MIJ Snare Meets Bob Villa

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So a couple of months back I acquired this no name WMP. Nice looking heavy cast lugs, die cast hoops and typical Zoomatic copy strainer. All this on a Luan shell the hardness of pancake batter and the thickness of typing paper. WHYYYYYY?????
I cleaned up the hardware and boxed it thinking I’d find a salvage shell at some point.
But yesterday as I’m working on the house I spy the PC Wood Petrifier I had used on some window sill rot. PETRIFIER? Hmmmmm... Why not! It will probably only penetrate the inner ply but what have I got to lose but a Luan cake form? I’m two coats in and will report back 2CFB0222-8D6B-44D1-806B-F8E26C7D38FF.jpeg FFC2CB82-C6E6-4505-BBB2-D66EA88700E1.jpeg 02B956A5-DDA5-4507-B585-AE8266D675AF.jpeg 4C21FFF7-0DA2-457D-92EA-A62032665A73.jpeg 4125E5FB-072D-43FC-9BE4-9919D1E8B984.jpeg
 

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If your experiment doesn't improve the shell you can usually find solid single-ply shells on ebay, undrilled, for bargain prices.
 

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Squid, I've used Liquid nails in a similar fashion (not for snares, though). I think I would unwrap yours, hit it with poly inside and out, then reinstall the wrap, or just leave the wrap on and give it a few coats inside.....
 

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Squid, I've used Liquid nails in a similar fashion (not for snares, though). I think I would unwrap yours, hit it with poly inside and out, then reinstall the wrap, or just leave the wrap on and give it a few coats inside.....
I was a bit shy to peel that super thin brittle wrap but what the hey...
 

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forget all the above stuff, Marine Epoxy, spread it thin and win...perfect solution! (aren't any of you guys boaters?)
 

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forget all the above stuff, Marine Epoxy, spread it thin and win...perfect solution! (aren't any of you guys boaters?)
No boating for me. But epoxy would probably make a good top coat over it. This stuff is water thin and permeates the wood.
 

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I’m on coat #4 and the shell now has a resonant tone when thumped! The bearing edges were actually solidified to the point I could do some leveling and hand sanding without fear of splintering.
I’m not expecting a Radio King out of this but it is fun.
 

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I'm anxious to see and hear the finished drum Dave. You might surprise yourself.
 

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On a refinish I am doing now, using amber shellac, I ended up applying it to not only the outer wood, but also the bearing edge. It looks better and I hope (!) will sound better, too.
I also would like to see the final product, Squid, and hope it sounds better, too.
 

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4DB1FEDE-EB0D-4C67-BFBB-BAC7EA6F3483.jpeg 75103390-932B-4F7F-929A-364B561DA3CD.jpeg Resto complete and gigged tonight with its MIJ cousins. Rockstarmarc ID’d it as a Sakae. It sounds great for jazz and funk and the die cast hoops put it right over the top. Better individual pics tomorrow. Happy!
 

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i used the PC Petrifier on a cheepy kit awhile back on the interiors, as a form of weather-proofing... had two kits of the same brand, so did an A-B photo

in its liquid form, the PCP(!) resembles a really thinned down white wood glue that dries to a plastic-like consistency, but it does what it claims to do and removes the "powdery" qualities of really soft woods
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Final magic from Puresound Blasters and grossgrain ribbon from Joanne Fabrics (currently 50% off!) The fabric shop folks have got to be wondering where all these ne’er-do-well drummers are coming from. 05BCD558-11AF-4D64-8A89-89D2FF9D4EBB.jpeg29CECA1E-E2DC-4B0C-BA9F-02A27BE0CF1B.jpegA498C925-D6E1-484F-A16B-73C66DACE376.jpeg
 
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