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WTB: 18" gretsch shell for 12x18 vintage build out project

hatandbeard

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Anyone have a 18" gretsch bass drum shell? I've been searching for the right shell to complete a 12 x 18 gretsch vintage build out project.
And does anyone know which Gretsch Fanatics are really good at doing this :) ? I've talked to Lee Ruff about it but he's unable to help at the moment. I'll be able to get his help on a few things here and there but not the majority.

I know there was a post on this bass drum that I'm attaching a picture of; but basically I'd like to create something like this.

I have hoops but the inlay channel needs to be cut in them etc and I do have some glass glitter inlay that would work. I have a badge. It'd be nice to get a hold of one of those Maxwell consolettes. Shouldn't be too hard to get the spurs and spur mounts and the bass drum lugs and T's and claws.
Thanks!
Thoughts?
Who else has done something like this themselves?
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I had a 16” deep 18” bass round drum cut down. Due to where the air vent grommet hole and badge was it made the most sense to cut down 3”, so it’s 13x18.

They did have to fill on one of the lugs holes with plugs but as you can see it came out amazing and the response it gets after hitting is much quicker then when it was deeper.
 

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I’ve bought a fair amount of shells from this seller, and never gotten anything I can’t work with.
Yeah I'm pretty much about to pull the trigger on that shell and I want to make sure that the shell is 12 in depth all the way around etc.. I've always checked out his stuff very good to know that you've been happy
 

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I had a 16” deep 18” bass round drum cut down. Due to where the air vent grommet hole and badge was it made the most sense to cut down 3”, so it’s 13x18.

They did have to fill on one of the lugs holes with plugs but as you can see it came out amazing and the response it gets after hitting is much quicker then when it was deeper.
That is badass and exactly the kind of coincidental project I was wishing someone had also done etc..this gives me good insight thanks! ..and I had already thought about having the dowel holes from floor tom leg mounts and the reality of trying to get a shell where I can center the badge ultimately be great to just have a brand-new shell.. there is some good contenders on eBay as far as 16 x 18 and 18 x 18 Gretsch drums i can cut but I'm just wondering how much extra work I want to do etc.
 

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I may jump over to the builders talk thread start something there as well..
I appreciate everyone's inside big time..
I'm already a Gretsch fanatic and have lots of experience with Gretsch in general but this would be my first build-out.
 

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Hat, I've bought 3 drums from that eBay Gretsch guy - all 14x14 - all were fine, playable and worked great. I sold two of them but still have one........
 


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