A 13" 5-lug drum wouldn't be Gretsch, at least I've never seen one. The 12" drums are 5-lugs though.
And yes, DFD is great. The 1.6mm hoops they sell might be considered "cheap" by some, but not necessarily in terms of being poor quality. It's just what they are.
I'm not an expert by any means, but if the Genista's are anything like the Signia's, they shouldn't be excessively heavy.
I had a 10/12/14/22 Signia kit for just a few months in 2003 or so. I bought it from a recording studio in Brooklyn, and the guy said it came to him through Abe Laboriel Jr...
I've seen oxidation like that on cymbals that were stored in plastic bags, especially when combined with some kind of moisture.
Is it a 20"? 1884g is pretty light if it is. And the shape of the bell looks like a late 50's cymbal to me, though others here know better than I do.
Concerning the little screws, if you're talking about the ones I think you are, they're 2mm metric (for some reason). I had a hard time finding a place that sold them even in Japan, so I'm not sure how easy they'd be to get your hands on in the States.
And for what it's worth, I guarantee Ludwig, Gretsch et al were using the flammable stuff. I mean, it was the 60's for crying out loud.
I've never stripped a vintage shell myself, but I've handled enough of them over the years. It's different from the more modern nonflammable cement.
You're probably right. I'm far from an expert on this stuff (which is why I asked in the first place) and maybe am confusing flammable vs nonflammable with water-based vs oil-based. I just figured that since lacquer thinner doesn't do anything for it, citrus strip and similar products wouldn't...
Thanks for your advice, vintagedrumguy. Though I can't help but wonder if you're confusing what I'm asking about (the nonflammable type of contact cement), with the regular stuff. I don't doubt that citrus strip would work to get the flammable type off.
So, I'm trying to get the nonflammable contact cement off of the shell of a drum I built about 20 years ago. I was able to get the wrap off fairly easily, and now the dried contact cement is all that remains.
As far as I can tell, it's just plain old latex. It feels and smells just like a...