1960’s “Norma” MIJ (Made In Japan) in Gold Sparkle (12/13/16/20)

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Someone who is much more familiar with vintage drums than I am gave this kit to me. It was in such bad shape he had not attempted to repair it himself, so who was I to think that I could do it?!

26175178_394388854330527_1299696664_nThe bass drum had serious issues; a 16″ section of the resonant reinforcement ring had been chopped out (why, I have no idea), one of the spurs had ripped through the shell, and both spurs had been relocated. The 3-ply shells had some layer separation, and the hoops were now egg-shaped (I assume from sitting on a weakened bass drum with the weight of 2 toms mounted on it).

For this project I taught myself how to steam-bend wood in order to repair the re-ring. It worked!

I also moved the spurs back to their original location after epoxying a patch panel into the damaged/enlarged hole and doweling the extra holes. I then used a single layer from a donor shell to patch the missing strips inside this shell. It’s not 100 percent done yet, but I’d say it is coming along well. I have test assembled and tuned this rehabbed bass and it sounds nice!

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When the bass is completely finished, the toms will get a good cleaning and polish, maybe a touch up of the bearing edges, and “stick saver” hoops all around.

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Even though most of us would call this is orange, the catalogs back in the day referred to it as “Gold Sparkle”. Regardless, I just love this finish!

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