Pearl 60s Phenolic Thunder King Resto Done!

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  1. W&A Player

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    Sarcasm alert: Counterfeit 60's Pearl badges? What's next? Phony Yugo logos?
     
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    Finally. Someone recognizes a great business opportunity.

    I'll cut you in for 10%. :)
     
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    Wow! Great job on the badge reproduction! Very creative!
     
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    Congrats on the kit! & fantastic job on the badges!
     
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    Thanks for all the badge compliments. Hopefully future forgers can use the info. I have all the other random missing bits on the way and should have this baby purring next week.
     
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    Someone seriously forged a MIJ stencil kit badge????
     
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    Technically it's not a stencil. It's Pearl by Pearl. And I like my kits spiffy.
     
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    That badge repro is some major good work!
     
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    Finally found the BD hoops and chucked the rust buckets. I’ll spare you the boring resto play by play but let’s just say it was worth it. I’m really kinda freaked out at how good these sound! They resonate for days but have a 60s Gretschy punch. They’re unlike anything I’ve ever played. Even with throwing used heads on I’m amazed at the sensitivity/volume these babies have.
    Who’d a thunk it? 005D7CB7-5186-47FC-86B1-E9BF2EF476A4.jpeg 7932621F-68A3-4F80-A64D-E716C64CD9C1.jpeg D3CEA52E-8065-4C1C-B852-0732F3372195.jpeg
     
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    Nice work! Those cleaned up great! I had a feeling they were going to sound good. Especially after reading that article on early phenolic shells. They just look like they would sound good too lol.
     
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    Not surprised. I picked up a set of those for a friend who was outfitting a recording studio. One of the best bargain sets I ever bought! Borrowed it many times for gigs.
     
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    Amazing! As a fan of vintage MIJ kits, this looks awesome. Nice and clean. You should share these pics on our Facebook vintage MIJ group (if you like). The Pearl fans would love them. If you ever decide to sell, keep me in mind, I'm not far from you ;)

    - https://www.facebook.com/groups/270145106666038/
     
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    Thank you! That looks like a fun gang of MIJ misfits! I stay away from facebook like the plague but, feel free to snag anything here and post away.
    I still have the double tom holder but it needs the dial spot welded to the strap. If I ever decide to sell, that will go with the kit. Gonna try it out on a gig in a coule of weeks but I have a feeling it’s a keeper. :)
     
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    WOW they look great ! I have a good buddy who collects these .
     
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    Strange, that doesn't look the same as any of the phenolic sets I have. I've had to repair 2 cracks (one VERY serious) and neither looked like that material. Interesting!
     

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    Very interesting. Yours looks more fibreglass-like while mine is more of a deluxe masonite. It was definitley layed up in a mold with one continuous sheet with a scarf joint where it overlaps. Is yours more of a sprayed-in or layered composition?
    Btw, these are spot-on in round.
     
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    Squid, great work! I love saving old kits.......nice!
     
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    No obvious layers in mine. Your description makes sense. I had the wrap off of one and it looked like it had a sheet wrapped around the outside. That sheet may be the fibrous material that is continuous through the shell. It looks as if would have to be thin as thick paper or possibly fabric. Just because I did not see obvious layers in my cracked shell doesn't mean they are not there. Properly epoxied together, you would probably have a hard time seeing those layers. Maybe?! These are definitely what would be called phenolic as they are the same material that was used in machining fixtures in a manufacturing facility where I worked. The machinist/ tool makers called it phenolic. I also have a set of pearl fiberglass, so I know the difference between those two.

    Yeah, ROUND. I stick them next to the 60s - 70s Ludwigs I have and have to laugh. (With all respect to the glorious thunder of the Luddies.)
     
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    I have a set if Remo PTS shells kicking around in my basement that look like really thin phenolic shells. I was half-tempted to mod it with real lugs and rims, but the shells would pretty well need re-rings to not implode under any real tension. I have a feeling they'd sound really good though.
     
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    My Luddies were not offended and are getting along pretty well with their new pals. :)
    I think we both have phenolic shells but with different fillers and possibly different construction methods. The confusion comes in the use of the term. Phenolic refers to the type of resin that binds the filler fibers together. Fibers can be wood, plastic, or glass. And since it’s a thermoplastic it can be heated and molded from set sheets or sprayed directly into a mold before it sets.
    Point being, it appears that Pearl tried a few of these configurations along the way. As long as it has a wacky wrap I’m ok with that!
     

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