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Old 04-16-2014, 08:35 PM
Mookie Mookie is offline
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Default Hillbilly repairs on a wrecked bass drum

We start with a thin 3ply MIJ luan Renown bass drum that someone must've leaned on too hard. One spur, complete the 1.5" washer around it, plunged right through. Whoever owned it at the time just drilled two new holes on the batter side: Problem solved! Anyway, I wanted to experiment with whether something like this could be fixed (ostensibly, on a more valuable drum sometime later. At first, I was going to try thin plies of wood and glue to fix it, but later decided to try good old fiberglass cloth/resin. I also decided to fill the "new" holes while I was at it. Once the repairs hardened up, I used a hole-saw to cut the replacement hole and put it all back together, only to discover the fiberglass side was about 10X stronger than the original wood; the old mount flexed horribly with the shell. So, I then took a small reinforcement panel that fell off an even crappier luan snare drum and glued/clamped it into place over the original not-broken mount hole. So, viola, two repairs in one post! Just wanted to share my experience.

Pictures 1-2: Jagged hole
Pic 3- masking tape (for seal), duct tape for strength
Pic 4- repair curing; gravity can be our friend!
Pic 5- the repairs, all done.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:38 PM
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Default Re: Hillbilly repairs on a wrecked bass drum

At this point, you might just want to buttress the hole with another layer of veneer in that area. Clamp and glue on another section right over what you have there.
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:43 PM
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Nothing better than bringing one back from the dead...
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:59 PM
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Yes, one could put a layer of wood over it all; not sure what that would add besides looking prettier though. The amount of the shell that isn't wood is miniscule at this point, so I don't think any sound change wood result. Anyway, yes, making kindling back into a playable drum is rewarding, and keep in mind this was practice. I didn't earlier mention that this repair was inspired by a similarly damaged Ludwig drum I had seen at Music Go Round and passed on since I wasn't sure it could be repaired, and the price still seemed high given its condition. Now I know- they can be fixed.

Now I show the finished repair from the outside:
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:13 AM
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Nice job! Just about anything can be fixed with time and effort.
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