2008 Restoration Project – Part 1

This project has been on the backburner for a long time, mainly due to a lack of available parts. I suppose I could always just go out and buy new parts for it, but finding / scouring for parts was actually part of the fun.

Originally I wanted to assemble a kit suitable for home practice, but the more I think about it, the more I started thinking: “Might as well go big and make a giant practice kit, do something that haven’t been done before”.

So there was the plan. To make a double bass practice kit with reversable toms with mesh heads. Regular drumheads on one side, mesh head on another, change from practice to show in minutes, without any re-tuning required.

I also wanted to experiment with shallow shells, so I brought the drums to my carpenter friend and had everything cut down in half except for the floor tom. I need thundering floor toms.

Part 1 :

The drums that I got had a stainless steel wrap covering and I planned to reuse the wraps initially. However once I started cutting the shells I realized it’s next to impossible to undo any bends and cuts to stainless steel wraps – at least not with household tools.

I did my best to trim off / grind off the rough edges and finished 3 toms and the floor tom with the stainless steel wrap . So this is part 1 of my project, my first and probably last attempt at tempering with stainless steel wrap.

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One Response to 2008 Restoration Project – Part 1

  1. Jessica says:

    Nice. Funny, in my 16 years of playing drums prlaossienfoly, I’ve only owned two kits, both cheap Pearl Export and CB Percussion setups. I used a band-mate’s Ludwigs for awhile, but preferred my cheapies. My snare drum and cymbals are the only things I spent a lot of money on.In part, I think it’s because with cheaper drums I don’t worry much about them. I replace hardware and stuff as it breaks over time, so the kits become more Frankenstein by the year. Maybe one day I’ll spring for something higher end, as you have. and (where Ayotte’s founder now works), both HQed here in Vancouver, are on top of my list.If you don’t have new cymbals yet, get . Not only are they good, they’re Canadian, made in New Brunswick.

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