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Ask the Drum Guy: What’s this thing called?

Ask the Drum Guy: What’s this thing called?

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Hey Batador! I recently bought a 70’s Acrolite that was in pretty good shape. Needed new heads and wires and such, but overall not bad. I decided to use your drum restoration advice to clean the hardware, but I noticed I’m missing one of the metal lug spacers that is…

Ask the Drum Guy: Hope for my bent steel snare?

Ask the Drum Guy: Hope for my bent steel snare?

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Our new friend Steve wrote with the following question: Hey Guys, Just wondering what your advice would be in fixing up a steel snare that is out of round. To be more specific, it’s an older Pearl snare – on the low end for sure, but it has sentimental value…

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 5: Machining impossible to find parts.

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 5: Machining impossible to find parts.

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So, you need a drum part and you know it’s just a goddamn stainless steel dowel with a point machined onto it, or a brass bolt, or some other stock machine part that you could fabricate with a grinding wheel and ten minutes? http://www.mcmaster.com/ Floor tom legs, kick drum spikes,…

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 4: Bearing edges.

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 4: Bearing edges.

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Bearing edges: Bearing edges are the nut and saddle of the drum- the head is suspended between them and their condition, evenness, quality and shape will dictate whether the drums is resonant or not.  Drummers got really interested in bearing edges in the last 10 or so years after, oh, 100…

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 3: The kick drum.

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 3: The kick drum.

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The latest in our series on drum restoration. Next up: THE KICK DRUM! Kick drum hoops that need to be touched up: Gently pry up the staples and very gently remove the inlay strip. Sand the hoop with sandpaper to break the loose paint off, then dust it off and spray with…

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 2: Replacing lost or broken parts.

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 2: Replacing lost or broken parts.

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Replacing parts: Here are the companies I use to buy standard-issue modern drum replacement parts: Drum Factory Direct- http://www.drumfactorydirect.com/ Huge selection, affordable, and they sell modern chrome-over-brass drum hoops. Sometimes that’s what you need and you just can’t find it used. Precision Drum- http://www.precisiondrum.com/ These guys will pre-cut wrap to fit your drums, which will save you…

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 1: Cleaning up an old kit.

Drum Kit Restoration, pt. 1: Cleaning up an old kit.

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This will be the first of several posts about cleaning up and restoring vintage drums. I’ve restored a dozen kits in the last few years, starting with a 1952-3 Radio King kit I picked up in Cleveland, OH for $200. (You can see it in the photo above- it’s the…

Restoration Stories: Patrick’s Levon Kit

Restoration Stories: Patrick’s Levon Kit

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This is from a couple of years ago- I had it on another weblog but I thought I’d share it here, too: It all started when a friend came by my studio with some drums he’d been tinkering with. He said “I want to make a kit like Levon Helm…

Stuff we like: The Frankenkit!

Stuff we like: The Frankenkit!

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After years of recording the thing that I’ve realized is that sometimes the best sounding rack tom and the best sounding floor tom for a session don’t always come from the same kit. Ditto the kick drum and snare drum. I like having a few kits at the studio for…

Drum Restoration Story: Mr. Clayton’s Vistalite Concert Tom

Drum Restoration Story: Mr. Clayton’s Vistalite Concert Tom

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Our friend Mr. Clayton had some crazy-cool-weird ’70s Vistalite toms that were (unfortunately) single-headed drums. He made short work of that. Here are his before and after photos: So I finally got down to business on this last week. After ordering all the appropriate matching parts on ebay, surgery commenced…

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