ATTENTION ALL DRUMMERS! Run – don’t walk – to your nearest town dump, stand directly in front of the dumpster and hold out your arms.
My next door neighbor called me yesterday and told me she has “…a few old drum parts we were going to throw away at the town dump.” She explained to me that her church had bought an electronic drum set and they didn’t have a need for an acoustic set anymore. She had just taken them to the town dump where she and her husband was going to toss them into the dumpster.
I’ll give that a moment to sink in.
Miraculously, at the last second better judgement prevailed as she recalled that I play drums and conveniently live right next door. Hence her phone call. The drum parts were in the back of her truck and she asked me if I wanted to come take a peek in case I wanted them. I told her I’d be right over.
On their return from the dump, the pulled in to my driveway where I met them with anticipation of what these disposable drum parts actually consisted of. Friends have donated old drum parts to me have in the past so this wasn’t anything new, but these parts usually consisted of old rusty cymbal stands with broken wing nuts or a multi-clamp that’s missing a wing nut or similar.
To my surprise she had not only drum hardware, but shells. Lots of shells. All of the shells were gloss black and they filled up the back of the truck from floor to ceiling. We unloaded each item one by one and carried them into my house. It took a good 20 minutes to unload everything at which point they thanked me for taking them off their hands and left.
I stood there in my house in what was now a junk yard of drum shells and hardware. The sorting and inspecting began. As I inspected each shell I realized this wasn’t a drum set. No. This was two drum sets.
They had given me 2 sets of drums from 2 different manufacturers.
Drum set #1:
Pearl Export Series
9×12, 10×13, 16×16, 16×22
Black wrap with maple or poplar shell mounts. This kit went to a friend and bassist who was just telling me 2 weeks prior how he’s longed to have a drum set for his home recording studio. Merry Christmas Frank!
Yes, you read that right!
I stripped off the heads and hardware and examined each bearing edge and shell for dings and cracks. Miraculously the birch shells are all in great condition with no major damage except for a couple of dings and some scratches on a couple of the toms. Normal wear and tear. I buffed out as many scratches as I could and polished the lacquer finish back to near new condition. The chrome lugs and hoops all cleaned up beautifully and replaced the heads with new Remo coated Ambassadors. I upgraded to a rim suspension mount system for optimal resonance and now use this as my main gigging set. Special thanks to Andy Keesan over at DiCenso’s Drum Shop for the new parts and heads!
My chosen configuration is the 14×22″ bass drum, 7×10″ tom and the 12×15″ tom.
The fact that these drums came within an inch of being tossed into a dumpster at the town dump is mind boggling. If I didn’t play drums, my neighbor would have not thought to call me and these drums would have been discarded along with the rest of the trash in my town. It’s nothing short of a miracle that these drums found a good home where they are taking well cared for and gigged frequently in and around the Boston area.