Gon Bops score-ID?

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Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby PaulKargez » Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:19 pm

Hello forum,
Although I have read some posts regarding Gon Bops , I am still confused as to what vintage this beauty is. I scored her last night at a sick-reasonable price!! It's head dia. is, as close as I can tell, 11 1/4". The model # is ICL 4141, the Unit # is 9117813.
She's in fine shape except for a few dings and a patch of "leg rash". The head is in awesome condition, as soon as I tweaked it up she sang!
Thanks in advance!
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby pcastag » Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:55 pm

Nice family! looks like an oak gon bop, to me better sounding drums than the mahogany, good score! I've got one 10.5 with teh regular crown and a mule skin on it. It's all beat up but sounds really fantastic.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby PaulKargez » Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:58 pm

thank you PC! any idea on age of this mama?
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby Psych1 » Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:18 am

70's - it's hard to pin them down exactly. Nice conga! I've got 2 of them, still round, no cracks in all these years.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby bongosnotbombs » Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:34 am

I've been told that the year is usually hidden in the serial or unit number, going by the number you posted I would guess either '78 or '81.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby Mike » Sun Jun 20, 2010 8:22 am

bongosnotbombs wrote:I've been told that the year is usually hidden in the serial or unit number, going by the number you posted I would guess either '78 or '81.

That is interesting, BnB! Can you give the source of information or enlighten us about the exact way of determining the production year?
I have always wondered about the serial number, and like in vintage cymbals stamps (Paiste, Zildjian, e.g.) you seem
to be able to find out abuot the age.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby bongosnotbombs » Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:46 am

I think I've read it hear before, and I know I've been told a couple of times that the year is in the number. Where that information came from I can't say. Anyways, assuming it's true, there are only to sets of digits in the serial number that make any sense for being a manufacturing year, 78 and 81. If this drum has a fiberglass coat, I seem to remember hearing that innovation was done in the 80's.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby PaulKargez » Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:23 am

Thank you everyone! I had not heard of the fiberglass coat. I'm not sure if this one is or not, to me it looks like a clear-coat. And that rash is pretty much down to the wood. At any rate, I'm thrilled! The inside looks like new. I don't believe she was subjected to many environmental changes.
Again, thank you for the interesting info!
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby jorge » Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:56 pm

That drum definitely does not have a fiberglass coat. Gon Bops made wood drums covered with fiberglass in the 70s, not sure when they stopped. Those drums were generally painted solid colors, not natural wood.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby PaulKargez » Sun Jun 20, 2010 1:13 pm

Ah-thank you. This is all very helpful!!! any and all input is welcomed.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby bongosnotbombs » Sun Jun 20, 2010 4:45 pm

This is my friends Gon Bop drum with the same hardware drum with a fiberglass coat. I put a skin on it for her a while back. You can see the fiberglass in the second picture, for some reason the metal tinted the fiberglass green. She has since added 2 more drums with the same treatment and hardware for a complete set of 3. As you can see hers is wood colored, I have seen one that was white, as Jorge mentions. Very nice drums.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby RitmoBoricua » Sun Jun 20, 2010 5:00 pm

Fiberglass on the outer shell, perhaps to keep the stave from coming apart.
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby PaulKargez » Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:04 pm

AWESOME!!! Always more to learn...love it!!!!
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby PaulKargez » Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:05 pm

...and I must get the correct claws. Almost out of threads on those things!!! :shock:
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Re: Gon Bops score-ID?

Postby Mike » Sun Jun 20, 2010 6:19 pm

PaulKargez wrote:...and I must get the correct claws. Almost out of threads on those things!!! :shock:

Indeed!
Either you get yourself some bongo hooks or you might consider reskinning as an option.
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