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wackjob

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After buying a 80's export 16" ft i got to reading about what it is made of. Probably Luan. This is a soft wood and supposedly attenuates low frequency more than birch and maple etc.

So why not give the drum a good application of wood hardener to the inside and outside (after removing wrap and sanding the interior)?

Anyone done this and did it improve the tone any ?

Stu
 

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I had a ludwig rocker II snare shell years ago had that granitone interior, It was very boxy sounding. I put about three coats of white spray paint on the inside and it seemed to brighten the tone.
 

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I've heard people doing that on lower end snares, too (ie: Gretsch Catalina), to make the sound better.......I don't see why it would not work but I doubt it will make them sound like USA snares. I've seen luan shells where the fundamental tone is awful. A buddy has a vintage set of Tama Rockstars and we are going to refinish them. Vertical grain luan inside and out. The 12, 16 and 22 have a dead thud if you tap the inside (like DW's John Good does), but the 13 actually has a nice tone. I can't explain it but I think lipstick on a pig doesn't change the fact that all you'll have is a prettier pig.
 

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I've heard people doing that on lower end snares, too (ie: Gretsch Catalina), to make the sound better.......I don't see why it would not work but I doubt it will make them sound like USA snares. I've seen luan shells where the fundamental tone is awful. A buddy has a vintage set of Tama Rockstars and we are going to refinish them. Vertical grain luan inside and out. The 12, 16 and 22 have a dead thud if you tap the inside (like DW's John Good does), but the 13 actually has a nice tone. I can't explain it but I think lipstick on a pig doesn't change the fact that all you'll have is a prettier pig.
I think i agree with you. The export tom i have does sound more than ok though. Having read about wood hardener i dont think it will do anything useful as the wood needs to be wet for it to work and who knows, it could make things worse. I will just have to use this floor tom as a stop gap until i find a genista or build my own. At least it is an old 80's one which are said to sound better than most exports. I doubt anyone in the audience will know or give a monkeys.

I notice the export shell is quite a bit thicker than the genista's. I used to have an 80's APK set and i presume that would have been made from similar woods to the export.
 


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