Trying to match a 1970's Premier "natural" birch finish, using a modern polyurethane varnish. Close - but perhaps not quite what I'm after
"Keeping the neighbours sweet"... Muting my restored 1970's Premier "Elite" kit, for practice...
Setting up my newly-restored 1970's Premier "Elite" kit, for practice...
Continuing to fit out the restored shells for my basic, 22,16,14, 1970's Premier "Elite" drum kit. Now, the final piece of the kit - the 16" floor tom
Continuing to fit out the restored shells for my basic, 22,16,14, 1970's Premier "Elite" drum kit. This time - it's the turn of the 14" rack tom
Vintage, 1970's Premier vibe alert... Taking one of my "natural" Premier "Elite" 22" bass drum shells, re-uniting it with some original, vintage chrome hardware, and turning it back into a fine-looking, playable piece of kit.
Getting the right "look" for the bass drum reso on a restored, "vintage" kit, depends either on getting hold of decent reproductions, (if they're even available), or on finding ways to sympathetically "spruce up" surviving, original period heads
It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it. The chromed hardware for my "Elite" drum kit restorations, come from many different sources, and much of it requires cleaning...
Cleaning up a 22,16,14 set of 1970's vintage, Premier "Elite" drum shells - ready for the rebuild of a "natural" finish kit
A set of vintage Premier shells with two kick drums allows for a certain amount of flexibility when it comes to restoring and re-fitting a custom kit, (or two).