So, odds are good for 1960 on that drum?Badge is second black/brass Chicago. Narrows your drum to '59-'61. Lack of 0x0 ink stamp following P stamp is consistent with late 60 and after. Strainer appears correct for your marcher.
Exact length I don't know, but they were used on a 22" bass drum so could easily reach deep enough to tilt the drum any height. see pic. The kit had holes drilled that actually fit the Tama spur holes.How long were they? Did the drum you refinished have brackets/mounts for the spurs already installed?
Yeah. I did 6 coats of "dark red mahogany" aniline dye. They look really great. Forgot to take a picture of them with just dye, though they werent much to look at, kind of dull and red. Im really happy with how the dye made the shells match. You can see above in one of my previous posts that all three drums were different shades. Now they all match really well!If you go with black lacquer, keep in mind that mahogany is extremely porous, with deep, narrow "vessels" in the grain, making it a perfect substrate for glue but a difficult one for paint. Your prep work may include filling (Bondo would work, as would some wood fillers), sanding smooth, then gray primer, then perhaps some 3M "blue filler", sanding, then final primer and sanding before shooting black lacquer. Yes, it's a lot of work, but as anyone who's ever done restorative auto body work would tell you, black shows every surface imperfection on account of how it reflects light. That said, some surface imperfections become less visible once hardware is attached, so you may not have to go to such lengths for all the shells, but if your goal is getting as close as one can to a Yamaha RC "piano black" finish in a home workshop setting, results will largely depend on the quality and thoroughness of the prep work.
I use white lithium grease exclusively it works great. A little goes a long way so I use it sparingly.
I use Johnson’s Paste Wax on bearing edges. Wipe on, let dry, wipe off.Do you guys thing I could use paste wax (like for furniture finishing) to coat my bearing edges? Or would it stick to the heads of something?
I've heard of folks here using carnuba wax, I believe?