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16x18 XP8 FT to BD conversion?


I have a mint 18" XP8 FT that I never use and wondered if it might be possible to convert it to an 18" BD. Anyone done this? Sound OK? Thanks!

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Re: 16x18 XP8 FT to BD conversion?


Very doable and will sound great. Biggest issues without doing any modification to the shell will be splay with the tom height tension lugs if you do not covert to bass height lugs. Wood hoops and claws will make this work however. with bass heads.

On my conversion, I removed the tom lugs, filled one hole and drilled for a second hole toward the center of the shell for the different pattern of the bass lug. This will not show from the outside as the extra hole will be under the larger lug and works good if you are not doing a rewrap as well.

The hole pattern of the Memriloc and Swivo mounts are the same.

You can use the leg mounts for spurs. Either get some tubing or solid rod from a hardware store, or use Rogers legs modified as spurs. I recently had some that another owner cut down in length and used for spurs. You can leave the legs full length and experiment with them if you do not want to cut them down. Using Swivo clamp mounts with bent steel rods from the hardware store can be done without modifying original legs.

Using the top leg mount to mount a tom or cymbal takes some creative thinking if not wanting to modify the shell. Using a Swivo clamp mount and L arm cymbal arm will be easiest.

All this changes a bit if you are rewrapping the shell or not afraid to drill some spur or tom holder holes. Changing to Swivo allows for more options, but can require drilling for Rogers internal sliding spurs. Same for Rogers hex rod cymbal holders rods.

So, it depends on how creative you want to be with the hardware for spurs and cymbal mount.
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Thanks very much for this informative reply. I am going to stat working on it. Mosty play a 4 piece for jazz, so might just mount the 12" tom in a stand and figure out the spurs. I would likely just use the 18" in a 4 piece configuration and use the 22" BD for larger venues and rock/funk type stuff.

Now if I could just find a 14" XP8 FT, I'll be in business! Those things are scarce! emoticon Thanks again!

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