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Old 12-06-2016, 07:31 PM
vyacheslav vyacheslav is offline
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Default MIJ Wrap Finishes-Let's Rank 'Em-Popular To Rare

I thought it would be fun to start a thread on MIJ finishes. I don't know that I've ever seen an Lacquered MIJ finish (at least from the factory), although they may well exist. For the purposes of this thread, I am talking about just the "Stencil" MIJ drums (including Pearl and Star, but not including Yamaha, which I know had lots of uncommon wraps).

I thought this would be a good way to get opinions on what the most common were, and some of the most rare, even for us to chime in on a finish not yet included in this thread.

I'll start. I'm listing from what I think is the most common to the least common. As an aside, I think almost all sparkles were actually glitter finishes, at least by today's standards. It seems the MIJ sparkle wraps reflect light a bit more brilliantly than modern sparkles do. Feel free to rank them in your order of opinion:

1. Red Sparkle (toss up with Blue)
2. Blue Sparkle (toss up with Red)
3. Orange/Gold Sparkle
4. Black Diamond Pearl
5. White/Silver Sparkle
6. White Marine Pearl

(From here down I consider these in "Uncommon" territory, so this isn't really a ranking order, just a listing of all the "uncommon" wraps I have seen, either in photos or in person. Feel free to add your own).

-Tiger Eye Pearl/Root Beer Swirl
-Gold Onyx/Gold Agate Pearl
-Blue Onyx/Blue Agate Pearl
-Blue Pearl
-White Satin Flame
-Blue Satin Flame


I know there are many others I have seen, but I can't think of them right now.

What say you?
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Old 12-06-2016, 07:42 PM
grantro grantro is offline
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Great thread!!

I know my Stewart peacock pearl is an uncommon wrap...

Also pictured, is a Rideau snare I had in blue silk wrap...I sold this snare to a Forum member...I don`t see this wrap finish often either...

Cheers
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:13 PM
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This Pearl that I own has a wrap that I don't see often. '68 Pearl catalog lists it as Sun Set.
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Old 12-06-2016, 10:10 PM
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Both of my Majestics have featured rare wraps - at least for vintage MIJ.

1) Grey Shimmer (is what Premier calls it). I do not see this in any Star catalog. It MAY be the "Silky White" as seen in the 1972 catalog, but I am not sure.

2) Oyster Pearl - yes, this is in the Star catalogs, but rarely seen in person (my experience at least).
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:29 PM
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Beautiful stuff John. Really like those. The Majestic badge has always been one of my favorites.
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Old 12-06-2016, 11:36 PM
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Star's Gold Eddy Satin Flame is one that I really like. Haven't seen many of those.
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Old 12-07-2016, 02:15 AM
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Default Re: MIJ Wrap Finishes-Let's Rank 'Em-Popular To Rare

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Originally Posted by vyacheslav View Post
I thought it would be fun to start a thread on MIJ finishes. I don't know that I've ever seen an Lacquered MIJ finish (at least from the factory), although they may well exist. For the purposes of this thread, I am talking about just the "Stencil" MIJ drums (including Pearl and Star, but not including Yamaha, which I know had lots of uncommon wraps).

I thought this would be a good way to get opinions on what the most common were, and some of the most rare, even for us to chime in on a finish not yet included in this thread.

I'll start. I'm listing from what I think is the most common to the least common. As an aside, I think almost all sparkles were actually glitter finishes, at least by today's standards. It seems the MIJ sparkle wraps reflect light a bit more brilliantly than modern sparkles do. Feel free to rank them in your order of opinion:

1. Red Sparkle (toss up with Blue)
2. Blue Sparkle (toss up with Red)
3. Orange/Gold Sparkle
4. Black Diamond Pearl
5. White/Silver Sparkle
6. White Marine Pearl

(From here down I consider these in "Uncommon" territory, so this isn't really a ranking order, just a listing of all the "uncommon" wraps I have seen, either in photos or in person. Feel free to add your own).

-Tiger Eye Pearl/Root Beer Swirl
-Gold Onyx/Gold Agate Pearl
-Blue Onyx/Blue Agate Pearl
-Blue Pearl
-White Satin Flame
-Blue Satin Flame


I know there are many others I have seen, but I can't think of them right now.

What say you?
Vintage Drum Guide has a pic of a really cool Green Agate/Onyx cocktail kit from one of the Star catalogs, and i would imagine that finish is beyond rare, and another finish called "Coal Black Pearl" on their "finish swatch"..

http://www.vintagedrumguide.com/japa...tar/1967-6.jpg
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Old 12-07-2016, 10:17 AM
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Here are a few unusual and uncommon wraps I have in my collection:
1960ís US Mercury Peacock Pearl
1960ís York Multi Color wrap (sorry color blind and not sure what to call it
1960ís Stewart Purple Pearl
1960ís MIJ Psychedelic wrap
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Old 12-08-2016, 03:15 PM
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Default Re: MIJ Wrap Finishes-Let's Rank 'Em-Popular To Rare

C'mon Kenny, I know you have some rare birds in your flock!
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Old 12-09-2016, 08:42 AM
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Default Re: MIJ Wrap Finishes-Let's Rank 'Em-Popular To Rare

This is a great thread! Here are 5 of my MIJ snare drums in my collection. I've got a few more with cool finishes, but no pictures yet.

Majestic - Black Agate
Crown - Blue Ripple Pearl
Majestic - Oyster Blue
Lido Supreme - Peacock Pearl
Star - Pearl Fantasia

All cool snare drums!

-Mark
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