So, the hunt for more began. I love the hunt, don't you?
Found a floor tom and, with some swap and some cash, it came to the party. A good finish match was no surprise since the bass and floor serial numbers are so close they tell me the 2 drums left the bench possibly the same day. The gods had smiled....
Then I stumbled on a snare. A few years newer, 1963, but with the advantage of the new Keller shell and sharp edges - nice to have in the snare drum with it's higher tension. Not cheap but, hey, what the hell..."I'll just sell some other stuff to pay for it".
So, now I've got everything but the 12" tom. Easy, right? Not so fast. A couple of promising candidates appeared, but they either were the later generation with the newer shell (I didn't want to mix generations in the bass/toms), or too old and too expensive as well.
So, I built one myself. I looked around and found the proper 12" shell, already stripped. Why? Because I had scored another Mardi bass shell on eBay late at night, a month or so ago. A perfect donor drum, it had been (very badly) drilled for God-knows-what mount, and the edges were a mess, and the inside was a mess. Not much promise of putting it back into service as a bass drum, so I peeled the wrap off it and used it to wrap the 12" shell. It came out very well and is a very close match.
I needed a lot of parts for this project, fortunately I had most of it already.
So, last weekend I got it all set up in my office. Finally.
The heads on the toms are interesting: early Remo Fibreskin heads with Rogers logos - probably from the early 80's. Don't ask me how they came to be in the parts cabinet, but there they were when I went looking for heads. The resos are original oval-logo Rogers from the same era as the drums. On front is a 60's Rogers reso, on the back is a new Remo 'Powersonic' head. Never saw one of these before I found it cheap on eBay: it's got 2 foam rings glued inside a 2-ply, and a muffle pad snaps on the bottom in front of the pedal. Weird. But the darn thing sounds good and the bass sounds enormous.
Edited by DanC, 14 December 2011 - 05:30 AM.