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Have a deal happening.
Looking to trade for an Eames kit.
1986 Joe Mac 12,14flr,16flrtm,22,birch Naturaltone shells,
The Cherry stain gloss finish is indescribably beyond beautiful!
The wood grommet vents,all of Joes trademarks,with Pearl lugs that unsnap from the shell.
Now...the 12 is a 12x12 ride tom.
If i own this kit,which i want,I must cut it to an 8x12 or 9.
Any recommendations of a quick,reliable drumsmith close to Reno???
Thanks for any help.
Lets see some Eames pics!!!
 

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Here's mine. 7"x14" Mastermodel with Yamaha hardware. If you're into that cranked sound Steve Jordan had playing on 80's Letterman or the Keith Richards solo records, it's a dead ringer.
 

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I had a 6.5 Master Model which I foolishly sold. My band mates called it the snare drum of death because it could cut thru an 8pc band even muffled.
I now have a 3x14 which started life as a shell for a free floater. Imposing WIll/Jim assembled it for me. What's really cool is tuned down it sounds as full as an 5 inch deep snare.

On CL in Boston someone is selling 10/14 toms. Get a BD made and it'd be an awesome kit.

As for cutting down a 12.x12...might just be worth mailing it to precision.

oh...and maybe have them take what's cut off and have an aux snare made with it...(or sell it).
 

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Mail it back to Eames! New owner but the company is still happening.

Almost bought a kit in college but decided to go vintage instead. Every kit I've played has been really nice sounding.
 

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I have a 8X14 Eames snare, the only snare that my bandmates actually can hear the difference in sound on. When I have it at home for rehab they ask: "Hey, is that another snare? It sounds different!"
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Thanks guys!
Nice snares!
Thats one option,to sent it to Eames.
Just looking for someone closer.
 

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Its where, if the owner sells when i have the money,type of arrangement.
 

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DanRH said:
I used to have an emerald green kit. Kicking myself for unloading it.
I like the Slingerland style lugs you had on your kit. Very nice. I have heard such good things about these drums over the years.
 

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Recently picked up my first Eames snare drum, which is the only Eames drum I've ever seen in person. 6.5x14 6-ply. So much tone I have to use a coated CS batter head and 30-strand Puresounds to make it sound more like a snare drum than a tom. Beautiful drum.
 

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This set goes back to 1982 roughly. Its been refinished a few times now. Blue'white pearl, then silver sparkle. All the drums have been cut down.
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I am good friends with Mark Kohler who is now the current owner of Eames. Joe taught Mark everything before he retired and Mark is in the same location making everything the way Joe did. I would reach out to Mark and see if he could cut down that tom and get it where you want it. Just my 2 cents.

https://www.eamesdrumshells.com/
 

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This one fell into my lap last week and cleaned it up today. It's a beast. Don't know how many plies or what the wood is... hoping you guys can help with that. It's 8x14 with Rogers hardware. Came out of the BeBop shop in Syracuse NY (has that sticker inside and the shell is also embossed with Eames, made for the Bebop shop on the inside).
Pretty sure it's from the late '70s or 1980. Will probably look to sell it.


Sounds very sharp and tight and loud.
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I wrote to Eames about my drum and mark Kohler got back to me right away.
I incorrectly told him the sticker on the inside above the Eames sticker said Made For the Bebop Shop... it was just a store sticker.
After his letter I discovered the embossed "EAMES MASTER MODEL" by the top edge along with the Made for The Bebop Shop Inc near the bottom edge. There is no date stamp that I can see.

This was his response:

You have what looks to be an Eames Master Model (15 ply) snare drum
made of North American birch.
Eames has been exclusively North American birch since it's inception in 1950.

If you check inside the shell just to the right of the seam you will
see some information stamped into the wood.
"Eames" followed by a date and (with Master Models) the original owner's name.

I can see the stamping in some of the pictures you sent, I just can't
make out what it says due to clarity.

I don't see the "made for" sticker you described, just the shop's name
and address.
I imagine the Bebop Shop was simply a retail outlet that added their
sticker to the drum, however if the shop ordered it, it would likely
be stamped inside the shell with the other info.

One thing I noticed is that your drum has a wooden grommet (air vent)
on both the outside and inside of the shell. I believe this was only
done in the very late 70's to early 80's but the actual date will be
inside.

I hope this is helpful.
Thank you for your interest in Eames drums.

Sincerely,

Mark Kohler
Eames Drum Company
229 Hamilton St
Saugus, MA 01906
 

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