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Pythonman 06-28-2019 03:41 PM

Cleaning up 70s Bonzo type kit
 
Got these a while ago and sold them and recently got them back. They weren't too shabby to begin with as the before picture shows but after I re-aquired them I decided to work on the pieces most in need of attention, the rack tom and the bass drum. These are original series Vistalites in 14x26, 14x10, 16x16 and miraculously an 18x16 from the same era I found separately on Ebay. No cracks or breaks anywhere. I did not get the tom holder for the bass drum but I wouldn't be using it anyhow. It dates the kit and makes it not exactly a Bonham kit but it sounds great never the less. To clean and polish I used Novus #1 and #2 and some new auto store microfiber rags. Novus #2 is also great for slightly pitted chrome hardware BTW! Just miraculous products for drum finishes and was fun and easy to use.
Before:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f16de875_c.jpgUntitled by Rick S., on Flickr

After:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...e29d04d7_c.jpgUntitled by Rick S., on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...8dd54c6a_c.jpgUntitled by Rick S., on Flickr

Pythonman 06-28-2019 03:47 PM

Re: Cleaning up 70s Bonzo type kit
 
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...00386523_c.jpgUntitled by Rick S., on Flickr
Fun project and about 2hrs of work. Didn't bother removing the hardware from the shells as I wasn't interested in super perfection and they didn't need it IMO. The drums sound great btw. Need another LM402 and a set of Giant Beat or 2002 Hi Hats and a ride and I'll be good to go.

levelpebble 06-29-2019 06:33 AM

Re: Cleaning up 70s Bonzo type kit
 
Beautiful kit, Rick!

DRUMR69 07-03-2019 11:07 AM

Re: Cleaning up 70s Bonzo type kit
 
Yes , very nice.

Wayne

grantro 07-03-2019 03:27 PM

Re: Cleaning up 70s Bonzo type kit
 
Beautiful looking kit!!

These Vistalites sound awesome...I have the Jason Bonham signature Led Zeppelin kit...1 of only 100 made...Acrylic shells have a sound all their own...

Enjoy them!!

Cheers

Pythonman 07-03-2019 07:27 PM

Re: Cleaning up 70s Bonzo type kit
 
Thank you! I’m hanging onto these for the long haul. They do have thaat sound and are a real pleasure to play. A person could get addicted to Vistalites if they’re all this easy to tune and have that cool feel and rebound these have. It’s different, to me, than playing Remo CS heads on a nice wooden kit for sure.

seantdrums 07-04-2019 01:53 AM

Re: Cleaning up 70s Bonzo type kit
 
Nice set of drums. On stage they would look pretty good. All the best sean


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