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Wellington Custom Built Drums

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Anyone ever heard of these things? Online information is virtually non-existant. They're wood/fiberglass - most agree the hardware looks to be older Pearl stuff.

22x14, 12, 13 mounted toms, 16 and 18 floor toms. Snare missing, only one tom arm present (have seen a twin on ebay), no bass drum tom mount, reso hoop and claws missing, bass drum spurs missing. Wouldn't mind finding the missing parts somewhere along the line, but also wouldn't mind finding more about the drums, too - they do have a decent sound, I don't get the impression they're some cheap knockoffs, (especially with an 18") but there is NO information online about 'em. Any ideas? (slug of pictures to follow here)

Posted on 13 years ago
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I remember ads for a process called "vibra-fibe" in which any drums could have fiberglass sprayed on their interiors.Could that be the source of the Wellies?Those look like standard issue 70's Pearls to me,with the standard Lauan construction.Look for a spot where the Pearl badges may have been removed,because they were not held on by the grommet during this era.

Posted on 13 years ago
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First your set is a rare set to come by this is the second set i have seen..Yes your set is made by Pearl wood/fiberglass shells,by the photo of the inside of bass drum that would date your set 1974-75 the first ones Pearl[1972-73] made had the fiberglass ply did not go to the edge of the drum,yours have the fiberglass going all the way to the edge of the drum that would date it to74-75..Pearl stoped making these drums in the first part of 1976 when they went to a all fiberglass shell...It's my understanding when Pearl made these drums they sold them under Pearl's name but also sold them to a music store chain in Canada and sold them under the Wellington name too about 1976 but like i said it's a Pearl set all the way same tom mount set-up same claws and T-rods,same bass legs[the missing legs are going to be hard to fine] are they the small rounded ones about 1 3/4" around at top??...As far as the parts you are missing i have most of them T-rods ,claws,tom mount arm i may have the bass plate too i have to check i know i have single ones not sure if i have anymore double ones...Also Wellington-[Pearl} also made a vista-lite sets too,check out the photos this one was on C/L for 400.00 some time ago...Mikey

Posted on 13 years ago
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Mikey is right on.

This kit looks like my late '70's Pearl kit to a tee!

Wellington is a town located about two hours east of Toronto. The Canadian who commissioned Pearl to make his "custom" drums was trying to get into the business but was not very successful.

Another Canadian by the name of Ayotte, did much better as a custom builder and business man in the much smaller Canadian market. There have been other attempts by Canadians to get into drum making. Have you heard of "True North"? True North, based in Ontario makes some great stave and ancient timber drums.

-kellyj

"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing..."
Posted on 13 years ago
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I love this website!

Posted on 13 years ago
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WOW - Awesome information, thanks you guys!!! It's cool to know there's still hope for finding parts (although I'm still hoping to track down former owners and find the "original" parts here in town in someone's garage or something... One of the former owners is one of my bartenders at work, and it was complete and intact when she had it (it's her name and flames on the mounted toms VERY small world feeling when I saw that!!!) but still nice to know more about them.

So is this a standard Pearl wrap then too? The reso hoop will probably be the trickiest to match - the wrap is pretty faded already, you can see that around the bass's missing tom mount.

Regardless, again a HUGE thank you - very cool to see another set on it's own, but vista-lite at that? Wow!

Posted on 13 years ago
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From oldsmagnet

WOW - Awesome information, thanks you guys!!! It's cool to know there's still hope for finding parts (although I'm still hoping to track down former owners and find the "original" parts here in town in someone's garage or something... One of the former owners is one of my bartenders at work, and it was complete and intact when she had it (it's her name and flames on the mounted toms VERY small world feeling when I saw that!!!) but still nice to know more about them.So is this a standard Pearl wrap then too? The reso hoop will probably be the trickiest to match - the wrap is pretty faded already, you can see that around the bass's missing tom mount. Regardless, again a HUGE thank you - very cool to see another set on it's own, but vista-lite at that? Wow!

Yes the wrap on the drums is a standard Pearl wrap,called silver silk also came in blue silk and gold silk....Mikey

Posted on 13 years ago
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Hers's my set of Pearls from the same era with the same wrap,lugs,rims :) This was Pearls "All Maple" offering of higher end drums competing with the American Manufacturers of the time (who attempted to maintain some higher quality against cheap japanese imports). The car industry went through the same cycle at the time.

-kellyj

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Posted on 13 years ago
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Gonna guess those are a little newer - have the round tom mounts, they definately look much more silver than mine (even under the hardware where it's not faded, mine look much more pale?) My 16 and 18 are both floor toms, your 16 (assuming 16?) appears to be a mounted tom? Pretty set though, and some of the hardware is good to see, gives me a visual idea of what I should be looking for.

Anyone have a source for the floor tom leg mounts? Most I've found are like 1.5" or 1.75"? between screwmounts, these are closer to 2.25 if I remember correctly? Most were damaged, and the remainder are currently in use on my "daily driver" (mutt) set - holding my 20" Slingerland off the floor (it had a wider hole spacing yet, but was already damaged enough that I wasn't worried about modifying it to fit)

Posted on 13 years ago
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These are not exactly the same. Pearl did change up the tom mounts and tom sizes & other parts otherwise the Wellington's would not be "custom". The 16 is a floor tom.

My set is a little newer, 1981. The reason my kit is not faded is that it was all kept in cases, Never saw the light of day.

There are lots of "Pearl" parts on Ebay very reasonable.

-kelly

"It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing..."
Posted on 13 years ago
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