Monday, October 9, 2006

Passing the time...

I have been planning to recover my Slingerland kit for years now, at least since '99, but could never bring myself to bite the bullet and start the project. That's about to change. I picked up that five piece kit in a pawn shop a long time ago. It had a slightly marred lacquer finish then, and playing shows without bags or cases only served to damage them further. They still sound great, but I am ready for something new. Recently, I perused a variety of new drums, but never found one that sounded as good to me as these, although that Yamaha kit in Houston was spectacular. So, reconditioning these has become my preferred option. Having made the choice, I picked up a couple of smaller toms on ebay to augment the kit, and am in the process of upgrading the hardware. When I am done, this will be a fully modern kit, with that same mindblowing sound these shells provide.

The next issue is whether or not to do the job myself. There are two methods for refinishing drums, tape and glue. Tape is easier, and widely used, but I have seen two of my kits with taped finishes buckle in the Louisiana heat, so glue it is. Given my inexperience, I will rework a couple of my snare drums to get a feel for the technique first. If those go well, I will then wrap my smaller kit. After those, I feel I will be ready for the real deal.

And, it'll give me something to do that doesn't involve sitting in front of damn computer...

1 comment:

vaporheart said...

What's wrong with sitting in front of a damn computer? teehee but seriously, congrats on the new project. God know i could use one..