won't work, he needs the Pearl legs because the bass drum moves. I showed him how to set it up using the claw and factory spurs and guess don't move. My argument is, was, and always will be if John Bonham didn't complain about his bass drum walking around using vintage hardware....nobody else should. If he could figure it out, so can you (minus the old nailing the hoop to the stage trick...LOL!!!). I think sometimes people missed out on learning how to use vintage gear, or simply look to continue emulating who they did when they were young.

On the other side of that coin, I believe it should be stated nobody is talking about drilling in a one of one left drum. These are typically common run of the mill production shells that can still be found everywhere today. If a piece is legitimately rare (not uncommon, not valuable, not I wish it was rare....I mean honestly rare)....then yeah don't drill it. Find someone to trade or sell your rare piece and buy something that fits your needs. If anyone really wants to get upset about modifying or even trashing gear that is now appreciated, look at Tweed era Fender amps. Through the 70s and into the 80s people painted them black to look like modern amps, ripped out the old Jensen speakers, cut the cabinets up, tore the tweed off, and ultimately just trashed them. Into the 90s you couldn't give a Tweed away. I have seen pictures of music stores with 40-50 Tweed Fenders piled up outside because people didn't care about them (same with Tweed era Gibsons too....BTW). Now...a Tweed Bassman is considered the holy grail of amplifiers and fetches north of $6,000. Its a small example of how one generations trash or tools of the trade becomes another generations treasure.
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