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Old 04-21-2015, 04:12 PM
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Hi, all - over the weekend, I stripped down a Sonor kit, stained the shells, and put a couple of coats of lacquer on them. Nothing too special about the drums, but this was my first refinishing project. I wanted to practice on something that wasn't too special

My question: for those of you who have done this before, do you plug the drill holes somehow to keep drips from forming? I had some problems with this that required re-sanding and re-finishing.

Here are a couple of photos. In the first one, the drums appear yellow. That's just the fluorescents messing with the color. I was going for the "Vintage Natural" look and got pretty close to what I was looking for. The finish is very smooth and consistent. The blotches on the BD are just reflections.

Tom
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:18 PM
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Here's the original kit as posted on CL. It was in fairly rough shape. A couple of the shells had gotten wet and moldy (!) and the mold stains had penetrated into the wood. I stripped the finish off and used a mold stain remover before refinishing. I'll post some better photos once I get heads on the drums. These drums sound surprisingly good!
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:20 PM
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Lastly, I want to thank this wonderful community for sharing so much valuable information about buying, restoring, and celebrating vintage drums. I am learning a ton from you guys and slowly developing a real passion for this stuff!
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:27 PM
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I fill the holes with a soft 2 component putty, that I push or drill out later.
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:30 PM
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Thanks, Bart - that would work well. - Tom
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:18 PM
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I tape the inside of the shell to stop drips internally. If not a heavy coating, the mount screws will work no problem. Or clean them with a hand reamer if you get them filler with finish coating.
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:38 AM
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I can't be 100% sure, but those look very much like Sonor Sonic Plus, late 1990s. If yes, then you've got some seriously good drums there (I used to have one of those, I know). 100% German 6-ply and 9-ply birch shells, one of the last lines to be made in Germany. Although they were supposed to be budget drums, the quality and craftsmanship were way beyond 'budget'.

First-generation Sonic Plus were made around 1995 and had a square yellow badge (see first photo in the link). The next generation was made in about 1997 and came with a black square badge (like the one you have). Other than that, they were identical. In 1999-00 a Sonic Plus II line was launched, but that was Chinese-made and had nothing in common with the others.

Really good drums you have there, enjoy them

http://www.sonormuseum.com/1995+/son...sonicplus.html

Alex
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Old 04-22-2015, 01:22 PM
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Thanks - yes, they are Sonic Plus drums. I bought the kit with cymbals and accessories for $350. I sold off everything but the drums for $400, so I'm working with free drums

I can't bear to put the plastic bass drum hoops back on - so I'm replacing them with maple hoops. I'll put a Fiberskyn head on the front. They will look classy!

The more I mess with these drums, the more I think I'll actually enjoy playing them. But to get serious playing time, they have to compete with my Pearl Masters MMX or my Yamaha Custom Absolutes...no easy feat!

Thanks again to all of you for your suggestions.

Tom
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Old 04-22-2015, 05:22 PM
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spray in multiple light coats and you wont have drips
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:34 AM
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great job those look neat!
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