BRONTES THE TERRIBLE

 Brontes is a ca. 1986 Ludwig Rocker kit with clear interiors (not the Rocker 2 shit ones). Shells are the same ones Ludwig used on their Super Classics - a 4-ply, birch/poplar/ poplar/birch assembly. This kit was my first (thanks Mom and Dad!) and only. It's a 9-piece kit, but I only use the 4 shown. It originally sported a "Silver Smoke" finish, a wrap, which was poorly adhered and really did more to degrade the sound of the shells than anything. That was the first to go. The original bearing edges were also poorly executed and as you can see below, were cut off and re-routed. I went with a full round-over or baseball edge seen more on their 1950's era mahogany sets and not the original rounded 45....sorry die-hard fans - I wanted a warm, resonant, woody sound out of these guys and didn't mind sacrificing some of the attack. The final finish is nothing more than two coats of wax which will need to be re-applied annually, but it works great to keep dust, smoke and the occasional beer spill from doing any real damage. Check out some of the process below...more pics headed your way soon....

Brontes is a ca. 1986 Ludwig Rocker kit with clear interiors (not the Rocker 2 shit ones). Shells are the same ones Ludwig used on their Super Classics - a 4-ply, birch/poplar/ poplar/birch assembly. This kit was my first (thanks Mom and Dad!) and only. It's a 9-piece kit, but I only use the 4 shown. It originally sported a "Silver Smoke" finish, a wrap, which was poorly adhered and really did more to degrade the sound of the shells than anything. That was the first to go. The original bearing edges were also poorly executed and as you can see below, were cut off and re-routed. I went with a full round-over or baseball edge seen more on their 1950's era mahogany sets and not the original rounded 45....sorry die-hard fans - I wanted a warm, resonant, woody sound out of these guys and didn't mind sacrificing some of the attack. The final finish is nothing more than two coats of wax which will need to be re-applied annually, but it works great to keep dust, smoke and the occasional beer spill from doing any real damage. Check out some of the process below...more pics headed your way soon....

 Jig used for cutting bearing edges

Jig used for cutting bearing edges

 On the chopping block...

On the chopping block...

 Cleaning up the cut with a DIY sanding table. 

Cleaning up the cut with a DIY sanding table. 

 Checking for flatness...the black slab is a huge chunk of phenolic resin that has been ground dead flat. The gap between drum and slab should be less than the thickness of a piece of paper. Looks like more sanding is in order.

Checking for flatness...the black slab is a huge chunk of phenolic resin that has been ground dead flat. The gap between drum and slab should be less than the thickness of a piece of paper. Looks like more sanding is in order.