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  1. Registered User

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    Hi All,
    I have a Pearl Export Kit that I Believe is form the late 80's.
    I have had this since i was a kid and it has seen better days.
    I am wondering if I should Restore it in the same colour or completely customize it?
    either way, it will have to be totally re-wrapped as the wrapping has warped.

    Kit still sounds great, as i have been picked up in two bands in the last year, so it is getting used again.
    and i have been told it sounds great by other musicians too. just looks relic-ed af.

    I can upload more images of the drums individually when i get home.
    would love to hear your thoughts on what to do. Restore or Customize.

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    If you're going to re-wrap it, why not go custom and put on something a little more interesting and unique? May be put on some new heads as well
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    Go all out with mirror chrome or maybe some Guy Fieri-inspired flames.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodgit View Post
    If you're going to re-wrap it, why not go custom and put on something a little more interesting and unique? May be put on some new heads as well
    So there is no value to be had in keeping original colour?
    I wasnt shure. Totally go for something unique and match my personality, either bright neon or something out there or even leopard or tiger.
    definately need to do new heads.

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    Here are some images of my kit in its current state.
    as can be seen, rust, yellowing, bubbling and and cracking. Or relic-ed as some would say.
    No warping that I know in the wood. still sound fantastic.
    Should I re-wrap and restore in #33 Pearl white (or close to) and keep correct as much as possible or Customize it to Purple or pink or neon or something 80's?
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    I'd wrap it to match your thumb nail!!

    Personally I wouldn't spend much on that kit as its not worth much, tidy it up and wrap it keeping costs low and have some fun with it.

    Play it like you stole it.
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    Keep it "As is" Nice patina
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    if you just cleaned it up and put new heads on it and used some floor LEDS lights it would really come alive more than spending $$$ on wrap. Just washing all the hardware and getting the rust off and using automotive cleaner wax on the white wrap and then putting them back in service. The wrap does not look faded or washed out

    Brillo and some warm water and lots of scrubbing will clean up those hoops quite a bit, Somewhere else in this forum is how to clean the tension rods

    good luck either way but my vote is a good clean up
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeadbandGuy View Post
    So there is no value to be had in keeping original colour?
    I wasnt shure. Totally go for something unique and match my personality, either bright neon or something out there or even leopard or tiger.
    definately need to do new heads.
    You do understand that rewrapping will cost more than the drums are worth. I don’t know about Australia, but here in the states you’d be lucky to get $100 for that kit in that condition. I wouldn’t worry about the drums losing value if you change the color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quicksticks View Post
    You do understand that rewrapping will cost more than the drums are worth. I don’t know about Australia, but here in the states you’d be lucky to get $100 for that kit in that condition. I wouldn’t worry about the drums losing value if you change the color.
    I Appreciate that one.
    I didn't think they were worth the time to re-wrap and sell. Thanks for the confirmation,
    To me, they are worth the time and money to re-wrap as this was my first "real" kit, and have had for almost 20years. I still remember going to the guy'h house to get them. my folks forked out $1100 or $1400 back in the day.
    change the colour it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richie rich View Post
    if you just cleaned it up and put new heads on it and used some floor LEDS lights it would really come alive more than spending $$$ on wrap. Just washing all the hardware and getting the rust off and using automotive cleaner wax on the white wrap and then putting them back in service. The wrap does not look faded or washed out

    Brillo and some warm water and lots of scrubbing will clean up those hoops quite a bit, Somewhere else in this forum is how to clean the tension rods

    good luck either way but my vote is a good clean up
    It does actually come alive when under lights as i have been gigging with it for the past 6 months.
    i dont hate the white, thats for-shure.
    There is quite a few cracks in the wrap, and it saddens me. when i was a kid, i tried to kill some of the rust, but i think i ended up scratching the chrome on the rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodgit View Post
    I'd wrap it to match your thumb nail!!

    Personally I wouldn't spend much on that kit as its not worth much, tidy it up and wrap it keeping costs low and have some fun with it.

    Play it like you stole it.
    HAHAHA. my guitars are the same as my nails...
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    but the thought has crossed my mind so many times...

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