Blaemire "402"

Mendozart

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So, I picked up this drum from last years Chicago Show. It was wearing Rogers hardware, and was wrapped in BDP. The shell is almost 6.5" deep, so I wanted to convert it to a Blaemire 402. Jerry and I had always talked about how sweet it would be to have an entire original Blaemire kit with Flat Imperial lugs, ala a Clubdate kit. The closest he came was building a Supersensitive with all Ludwig hardware, including flat Imperial lugs. It was always my favorite of his snare builds.

I built this drum as a tribute to my good friend. I have a couple J/M Blaemire green snares, but my original Blaemire snare developed a crack in the snare side of the shell, so I had been looking for a replacement. I finally found a set of flat Imperial lugs and had them chromed. Stripped the wrap, sanded the shell. I slightly widened the snare beds and finished off the shell with the same rattle can lacquer that Jerry always used. The only Rogers hardware I kept was the muffler, as it is a three hole application, didn't want any extra holes. There is some slight splay of the tension rods, doesn't really bug me. I may slightly altrer the hoops to address this, but it tunes up fine, and sounds great!

Thanks for the inspiration Jerry!




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Edit: Splay issue resolved, explained on post #12.
 

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Hey Greg, looks sweet. Nice job. You got the experience now to do so, that's for sure. Play it like you stole it my friend!
 

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Would you mind sharing contact information of the company that did the chrome plating?
 

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repete said:
It's a beauty and it's even got splay!!
Ive addressed the splay issue and have resolved it. When I first got this drum, I noticed it had 1.6mm hoops on it. So, I installed them on my '79 Supra 402 to hear what it sounded, since Ludwig used to install them back then. I just took those hoops off the Supra, and have installed them back onto the Blaemire, bingo, no splay. Plus, I dig on the sound with the 1.6mm hoops.

Tony92 said:
Would you mind sharing contact information of the company that did the chrome plating?
I had the lugs done at La Habra Plating in So. Cal.
http://www.lahabraplating.com/
 
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I have the Imperial lugs, hoops, strainer and butt from my Black beauty and I wanted to purchase a pre-drilled shell from you to make a Blaemire 400 but I understand your policy is to shell only complete drums. Is this still the case ?
 

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RickP said:
I have the Imperial lugs, hoops, strainer and butt from my Black beauty and I wanted to purchase a pre-drilled shell from you to make a Blaemire 400 but I understand your policy is to shell only complete drums. Is this still the case ?
That is correct, only complete drums are sold.
 


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