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TrickRoll

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I had this Eames snare drum built in the 80's.

Originally, it was set up with a Dynasonic snare unit and die cast hoops.

I switched it over to the Yamaha hoops and Puresound snares later.

Birch shell.

I love this drum.

And yes, a (metal) Gretsch snare gave up its bits to make this drum. No Rogers drums were harmed during this project.
 

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^ Nice snare drum. It must sound fat and full with the wood hoops. I've wanted to try wood hoops on snare and toms but haven't yet.

I like my Eames kit enough that I'd have new drums built by the new owner to find out if he makes them any differently or even better. A 24x14 kick would be a blast to pick up... might have to do that one day.
 

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I like the sound and feel of the Yamaha wood hoops. The only downside I’ve found is they take up a little real estate. It isn't much but I notice the wider diameter.

Fat and full, indeed. And easy to tune.

Mine show very little wear after quite a few years. Not a heavy hitter, though.
 

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I ordered an Eames Master model 15-ply snare a couple months ago, and I just went to pick it up. Stunning drum. It's a 14x5.75 in cherry wine. Champagne lugs.

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My Eames 8x14 Master Model. Joe made it for me back in 83. It's a bit of "FrankenDrum" with Gretsch hoops and lugs and a Ludwig P85 throw.
 

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Finally got the 1981 Eames drum kit out of the backroom and cleaned up .Learnin' to appreciate it again after all this time
20",,16"..15"..14" 12"{x2}..10"..8"..14X6.5 snare. I forgot how big and heavy these drums are...but..the sound makes it all worth it
 

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I had this Eames kit made for me back in 1985. I was studying with Bob Gullotti (RIP) at the time and he was an endorser and sent me to Eames. I remember going to the factory where Joe MacSweeney let me roam for hours allowing me to mix and match drums until I found the sizes that I wanted. After about a 9 month wait, I finally had my kit. I stayed up all night assembling the lugs and mounts etc and played the kit for hours the next day. Over the years I have done hundreds if not a few thousand gigs on this kit. Today, they look a bit sad. They started out as the classic Ebony finish but the smoke filled clubs of the 1980s and 90s weren't kind to these shells, which are now a brownish/yellowish/greenish color. Kids- that nicotine is a bad thing. No doubt, my lungs turned colors too from all the second hand smoke back then. I have just contacted Mark Kohler to see if he can cut down the 12x12 to a more respectable 12x8 and see if he could possibly refinish the shells. Then I can fix up the hardware to restore these to their original beauty. Although they look a bit tired, they sound amazing! They have aged like a nice wine. Natural Tone shells for all except the snare is a 14x6 Master Model shell with my name engraved inside by Joe Mac.
 

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I'm late too, but I love my Eames kit, so I'll share. :)

Mine is a 1990 Finetone/Mastertone mix 9x10, 9x12, 14x14, 15x15, 16x22 in natural birch. This photo is from 1992 and the drums were still very light colored, but smoke-filled clubs, outdoor gigs and decades of use has yellowed them significantly. But they still sound incredible.
 

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