Saturday, January 27, 2007

Before... and after.

OK... maybe not.

My last post was me in crisis mode over this drum shit. Obviously. Things are better now. I have everything done but my kick, and they look incredible, but more importantly, they tuned up fine and sound great. That laid my fears to rest instantly. I still am concerned about my kick, but I am now optimistic that it will be fine. Amazing what 24 hours or so will do for you.

I took a couple of pics, but they don't do the kit justice at all, so I'll take some more and post them then. Yesterday I was upset and 75% happy with this whole thing. Today I am optimistic and around 90% pleased. If the kick drum turns out well, then it's all good. Indeed.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Recovering project...

What have I learned?

I overpaid for the wrap.
I was entirely too worried about the "precut" sizes, to make the job easier. In truth, they don't fit well, and probably will need to be trimmed on at least 3 of my 6 drums.

The tape method is bullshit. Easier, yes, but I am not satisfied with how the larger drums are coming out. The wrap is tight around the body of the drum, but not against the edge, which may lead to problems with tuning. Since the tape is only on the very end of each piece of wrap, there is nothing to secure the edges to the drum. Disappointing.

I went with the tape because I didn't want the permanence of glue. I was thinking of rewrapping them in the future, blah blah blah. Given the expense and effort involved, I now know that was ridiculous. This is it. For what I paid for the privilege of flexibility, I could have had the job professionally done.

Now my heads don't fit anymore. Specifically, the 8 and 10 inch toms are fine, the 13 inch is tight, but the 12 inch tom no longer accepts Remo or Aquarian heads. Evans appear to fit just fine, but I play Remo Ebony Pinstripe. This sucks.

Is there a bright side?

Sure. They look spectacular. Really, really good, which was kind of the whole point here. I am just disappointed in the process. Mainly because I paid so much. This stuff is very expensive. Given the money involved, I know now that I should have paid a professional to do it, and then I wouldn't have had these problems. At a minimum, I should have sucked it up and used the glue method on the larger drums (I may yet). I will start replacing the hardware tomorrow, so I should know the final result by Sunday.

Not sure yet what I will do if all this ends with my drums being beautiful, but unplayable...