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  • #16
    Originally posted by 3pearlkits
    Ok, so I thought I would see if taking the aspects of a "modern" kit and try applying them to vintage kit would improve things tonaly...

    Every drum was stripped of all hardware and the wrap buffed.
    Every drum's hardware has been polished by hand.
    When reassembling, all lug springs have been wrapped in felt, inserts checked and trued to run properly, and handcut rubber gaskets applied before reattaching lugs. Old toms mounts have come off, masking plates have been put on and opti's attached as best as possible.

    As a 5 piece (smaller gig setup)


    5 piece drivers seat


    The opti's and gaskets and masking plates


    6 on a rack


    6 piece drivers seat


    And from above


    Drums are 10, 12, 13, 14 x 6.5, 22
    I've stayed with Pinstripes on batter and Ambassadors for Reso on the toms,
    Kick is EQ3 for batter and custom art Reso on an ambassador.
    Snare has a CS Dot batter and Hazy Reso

    The Snare is a 14 x 6.5, 8 ply maple, finished in a rosewood stain/ lacquer and is a model number M-314LX from 1983. I changed the original die cast hoops to the superhoops I got with my snare from the DX kit, and tune it high, and man it goes off!

    Cymbals are 14" Coloursound 5, 17" A Zildian crash, 16" A Zildian Brilliant crash, 18" Sabian Thin Crash, 20" Coloursound 5 Ride.

    Still to come:
    14 DX Tom, to be opti'ed... probably go next to the H/H on the rack.

    These drums now resonate a lot more freely and the original tones are still there, just sound heaps better!
    It was worth the time and effort.

    What do you think?
    Now..THAT is classy! REp for you brother!
    MAPEX l PEARL l SABIAN

    BOOM DA DA BAP DA BOOM BOOM DA BAP
    CDA MEMBER since 2006

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    • #17
      Originally posted by pearlygates
      Now..THAT is classy! REp for you brother!
      Why thank you kind sir! lol
      My revamped Pearl DX kit (now with 8" tom)
      My refurbished 72 NC Deluxe Pearl Kit
      My early 80's G314LXDC Pearl Snare
      Catalogue Corner Thread
      Restoring and refinishing (vintage) drums
      My Snare build

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      • #18
        hey those look great. it's like looking back in time.
        Current kit - Pearl VBX Ruby Fade Outdoors
        All my previous kits - Here

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        • #19
          ironcobra8,
          thanx man!
          Because they're starting to get old, they are starting to sound even better.
          Don't let anyone tell you birch drums don't sound good
          My revamped Pearl DX kit (now with 8" tom)
          My refurbished 72 NC Deluxe Pearl Kit
          My early 80's G314LXDC Pearl Snare
          Catalogue Corner Thread
          Restoring and refinishing (vintage) drums
          My Snare build

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          • #20
            Nice job! I'm loving it as a lefty kit!
            MRX Antique Gold: kicks: 18x24 18x22 16x20, Toms: 8x8 8x10 9x12 10x12 11x13 12x14 14x16 14x14ft 14x16ft 16x18ft, snare 6.5x14
            1962 Ludwig Club Date, Red Sparkle
            2009 Ludwig Element Retro SE, Citrus Mod

            Snare Drums

            The Vejtabils!

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            • #21
              ultra sweet job. And that rack really makes it man!!
              "Let your Darkside be your compass..


              Looking for Premier Black shadow resonator 10" tom and 18" floor tom!

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              • #22
                Thanx snafoo,
                You can't help how you're born huh lol
                I'd just like all the right handers to know that as a left hander I use the right side of my brain lmao.

                Dug,
                My one rack is almost pitiful compared to your emerging battle star...

                I'm absolutley choofed, I've been gigging with this revamped kit for 6 months now and it always went off, now it goes right off!
                My revamped Pearl DX kit (now with 8" tom)
                My refurbished 72 NC Deluxe Pearl Kit
                My early 80's G314LXDC Pearl Snare
                Catalogue Corner Thread
                Restoring and refinishing (vintage) drums
                My Snare build

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                • #23
                  I really love seeing the older kits here getting their "spa" treatments. I have a solid birch kit that has incredible tone. Those drums will serve you for a very long time the way you are taking care of them. Rep!
                  BLX Sequoia Red: 24-16-14-12-10-8
                  Session Studio Sequoia Red: 22, 14x6.5 snare
                  14x6.5 Phosphor Bronze snare
                  Zildjians: 21" Rock Ride, 18" A China Low, 16"-17"-18"-19" K Dark Thin Crashes, 13" K hats, 10" Armand Splash
                  My Kit
                  My Band: Couch Professor

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                  • #24
                    Thumper1518,
                    Cheers for the rep!
                    I have to look after this kit, it's a treasure to me and basically I can't justify buying (or wanting to buy) a new kit.
                    It really doesn't take much time to keep a kit clean...
                    My revamped Pearl DX kit (now with 8" tom)
                    My refurbished 72 NC Deluxe Pearl Kit
                    My early 80's G314LXDC Pearl Snare
                    Catalogue Corner Thread
                    Restoring and refinishing (vintage) drums
                    My Snare build

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                    • #25
                      That's one beautiful drum kit!!!Rep for all that work and the history as well!!! Rock on my friend and may the force be with you!!!
                      sigpicPEARL DRUMS
                      MCX RED GLASS 22" X 18," 14" x 6.5", 10" X 8", 12" X 9", 14" x 11", 16" X 14", 18" x 16", and Sabians
                      My Kit; http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/at...8&d=1290113760

                      MASTERS ARMY

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                      • #26
                        Hey Nova,
                        Thanx a lot for your kind words and rep!
                        My revamped Pearl DX kit (now with 8" tom)
                        My refurbished 72 NC Deluxe Pearl Kit
                        My early 80's G314LXDC Pearl Snare
                        Catalogue Corner Thread
                        Restoring and refinishing (vintage) drums
                        My Snare build

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by 3pearlkits View Post
                          Hey Nova,
                          Thanx a lot for your kind words and rep!
                          Got to check out your 1972 Kit!!
                          sigpicPEARL DRUMS
                          MCX RED GLASS 22" X 18," 14" x 6.5", 10" X 8", 12" X 9", 14" x 11", 16" X 14", 18" x 16", and Sabians
                          My Kit; http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/at...8&d=1290113760

                          MASTERS ARMY

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                          • #28
                            Excellent work, they look great and I'm sure the sound is a little better now too. It's nice when older drums that are high quality get a little love.
                            There is always yestermorrow...
                            My Emerald Mists: 8x8 10x8 12x9 13x11 Toms 14x14 16x14 18x16 Floor Toms 18x16 20x16 24x18 Kicks 14x5.5 and 2 14x6.5 Snares
                            Also Pearl: 2 14x6.5 Free Floaters (Maple, Brass & 2 Aluminum shells) 10x6 and 12x7 Maple snares, 13x3 Steel Afro Timbale

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                            • #29
                              That was a great job putting a new spin on an old kit. You could have even gone one step further by re-cutting the bearing edges, but they probably didn't need it.
                              Patrick G.

                              "95% of the average 'weekend warrior's' problems could be solved by an additional 30 minutes of insightful practice." -- Anonymous

                              "Let's be honest... drummers don't have piles of money laying around, just piles of drums." -- Gord the Drummer

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by trickg View Post
                                That was a great job putting a new spin on an old kit. You could have even gone one step further by re-cutting the bearing edges, but they probably didn't need it.
                                Hey thanks trickg,
                                You got it in one!
                                They really didn't need it.
                                The bearing edges are all pristine, no flea bits, dings, splits, nothing!

                                I have seen quite a bit of "discussion" about the "right" bearings edges, and even read a paper or two on the topic in regards to effect of bearing edges on sustain, resonance and effect on fundamental tone of a shell.
                                The evolution of pearl drums has seen them go from rounded edges to double 45's and back again, just look at the variety of bearing edges found throughout the reference series...

                                Double 45's certainly work with the DX/DLX shells, cause they rock
                                My revamped Pearl DX kit (now with 8" tom)
                                My refurbished 72 NC Deluxe Pearl Kit
                                My early 80's G314LXDC Pearl Snare
                                Catalogue Corner Thread
                                Restoring and refinishing (vintage) drums
                                My Snare build

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