Happy thanksgiving to all. Hope you enjoyed your turkey, and the many days of turkey sandwiches, soups, pies, and chopsueys to come.
Me? Instead of roasting turkey, I was roasting and skinning the church drum set along with my buddy Jason. (Actually he did most of the work while I took pictures.)
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So the latest cars craze here (everywhere?) is vinyl wraps. Some commerical , some personal, some on a chemically induced tangent. And I found out I could get enough materials to cover the church drumset for about $50.
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At less than half the cost of proper drum wrap, I thought the vinyl wraps might make a nice alternative, but still weather proof and somewhat durable option.
Unbolting the hardwares finished without a hitch, our doubts about some of the wood plies getting pulled out along with the wraps proofed unfounded.
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But wait what’s this? An easter egg!
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Someone stuck a full sheet of neatly folded Japanese newspaper under the floor tom wrap!
I’ve heard this being done on older Japanese sets before, kind of neat to experience this firsthand.
My Japanese friends tell me it’s from 1966, and the main article was about “problems in the electronic appliance market and how used items are being purchased more than the new”. Well, they were probably right. And much more are being bought via the used market these days, even this drumset. So meta.
Anyway, after a bit more slicing and dicing, it is done!
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The vinyl wrap is thinner that regular drum wraps so technically it would vibrate more freely and thus give the drums a fuller sound. Maybe a dog can detect it, but to our ears it sounded more or less the same. Still good. And now it looks the part, too! The only drawback is that because of it’s “thinness” and softness, any imperfections on your shell surface will show up through the wrap. Our shells were beaters and there were a few spots where the wood bubbles up. But the white Carbon Fiber (looking) wrap hides it relatively well.
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I feel like playing some U2..