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I decided to keep my Oriollo cast bronze in the free floating chassis snare I was selling, but I’m going to build it up as a proper 14x5.5 drum.

Drum already has edges and snare beds, I just need someone to drill the shell for lugs, strainer/butt and an air vent. Shell is 3.5 mm thick. I’ll have the hardware already.

Who on the west coast would you guys recommend?

Top pic is how it looks now, and bottom pic is the type of finished look I’m going for (brass lugs, black hoops against the dark patina’d shell).
 
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Where are you? I know a guy, Todd, in Morgan Hill who is excellent. I had him drill 8 tube lug holes in a 20's Ludwig solid snare and he nailed it for a very good price. He is a custom builder and a pro wood worker.
 

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I’m in Northern California, Redding to be exact.

Sounds like a good lead if you trusted him with a 1920’s drum.

Thanks.
 

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Ended up using Salt Drums in San Diego, CA, mainly because of their experience working with thick copper shells. They did a great job, drum is on way back to me. Will be finished with black single flanged hoops and clips. Thanks to Jazzdrumguy for the other recommendation.

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Cool....how does it sound now that it's not "free" anymore?
Haha, well, pretty sure the “free floating “ concept actually defeats the intended sound purpose. Gives most shells a bit less tone, sometimes can sound boxy depending on the tuning. The ease of throwing another shell in is nice though. And I own quite a few free floaters still with staves and cast aluminum shells. I will say, every shell I’ve put in a free floating chassis has the most killer rimshots.

Unfortunately I won’t know till early next week, as the shell is still en route.

I suspect it’ll have a higher pitch (as the shell itself is 5.5 deep, in the free floater it’s closer to 6.5), but I think it’ll be a little fuller tonality. We shall see!
 

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I have a CB700 free floater in 6.5" depth but the actual shell (copper) is 5" deep. I love the fact that you can throw in various shells - I have a 60's Supra sensitive (pitted chrome over aluminum), a modern (junky) steel Sonor, a 60's Rogers (maple) and others, too.....

Looking forward to seeing the final build....
 

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The final version. Didn’t like the sound with the single flanged and clips, so went with triple flanged. Sounds great!

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I went with 8 lugs because of the shallower depth.
 

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Cool. The free floating parts look like my Pearl ones. Are they Pearl parts ? Surely not on a noble & cooley.
 

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Ya, that’s a Pearl free floating chassis in top pic. The bottom pic was a N&C for reference of what I wanted it to look like.
 


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