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The story…

My first kit, at the age of 14, was a faux leather wrapped Maxwin. I still lusted after the metallic oyster Premier Royal in the window but this is what Santa’s grotto (AKA The Bristol Drum Cellar) had delivered so Matt Cameron here I come!? Furnished with one 18″ Zyn crash/ride & a pair of Paiste 101 hats that kit went through several make-overs from a metallic red paper wrap to a natural varnish finish until a new wine red Pearl Export arrived. This was the start of my journey into fixing / restoring drums & the start of my love for vintage music gear.

Roll on 30+ years of tinkering & learning techniques & being inspired by the likes of Len Howe / Eddie Ryan, who helped me source many a rare part. I found myself being asked to restore old kits, hence the creation of this happy sideline to my day-job. Based ‘down south’ in Poole alongside the picturesque Jurassic coastline I offer services ranging form wood veneering to vintage kit restoration. Please get in-touch to see how I can help or visit the Projects section here to see more.  I look forward to hearing from you, Tim

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I was very pleased with my recent purchase of a 1970’s Olympic 12” x 8” tom. It arrived well packed and the condition was very clean and polished. A refurb that looked almost new. I would certainly buy from this company again. Ken (Surrey)

Ken Humphrey - Fish

Absolutely great job of restoring my Beverley kit. It’s now almost back to how it was when it left the factory, cheers Tim!

Mr Ridout, Private Customer

“Great service, thanks”
Ludwig Keystone Badge via eBay


I would like to say that I was highly pleased with my purchase from Vintage Drum Restoration and I would recommend them. Great service.

Trevor Willgrass

Tim, Just a quick note to tell you how happy I am with this snare drum. I can see it’s been really nicely fixed-up, it sounds absolutely fantastic, and looks great too.
I also really appreciate you slacking off both heads and strainer for despatch. I’ll be keeping an eye on your items in future, and definitely recommend you to others.
Many thanks!! Merlin

Merlin (The Beat Shed)

I bought the Pearl 80s orphan build from Vintage Drum Restorations,

The drums were beautifully done, with its copper 60s swirl a real showstopper. Everywhere I play this kit I get lots attention. And it has that very distinctive 80s sound – I love this kit.

Robert Joseph-Greenstock