Maple veneer WFL

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I just picked up this WFL field snare with the intention of making a tom out of it. Unfortunately, I was too excited to tear into the cleaning job and failed to take pics of how nasty it was when it arrived. Here it is after cleaning the hardware and wiping down the shell:
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Upside down badge as it came.
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The maple wrap isn’t in great shape, so I’m considering either sanding and coating, or stripping the maple and wrapping to match the silver sparkle kick I’m pairing it with.

Does anyone have any experience with this maple veneer and how best to remove it, in case I go that route? It’s wrapped into the joint as normal on WFL/Ludwig shells.
 

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Unless that Maple veneer was added at some point, you can't remove it. It is one of the three plies of the shell. Removing it would seriously weaken the shell.
 

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Unless that Maple veneer was added at some point, you can't remove it. It is one of the three plies of the shell. Removing it would seriously weaken the shell.
Wow, yeah, I didn’t expect it, but it looks like that’s the case. I figured it would have been mahogany/poplar/mahogany since the inside ply is mahogany and it was hard to see through the stain on the bearing edges, but the outside ply is a super thin finished maple.
 

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You will not be able to match the kick exactly as it has aged to a very nice light ginger ale. So best to go for something close but complementary
 

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I like it just the way it is now. I can see the problem if you want it to go with silver sparkle though. :toothy7:

In that case, I agree with JazzDrumGuy - sand and wrap.
 

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I like it just the way it is now. I can see the problem if you want it to go with silver sparkle though. :toothy7:
Me too. I love the patina. The other tom I have coming from Jollity Drum Farm is in a similar condition and matches the floor tom...this is tough!

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My first impression was wow that's beautiful! So my vote is to leave it alone, but I understand wanting to match the silver sparkle.
 

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Wait till you see the bass drum, UPS shows that it should be to you by thursday but I expect friday. Then you can see how they look together. At least the hoops on the bass are a natural finish with inlay so that could help. match them up a little.
 

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hope you do nothing..but lemon pledge these shells ..(or similar dusting..
That’s what I’d prefer. The tom from Jollity has some extra holes to be filled, unfortunately. Just adds to the charm. Maybe I can find another handle to match the hole pattern!
 

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Yeesh. Someone went to town on this one. Looks like it was a reddish lacquer at some point from the leftovers near the edges. One lug has hex head bolts instead of flathead screws, missing the badge, and one bearing edge is mildly bumpy.
 

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Working on the 13 today. I made some beauty plates out of an absolutely destroyed 21” K Sweet Ride to cover up the gouged out holes. I’m pleased that I didn’t crack the plates during the hammering process because I didn’t go through the trouble of annealing.

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