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Antique Bass Drum Restoration

Postby drtom » Mon May 04, 2020 11:44 pm

Greetings Drummer Boys and Gals,

Just thought some of you might get a kick out of this. I know I did.

Recently, a fella that forms period correct bands of the 1840s and beyond hired me to restore an 1850s Porter Blanchard bass drum.

ericsBassBefore2-drum.jpg


This venerable drum has 27" drumheads and needed a lot of work, but it was all worth it.

ericsBass2-drum.jpg


If you're interested in more pics and info: https://drumdr.com/drum-repair-histories.html Or just ask.
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Re: Antique Bass Drum Restoration

Postby Greensail » Tue May 05, 2020 1:54 am

Hard to believe its still around after all this time. Looks great. How'd it sound? Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Antique Bass Drum Restoration

Postby drtom » Tue May 05, 2020 2:07 am

Greensail wrote:Hard to believe its still around after all this time.


Yeah, the drum was definitely showing it's age. More so than you can tell from that one picture. Among other things, I had to reinforce the shell before mounting the fresh calfskins.

Greensail wrote:How'd it sound?


Sounds just like a big bass drum. :D
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Re: Antique Bass Drum Restoration

Postby Chtimulato » Tue May 05, 2020 9:17 am

Nice work ! And certainly fun too. Congratulations ! :)
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Re: Antique Bass Drum Restoration

Postby drtom » Tue May 05, 2020 5:20 pm

Greensail wrote:Hard to believe its still around after all this time.


Think of it! This drum may have marched in a parade before the American Civil War. It would have marched again recently except for the virus. The owner already had a gig.

Chtimulato wrote:Nice work ! And certainly fun too. Congratulations ! :)


Thank you!
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Re: Antique Bass Drum Restoration

Postby Chtimulato » Tue May 05, 2020 7:55 pm

I just browsed your page, out of curiousity.
Great work !
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