The drums, hoops, lugs, and tension rods were good. Some other hardware was not so good. A few things failed in the first two-three years so I had to jury-rig fixes. The bass pedal was smooth and fast but the threads in the heel wore out where the bottom bracket attached. Some welds failed in the throne--had to be one of the cheapest thrones ever made.
In the early 70s, I replaced all the tom/floor tom brackets with Ludwigs since the hole spacing was the same. I also replaced the rail mounted double tom holder with a Ludwig--had to drill for that.
In the late 80s, I got tired of the "old school" look of the blue sparkle so, like a dope, I recovered the drums with gloss black wrap from Sam Barnard. I also sprayed the interiors of the shells with dark brown enamel.
I replaced the club-date style spurs with the modern Ludwig and the metal bass drum hoops with wood hoops in the early 90s.
This has been the perfect set to leave at different houses over the years for band practices. Now I find myself wanting to use the set for gigs because they're so low-end, they're cool.
The photos below show the drums and original hardware pieces. For some crazy reason, I still have all the pieces. A few things to take note of:
--super lightweight (i.e., super chintzy) flat-based cymbal stands
--the "Speed Pedal" high hat--still works great, has the cool hinge between the top and bottom rod so you can fold the high hat for gigs
--the "Speed Pedal" bass drum pedal
--the unusual (?) rail-mounted double tom holder
--the ride tom brackets were tightened with a drum key, chrome still looks great
--shells are on the thick side with so-so/rough bearing edges, no rerings
--bass drum lugs take the slightly larger 6 mm tension rods
--several of the bass pedal pieces are stamped "Pearl Drum Co."--see the photos
--I usually have a white head on the bass drum but have a clear one on at the moment
I hope you get a kick out of seeing this stuff--probably more than you ever wanted to know. Even though I have better drum sets, I have a soft spot for these and they sound pretty good.
And for you guys whose parents bought you Rogers, Ludwig, Slingerland, or Gretsch for your first drum set...(expletives deleted.)
Have a good 2010.
Click on the thumbnails for full size images:
Edited by TomN, 04 January 2010 - 01:38 AM.