I have a 23" Gretsch Round Badge Bass Drum?

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well...you could use 24s and lift the lugs...but a 23" head seems like less work. I've assembled a Ludwig and Ludwig and a no name odd sized bass drum with oversized heads but they had single tension tuners that don't touch the shell.
 

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I have a 26" from the 50's that was painted black and when I asked about it here I was told when the badge is placed in the middle it is most likely used for orchestra / concert bands with a stand. Mine was off centered so it was from a kit. Not sure if that helps. Here is a picture of the 26" showing badge placement.
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well...you could use 24s and lift the lugs...but a 23" head seems like less work. I've assembled a Ludwig and Ludwig and a no name odd sized bass drum with oversized heads but they had single tension tuners that don't touch the shell.

He certainly could, but he would also need new 24 inch hoops. Still, it would be a good investment because going forward, 24 inch heads will always be available, not so for 23.
 

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Looks like it’s measuring 23 1/8”, not 23”. I’m betting an off the shelf 23” won’t go.
Cool drum for sure though. I’d clean it up and use it. Sounds like you have both heads? They may not hold up long if they’re intact. If you choose to tuck new ones there are several manufacturers doing calf/goat (that’d be a huge goat though...). Look here for skin prices:
http://www.sterntanning.com/percussion.htm
 


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