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  1. Epicly Sick Beast!

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    Default 80's Pearl Maple Snare Makeover

    I introduced this snare to this board on this thread. It's an early 80's 14X8 Maple Snare - M814.



    I got it on ebay and decided it needed improving.

    So I removed the wrap.



    Now, I had heard wraps were a pain to get off so I owe Pearl many thanks for only using two strips of double-sided tape to secure this one.

    I did it by using a paint scraper to separate the overlap a bit. I then used string to saw the glue holding the wrap to itself. I then used a blade to cut the tape a little at a time until the wrap came off in one piece - no heat needed.



    A bit of sanding and chemical removal of the leftover glue and what you have left is a beautiful outer ply - thanks to Pearl for that, too.



    I love natural finishes, so I decided to use a light stain - one coat and five or six coats of poly.



    Next, I cut out the badges, leaving the wrap behind them. And I cut out some gaskets from the wrap.




    I then put all the hardware back on, along with new heads, vents, hoops, tension rods and snares....and voila!















    And, if that wasn't enough, it sounds better than it looks. Great pop with a deep and warm tone and a nice ring. I couldn't be happier with it. My 6.5"er is next.

  2. Music sets u free

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    OHHHMYLORD!

    That is the greatest makeover I have ever seen, Brilliant.
    Awesome, terrific Job!
    I love to see the before and after math, and is a great example how to do something alike with some patience and minimal expense in materials.
    The wood hoops, and the stain are the finishing touch that give this drum an ageless look!
    That is one classy drum, the wood is already aged so I can imagine the super nice tone out of that vintage Maple shell.
    Again wonderful job!
    Have some rep, Dude, Congrats and enjoy!
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  3. Registered User

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    very nice....i like seeing people do stuff like this themselves.....do they make different color stains....besides just the natural shades of wood/browns/reds?

  4. Tha Bomb Diggity

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    wow. i am incredibly impressed. what a terrific job. rep dawg
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  5. Registered User

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    Holy balls! That's ridiculous.
    Breathtaking, dude. Seriously. Classy as a mother. Have some rep!

  6. Pearl does it for me

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    Hey Leray,
    Great to see this snare refinished!
    Nice to see the timber under the wrap was in good enough nick to go al la naturale.
    Classy job, the wooden hoops are a great touch...

  7. Registered User

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    Hey Leray .... I am really impressed. I think you did an outstanding job.
    "The only thing trashier than a wuhan china is an agop china, unless you want to hit some rednecks with your drumsticks" - dudewuttheheck

  8. Grandmaster Yoda

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    Great job!
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  9. The Most Bitter Mink!

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    Damn, good job. That thing looks like it has some "pop" it. I used to refinish tons of snares, I really miss it.
    My Kit!

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    Selling a 4x14 Vintage Stave Tamburo Snare. More info upon request.

  10. I <3 Ludwigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueday
    very nice....i like seeing people do stuff like this themselves.....do they make different color stains....besides just the natural shades of wood/browns/reds?
    Yes, a great many colors.
    Nice staining Leray!

  11. Epicly Sick Beast!

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    Thanks all! Compliments and rep make it all the more rewarding.

    By the way, I took everything, including the wrap, off of my 6.5"er this afternoon. The outer ply isn't nearly as nice and there is a crack, too. I'll have to do a lot more sanding on this one. I will probably go a lot darker with the stain, too.

  12. Tiffany.

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    Oh wow that's beautiful! Well done, superb makeover job! Love the wood hoops

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