About three weeks about I posted about a Gretsch burgundy sparkle Progressive Jazz set I ended up purchasing from a pawn shop here in Alamogordo, NM. It was dirty and the snare had a broken strainer, butt plate, and muffler. There was a coated head on the snare side. I am convinced the second or third owners really did not respect this as a fine musical instrument.
So, it cleaned up incredibly well. There is some minor pitting on the snare drum lugs and the hoops on the 12
tom are a bit pitted.
I replaced the spurs (kept the originals), replaced the floor tom legs (I have two of the originals), replaced a diamond plate on the bass drum (kept the original one) and bought a new L-arm cymbal holder, installed new heads, repaired the butt plate with parts from another vintage butt plate, installed a new strainer (kept the original one), muffler (kept the broken one), and Gretsch snare wires (20-strand). The set is now up and being played in the living room. I will be sending out the BD hoops to Steve Maxwell to have Willie Martinez refinish the hoops and install a merlot sparkle inlay to them.
So, my questions to the readers are:
1. What do I do with the wrap? it is lifting along the seams, but only slightly. There are two corners broken off, one on the BD and one on the TT.
2. Would it be worth re-chroming the tom and snare hoops if they are scratched and pitted?
3. Will the replacements parts already installed hurt the market value? I am keeping all original parts to pass on to a future buyer. the only original parts missing are one FT leg and the original L-arm. Should I worry about replacing them with originals?
4. There are several places that the bearing edges have split, but just slightly. Other than revealing this to a potential buyer, is it going to affect the kits playability or value? Should they be repaired? If so, who could do such a thing?
5. Finally, there is a small, 1/16" hole in the bass drum next to the badge that was repaired, perhaps at the factory because the repair looks really good and the interior was spot painted with silver sealer. Does it look like a factory thing? What does it mean?
Anxious to hear from anyone with ideas.
I am really stoked that I have a Gretsch round badge set, but never expected to own one. Thanks to Joe at Alamo Pawn, it is mine!
Edited by RogersLudwig, 31 May 2018 - 05:16 PM.