Barkeepers Friend, a polishing wheel and lots of patience!Nicely done! Original legs also? Looks like they cleaned up great as well.
What’s your process for lacquering these? The finish on that floor tom and snare looks great!
You sound like a guy I want to hang with Doing what you're doing is the only way I'll ever get a choice set of high-enders, too. Can't do the lacquer, though...I'm just going to strip them, dye/stain or dye/ceruse if the grain's suitable, then either teak oil or Tru Oil...I like both but leaning toward teak oil for a non-glossy finish. Definitely black or mostly black, though.Barkeepers Friend, a polishing wheel and lots of patience!
Pedro, I have an ongoing project of "lost cause" round badge shells that I strip, clean, and lacquer. I've discovered that a peeled round badge shell is one of the best sounding drums out there, and I work for a suicide prevention nonprofit for musicians and don't make much money! Since I can't afford a new USA Gretsch kit, I just lie in the tall grass looking for shells with wrap falling off, then give them this treatment.
The kit is currently 13", two 16" floor toms, a drop G 22" kick, and a 24" kick. I just finished a snare, too. I'm ready for pretty much any gig with some combination of those drums.