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  1. Chonson

    Ludwig 338 strainer - fix for backing off?

    Hey vintage gurus! I've been playing one of my 20s era Ludwig snares a lot lately. I've been getting back into some louder stuff, I've been having a lot of problems with the throw disengaging completely while playing. I haven't had this problem on any of my other drums of the era with the...
  2. Chonson

    Tama Rosewood?

    Hey gents, I know a lot of you have some experience with some of the older Tama snares. I'm curious if there are any thoughts on the Tama rosewood snares? They've been reissued as part of the 40th anniversary collection; with the availability I'm just curious if any of the rosewood drums are...
  3. Chonson

    V-Drums in wood shells?

    Hey everyone... Was curious after looking into some V-drums if it was practical/possible to drop them into regular drum shells? It seems to me that the 10" and 12" (as well as the kick) have a simple lift-out basket that sits on the edge of the shell. I kept thinking if I could do something...
  4. Chonson

    1923-1925 6.5x14/8 lug Black Beauty complete!

    Just finished this one today. Many many thanks to Mike Curotto for the advice, tricks of the trade and spare era-appropriate strainer butt plate. Also a debt of gratitude is owed to Adrian Kirchler who provided some other viewpoints and thoughts. I acquired this drum a bit over 2 years ago...
  5. Chonson

    OT: New eBay listing page?

    Was just curious if anyone had been hit with the new eBay listing/sell your item page? I can't find a way to opt out and it's just way too over-broad... I can either sell domestic-only or sell to the world, but there's no clear way to shut off questionable countries (e.g. Nigeria)... This...
  6. Chonson

    Slingerleedy snares?

    Hey everyone, I'm trying to fix a couple things on a Slingerland era Leedy for an acquaintance. As best I can tell, it's a Shelly Manne model with a three-point strainer and the bridges for the snare wires. This particular three-point model originally had snares with metal straps on both ends...
  7. Chonson

    Semi-OT: licensing/insurance for gear rental in LA?

    Hey everyone, Just had a quick question and figured you guys might be the right brains to pick. I have some mics and gear that I was thinking about selling this year. To my surprise, another couple friends asked about renting them and already had commitments for several dates in the next three...
  8. Chonson

    Percussion Case Recommendations?

    Hey everyone, I'm cleaning up my storage area and have corralled up a metric ton of various percussion "toys" (maracas, shakers of every variety, guiros, cabasas, tambourines, etc). For the gig I used to use these on I would throw them into side pockets of whatever I was using - bongos, cajon...
  9. Chonson

    Source of '20s Ludwig strainer parts?

    Hi all, Continuing to work on restoring the 20s Black Beauty and it's going well. Unfortunately, as I've gotten farther along on the strainer, it's clear that the strainer butt has corroded to the point that it's not going to be possible to restore. The metal has cracked in a couple of places...
  10. Chonson

    20s Black Beauty Shell Construction Questions

    Hey everyone, I've recently begun cleaning up a 20s Black Beauty I managed to get in the last couple weeks. Half the drum looked good, the other half needed some work. I've been asking some of the usual suspects questions, but to give their inboxes a break from my usual questions, I thought...
  11. Chonson

    Ludwig Element SE Tom holder question for owners

    Hey everyone, I know there were a few Element SE owners, so I thought I'd ask a tom-holder question. An overzealous helper recently unfastened everything (!) on the tom holder, sending an unknown medium-large spring, a dark washer, and smaller silver washer tumbling to the floor. I was curious...
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