The Rogue Kit Again, but with better heads, edges, cymbals!

Mostly Bop Drums

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Things that we fixed:
The bearing edges on these drums came in pretty poor condition, with many chips and splinters. We sanded them down and now they're smooth and happy. We took off the stock drum heads, and replaced them with some fresh Remo heads. Because the wood (poplar?) is pretty soft, we used Remo Coated Ambassador-X heads which are 1-ply 12mil coated film heads. Putting these on the batter sides, we hoped the added thickness would beef up the tone. On the resonant sides, we used Clear Ambassadors.

Things that we didn't fix:
The snare drum doesn't turn off. As in, the throw-off is drilled in too low, so when you disengage the lever, the snare wires don't actually come off of the reso head. The bass drum hoops are made of metal, and were a little warped. Wasn't really an issue, but it's worth noting. The floor tom legs are really short. As you might notice in the video, the floor tom is lower than we'd like, but we didn't bother replacing them with any other legs.

SO DOES IT SOUND BETTER? We think so. But maybe we're biased. We'll let you decide. Also, what should we do next with this kit? We're considering turning it into a beater kit. Or maybe a table. Just kidding. Probably.

Cymbals: 22" Zildjian K Constantinople Renaissance Ride modified by Jesse Simpson (@jessesimpson3), 20" Istanbul 30th Anniversary Ride, 14" Vintage Avedis Hi-Hats.

 

JazzDrumGuy

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Much better! Just shows you what good heads and pies can do to a lower end (?) kit.

I thought it's cool that, from the side, the kit looks red and the floor looks black, but in the front, the kit looks black and the floor looks red!

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Things that we fixed:
The bearing edges on these drums came in pretty poor condition, with many chips and splinters. We sanded them down and now they're smooth and happy. We took off the stock drum heads, and replaced them with some fresh Remo heads. Because the wood (poplar?) is pretty soft, we used Remo Coated Ambassador-X heads which are 1-ply 12mil coated film heads. Putting these on the batter sides, we hoped the added thickness would beef up the tone. On the resonant sides, we used Clear Ambassadors.

Things that we didn't fix:
The snare drum doesn't turn off. As in, the throw-off is drilled in too low, so when you disengage the lever, the snare wires don't actually come off of the reso head. The bass drum hoops are made of metal, and were a little warped. Wasn't really an issue, but it's worth noting. The floor tom legs are really short. As you might notice in the video, the floor tom is lower than we'd like, but we didn't bother replacing them with any other legs.

SO DOES IT SOUND BETTER? We think so. But maybe we're biased. We'll let you decide. Also, what should we do next with this kit? We're considering turning it into a beater kit. Or maybe a table. Just kidding. Probably.

Cymbals: 22" Zildjian K Constantinople Renaissance Ride modified by Jesse Simpson (@jessesimpson3), 20" Istanbul 30th Anniversary Ride, 14" Vintage Avedis Hi-Hats.

- Sounds great to me.
 


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