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1960s Ludwig Bearing Edges???

Josh G.

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I posted about my Super Classic recently. Basically a 1959 with a 1962 bass drum. I am recutting the bearing edges because they really need it. Especially the rack tom. Currently, all of the edges are 45 degree roundovers.
-Would those be original or would these drums have come with 30 degree roundovers?
I've read about others acquiring the same drums with the same bearing edges as mine, but I'm not sure if that is because they are original or because people recut them so often.
-Should I cut these by hand?
I ask because the re-rings on the drums are so wavy, which is the cause of the edges being super uneven in the first place.
 

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Does not look that bad from the pictures. Did you have heads on these? Would the rack Tom tune up ? Or was it really hard to tune?
 

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Does not look that bad from the pictures. Did you have heads on these? Would the rack Tom tune up ? Or was it really hard to tune?
I have already trued the rack tom edge on a sanding table. The issue was not really visible in pictures, but there were some low spots on the rack tom. I couldn't tune wrinkles out of the head unless I choked it. Floor tom is less severe so it wouldn't be the end of the world to keep it as is, but there is room for improvement on it.
 

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Unless you know how to do it I would send the rack Tom out to a professional.
 

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Update: I measured incorrectly. My bearing edges are 30 degree round overs which is consistent with what I have read. Just finished re-doing the rack tom edges and they are much better.
 


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