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    I have a shot at picking one of these kits up....
    I can find no information whatsoever on these though.

    Does anyone know anything at all about them?



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    -Steven

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    Quick google search:
    The Rock Bird kits have a fiberglass inner layer and were made and sold in Japan; not the US. At least that's what I found. The inner layer of fiberglass is supposed to enhance low end and add punch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny G View Post
    Quick google search:
    The Rock Bird kits have a fiberglass inner layer and were made and sold in Japan; not the US. At least that's what I found. The inner layer of fiberglass is supposed to enhance low end and add punch.
    Here are some pics that I found:








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    Quote Originally Posted by porkpieguy View Post
    Here are some pics that I found:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny G View Post
    Quick google search:
    The Rock Bird kits have a fiberglass inner layer and were made and sold in Japan; not the US. At least that's what I found. The inner layer of fiberglass is supposed to enhance low end and add punch.
    I actually went to see the kit in person finally. Turns out they are not much different than exports, and had no fiberglass on the inside. After digging through old japanese catalogs I found that the Rock Bird is actually the Japanese markets version of the Forums or Exports of the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by porkpieguy View Post
    Here are some pics that I found:







    If the kit I saw looked anything like these photos I would have brought it home.
    -Steven

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    I'll bet Rock Bird might be a poor translation issue. It might mean something different in Japanese.

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    Interesting. I've seen maple/carbon fiber drums before, but never maple/fiber glass.
    Mmm... Saturns.

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    I know Pearl made the wood fiberglass shells since the early 70's. I've played a kit before and they were great. I've seen badges that had just fiberglass or wood-fiberglass. The pic Porkpieguy posted specifies maple fiberglass. The snare pictured with the supersensitive/parallel throw looks killer. That badge and hardware looks 80's to me. Still researching...Nice drums!
    Last edited by Olimpass; 01-14-2015 at 02:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by porkpieguy View Post
    I'll bet Rock Bird might be a poor translation issue. It might mean something different in Japanese.
    It probably means something like, Happy drum make you very happy.
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    I have friend with a set of the wood-fiberglass drums up in the rafters of his garage. They are an ugly white wrap that looks like they spent a lot of time in smokey clubs. They would probably clean up good enough though. Heard mixed reviews on their sound.

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    The inside of those shells looks like they are prepped and ready for a first layer of stucco.

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    oh my goodness! That is so awesome to see. I would to own a hybrid kit like this !

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    Quote Originally Posted by porkpieguy View Post
    The inside of those shells looks like they are prepped and ready for a first layer of stucco.
    I was thinking the same thing!

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