On the 17/9/16 Dennis Kripidis dropped off a drum kit which has been owned by The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel since the late 80's, early 90's. It was well used, retired and stored at a hotel loft for some time.
I can honestly say it was in the worst condition I've ever seen a drum kit in and I was contemplating my next move, knowing I had quite a challenge ahead of me. Because of the history of the drums at the hotel I understood why this was the first option so I tackled the task head on.
Firstly I dismantled every little nut, bolt, screw, washer, rim etc.... every piece of hardware went through multiple stages of of cleaning, polishing and rust removal.
The wrap was beyond repair so it was decided to rewrap the drum shells with a green sparkle wrap. The old wrap was removed. The wood shells were prepared for the rewrap. Extra holes were filled with plugs made from a donor shell and glued with a strong epoxy resin. Damaged bearing edge was repaired with epoxy glue mixed with wood particles from the same drums. The edges were trued straight and cleaned up. The interior of the shells were sprayed with a paint to match the original Zola coat used by Tama in the eighties on these drums.
Original lugs, rods, brackets and rims were sourced replacing the old or missing ones.
The shells were wrapped and all the hardware was put back on. Pre-used skins were fitted and drums were tuned ready to play.
All period correct stands, pedals and hardware were sourced and Cymbals added.
For those drummers in the host band, just bring along your Cymbals, seat and kick pedal, (and snare if you wish)