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After spending countless thousands on expensive name brand, and even one custom made kit over the years, I decided to see if I could make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I must say that I’m pretty impressed with the tone I was able to coax out of these, but they did take hours of meticulous attention, especially on the rough from the factory bearing edges. I re-veneered them in curly maple, and used yellow dye stain, and Norma Schminke resin based artist oil colors to add a realistic looking age and patina. My first kit was a late ‘50’s Rogers Mardi Gras, and I’ve owned Luds, Slingys, D-dubs, and a one off kit I had custom made. Regarding the value for dollars
spent aspect, I’m quite pleased how these turned out. I started with a 22”, 13”, 16”, and a 14” snare with the thinnest shell a I’ve ever seen. The bass drum hoops were the worst I’ve ever seen, but I decided to wood grain them. The luan interiors were also similarly addressed. I later found a 12” Tom and a 15” Slinger marching tom I added legs to so I now have a 6 piece that seems to suit my needs perfectly. I can take these drums to gigs and rehearsals, without the fear of damaging precious collectors items. Not bad for a pile of what some have called firewood IMHO.
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This is rad. I just got a vintage stencil snare in WMP w/rerings and I want to see if I can make it sound good.

I like the idea that heads and a bit of elbow greasecan turn okay drums into great drums.
 

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Now that is the nicest interior luan recondition I've ever seen!! I might even put a clear reso on that just to be proud of the workmanship.

So what did you spend on the outer veneer?
 
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Now that is the nicest interior luan recondition I've ever seen!! I might even put a clear reso on that just to be proud of the workmanship.

So what did you spend on the outer veneer?
Thanks man,
As a matter of fact, I put clear ambassador reso heads on all the drums I re-condition for that very reason.
The grain ran north/south originally, but I
like the east/west look.
I’ve been a woodgrainer since 1987, so it was pretty easy to get a more impactful presentation. The exterior top coat is satin catalyzed conversion varnish from Sherwin Williams. This is only available to the trades, and must be purchased at their commercial locations, and is always sprayed on.
it is the same material as my DW Collectors kit.
Since I installed the curly maple veneer and did the dye stain finish, I’m noticing tons of drum sets online that are also maple and have that Inca gold look.
The ONLY place I get my veneers from is Superior Veneer in Indiana. I’ve been dealing with them for years, and Matt is always kind and helpful, in spite of my sometimes unusual requests. He will take photos of the sheets you are interested in prior to committing on the sale. The maple was reasonably priced, but I always have them attach a pressure sensitive adhesive layer, because it’s so much easier than the old school way of veneer attachment. I believe it was about $135.00 for the 4’ by 8’ sheet plus shipping to Spokane.
Here’s the final product of several weeks of hard work, but they sound absolutely amazing.
I just added a 12” ride Tom, and 15” Slingy marcher I made into a floor tom. The last pic is of the BD hoop with a gold automotive base coat prior to woodgraining, and some of the raw maple veneer.
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While I'm not a fan of any MIJ drums, I must compliment Midecoh...your workmanship is absolutely fantastic. Thats the best transformation job on a drum set that i have ever seen. Congrats!
 
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While I'm not a fan of any MIJ drums, I must compliment Midecoh...your workmanship is absolutely fantastic. Thats the best transformation job on a drum set that i have ever seen. Congrats!
Thank you and all the other drum brethren who’ve made such supportive comments. Over the years I was one who turned up the nose to the MIJ, stencil-firewood approach, and spent countless thousands on name brand tubs. At 66, I’ve come to the conclusion that all is not what it seems, and resurrection of more than a Jewish carpenter’s son is possible and not so miraculous. These cheap drums sound every bit as good as any three ply Slingers I’ve ever owned, thanks to meticulous attention and adjustment to the bearing edges, and proper heads and tuning. The mojo they exude now is something to behold.
 


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