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Old 10-21-2018, 08:05 AM
maxgomes maxgomes is offline
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Default Restoring vintage drum shells

I recently met a man with a large collection of vintage drums. However, most of the shells he has are orphan toms (in other words, there may be some matching shells, but few complete kits). Additionally, most of the wood is intact and shows no sign of wear (aside from some scratches on the wrap).

They seem like a good buy. Reinforcement rings and vintage maple wood are a plus. However, given that he does not have the appropriate hardware for some of these drums (i.e. 50s era Ludwig lugs for a 50s era Ludwig shell), I may have to improvise.

Because I own lots of Yamaha hardware, I've considered installing Yamaha brackets onto these vintage shells. Doing so would probably have little, if any, effect on the sound, but I imagine that fans of vintage Ludwig/Slingerland shells would be up in arms at the sight of Yamaha brackets on vintage toms. What do you think?

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