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Old 04-30-2011, 10:11 PM
AXEnGEAR4J AXEnGEAR4J is offline
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Default Hello...Newbie here! 70's Stainless Quadra-Plus

Hello, new to the forum and actually not a drummer I’m a guitarist who has participated in many vintage amp forums through the years and own of many old vintage tube amps. I now feel privileged to be a part of the "Drummers" side of the world.

It came time for me to start keeping an eye out for a set to keep in my shop/studio as convenience for those drummers whom come and go and also to have a nice set for my outdoor venues I have on our property in the summer months.

Low and behold I came upon a Stainless Quadra-Plus set which I understand was mfg in the 70’s, it isn’t in the best of shape however not too bad either IMO, however you guys are the experts and why I’m here as I have this feeling they might be worth restoring or maybe not??

Where do I start?
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:39 PM
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Default Re: Hello...Newbie here! 70's Stainless Quadra-Plus

Great to have you with us, I'm a drummer who plays guitar, I'm a glowing glass snob myself. can you post pics of your kit, I have a stainless steel kit, No Wood Kit even comes close to these bad boys, are they scuffed dented, tom rash etc? Ludwig used nothing but the very best Marine Grade stainless steel if you don't know what your doing with this stuff it can get ugly very fast.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:50 PM
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Great to have you with us, I'm a drummer who plays guitar, I'm a glowing glass snob myself. can you post pics of your kit, I have a stainless steel kit, No Wood Kit even comes close to these bad boys, are they scuffed dented, tom rash etc? Ludwig used nothing but the very best Marine Grade stainless steel if you don't know what your doing with this stuff it can get ugly very fast.
Thank you its a pleasure to be here!

Yes I will post pics on here soon, just got them home today. They have some scuffs and scrapes a couple very small dings/dents and some pitting and rust in the hoops and hardware, snare has much more flaking/bubbling but a beauty past 20 feet!

One thing I looked up SN's mine all start with 177XXXX and in sequence for the toms, floor tom 176XXXX snare starts 103XXXX, I couldn't find those to be mid-late 70's?
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:58 AM
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your kit looks to be a 1978 model, stainless steel kits came out in 1976 and ran till about 1981 short production run, and they cost a ton when new, they where the most expensive drums at one time to buy. here is a pic of my kit.

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Old 05-01-2011, 12:15 PM
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Default Re: Hello...Newbie here! 70's Stainless Quadra-Plus

Thank you , I wasn’t sure of the year as the sn info didn't seem to match up.

So I take it these are a bit rare as I've had a hard time finding info. I can see how these were very expensive to make and from what I've learned they actually lost money on them being do labor intensive.

I was very skeptical when buying and kinda went out on a limb. I found them on CL and they guy indicated there were in great condition for 30-40 year old drums. It was a 1 1/2 hour drive to see them, had cash in hand and offered about half of what he was originally asking. Guess I spent a little over $100 a drum but still not sure if it was a wise investment.

If they're worth it I'll take the time to restore them. I have had experience with metal working and refinishing in the classic/vintage/muscle car world so I believe it wont be over my head.

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Old 05-02-2011, 10:16 AM
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Okay here they be....




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Old 06-13-2011, 10:13 AM
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Needing suggestions on what to do with tom mounts that do not hold or keep tight. Do I replace? or?
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Old 09-26-2011, 10:51 AM
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If I were to "add" additional drums to this set what would be tasteful and practical?
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:20 PM
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OMG!! I love your amp collection. Wow very cool, Marshall's from wall to wall. Did you get this kit in South Carolina? with all the concert toms you have you need to get a few double headed toms, a 9x13" and 10x14" would be nice. what problems are you having with the tom mount is it from the bass drum side or the toms not staying tight?
No these came out of NW Oregon.

Thanks on the collection, you're only seeing a part of it..lol

Yeah thought I might just build this set up a bit if practicle.
This set now is 12", 14", 15" 16" concerts and 18" double floor.
Maybe a 10" & 13" or 16" floor tom possibly?

It's the toms on the floor stand not staying tight.
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Old 09-26-2011, 01:53 PM
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your kit looks to be a 1978 model, stainless steel kits came out in 1976 and ran till about 1981 short production run, and they cost a ton when new, they where the most expensive drums at one time to buy. here is a pic of my kit.
WOw! that is absolutly beautiful!!!!! I love it. Wow. I would die to have it. Want to trade for some really nice cabinets? Hand made!, please!
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