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Old 03-10-2018, 01:26 AM
jmcohen jmcohen is offline
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Default Seeking Opinion on Rewrapping Drums

Since I have been a member of VDF, I have learned alot about vintage drums, and the perspectives that our members bring. One overriding perspective is that all original is best whenever possible.

When is it okay to rewrap a drum set? My belief, shaped by what I have read from gurus and members, is that once a drum or drum set has already been modified (already rewrapped, ruined by multiple or large holes drilled, damaged by water, etc), the drum is fair game.

What about this drum set pictured below? The wrap is intact, but the set was exposed to sunlight unevenly so that the small tom is faded to yellow, but the shaded floor tom is still ruby red. The bass drum displays red to yellow. Is this a candidate for a rewrap, or is that a travesty?

This set is offered for sale locally, but they want too much as is. Would my rewrapping it bring the Vintage Drum Godís wrath down on me and my family?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Josh
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:48 AM
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Default Re: Seeking Opinion on Rewrapping Drums

This will all depend on the actual condition of the original wrap. They are prone to bad wear and scratching, not to mention cracking. If the wrap had any real issues, all bets are off.

That said, I offer my opinion as:
1. Buy and play
2. Look for replacement candidate for the floor tom.
3. Put original floor tom up for sale.
4. Rewrap top toms and bass along with replacement floor tom.

Good luck.

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Old 03-10-2018, 06:01 AM
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It all depends really. For me that kit could use a little loving, but that's me. Bottom line is at the end of the day that is far from being a collector's kit. That to me is where I see the line being drawn as far as re-wrap / working on the kit. That's a players kit, and can be made to look just as good as any collectors kit. Also looks to me that other floor tom leg mounts have been added to the floor tom.If you can snag them for a good price I think it's a good project kit. And who knows what other " issues " you may find. Small holes, tears, etc...
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:08 AM
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I usually make the decision based on whether or not the kit has become unsightly overall or the wrap is badly cracked, crazed and/or coming free from the shell. The plastics that were used 50 years ago are beginning to break down seriously on some kits. I prefer to bring them back to life with new wrap at that juncture. The pictured bass drum is one for which I simply viewed it as hopeless in its original uniform.

For the kit you have, I'm not sure how I would view it. It's kind of psychedelic anyway, and I might be fine with it. For the present moment, it is not too, too valuable, so it probably doesn't make a lot of difference which way you go. If that set was in the 18, 12, 14 configuration, it might be a completely different judgment.
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:14 AM
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I usually make the decision based on whether or not the kit has become unsightly overall or the wrap is badly cracked, crazed and/or coming free from the shell. The plastics that were used 50 years ago are beginning to break down seriously on some kits. I prefer to bring them back to life with new wrap at that juncture. The pictured bass drum is one for which I simply viewed it as hopeless in its original uniform.

For the kit you have, I'm not sure how I would view it. It's kind of psychedelic anyway, and I might be fine with it. For the present moment, it is not too, too valuable, so it probably doesn't make a lot of difference which way you go. If that set was in the 18, 12, 14 configuration, it might be a completely different judgment.

This is a valid point. I did buy a Leedy kit from the 50s', 18" bass, 12" tom, 14" floor finished in the Fiesta pearl wrap. Now I could have re-wrapped as there were a few issues. But I chose not to touch the kit aside from a very basic cleaning as it held a lot more value that way. And that was a kit I specifically bought to flip.
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Old 03-11-2018, 02:08 PM
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I usually make the decision based on whether or not the kit has become unsightly overall or the wrap is badly cracked, crazed and/or coming free from the shell. The plastics that were used 50 years ago are beginning to break down seriously on some kits. I prefer to bring them back to life with new wrap at that juncture. The pictured bass drum is one for which I simply viewed it as hopeless in its original uniform.

For the kit you have, I'm not sure how I would view it. It's kind of psychedelic anyway, and I might be fine with it. For the present moment, it is not too, too valuable, so it probably doesn't make a lot of difference which way you go. If that set was in the 18, 12, 14 configuration, it might be a completely different judgment.

What Dan said...

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Old 03-10-2018, 05:42 PM
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I agree with Dan and Jay really depends on the drum and how bad the wrap is. I first like to take as many steps as possible to bring one back to life. IMHO yours looks in the "OK" to leave as is range for me. If its under stagelights I bet it would look great. And thT style of wrap looks fantastic on strange! I also agree with what you say, if it has already been rewrapping, go for it. If someone turned it into a mess with lots of additional holes, go for it. I guess it really comes down to personal opinion and what you want to do with the kit.
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:21 PM
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Default Re: Seeking Opinion on Rewrapping Drums

1) When is it okay to rewrap a drum set?
In my opinion it's ok to re-wrap a kit when its value isn't lessened by doing so.

2) Is this a candidate for a rewrap, or is that a travesty?
Yes; it's already a travesty in my opinion. Re-wrapping could make it less so, but you would most likely never recoup the cost to re-wrap it unless you stole the kit at the buy.
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Old 03-12-2018, 07:23 PM
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Default Re: Seeking Opinion on Rewrapping Drums

From what I can see. The pic I personally would leave it original. But it could look a lot different right at it in person. Looks cool, and has mojo to me.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:28 AM
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Default Re: Seeking Opinion on Rewrapping Drums

Unless the wrap is split or damaged or extra holes in any of the drums just leave em be. You would not get any extra money from re wrap. As is it looks absolutely cool. Love to know what price is on it. If it were in the UK then it would already be in my house......All the best sean
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