Doesn’t affect the sound.. I say leave it.I have a supra 400 that's almost 40 years old, and it has lived its share of life. Like many drums of a certain age, it probably got dropped, at least once, on the strainer, which gave it a nice dent in the shell. it's difficult to see from the photos, but the spot where the bottom part of the P85 sits has left an almost perfect outline of the strainer in the shell, and is about 1/8" deep.
I'd blame the previous owner, but there isn't one. I got this drum new when I was 12.
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The question is, what's the best way to deal with dents in aluminum shells? It doesn't affect the sound, and I never notice it unless I'm looking for it. Is it worth trying to pound it out? The drum is not pristine by any means. It has noticeable acne and spiderweb cracks in the chrome. I have no intention to sell it, mainly because I really like the way this drum sounds. Is there any risk to pounding it out? Any tips?
That’s how I feel about my bronze shell that I worked on. Good job!Thanks everyone for the replies. I did managed to get it mostly fixed with no significant damage to the shell. If I look for it under the light, I can still see a slight impression of the throw on the inside curvature of the shell, but it's just a shadow of what it was. For what this drum is, it's exactly what I was hoping for.