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Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - karpathion - 12-21-2017

I just picked these up from my uncle, yesterday. He's had them since I was a kid, and I personally have a few hundred hours behind them. It's the kit I learned on, so they have a bit of sentimental value to me. I want them back playing.

From all of my research today, they are a 1979 Pearl Vari-Pitch set. The only piece missing is the snare, and as far as I can tell, they were made in Tennessee, not Japan. It's kind of a unique set on its own, as it came with a 24" kick, and not the normal 22".

They have been sitting in a not so ideal spot for many years now, and it shows. They are in rough shape right now.

Does anyone here know anything about rufurbing a set of drums, or any place I can get some good info on it? I can build a guitar from scratch, but never touched a drum before. I don't even know where to start.

I'm pretty sure just taking them apart and cleaning them is as good of a start as any, I just want to make sure I'm not going to ruin them if I get them apart and can't get them back together again.

This is them, and I'm cleaning up the 8" right now. I stuck them in the out building last night, because of the smell. Any help would be greatly appreciated fella's.

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Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - BriGuy1968 - 12-21-2017

No idea personally, but the drummer in my band has some experience with refurbs. I’ll ask him.


Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - BriGuy1968 - 12-21-2017

Well that was quick... he answered right away...

Quote:SWEET!! I guess I would say to first get a new set of heads. Go to dollar store. Buy a squirt bottle of either Purple Power or Awsome cleaner. Spray the shells. Wipe them clean. Go to Autozone. Buy a can of NeverDull chrome cleaner. Stuff works amazingly well! Clean up the chrome. When thats all done, put the new heads on. They actually dont look to be in that bad of shape. The cleaner should rid them of the smell as well.

The NeverDull will polish all the chrome. The rack system as well.

Takes some elbow grease to use it. [emoji16]

Hope that works. Great set to bring back to life!

BTW, he can buy a chrome Pearl snare drum for under $100.00.



RE: Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - karpathion - 12-21-2017

Well, it's pretty reassuring when a drummer gets a little excited about them. That makes me feel a lot better about spending the time and effort to bring them back. I appreciate that, a lot.

Looks like I'm off to the dollar store, and parts store. I'll try to track the progress a little, and post them up when done. Thanks again, and tell your buddy the same.


RE: Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - LesStrat - 12-21-2017

What he said/\/\/\

Plus you need to find a way to remove that atrocious growth in that floor Tom in the foreground.


RE: Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - karpathion - 12-21-2017

(12-21-2017, 02:59 PM)LesStrat Wrote: What he said/\/\/\

Plus you need to find a way to remove that atrocious growth in that floor Tom in the foreground.

I'm guessing you are talking about the extra 8" that is inside the the other? It's just an extra. It was some kind of factory second, or one off. I was never finished, from the factory. That one has probably never been played before.


Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - BriGuy1968 - 12-21-2017

(12-21-2017, 02:59 PM)karpathion Wrote: Well, it's pretty reassuring when a drummer gets a little excited about them. That makes me feel a lot better about spending the time and effort to bring them back. I appreciate that, a lot.

Looks like I'm off to the dollar store, and parts store. I'll try to track the progress a little, and post them up when done. Thanks again, and tell your buddy the same.

I told him. You know how it is, drummers don’t get very many chances to feel useful! [emoji12][emoji23]


RE: Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - LesStrat - 12-21-2017

(12-21-2017, 03:19 PM)karpathion Wrote: I'm guessing you are talking about the extra 8" that is inside the the other? It's just an extra. It was some kind of factory second, or one off. I was never finished, from the factory. That one has probably never been played before.

Lol.  It looked like a conga on my phone.  I can see it now.


RE: Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - LesStrat - 12-21-2017

Seriously, though, that's a cool acquisition.


RE: Vintage Drums Restoration? Any Experience? - karpathion - 12-22-2017

You know how guitarists claim that they can always bring a Gibbo, or USA Fender, back to life, and not a $200 Epi?

As a Gibson guy and owner, the old saying goes the same for me from my new found experience so far with, Vintage Pearl.  You can't bring cheap crap back to life like this. And that's all there is to it...

It's a lot of work, but this is amazing!

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