Instruments: Restoration and For Sale

 

INSTRUMENTS: RESTORATION AND FOR SALE

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Restoration of Goodman Chain Drum

One of my interests in recent years has been in the field of timpani restoration. The photographs below are the “before” and “after” from a project that I completed in March 2015. This is an excellent 24” Goodman chain drum bowl that was badly in need of restoration. I first stripped the bowl and re-lacquered it with a light resistant lacquer. I then modified a Ludwig 26” counter hoop and bought a new 2600 Remo head. I built a completely new roller chain tuning mechanism and two tuning keys and moved the location of the roller chain from the original location atop the counter hoop to below it. I then built a new “quadrapod” stand for the drum. The drum and stand are now for sale at $2,000. Contact me if you are interested. NB!! This instrument has been sold!

Before

Before restoration

Before restoration

During

During restoration

During restoration

After

After restoration

After restoration

 

Pair of Leedy Bowl Chain-Tuned Timpani

This is a pair of 25-inch and 27-inch Leedy timpani bowls that I modified from hand-tuned to chain-tuned. While the bowls are 25-inch and 27-inch diameters, the counter hoops are 27-inch and 29-inch, respectively, giving each drum a 2-inch extended collar that greatly improves the sound. The drums come with new Remo plastic heads, felted head protectors, two tuning keys per drum, and new quad stands protected with felt.Also included are the original tripod stands, useful if the drums are to be used in a chamber ensemble or other setting where space is at a premium. This is a very nice sounding and portable pair of timpani for a student or professional player in a smaller ensemble.

 

Leedy Chain Drums(Top)

Leedy Chain Drums (Top)

Leedy Chain Drums (Front)

Leedy Chain Drums (Front)

NB! If interested in purchasing these drums, please contact Ron .
 

Pair of WFL (Ludwig) Copper Bowl Machine Timpani, 25 and 28-inch

This is a now rare pair of early Ludwig machine timpani in which the tuning handles were mounted to the sides of the bowls rather than near the rim as on subsequent (and current) machine timpani models. Drums of this design first appear in the WFL catalog for 1937, the year that William F. Ludwig Senior re-established production under his own initials, WFL. As such, these timpani would be a valuable acquisition either for a player or a musical instrument museum. The drums are fully operable, and all major dents have been removed. The usual assortment of minor “dings” and scratches remain, but the bowls have been stripped, lightly polished, and re-lacquered. New Remo heads have been added, and the drums come with felted head protectors.

Price: $850/pair NB!! These instruments have been sold!

Reconditioned WFLs

Reconditioned WFLs

WFL Timpano Crank

WFL Timpano Crank

 

Ludwig 23-inch Copper Bowl Machine Timpani with 26-inch Counter Hoop

I bought this now rare 23-inch copper (not fiberglass or aluminum) bowl machine drum several years ago. The copper is in good condition with no major dents. A few “pops” and cosmetic dents and scratches remain, but overall the bowl is in very fine condition, and it has been polished and re-lacquered. I put a 26-inch counter hoop on it and built out the tuning lugs to accommodate the larger hoop. The drum now has a new 2600 Remo head. The drum comes with a felted head cover, a tuning handle, and a Ludwig tuning gauge. The tuning gauge has a repair to one of the aluminum “wings” and the brass tuning designators are missing; however, the gauge pointer works well, and tunings could be indicated with masking tape applied to the body of the gauge. The three tubular legs slide easily into and out of the bowl making this a very portable and good sounding “top” drum with a range from at least D to G (and maybe A) above. Ludwig no longer makes their machine drum with copper bowls, only fiberglass and aluminum bowls.

Price: $750.00  NB!! This instrument has been sold!

Ludwig 23 inch

Ludwig 23 inch

 

 

 

Leedy-Anheier Conversions

The attached photos show “before and after” views of a small pair (24″ and 26″) of Leedy hand-tuned bowls that I converted to the Anheier cable tuning mechanism using the mechanisms that a previous customer acquired years ago (possibly from Mr. Anheier himself) but never utilized. They currently have 27″ and 29″ calf heads on them for Baroque/early Classical music. They come with new quad stands, felted head protectors, two tuning handles per drum, and (I think) some canvas drop covers for them as well, but I’d have to check on that to see if they are serviceable with the larger counter-hoops on them. I’m very pleased with the way the drums turned out. I did the conversion work at the request of the current owner, and the drums are for sale. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing them, and I will have him contact you. NB!! These instruments have been sold!

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Before…

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After….

WFL Machine Tuned Timpani with Copper Bowls

Here is a now RARE and very reasonably priced pair of WFL machine timpani made using COPPER bowls. Currently, new production drums of this type are limited to either fiberglass or aluminum bowls, neither of which are usually thought to have the sound quality of copper bowls.
The pair consists of 25″ and 28″ bowls with 2600 and 2900 new Remo opaque plastic heads. The bowls have been stripped, and the new finish is a patina copper. Counter hoops are painted and lacquered a “burnt amber” color. All major and most minor bowl dents have been removed or significantly, improved although a few “pops” and scratches remain.
The bowls have been re-rounded and a supplemental internal support hoop inserted in them. Headless tuning rods are used, and a special key is provided with the pair to tension the rods. Master tuning is done with a more easily managed “T” handle rather than the older crank style. Each drum is provided with its own removable master tuning handle.
The pair also comes with two new felted masonite head covers. Tubular legs withdraw into the kettles to facilitate transport. An excellent pair of timpani for the student timpanist and for run-outs, church work, or in any situation in which ease of transport is beneficial. The pair is priced below the retail cost of a single new drum of the same type. No returns, and customer pays all shipping costs.
PRICE: $1,099/pair  NB! These instruments have been sold!

WFL Machine Timpani

WFL Machine Timpani

WFL Machine Timpani--Master Tuning

WFL Machine Timpani–Master Tuning