1940s Gretsch Tom

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Hey guys!

Admitted guitar player here, trying to get my feet wet with drums and restoring them. Here is my first project. I found a "1940s Gretsch Kit) on craigslist for $300. Kick, snare, and rack tom. I already got the snare up and running and now i want to work on the tom. I would like to try to keep it as original as possible so if that means waiting weeks or months, i think it would be worth it.

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The tom is a 13x9. It only had the top head, but a full set of lugs. The questions I have are:

1. Where do I find a matching bottom rim? I pictured the only one i have here and there are these clips that hold it on. I have a full set of the clips, i just need a matching rim.

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2. Where do i find matching tension rods/washers? Like I said I want to keep it as correct as possible but im not sure "gretsch" tension rods were different than any others from the time.

3. Are the felts on the mufflers something that usually gets replaced when restoring a drum? These seem ok but this is my first restoration so im just curious.

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Thanks in advance everyone!
 

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1) I have one of those hoops to spare, PM me if interested.
2) You can use standard rods, modern if you like. Period-correct Gretsch rods would be nice, but they aren't substantially or functionally different than regular tension rods.
3) No, your felts are good.
 

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please post pictures of the ENTIRE set so we can advise you. Thanks.
 

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Here is the rest of the kit I got in the deal. Like I said, the snare is in another post already and sounds amazing. Here is the kick and a floor tom I cant identify. I think its a WFL from googling pictures, but i really dont know. Again, you guys are amazing, thank you for all the help!


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Nice drums. That floor tom is not WFL. It is very cool though! Love the lugs and muffling system on it.

Enjoy them!
 

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Floor tom looks like '30s WFL. Pretty rare to see WFL'DWFL's version of Imperial lugs on their toms.
 

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With a really good cleaning and polishing of both the wrap and the hardware, that set is going to look nice. But you need to really clean that wrap deeply before you polish with Novus. Looks like there is ton of grime on the bass drum wrap.
 

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retrosonic said:
With a really good cleaning and polishing of both the wrap and the hardware, that set is going to look nice. But you need to really clean that wrap deeply before you polish with Novus. Looks like there is ton of grime on the bass drum wrap.
It will be so satisfying. Great score!!
 

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retrosonic said:
With a really good cleaning and polishing of both the wrap and the hardware, that set is going to look nice. But you need to really clean that wrap deeply before you polish with Novus. Looks like there is ton of grime on the bass drum wrap.
I guarantee this forum is LOADED with help on this topic, but what do you recommend to really get the smoke out? These were pulled from a place that had at least a pack a day smoked right next to them, in a room with a fireplace, covered in cobwebs.

Also, how do i clean in inside of the shells? Im telling you they smell like cigarettes really bad and are just covered in dust & sut.

Thank you!
 

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Put a bunch of those thing you put in the clothes dryer and let them sit for a few days.
I had a guitar amp that smelled of smoke and that was suggested and it worked great.
 


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