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Hi All,

Just wanted to share a couple of shots of the completed Camco/DW hybrid project. I bought the Oaklawn snare shell on Fleabay. It had badly stained and faded blue swirl wrap which I replaced with red glass glitter to match my Geo. Way/Camco orphan kit. I bought all the hardware, lugs, strainer, butt plate, that was taken from a DW snare drum from my friend, Manicotti - who is way up in the Great White North. Even with a Postal strike on in Canada, we managed a smooth transaction. I tip my hat to Manicotti, good guy to do business with.

So, I've added the DW lugs and strainer/buttplate to my Maple Oaklawn Camco shell and the results can be seen in the photos. I'll add the snare to my Camco's and take some photos of the now completed kit. Enjoy the drum porn. Tell me what you think. The drum has a great, warm woody tone. This Oaklawn shell is a nicely aged Jasper shell. Stick Saver hoops and 20 strand Puresound wires round out the offering.

John
 

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A really nice addition to a an already fantastic restoration job. Purists will quibble about the modern strainer but those Camco strainers....one of their weaker points, IMHO.
 

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Man, that thing is gorgeous! Can't go wrong with Red Glass Glitter, of course I am partial to all red drums. I've never seen a tone control knob mounted that low before, pretty neat. All in all, a great job as usual!

Can't wait to see pics of the complete kit.

Clay
 

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David - 'Purists' be damned. I made the drum for myself and my primary concern was to make it as 'good' as I could make it. That DW strainer is built like the proverbial; 'Brick sh*t-house!' It's rock solid and it works. It also has the added benefit of looking damn good on the drum. I'm very happy with it and all the quality of the individual components comes out in the sound. The drum looks cool and it plays great. Purists will have to look elsewhere for a fix.

Clay - Yeah, the positioning of the tone control threw me too! But that's how the thing is engineered to work. It's like a Wangenstein device, it works off of a cable mechanism! Unique design. Silky smooth in operation.

John
 

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A really nice addition to a an already fantastic restoration job. Purists will quibble about the modern strainer but those Camco strainers....one of their weaker points, IMHO.
I used to think that WAY too but once I started working on Camco strainers and learned what made them tick, they are actually a very fine strainer. The problem lies in the cam that is attached to the lever/handle. Once that part is corrected, they work like butter. The other problem lies with the owner of the drum that forces the strainer when it doesn't sit correctly causing serious or fatal results to the mechanism.

Yes, I would go 100% original, but that's just me. Very nice restoration on the Camco drum John. Another Camco is back in the playing field!
 

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Beautiful finished product with the "best of Both Worlds".
-EW
 

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doesnt get much better than that john. nice work as always. it turned out really great.

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> Yes, I would go 100% original, but that's just me.


You're the last guy I have to tell how hard it is to find period correct (working) parts for these drums. The DW lugs were a straight-ahead swap out, identical (with the exception of the true pitch T-rods and ferrules) in every way to Camco lugs. I 'could have' waited for who knows how long for a correct strainer and butt plate to come along, but the DW strainer and butt were offered along with the lugs. It all came off a high-end DW snare, it was a no-brainer for me. With quality hardware, that glorious old Jasper Maple shell and those magic Camco bearing edges, the drum just kills. The last three snares I've put together have all turned out to be keepers. This one, my little hybrid, is real gem.


John
 

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