Shell repair

Discussion in 'Resto and Rehab tips' started by jccabinets, Sep 25, 2018.

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    jccabinets Very well Known Member

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    I bought this drum here on DFO over a year ago, there was a thread on it but I cant find it. Anyway, thought I would share with you my method for fixing this 7x15" Slingerland shell. I is three ply, mahogany, poplar, mahogany. The drum must have been dropped on the strainer at some point, the shell is severely damaged.
    So first I removed the entire outer ply, then cut out a section that spanned between two lugs but staggered the cuts in each ply about one inch. I then patched in a new piece of mahogany veneer to the inside, gluing and clamping it to the rings. Then fit and glued a piece of poplar that I planned down to 1/8" over the mahogany veneer. Last step was to wrap the entire shell with new mahogany veneer.
    Here are a few pics of the process. I dont know if this drum is worth the effort or If I am going about this correctly or not but I had fun doing it.
     

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    jccabinets Very well Known Member

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    Forgot the last pic. The shell in now ready for new edges and lacquer finish.
     

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    marko52 Piper At the Gates of Dawn

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    Strong work. Came out great........marko
     
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    Tigerdrummer Well-Known Member

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    This interests me so I'd love to know how it sounds when you have it completed
     
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    JazzDrumGuy DFO Master

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    I'd like to see the inside where you put that piece of wood.
     
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    jccabinets Very well Known Member

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    Thank you for your comments guys! I'll get you some more pictures here soon.
     
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    Well I have not been able to work on the drum much in the last few days but I did manage to stain the inside of the patch to a color close to the existing mahogany. And I did get the edges done also. Next up, big decision on whether or not to stain the outside or go natural, hope to get that done over the weekend.
     

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    jccabinets Very well Known Member

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    why does the thread say 0 views?
     
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    Amazing work.
     
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    Thanks so much! I just sprayed the first coat of lacquer, looks great!
     
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    I did spray the shell yesterday, no stain just a satin lacquer.
     

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    jccabinets Very well Known Member

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    Almost done, just need to clean the rods and put on the heads. I purchased a Gibralter 3 point throw off, she looks good.

    Anyone have a recommendation for wires, its a 15" drum?
     

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    Try Puresound P1520 it on, it cost about $21.45
     
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    you do brilliant work!! how does it sound with the repair?
     
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    jccabinets Very well Known Member

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    Pete2016, thanks for the wire recommendation, I will look into those.

    audiochurch, the drums sounds pretty good, i currently have a cheep 14" set of wires on it but plan to try the Puresounds. Im not good at describing sound but i would say its a warm sound, not pingy like metal drums. I really need to play with the tuning, been so busy lately its hard to find time to play.
     
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    amosguy DFO Master

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    Well, I for one am not surprised at the quality and craftsmanship of the repair. Very good attention to detail. Looks fabulous.
     
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    multijd Very well Known Member

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    Id love to hear it.
     
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    George, thank you so much for the compliment!

    multijd, I could record it on my phone or my Zoom recorder but not sure how to get that file here. Plus I need to mess around with the tuning. I like the drum but so far I prefer my acrolite.
     
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    K.O. DFO Master

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    Brilliant work Jeff! Very nice...but then I'd expect nothing less.
     
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    Thanks Kevin, that little conversation I had with you right before your gig got me going on this.
     

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