Show me your 18” floor to kick conversions.

bamamule77

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I’ve got a 16x18 6ply Ludwig I’m going to convert, it’s got extra holes from something earlier done to it so it’s not a loss of a original shell. Just wanted to see how any others have turned out.
 

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Here I temporarily converted my 16x18" Slingerland floor tom into a kick. (it's back to a floor tom now)

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I also converted a 10x14" slingerland tom into a bass drum there in the middle of the big boys. I rigged it up as an electronic bass drum when I was into electronics for a while. Also temporarily converted my Slingerland Spitfire into an electronic snare (it's back to normal now). I was using Hart Dynamic electronic toms and real cymbals at the time.

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Sometimes it's just fun to mess around with stuff!
 

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can go the traditional route no drilling (except for an optional tom holder if wanted) Spurs clamp on the front hoop two cowbell holders upside down , whole situation rock solid, and looks like a drum set on a stage

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16 X 16 makes a lot of money
 

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I did this 14x16 a couple of years ago. Other than the bad match on the inlays I'm happy with the results, will probably switch them to chrome if I keep it.


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I notice they just wrapped over the extra holes without filling them. Is that something you talked about with them when planning the project? Any downside to doing it this way? I am at this point in a similar conversion, and was going to spend the weekend frigging around with dowel plugs to fill the floor tom bracket holes, but now you have me thinking of maybe not bothering.
 

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It would just be extra parts and labor. No sonic or visual reason to do it.
At least thats what Precision and I decided.

The thing I love is how solid and sturdy gluing that wood rim in the middle makes it. Plus it gives extra reinforcement for the railmount.

It was an idea/suggestion from someone here to cut the shell in half. That way the reinforcement rings stay in tact
 

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It would just be extra parts and labor. No sonic or visual reason to do it.
At least thats what Precision and I decided.

The thing I love is how solid and sturdy gluing that wood rim in the middle makes it. Plus it gives extra reinforcement for the railmount.

It was an idea/suggestion from someone here to cut the shell in half. That way the reinforcement rings stay in tact
I'm with you! Your little kit inspired the mahogany Premier shell I am working on. Used one of the strips I cut out of the middle to make the re-ring. So thanks!
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Here is a 15 x 18 USA custom Square badge from the early 80s that Precision converted to a bass. It's wrapped in ginger glass glitter. I picked it up "as is" and then I had Precision wrap a 10x14 round badge and an 8x12 stop sign badge to match. Great kit but never gets played so it's probably going on The Chopping Block soon. I did not have Precision Phil the 70s Mount hole on the 12-inch Tom. I tried to do it myself and did not do a great job. It made no difference on the sound but I didn't like the exposed rap. Looking back, I should have had them do it right.....

My next 18" conversion is a 16x18 SSB in Black Diamond pearl. I have the matching SSB 8x12, a RB 14x14 and RB 5x14 - it will be my Elvin tribute kit.....

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Beautiful. Does the 14x10 go high enough in the air so you can sit at normal height? Looks kind of low
 

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I have this WFL mahogany 17 tenor that I have converted to a bass. Its nearly done, just have to decide what color of inlay wrap to use, Since it is a silver that has turned to even ginger/champagne color, I need a complementary color, What do you like, the darker Grey glitter, or the lighter Pewter glitter?
Also, should I stain the hoops an ebony or clear stain the maple
The picture does not capture the color as well as I hoped, it is more champagne with amazing gold sparkles that just flash.

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