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  1. Pearl does it for me

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    Default My revamped 1984 DX...

    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?


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  2. Abomination of desolation

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    Nice job! I didn't understand you put away the wrap and laquered the shells or the opposite? Rep
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  3. SUPERJERK

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    Nice kit!

    I'm really glad your band isn't called the Seeing Eye Dawgs.
    Remo MasterTouchArctic White
    22x16, 10x9, 12x10, 14x14, 16x16, 14x5 Pearl Sensitone Aluminum
    Paiste 2oo2 18", 20" Crash, 21" Big Beat, 15" Giant Beat Hi Hats

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  4. Pearl does it for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diofter
    Nice job! I didn't understand you put away the wrap and laquered the shells or the opposite? Rep
    Thanks!
    DLX was the lacquered version.
    My kit is a DX and DX kits came with wrap... I just buffed the wrap to remove old cleaning marks and swirls.

    The snare is the only drum that was lacquered, it was buffed also.

  5. Abomination of desolation

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    Your floor tom needs some more work or it's just the picture? Nice to see oldies working at full power!
    Beneath a summer sky
    Under glass moonlight
    Night awaits the lamb's arrival
    Liquid shadows crawl
    Silver teardrops fall
    The bride subsides to her survival

    Ref Crystal Rain Army!!!

  6. Pearl does it for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diofter
    Your floor tom needs some more work or it's just the picture? Nice to see oldies working at full power!
    Thanks again...
    Um in the drivers seat pics you can see the seem edge of the wrap.
    And it does have a couple of bubbles.
    I never said it came out perfect lol

  7. Registered User

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    AMAZING rep man goood... no great job!

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  8. Post Jazz Drummer

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    amazing work. i never thought of doing the rubber gasket thing when I refurbishing my kit before. Also, how do you remove the bubble thing? Care to share here??? Thanks, great kit!!

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    DX & DLX drums rock....................

  10. Pearl does it for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by t.huval
    DX & DLX drums rock....................
    Oh yep they do!

    This one rocks even more now lol

  11. Pearl does it for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by kari_convention
    amazing work. i never thought of doing the rubber gasket thing when I refurbishing my kit before. Also, how do you remove the bubble thing? Care to share here??? Thanks, great kit!!
    hiya Kari...
    Thanks, I reckon it's a great kit made even better.
    If you want to put gaskets on I used 1.6mm thick flat rubber.
    For the BD lugs it was 75mm wide and for the tom lugs it was 50mm wide and cost me about $10 Aussie to do the lot.
    I cut some blocks of wood to cut the rubber on and drilled holes in the block of wood to accept the lug screw holders so the lug would sit flat while I cut around the lugs. I used a leather punch to cut the holes in the washer.

    I haven't removed the bubbles in the wraps. It is only reasonably noticeable in the floor tom, on the side that sits away from the audience.
    But if you want some ideas about how to deal with bubbles, I had a thread in vintage and also in first aid that was called something like "fixing bubbled wraps" that had some good responses!

  12. At the Crossroads

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    Quote Originally Posted by t.huval
    DX & DLX drums rock....................
    that they do!!!!
    If you're not Groovin in the Pocket you're just makin noise!

    Looking for a MLX 18 inch tom in liquid amber

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