Drummer Talk 253 – Drum Kit Makeover Part 2: Rewrapping

We continue part 2 of our series on drum kit makeovers by giving you everything you need to know about rewrapping your kit!

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From Rich:

I just recently found your podcast and really enjoy listening to you guys talk about drums. I have listened to just about all the recent pod casts you have up but am wondering if there is a way to go back and start from the beginning. I can’t find the option on  my podcast player to go back further then November of last year I believe it’s the episode of PASIC. Any help would be great I dig the info you guys talk about and I don’t have many drummer friends to geek out about drums with.

From Dan:

I recently discovered and love your podcast.  I just finished listening to #252 where you answered Dov’s question about things to be aware of for ultimately switching from an electronic to an acoustic kit.  I would like to offer up an additional suggestion to your excellent ones: to be mindful of where you’re hitting the pad.

As you know, on an acoustic kit there can be large tonal differences between hitting the drum closer to the edge vs. dead-center, probably nowhere more so than on the snare (depending on dampening).  That difference can be used deliberately, but when done accidentally it just sounds like a misfire.  While higher-end modules with positional sensing can replicate this tonal difference to some degree, more-affordable units (such as my Roland TD-9) do not, so you don’t get the same on-center vs. off-center feedback.  I’ve fallen prey to this, so I’ve found that I need to be mindful of where I’m hitting my snare pad since I want left & right strokes to sound the same, irrespective of whether I’m on an electronic or acoustic kit.

Thanks so much for what you do! – Dan

From Craig:

Hey guys, love the show and wish it came out more often. Can’t wait for the drum wrap show. For future topics if they haven’t been covered it would be awesome to hear a show about custom drum building. I would also love to hear more about the composing you do and the process in which you submit your work for video considerations.  Like yourself many of us drummers are multi-instrumentalist and create compositions but lack the knowledge to see them go any further than our home studios.Thanks guys and keep up the great work!

PS: the addition of Troy has been great. His knowledge from the business perspective has been priceless.


Topic Notes

Places to buy materials

One full Sheet is 24 x 54 and if you’re not good at precision cutting have it done for you

3M 30NF Green Fastbond Contact Adhesive

J Roller

Nylon Pry Bars

Videos of Rewrapping your drums:

Pre production – Remove all hardware, badges and vent holes

  1. Remove old drum wrap – using a heat gun heat the old wrap slowly without melting or burning it. ( I’ve heard of the Iron and towel trick but never used it) Be patient and careful you may accidentally pull a chunk of wood off if you don’t move slowly. If you’re modding your kit not is the time to fill in with dowels all you unwanted holes.
  2. Prepare the shell – if your shell was a single glue seam you will only have to prepare the seam. If your shell was a full glue press then I suggest sanding with 320 grit sand paper all the way around
  3. Layout and cut your wrap to your desired sizes – For drums larger than 16” you will need 2 pieces to cover the drum. Allow for 1.5 inches of overlap for each drum. To find out how much wrap you need measure exactly the diamer remember 1 10 inch tom is not exactly 10 inches its probably 9”?  the formula is 9”? x 3.1415 plus 3 inches. I like to use bristol board or construction paper when dry fitting
  4. After all dry fitting and cleaning and you’re ready to go. Apply the glue and let set for around 45 min until it’s tacky. Make sure to offset your times Don’t do all drums at one time.
  5. Slowly and carefully apply the wrap use a J roller to roll out any air bubbles – I like to use a vacuum bag to vacuum seal and pull the wrap down
  6. Allow to cure for 36 hours.
  7. Carefully apply your your hardware cutting lug holes with an exacto knife or Dremel tool.

Music from this week’s Show:

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Next week: Drum Kit Makeover Part 3: Refinishing

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