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Old 04-13-2018, 09:53 PM
Whatarethese123 Whatarethese123 is offline
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Hey everyone! Scored a lovely little (what appears to be) a 1965 Ludwig Club Date kit in champagne sparkle for a great price.

Unfortunately it's not in the best condition, and the bass drum's inside looks like bloody murder. So tell me, what can I do with this kit? Do I just take the hardware off and keep that? Do I try to restore the toms? Any help would be appreciated.



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Old 04-13-2018, 10:18 PM
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That poor thing!

Well, the bass drum is trashed -in MY opinion. I only say that because there are a few VERY dedicated woodworking experts who might be able to do something....but for the normal human being, that thing is a goner. The other shells look like they have pretty significant damage, too.

Yeah, I'd just strip off the hardware, clean it all up to meticulous condition....carefully remove the keystone badges and grommets, too....save the bass drum hoops, of course...if they are ok.....give the rest a good Viking funeral if you know what I mean.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:29 PM
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I say the opposite. I'd try to restore that bass drum, and the others, even if you just experiment with it to see what works and what doesn't. It doesn't hurt to try. You can't really make it any worse, and if you do succeed, then so much the better. I would try different things and be creative, because you really have nothing to lose at this point. Just don't spend too much time or money trying out things.

By all means, save the hardware and the wrap at an absolute minimum. If nothing else, you could make cool furniture pieces out of them, like a floor tom end table, rack tom lamp etc.
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:35 PM
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I say the opposite. I'd try to restore that bass drum, and the others, even if you just experiment with it to see what works and what doesn't. It doesn't hurt to try. You can't really make it any worse, and if you do succeed, then so much the better. I would try different things and be creative, because you really have nothing to lose at this point. Just don't spend too much time or money trying out things.

By all means, save the hardware and the wrap at an absolute minimum. If nothing else, you could make cool furniture pieces out of them, like a floor tom end table, rack tom lamp etc.

How would I go about saving the wrap and the badges/grommets?
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Old 04-13-2018, 10:57 PM
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Clean it up. Get some elmers dry rot restorer glue, infuse it into the wood in stages, until you have stabilized the whole bottom. Get it built up get it smooth. Repaint. Reassemble with larger fender washers. Take pictures that show you are a complete badass. http://elmers.com/product/detail/E760
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:53 AM
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Hey everyone! Scored a lovely little (what appears to be) a 1965 Ludwig Club Date kit in champagne sparkle for a great price.

Unfortunately it's not in the best condition, and the bass drum's inside looks like bloody murder. So tell me, what can I do with this kit? Do I just take the hardware off and keep that? Do I try to restore the toms? Any help would be appreciated.



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As others have suggested, its doable, but will take time and a lot of effort. If you are not willing or able to invest both perhaps sell it for what you paid for it to someone who's interested in a project. I wouldn't toss the shells just yet. This is a vintage 1965 kit. There are a limited number of them out there. For that reason alone its worth a bit of effort. By the way, were the two foot like accessories in some of the images part of the deal?
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Old 04-14-2018, 02:39 AM
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As others have suggested, its doable, but will take time and a lot of effort. If you are not willing or able to invest both perhaps sell it for what you paid for it to someone who's interested in a project. I wouldn't toss the shells just yet. This is a vintage 1965 kit. There are a limited number of them out there. For that reason alone its worth a bit of effort. By the way, were the two foot like accessories in some of the images part of the deal?
Just the feet of the family member who found them for me...

...they did come with what appears to be like a 14 or 16 inch old Remo rototom so I guess that's an accessory.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:41 AM
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I dont know what is worse to look at the feet or the drums, ha ha

If you do sell them I would be interested, looks like a challenging project and would love to take it on.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:18 PM
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Those are what is commonly referred to as crossover fetish pics.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:33 PM
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Regarding the separated plies- I'd repair those with wood glue & clamps on curved pieces of wood (cut from a donor drum shell).
I'd use bondo to fill in the missing portion of ply. Sand, then paint. Wood filler would work too.
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