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Shell repair

Today, 02:08 PM

I bought this drum here on DFO over a year ago, there was a thread on it but I cant find it. Anyway, thought I would share with you my method for fixing this 7x15" Slingerland shell. I is three ply, mahogany, poplar, mahogany. The drum must have been dropped on the strainer at some point, the shell is severely damaged.

So first I removed the entire outer ply, then cut out a section that spanned between two lugs but staggered the cuts in each ply about one inch. I then patched in a new piece of mahogany veneer to the inside, gluing and clamping it to the rings. Then fit and glued a piece of poplar that I planned down to 1/8" over the mahogany veneer. Last step was to wrap the entire shell with new mahogany veneer. 

Here are a few pics of the process. I dont know if this drum is worth the effort or If I am going about this correctly or not but I had fun doing it. 

A few drum pics from vacation

12 July 2018 - 07:16 AM

This is our fourth visit to Williamsburg Va, the fife and drum does a wonderful job. This was in near 100 degree weather, just think about wearing those heavy clothes and hauling those huge drums. We celebrated the 4th of July here for the second time, wonderful place!

Drum sale part 1

27 June 2018 - 10:27 PM

Hello drum mates, I am selling off my drum kits (most of them), I figured it’s time to let someone else enjoy them. Some of the drums and parts came from VDF members as a trade for my finishing and I feel bad about selling those because I really respect the people on VDF and DFO that I have helped me out over the years. I am selling only the drums and mounts for toms, some kits will have floor tom legs, some wont. No stands, cymbals, pedals or other hardware is included. Please send a private message to me if you have interest in one of the drum sets, I will be happy to give you my phone number so you can call and ask questions. I will attempt to give a brief description of each kit.


#1 is a Slingerland kit re-wrapped in WMP from Jammin Sams. The wrap was done by me using the tape method. The shells are 3 ply with rings. All drums have maple interiors except the 13”, its mahogany. Sizes are 13,16,18,24 and the snare is a 14”solid maple shell that has gone through some major repairs. Heads fit tight on the snare drum but it plays great. These drums were pieced together with parts from VDF and Ebay, some parts might not be correct but they work. Asking 1,400.00

Threads I did on the drums.






#2 is another Slingerland kit. The shells were purchased from Ebay, they are 1980’s Magnum shells the interiors are the same color as the exteriors. The shells are five ply. Most of the hardware came from a member on VDF. The hardware was stripped from one of those Slingerland kits with cardboard shells. The sizes are 13,16,18,22 and the snare is a 5x14 3ply with black and gold badge. The 16” floor tom is not a Magnum shell, it is a five ply with maple inside and mahogany out that I veneered with maple. The finish is a red dye I had sitting around the shop which actually matched the interior pretty good. They are finished in a satin lacquer (conversion varnish). Asking 1,400.00



#3 is a Fibes drum set, the shells are chrome over fiberglass. Sizes are 14,16,18,24 with a 14” snare drum. I re-wrapped the 16” floor tom and the snare drum with new stainless steel metal. The rest of the drums are pretty much original as far as shells and lugs are concerned, some hoops and rods might not be original. Asking 1,000





#4 is a nice Pearl President set in original red oyster wrap. Sizes are 13,16,22 with a 5.5x14 10 lug matching snare drum. The shells are the Phenolic structure.  Some holes in the bass drum. Asking 800.00



#5 is another Pearl kit, this one is called a Modern Jazz set. Sizes are 12,14,20 with a matching 5x14 snare drum. The drums are in excellent condition. Asking 800.00 Sold!

Avoiding splay

17 April 2018 - 06:21 AM

I am going to build a snare drum starting with a shell I bought from Bernie Stone a few years ago. It is a 4 ply shell 4.25" x 14". I have been looking around for lugs, hoops and strainer and was curious if all lugs work with all hoops available. In other words is the distance from the center of the insert to the mounting surface of the lug the same on most lugs? Can you simply pick out any lug and hoop and assume you wont have an issue with splay? 


Thank you!

Jeff C