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Old 08-26-2015, 08:40 AM
chrislehberger chrislehberger is offline
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Default Slignerland Bearing Edge Question

I recently picked up a slingerland kit from a pawn shop for a great price. It needs some work...bearing edges have some scrapes and dents - no major gashes but definitely not smooth. Attached are some pics. Seems half the people I talk to recommend completely recutting the edges (all the edges that need done are reso) or using some wood filler and smoothing it all out. What do you guys think? I dont really want to put the money into getting the edges but I like honoring the "integrity" of the original edges, but I also want them to sound good. Thoughts?
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:12 AM
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Default Re: Slignerland Bearing Edge Question

Do the wood filler and touch up first and hear how they sound. If your not happy then have the edges cut by someone you trust.

Can we see more pics of the kit just for fun please.
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:23 AM
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Do the wood filler and touch up first and hear how they sound. If your not happy then have the edges cut by someone you trust.

Can we see more pics of the kit just for fun please.
Yep. I'll try and get them all set-up here in the next couple days. The faded black sparkle "rootbeer" I guess is what they call it is absolutely gorgeous. I need some parts - all the drums are missing the reso hoops and heads. It should clean up and ply really nicely though.
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Old 08-26-2015, 11:55 AM
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Default Re: Slignerland Bearing Edge Question

Thank you, me and about a thousand other guys will appreciate the pics, sounds like a real looker. Try vintagedrumbug or blairndrums for those parts.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:55 PM
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Thank you, me and about a thousand other guys will appreciate the pics, sounds like a real looker. Try vintagedrumbug or blairndrums for those parts.
Already been in contact with blair...hope to have this up and running within a week!
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Old 08-26-2015, 08:48 PM
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Default Re: Slignerland Bearing Edge Question

After you smooth them out a bit, run a white candle around those edges, rub it down with a cloth, the wax fills all the small stuff well and tuning is smother. No pressure, just run it around lightly and let the wood pick up the wax.
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Old 08-27-2015, 07:37 AM
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Default Re: Slignerland Bearing Edge Question

Go over the wood with some 150 or 220 sandpaper first, just to smooth it out.

If there are any large nicks, you can use filler, my favorite is stick epoxy, suck as Kwik Wood

After it's all reasonably smooth and sanded, the white candle is great; I prefer a puck of beeswax.

Understanding the principles of what you are doing is good. The most important thing for a bearing edge is for the very edge, the part that the head breaks across, to be coplanar, that is, if you were to lay it on a granite slab, no rocking, no light shining out. Unevenness there is what leads to tuning problems, odd resonances or lack of them, etc.

After that, the profile (sharp or rounded, narrow or wider) influences sustain and tone.

Congratulations on the drums! I love my Slingerlands.
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Old 09-06-2015, 12:43 PM
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Default Re: Slignerland Bearing Edge Question

Here are some pics of them all "restored." Still some work to do on the hoops, but overall I'm happy
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:35 AM
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Cool kit! I bet the bass sounds like thunder...
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:22 PM
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Default Re: Slignerland Bearing Edge Question

Well done, sir. Beautiful drums.

What did you wind up doing with the bearing edges?
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