Alright folks, I'm about to take on a project that I didn't think I'd ever do. Again. Back about 20 years ago, I was playing a lot of music. Had my own recording gear and did some studio work for some folks. Had a great time doing it. Then a few things changed in my life and seems like things kept getting pushed farther and farther back on the burner until one day I found myself working about all the time, and I just got out of it and sold it all off. Recently, my wife found a small cheap 5 piece trap for sale online in the next county over and I went and got it. The young gentlemen that was selling it hadn't really treated it any rougher than what any other young teenager would do, but he obviously didn't have any guidance on how to set it up properly. As you can imagine, the original heads have some dents, and nothing was in tune. Little guy didn't even have a pillow stuffed in the bass drum. So, I give him his asking price without hassle because his price for it was already low and was for probably less than the zildjian crash that came with it, but they had recently moved into an apartment and couldn't play them so they had to go. I imagine that he had the money earmarked for something else he was wanting so he wasn't too upset to see them drive out of sight. Anyway, I mainly wanted them because my youngest son has been wanting to learn how to play and has been talking about it a while and it will make a fine kit for that. Plus, I'd be lying if I told you that I didn't miss playing sometimes too. I told my son that if he really took the initiative to learn how to play, I'd buy him some new heads and things as he got better and we'd fix it up together and add to it as his skills grew. I'll be honest, it's killing me not to add a couple more toms and at least a ride cymbal. I'm making due with the small crash using the bell for a ride, but it's killing my OCD. Either another bass drum or at least a double bass pedal may be on my Christmas list too. So, with him having a natural knack for playing them, I think this upcoming weekend, we'll probably take everything apart, strip the blue shell wraps off of it, and totally dismantle them and stain them a nice golden oak and clean everything up better. The old 9 piece Ludwig set that I used to have was a lighter natural stain, but he's wanting a darker golden oak so I'm letting him pick out whatever makes him happy. I'll be honest, I'm really glad he didn't want the vintage sunburst reds and yellow from the 70's. While I could do that with the airbrush and dyes, a simple solid color stain is easier and will still give him more experience at how everything goes together and works. For now, it's just a little starter set. But I hope in time he sticks with it and enjoys playing them as much as I did when I was his age. I'm going to take some pictures and show how the work progresses if anyone wants to follow along. I know it's not gun related, but any time that you can pass something along to the younger generation is still time well spent.