So on Friday night I go to this guys house to jam and in his arsenal he has two, vintage Timbas Ismael drums that are in pretty bad shape. They are both cracked in various places, are covered with nicks and gashes, and have lugs with over 10 washers on them, plus old skins. But you know what? On top of that they still sounded pretty sweet, so me being the drum nut that I am, told him I'd take one at a time and see if I can fix them. It won't be done anytime soon, but at least I can work on them little by litte.
A couple of things. The hardware is still good and the rim is heavy duty, so no worries there. The bands seem to be in good shape although rather on the thin side (but they should work fine) and there are several cracks at the staves at the bottom of the drum and one big crack that almost goes from top to bottom. There is no alma, the flesh hoop is a little bent, the lugs may not be salvageable, but fortunately the wood looks like good old fashioned Puerto Rican Caoba (can anyone verify?).