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Old 03-12-2018, 04:38 PM
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Default Newbie mistake cleaning up a 1968 Supraphonic

Hey Guys,

A couple of weeks ago I picked up half of a Camco concert tom set. Part of the package was a 1968 Supraphonic, with what I think is the original case, along with a few other misc drums. The snare is stamped May 6, 1968.

The condition of the snare looked great considering it is 50 years old. Just dirty and surprisingly it didn't look pitted.

Well I decided to clean the old girl up giving her a new life. I just used some "Never Dull" metal cleaner I've had forever. It is the wadding type.

While cleaning her up I was happy to see there were no pits, just signs of a little oxidation starting and some light scratches. When I was just about done polishing the outside it hit me that my fingers, with polish on them, had been running along the inside of the drum as I was rotating and cleaning. Oh crap, the date stamp! I looked inside and the date was still there but definitely lighter due to my fingers rubbing across it. Dang! It is still there, and with serial of the Keystone badge to confirm, you can still tell 1968 but still a bummer but lesson learned. I tried to wipe off the haze from the polish around the date with a Qtip but there is probably some still on the date.

I was thinking ahead of time to be careful when cleaning inside but didn't think about it when cleaning the outside.

Attached is a pic of the date before cleaning and after.

Maybe my newbie mistake to restoring drums will keep others from doing the same thing!

Wes
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: Newbie mistake cleaning up a 1968 Supraphonic

I've done something similar using windex. I barely hit it with a paper towell, but it smudged a little anyway. Oh well.
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Old 03-12-2018, 06:57 PM
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Hey Wes. Nice score! I also made that mistake on a late '70s Acro years ago simply by wiping the inside with a warm wet, ever so slightly soapy rag. I didn't wipe it completely away, but I could definitely tell a difference. Since then, I use a cotton glove on my non-dominant hand to prevent printing and oils and such. I use the band gloves you can buy at your local music store. Maybe give those a shot next time. Enjoy that awesome drum!

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Old 03-13-2018, 08:52 AM
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I thought about using Windex as I've seen people use it on chrome before.

The gloves are a good idea.

It seems these stamps can be wiped off pretty easily which probably has a lot to do with stamps missing from metal drums. A young kid cleaning their pride and joy years ago probably wiped them off accidentally and most likely wasn't too worried about a stamp marking on the inside of a drum. Definitely not thinking someone would care decades down the road!

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Old 03-13-2018, 09:05 AM
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Here are a couple of pics after cleaning the Supra up.

I put on a Ludwig snare side head. I really like the liw profile of these heads as a couple of snares I have can have issues with drawing the resonant side head down too far when tuning up.

I put on an Evans coated hydraulic black on the batter side. First time using one of these heads. I like the sound and feel so far and I think it looks great against the chrome.

I put on some Canopus Vintage Dry 20 strand wires. They are a little more expensive but I really like the sound.

Wes
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:33 PM
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Don't feel bad. I literally wiped out a date on a supra some years ago while detailing the shell. Lesson learned...

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Old 03-13-2018, 04:27 PM
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Here are a couple of pics after cleaning the Supra up.

I put on a Ludwig snare side head. I really like the liw profile of these heads as a couple of snares I have can have issues with drawing the resonant side head down too far when tuning up.

I put on an Evans coated hydraulic black on the batter side. First time using one of these heads. I like the sound and feel so far and I think it looks great against the chrome.

I put on some Canopus Vintage Dry 20 strand wires. They are a little more expensive but I really like the sound.

Wes

Looks very good. You now have that very sought after,...pitless Supra.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:56 PM
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I have done the same thing.
Don't feel bad.
You are not alone.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:45 PM
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Looks like I'm in good company!
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:40 PM
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Default Re: Newbie mistake cleaning up a 1968 Supraphonic

Very nice drum. My 1970 Supra has some pitting but it has a nice shine. When I cleaned it up, I didn’t do anything to the inside.
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