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Old 04-05-2017, 10:08 AM
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Default Majestic De Luxe Re-Wap

For years I've had a 20x14 bass and two matching 12x8 toms laying around. I got them for $75 with a bland dark blue wrap. Hardware was pretty clean but it was missing the bottom 12" rims, one bass hoop, bass spurs, and the rods were mix matched on the bass drum.

More recently I found an orphan Majestic 14" floor tom with matching off set lugs. Super clean hardware but missing legs. Crappy red sparkle. $100 for that but it had the badge and was in nice shape.

I've been wanting to try a re-wrap for a while but all the wraps I found on line were way to expensive for a MIJ project. There is someone on eBay with nice sparkle wraps for $89 to wrap a four piece kit. The price was tempting but I wanted something not so common.

I found Rescue Drum Group on line and while they didn't have as many choices, their warps were a little more exotic at a reasonable price. I bought 2 sheets at $75 each to wrap the four drums and have enough left to do the bass hoops and a snare if I want later. Pretty thick stuff but easy to work. I used one piece of super duty carpet tape and let the hardware do the rest. I used sections of the old wrap as cutting templates. Tedious but pretty easy overall.

As my non-MIJ friends love to point out, I spent so much on this stencil kit, I could have bought a vintage Ludwig Standard. But this kit had too many things going for it:

-Great sizes with matching 12" toms!
-All tom mufflers complete and working
-All badges clean and matching
-Off set lugs all around
-Near mint hardware. Just a light scrubbing needed. No rust
-Now cool double tom mount. Original was two singles
-Beefy shells with cleaned up edges (6 ply?) Really solid stuff


I don't know much about Majestic but I think the De Luxe were a higher end drum at the time. I painted the interiors gloss white for maximum punch and am trying Evans heads for the first time and from what I can tell so far, these are gonna sound nice.

I'll be using a chrome Student line Slingerland with this and was thinking of wrapping it to match. Anyone wrapped a chrome snare?? Bad for sound?
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Old 04-05-2017, 10:17 AM
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Default Re: Majestic De Luxe Re-Wap

Wow! What an awesome wrap! THos are distinctive for sure!

I totally know what you mean. I'm an MIJ fan too, and even though a probably could've gotten a cheaper USA made kit of the same era, it's not nearly as distinctive or "cool" to me!

How did the carpet tape work? The one thing I hate about wrapping is having to use contact cement. I'm always nervous I'm going to mess it up somehow.
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Old 04-05-2017, 11:44 AM
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The carpet tape worked great for me. Once I marked on the shell where I wanted the wrap to start, I put one tape strip on the shell first and flattened it out nicely. This is possible because there is still the protective paper attached to the other side that gets removed when I'm ready to attach the wrap.

Once I pull the protective paper off, I can see my pencil mark through the tape so so I line up the wrap edge and press it down. I was a little off on my first one and it was a struggled to get the wrap off the shell. It sticks really well.

On the loose side of the wrap that is gonna come around the shell, I attach a tape strip that overhangs the sides and finished edge a bit. I can press it down because there is the protective tape still on the top side. The overhanging tape gets trimmed off along the wrap edges with a razor so once you peel the protective paper and stick it to your starting point, you won't see any tape.

Then I used a 2x2 and some clamps along the seem for a bit to make sure it sticks. No signs of wanting to peel up. The tape is the way I'll go in the future.
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:00 PM
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Oh My Gosh!!
you did an AWESOME job there surfcollector
those drums look super clean and way cool ..........GREAT JOB!!!
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:19 PM
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These look fantastic, very nicely done! I have an orphan Majestic 14" floor tom that matches my Lyra kick, snare and rack tom, but it's not a De Luxe, and definitely doesn't have a 6-ply shell! It's 1-ply with 3 reinforcement rings (a necessity with how thin the shell is).
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:33 PM
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Thanks guys. The only weird thing I ran into was, even though the 12" toms appeared to be original to the kit (their old wrap matched the bass),
the spade mount on the second tom was mounted on the same side as the first tom.

Meaning, the way they were originally, the second tom, when mounted, had the badge facing the drummer and the muffler face out. They had two left mount spade plates. So I had to flip one so both badges face out as you see now.

Ever hear of that? Weird.
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:50 PM
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Sounds like one of the 12's may be from another kit. My kit came with only one hanging tom (a 13") and the badge faces out when mounted to the drummer's left.
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:51 PM
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OUTSTANDING!! Very slick job. Hope you enjoy them.

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Old 04-06-2017, 10:09 AM
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3 ply or 9 ply? That is a sick wrap!
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:14 AM
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Default Re: Majestic De Luxe Re-Wap

3 ply or 9 ply? That is a sick wrap!
To answer your question, the Majestic 20-12-12-14 was exactly what you have. And yes, the spade mounts were backward. This was an after thought. The 2 12s where supposed to be tuned as you would a 12-13. The spades suck, btw. It was a quick fix to a problem they didn't realize. It only happened for about 16 months before they dropped that kit. You have the same kit I first bought for my son. 20-12-12-14, 9 ply shells.
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