I had a Simmons SDSV in storage in the underground garage of our apartment building. It's exactly like the other one I have written about here before. It had the Kick, Snare, Tom, Tom, Tom cards and an MFB sequencer that i installed in the last two slots. One day I went to the basement garage to retrieve it to loan to a friend for a recording project and got a surprise. Much to my dismay, the cement ceiling of the garage had a leak and it happened to run along that ceiling to directly above the box i had stored the Simmons in. I didn't even worry at first after the initial shock because i had wrapped the boxed gear in plastic for storage. This is where things got ugly...
Apparently the water had saturated the top of the box and began to run into the large wrapped bag protecting the gear. I really couldn't believe it, the entire bag was FULL OF WATER.
Not just crappy rain water either. I was mineral rich leeched water from the cement Which had solidified again and formed a crusty hard calcium like layer all over and inside of the Simmons. After the shock, anger, depression, and acceptance of this catastrophe i decided with resolve that i had to save this instrument. I felt like it was my duty to do so. It took a long time to accomplish and a subsequently longer time to be able to get my thoughts together into a post on the subject.
So it begins. Part One: The Damage Done
::: IF :::