What to do with an apparently disparate collection of various, "orphan" premier drums shells. A second "Elite" kit built entirely from salvaged parts, perhaps?...
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
Vintage Premier drums were once renowned for their "diamond" chrome finishes - but this "2000" snare drum shell is in a terrible state. Can I rescue it with a coat of paint, and use it to build a restored drum?
Re-installing the Flobeam assembly, (and dampener mechanism), on a 1974, Premier "2000" snare drum
After careful cleaning, this 1974 Premier 2000 snare begins its' re-build
Even though this is, in some ways, a "practice" run to install a Flobeam assembly - the thing still has to work properly at the end of it all. From a study of the components involved, a single exploded diagram, and with a bit of applied logic along the way - I think I've managed to work out the best way to do it...
Can you physically "wrap" a metal snare drum if the original plating corrodes?... Would you want to?... Here's how it goes with a "written-off" Premier 2000 shell
Dismantling a vintage Premier 2000 snare and its' Flobeam assembly, is a bit like launching a ship from a bottle...
Fitting batter and snare-side heads to a late 1980's Premier "1026" snare drum. Basic stuff perhaps - but it's all new to me