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Purdie Shuffle 05-19-2012 06:23 PM

50's Gretsch Round Badge Restoration
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Hi all,

Thought I'd move this thread over to the restoration section.

The drums arrived! They look just like the photos in the original thread, so no surprises there. The wrap on the kit is a complete basket case and it's only being held on the shells by the hardware.

Bad news:

The wrap is FUBAR. No tags inside. (Late 50's kit so no tags expected!) Micro-sensitive needs the throw arm.

Good news: It's a One-Nighter!

The shells, bearing edges and hardware are in excellent condition! No extra holes anywhere. They're 3-ply Brooklyn shells! (Yee-ha!!!) And as you can see by the badges, they are -50's- round badge drums. All original, the hardware has never been removed.

After I detail the hardware and re-wrap the shells, this kit is going to be a stomp-down killer. It has the 5.5" snare too, which I am most happy about. The guy I bought them from is 75 years old. He bought the drums in 1960 "used" from the original owner. The kit never had a floor tom. It was advertised and sold as a 3-piece club-kit.

I have already started stripping the bass drum shell. The wrap just fell off. Light sanding and I'm done there. I have settled on Tangerine glass wrap. Mostly because of how great Dolfan's kit came out. As soon as I saw how great his project kit came out, I was sold. Classic tangerine is the way to go with these.

Before photos below. Enjoy. I'll post regular progress reports for the Gretsch geeks...

John - Very happy camper!

FFR428 05-19-2012 07:29 PM

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John what a cool project~! Nice to see another one in the Purdie shop. Have fun and look forward to your progress.


Gravy 05-19-2012 07:53 PM

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I have the same kit in 6 ply blue sparkle. The wrap on the bass drum was just barely hanging on. The kit sounds great as I'm sure your does also.

I recommend the replacement Microsensitive if yours is shot. It works great and you'll never have to worry about it!

Just a question. Are your bass drum hoops also 3 ply?

Nice kit!

Purdie Shuffle 05-19-2012 08:19 PM

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> Are your bass drum hoops also 3 ply?

Hmmm, good question, after I strip the hoops I'll let you know. Can't wait to hear these!

Glenn, thanks for kind words bud... I'm really looking forward to doing this project.


Purdie Shuffle 05-21-2012 01:38 PM

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Stripped, sanded and ready to wrap!

I've started detailing the lugs, hoops and hardware... moss don't grow on a rolling stone! ;)


FFR428 05-21-2012 02:12 PM

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Man your fast!! No wastin time there at all!! LoLoLoLo

Purdie Shuffle 05-21-2012 02:49 PM

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That's the same thing my wife said just last night! LOL :p


vibes 05-21-2012 08:23 PM

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Those are nice. Can't wait to see the new wrap on them.

Purdie Shuffle 05-22-2012 03:17 AM

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My wife wants to pick the color for the kit! She's never asked before, but because she's always so supportive of my drum mania, I didn't have the heart to tell her no.

I've given her a range of wraps to choose from. Any one of them will look appropriate on the drums. Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed she chooses the Tangerine on her own!

Women, can't live without em...

I'll let you know what she chooses.


FFR428 05-22-2012 08:01 AM

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Cool! I hope she picks something like Tangerine. Yes Sir

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