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Old 06-05-2020, 02:51 PM
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Since downsizing my vintage drum collection to four drum sets and one cocktail set, I haven't taken on any projects....until today. I opened a bongo drum carrying bag that i hadn't opened in a few years. To my surprise, what I found in there was my drum set bongos of mixed parentage. I wrapped these bongos in various satin flames to go with what I called my Clown Barf set of orphan drums

I thought that the shells might be Ludwig because of the white paint on the interiors of the 5x6 and 5x8 drum shells. I remember replacing the flimsy, bent-up, and rusty bongo drum hoops with conventional tom tom hoops. The 6" drum has a four lug hoop and the 8" drum has a five lug hoop. Here's where the crazy part comes in. And, I don't remember the specifics. I now think that these were Slingerland bongos because many of the washers for the lug screws are Slingerland-embossed cup washers. The lugs are Leedy that dropped right into the original lug holes with no need to do any adjustments.

Now, comes the project I have in mind. Precision carries a wrap that they call Charcoal Pearl. The pictures of this wrap look exactly like the factory-original wrap on my near mint 1963 Leedy Shelly Manne drum set. I always called the wrap Black Diamond Pearl. But, those of us familiar with Slingerland and SlingerLeedy drums from the mid- twentieth century know that the BDP wrap they used had a much larger random pattern with a lot more "life" in it with color variations of black, grey, and silver. Well. for less than $50, I will have pre-cut wrap to apply to these shells, I also plan to repaint the interiors. I will paint the center block black. I still have the floor stand somewhere in my stash of hardware and stands. I'll post progress reports over the next couple of weeks.
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Here's the Charcoal Pearl picture.
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Old 06-05-2020, 07:00 PM
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I have never heard of "clown barf" before, but I think it would be appropriate for some of the drums I have seen, including some new drums. Maybe one of the more honest drum companies (?) will use it. I guess it would be a poor marketing move since Ringling brothers closed down...
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Old 06-06-2020, 08:03 AM
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But, DW is still in business.
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Old 06-07-2020, 10:16 AM
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Leedy,
I recently recovered a drum with Precision’s “Charcoal Pearl.” Here it is posing with my 1957 WFL New Yorker. The New Yorker is Sky Blue Pearl which, contrarily, darkened over the years instead of turning gray. The charcoal pearl is bluer than the typical Black Diamond Pearl, but has a pattern closer to BDP than SBP. I included a WMP tom in the photo for color reference.

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Old 06-07-2020, 12:43 PM
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Here are pictures of the Charcoal pearl from Precision and the snare drum from my 1963 Leedy Shelly Manne set. I think that the match is going to be pretty good. We'll see in a few days when the wrap for the bongos arrives.
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Old 06-07-2020, 03:14 PM
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The charcoal pearl is way more blue than charcoal I have some I was hoping might be a match for larger chip BDP but it was too blue for me to use . That said it is a really cool color . Please update us when you get it . Big Leedy fan here BTW !
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Old 06-07-2020, 03:48 PM
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I think that the bongos wil be far enough from the other drums so that the difference in color should be minimal. But, I'll reserve judgement on that until i receive the pieces cut to size for the bongos. I think that they'll be a closer match than the small pattern BDP.
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Old 06-07-2020, 04:38 PM
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I see two totally different colors on those snares
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Old 06-11-2020, 04:29 PM
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Nice that the bongos are cylindrical and not conical in shape - much easier to wrap!


Cool project.
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