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Best 'Drumpster Diver' Find?

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And I mean free...
Last fall my renting neighbor at the end of the alley was obviously moving out as there were piles of furniture stacked out front of their house with a 'FREE' sign on it all. Actually found a cool coffee table for the family room one day. On another day, there was a gal out there adding to the pile and I noticed some bass drumheads so i stop and ask who the drummer is (I've heard practicing). She says she is, and yes, all this is free for the taking. So I snag the heads (they were actually Aquarian 22s (too big for my kit)...and then i notice a Tama bass drum pedal, minus the beater, in a box of fireplace ashes. I ask if she's tossing that too, and she says "yeah, it's broken". So I dig it out of the box we end with good luck moving small talk.

Turns out I just had to dusty off the ashes, adjust the tuning screws on the pedal and throw on a beater. Voila! Free upgrade from my squeaky, cheap Sound Percussion bass drum pedal. Amazing how people toss stuff they can't figure out how to adjust!

You got a "best 'Drumpster Diver' find(s)?
 

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About fifteen years ago I met the drummer from the band God Street Wine, who was touring through my college town. He reportedly found a very nice snare drum lying in the grass on the side of the freeway. He just happened to get a glimpse metal as the bus passed, starting thinking to himself, "nah, can't be..." He let a couple minutes pass, and then convinced the driver to turn around and go back. Sure enough, there it was, a Tama Bell Brass snare. He was playing it on that night's gig.

Not exactly a dumpster find, but still pretty cool.

An organist I gig with found a B3 discarded in a dumpster one time. Some minor reconditioning and he has a very nice instrument to add to his collection.
 

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Early '60s Gretsch WMP 6-lugger snare. Neighbor moved out; piled dumpster to the sky. Spied the snare and saw other Gretsch hardware buried deep within. He said there were other drums in there, too. Fished out the snare, but not wanting to move the mountain of trash, I let the rest slide.

This was before I was into vintage drums. What I walked away from haunts me.
 

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5lbs. of Cheese, behind the Safeway.

...but you've gotta pick your days. ;)




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5lbs. of Cheese, behind the Safeway.

...but you've gotta pick your days.

But how did it sound? Was it vintage? Did you have to re-wrap it? Sure it wasn't less-than-desireable 'guv'mt cheese'?
 

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I don't understand how anybody could throw away an instrument. At least donate it or pawn it. Same goes for electronic equipment and such.

Granted, if they don't work or are broken, that's different...
 

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This is a true dumpster find...
I have a friend who owns a dumpster company, the large ones that they set in front of your house to get rid of whatever. He gives me a deal by dropping off ones that already have some trash in them. On this particular day, he had just picked one up from a self storage place. As it turned out, a music store had gone out of business and someone was going to buy the whole lot of what was left in the store. They failed to come and get it on the day of moving, so the owner stored it at the storage place. After a month of still not picking it up, and faced with paying another months rent, he called my buddy to come hall it off!
What was in the dumpster? Here is a partial list...
Acoustic guitars, Zildjian cymbals, small guitar amps, music stands, guitar stands, boxes of guitar strings, about 40 harmonicas, cowbells, sticks, almost an entire racks worth of gibraltar clamps and accessories (I have a Gibraltar rack and need more parts at the time) guitar cords, guitar amp stands, guitar tuners, about 20 guitar effects boxes, congas, bongos, tambourines for days, and I could go on and on!!!!
I sold most of it (about $1200 worth- before there was an eBay!) and gave all the percussion stuff to a church in Mexico for their youth department.
I still have stuff from that dumpster.
 

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Un-freaking-believable! (the music store dumpster)...
Glad it's all getting (or will get) played/put to use, though, so it all ended well!
 

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Elvis said:
5lbs. of Cheese, behind the Safeway.

...but you've gotta pick your days.

John said:
But how did it sound? Was it vintage? Did you have to re-wrap it? Sure it wasn't less-than-desireable 'guv'mt cheese'?
I bet that cheese had a nice green patina. Oh how you vintage gurus LOOOVE your patinas. :D
 

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Not a musical treasure, but just 3 days ago my neighbor was putting a self-cleaning cat litter contraption to the curb as I was riding by on my bicycle. I stopped to visit and she asked me if I knew anyone that could use it and I couldn't think of anyone but said I'd take it anyway since she was throwing it away. I lived across the street so no big deal to put it in my huge carport.

I got curious about this thing and looked it up on the web. They're $325.00 new and I've watched a couple of used ones go for $200 on eBay since. I sh-t you not. http://search.ebay.c...rdsreturnedZ300

So, I found a couple of Benjamins at the curb you could say.
 

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and the benjamins can be converted to drum stuff. so it is a musical treasure after all.... :)


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When i was younger my dad found a old Ampeg Reverb Rocket amp in the back of a truck at a junk yard... We slapped new tubes and a Celestion speaker in it and that thing rocked... It was a loud ass amp!!!
 

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drumbum91 said:
When i was younger my dad found a old Ampeg Reverb Rocket amp in the back of a truck at a junk yard... We slapped new tubes and a Celestion speaker in it and that thing rocked... It was a loud ass amp!!!

What's an "ass amp"?
 

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I wish i had awesome finds like that. Most i ever found was porn and a cheap ukulele. Considering i was a little kid at the time, i smashed the ukulele for giggles and kept the porn. My mom found it and trashed it. :lol:
 

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My Brother-in-Law at the time found an Acrolite with case and stand that had been set out for spring cleanup and gave it to me. Everything was there except for batter and snare heads. The old snares were pretty wasted, so I went to a local shop that was having a sale on Attack drum heads. I bought a Bozzio coated and an Attack snare side and a set of generic snappy snares, all for $25. I took them home, tuned them up, and voila`---an awesome little snare for a whopping $25 bucks! 8)
 

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jashoup said:
About fifteen years ago I met the drummer from the band God Street Wine, who was touring through my college town. He reportedly found a very nice snare drum lying in the grass on the side of the freeway. He just happened to get a glimpse metal as the bus passed, starting thinking to himself, "nah, can't be..." He let a couple minutes pass, and then convinced the driver to turn around and go back. Sure enough, there it was, a Tama Bell Brass snare. He was playing it on that night's gig.

Not exactly a dumpster find, but still pretty cool.

An organist I gig with found a B3 discarded in a dumpster one time. Some minor reconditioning and he has a very nice instrument to add to his collection.


Dang! That's crazy...

Recently, my roommate scored from the garbage heap and passed on to me... three very usable double braced Pearl cymbal stands, a B8 ride, and 15" and 16" Sabian AA thin crashes. The 15" is perfect condition, the 16" had to have some chunks cut out of it and has some hole cracks but is probably the best sounding crash cymbal I own now!
 


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