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  1. K.O.

    Part II, Adding A Logo To A Remo Colortone Head...

    Just try to stop me Remo!!! Surprised there wasn't some sort of coating to prevent them from sticking..LOL. And I know that's the "wrong" logo for a Vistalite set but I prefer it. Shouldn't be orange either but... will probably add an orange ring around the port as well at some point. I...
  2. K.O.

    Removing Remo Logo From Colortone Bass Drum Head?

    Anyone ever try to remove the Remo logo at the bottom of a colortone bass drum head (or off any colortone heads)? While I'm confident that a swipe of acetone would remove the logo my concern is that it might also remove the colored tint in that area. That would pretty much ruin the head as far...
  3. K.O.

    Joined the Vista Club

    As of last night I am now the proud owner of a mid 1970s Amber Vistalite "Hollywood/Big Beat" set in really nice shape. This is the first time I've owned any Vistalite drums beyond a couple of snare drums I picked up over the years. Back in the day, when these were all the rage, I wasn't...
  4. K.O.

    Playing the long game....or good things come to those who wait.

    Sometime around 1988 I saw an ad for a local farm auction which mentioned a set of "red drums". I drove out to the place a couple days before hoping to see what the set consisted of. It was a pair of red sparkle Kent drums (12/20) coupled with a matching Jazz Festival and a 14x14 floor tom with...
  5. K.O.

    Latest Project: Levon sells cartoon balloons in different shades of brown

    Here is my latest drum project in almost finished state. I set them up for a photo shoot but ended up kind of rushing things a bit because it was really hot out even in the evening. A Levon Helm style set of various marching drums in wood finishes. I wanted to do all mahogany and have them sort...
  6. K.O.

    Two gigs in one week after a 14 months of none.

    So this was the big week I had been looking forward to for the past couple of months. Two gigs in the same week after having not played any since March of 2020. Wednesday night (June 9) was with my "Jazz" trio (for lack of a better description) which hadn't played live (nor rehearsed) since...
  7. K.O.

    Classic 1980s Rock Concert Drum Solo

    Skip ahead to the 24 minute mark....everything you expected from a 1980s drum solo.
  8. K.O.

    44 year old itch finally scratched.

    In 1977 it dawned on my 16 year old brain that it would be cool to add a second floor tom to my Ludwig Chrome-O-Wood Hollywood set. Today it finally happened thanks to a fellow DFOer. In 1975 I bought a set of Chrome Ludwigs (made in 1973) which were my only drums for the next 12 years and my...
  9. K.O.

    New quest! Fulfilled! Slingerland Red Sparkle bass drum (Early 1960s)

    Another drum I'm newly seeking. I'd like to find an early 60s Slingerland bass drum in red sparkle. It does need to be of the era as that version of red sparkle wrap that Slingerland used is a slightly darker shade of red than what they used later on (I think this was a dual sided wrap with red...
  10. K.O.

    Mickey Mouse and his Buddies Ruin a Drum.

    I walk down to my storage container to rob a part off an old Ludwig marching bass drum that I had bought years ago at a flea market and found, much to my chagrin, that a family of mice had decided to turn it into their own personal biodome. The inside was full of mouse nest and droppings. Upon...
  11. K.O.

    Slingerland Radio King Lug single ended version of the double ended snare lug.

    Yes I'm looking for several things at the moment. I also need one lug for a Slingerland RK tom. It's the same as the scalloped double ended snare lug except that one side is closed. It was the "streamline" lug used before the smaller beavertails came out. There was a larger size used on bass...
  12. K.O.

    Need 3 single tension eyelets

    I need to find three of the guide eyelets as used on the base model single tension marching drums. These are the little things in the center of single tension drums that the long tension rods pass through. I'd prefer WFL/Ludwig but any brand will work. Found the final drum for a project but it...
  13. K.O.

    15 or 16 inch Mahogany Marching Drum found!

    Looking for a 12x15 or whatever x 16 marching drum with wood hoops and mahogany finish. You know, the type of old drum that seems to turn up everywhere...until you want one. Snare or tenor. Single tension fine (probably preferable). Future "Levon set" floor tom. Surely someone has one, or many...
  14. K.O.

    Blast From the Past-Contemporary Drummer 4-1-1981

    Contemporary Drummer Vol 6 No 3 April 1, 1981 Ask a Drum Tech, By Desi Krater Technical questions about drum equipment submitted to CD are answered by "Drum Tech to the Stars" Desmond "Desi" Krater of Hollywood in his monthly column. Q: My drums are too ringy. It's almost like my toms...
  15. K.O.

    Today marks one year since my last gig.

    One year today since my last gig. Good thing I have a "real job". I can only imagine what this has been like for full time musicians. It's been a lot of years since I've had the desire to play every weekend but this is ridiculous. I'm not getting any younger. Also, it's especially hard to...
  16. K.O.

    Celluloid Drum wrap from China....It has ARRIVED!

    A recent query from another member about finding green marine pearl drum wrap led to my investigating celluloid acetate drum wrap from Chinese sources. I had known about the stuff and a fair selection can be found on ebay in various sizes and colors. In fact I had used some "Peacock" pearl from...
  17. K.O.

    Interesting story of the origin of the Gretsch Drum Logo

    I thought this was interesting to find out about... The Story Behind the Creation of the Iconic Gretsch Drum Kit Logo | Gretsch The original hand drawn artwork...
  18. K.O.

    Some more Buddy with a small group...1974

    Another one I hadn't seen before. Buddy with a small group doing some tasteful stuff. Looks like he's playing either a chrome or possibly even a copper Slingerland set.
  19. K.O.

    Any tips on touching up vintage natural Mahogany finish

    I recently picked up a 70's 9x13 tom in natural mahogany thermogloss finish (like the original Jazzette and older lower end marching drums). Overall the finish is in good shape but has a few spots where the thermogloss has chipped off. The underlying mahogany is lighter in color than the...
  20. K.O.

    Buddy on Mike Douglas

    Recently Youtube's algorithms have been shunting videos of Buddy on Mike Douglas show my way. Most of these are not newly posted but I hadn't seen them before. I find them to be a nice contrast to Buddy's Tonight Show appearances. Buddy's relationship with Douglas is different than what he had...
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