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Old 06-26-2011, 11:06 AM
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inside of the shell


i was woundering if i should finish the inside or oil it or leave it alone... i have fairly new pdp platinums looking for tips...
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Old 06-26-2011, 11:10 AM
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Re: inside of the shell


I personally would leave them alone but if you have huge temperature or humidity swings you are concerned about I would contact PDP and ask them what they recommend.
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i get a lot of hummid weather. thanks for input
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Re: inside of the shell


I would suggest that if you are going to have finish put on the insides, I would suggest you have it professionally done at a music store. Do not try to do it yourself. If you do it yourself, it could seriously affect the overall sound of your drums. PDP might have a special finish to put inside your drums, so ask PDP. You might be able to ship it to them and have them do it. You might have to pay a bit for it, but you will know it will be done right.
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Re: inside of the shell


Anything that you put on the inside of your shell has the potential to change the sound of the drum. That could be a good thing or not so much. Do you want to change the sound? If you use a hard sealer, like a lacquer, varnish, or polyurethane, you will make the drum brighter by creating what amounts to another hard ply on the inside of the shell. As an extreme example, look at the Pearl wood/fiberglass shells of the 70's. They used a luan/Philippine mahogany shell, which is a fairly soft wood, and then spun a layer of fiberglass into the inside of the shell. The hardness of the FG created a brighter drum that projected much more than the luan shells were capable of. Many other companies have used sealers inside their shells, ranging from clear lacquers to paints. Look at the white-painted interiors of the 60s-70's Ludwigs, grey speckled Rogers, and the famous silver paint inside those great Gretsch shells. If your goal is simply to protect the wood, try rubbing the inside of the shells with a furniture-grade lemon oil. I did this with my 1982 DWs, to no detriment.
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