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Old 02-18-2007, 04:45 PM
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I just thought I'd post a few little drum "gizmos" that I built out of scrap steel and parts I had kicking around my house and garage. I live in a small town in northern Canada and I've always had problems finding certain pieces of music gear at the shops we have here. Soooooo, rather than wait weeks for something to come in via ordering, I try and build it.
Below are 3 of many items I have built for fun and yes, they actually work.

First, a cowbell/ pedal. I know, nothing new but out of 3 music stores in my town, no one had one, so I went online, looked at a few pictures of similar cowbell pedals and came up with my own plan. I looked through the stuff I had in my garage and built this in 4 hours.
I used an old cowbell, an old solid steel floor tom leg that I cut and bent into and "L" shape, an old curved piece of tube steel from a wheel chair arm, 2 bolts from an old rear seat out of a '78 Chevy Suburban that I ground to points to be used as spurs and an old cymbal stand part that I cut short and used for the main shaft. The base was made from welding a few pieces of flat steel and bending the ends up a bit for the spurs.







My next idea to build was a Snare drum pedal. I built this for one reason only and that was to enable me to play snare with my left foot while I had a kick drum to play with my right foot and then play bass guitar at the same time. Why you ask? Because I like a challenge haha. Actually, I play bass guitar in a small acoustic style band and wanted to add drums without adding another person to the band, thus I cover both bass guitar and drums..;-) People freak out when they see me play both but really, it's all about having fun.

This pedal was made similar to the cowbell one using some flat steel strips and more Chevy Suburban bolts with one difference. I made a "U" shaped bracket at the end and drilled a hole through it. I then took an old cheapo snare stand I had kicking around and took one rubber foot off and put it in the "U" bracket of the pedal piece I made and then drilled a hole through that. I then placed a nut and bolt through both parts. The spurs keep the pedal from sliding and having the snare stand connected to the pedal, stops the stand from sliding away.. I then took an old beater and took the felt head off. I then welded a hollow steel tube to it and drilled 2 holes in this tube. I then welded 2 nuts over these 2 holes. I then took 2 bolts and filed them to a point and inserted them into these welded nuts. The drumstick slides into the tube and then the 2 bolts with points are tightened onto the stick, holding it in place. It's fully adjustable that way.







One last pedal. I made a Trigger pedal for my Roland Pad 11. I used the same
base design as the other pedals with spurs except I welded a piece of steel at roughly
45 degrees to the bottom plate to act as the holder for the electronic trigger. Now, the toughy was how do I make a trigger. A trigger is basically a "piezo element" and they can be found in tons of things that make sounds (smoke detectors, door buzzers, toys, etc). You can buy them dirt cheap IF you have a store that sells them. However, I found in my box of broken junk, an old Mattel drum pad toy.. On it were 4 pads.. I simply ripped the pads off this toy, made sure the piezo element was in good shape and fastened this Mattel pad to my homemade pedal base. I then soldered an old 1/4 inch cable and end to it and "voila"!!! it works.
I use it to trigger sounds in my Roland Pad 11 with my foot while playing my main kit.





What you see in these pictures are not the fully finished.
I will grind them down and paint them nice nice.
I built all these in one day at a cost of a little bit of welding
wire, argon gas and a little bit of planning. Of course the pedals
I had already which I bought at roughly 10 bucks a pedal in
garage sales. You guessed it, the pedals needed work but
I fixed them with parts I had. They're Camcos and I've used
this model of pedal for decades. When I see a used one in
a garage sale, I snag 'em no matter what condition they're in.
They are GREAT pedals in my opinion.

Yes, I could buy all this stuff new but hey, I don't like waiting
weeks for stuff that music stores should carry, besides, I love
coming up with these crazy things. I don't mind spending the
bucks to get the good stuff believe me. If you've seen my gear
on other posts on this forum, you know I love toys, but it's just about
having fun and seeing if I can actually make this stuff.

glen "the freq"
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Old 02-18-2007, 05:16 PM
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Looks great. Deathmetalconga started a thread like this with all the stuff he's built. A few of us contributed to it.

http://drummerworld.com/forums/showt...eathmetalconga

Maybe a mod can merge this one with that.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:44 PM
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Hey thats Great! I was thinking part way through the thread, alittle grinding, alittle paint, voila'! But you already had that planned! keep up the good work.

most guys who start out makin' thier own gadget holders venture into tonal metal objects such as factory metal x stuff!
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:15 PM
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Wow - great stuff! Impressive. I like how you think of making your own version of a manufactured item (percussion pedal holder), but you also think of stuff that no one even makes (snare drum foot beater setup - I'ma try me that one!).

I agree, it's fun to tinker with stuff and figure out a better way of doing things. Plus, you can really customize your set by doing it yourself.

I invite you to check out this thread at http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=23501. Maybe we could share some ideas!
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Old 02-24-2007, 11:33 PM
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...Must be something in these Canadian winters that gets the creativity flowing.

Here are a few of my odds and ends improvs.







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Old 02-25-2007, 01:02 PM
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MAN! THAT IS SO COOL!!
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:33 PM
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Wow - great stuff! Impressive. I like how you think of making your own version of a manufactured item (percussion pedal holder), but you also think of stuff that no one even makes (snare drum foot beater setup - I'ma try me that one!).

I agree, it's fun to tinker with stuff and figure out a better way of doing things. Plus, you can really customize your set by doing it yourself.

I invite you to check out this thread at http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=23501. Maybe we could share some ideas!
Thanks for the comments. I've also checked out your creations thanks to recommendations from another forum member :-). I love the little "L" shaped piggy back cymbal holders. Very Cool. Everyone seems to try and make kickstands for floor toms to be converted to bass drums. I enjoy seeing what people come up with. Yours reminds me of oil tank brackets. I've seen some made of wood also. All great ideas and very inventive. As for sharing, definetly. That's what it's all about ;-)
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:39 PM
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...Must be something in these Canadian winters that gets the creativity flowing.
Boy do you have that right. I hate snow and the more I can do indoors during a winter, the better. On the otherside, I bicycle all winter to help kill the winter blues. I'm a cycle-holic.

I love your kick drum set up for the floor tom. Very solid looking and it actually looks
very pro. I have an 18 inch Gretsch floor tom that I've been thinking of making a kickstand
for and it's cool to see the few ideas posted here. :-)
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Old 02-25-2007, 01:51 PM
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My attempt at a rim system for a Gretsch tom. Tough part was making the lug mount holes where I put rubber grommets. It worked but is was difficult to get oval holes put in the steel. I ended up drilling 3 holes beside each other and then filing them so they became one oval hole. Not fun. Any ideas on making that part easier are totally welcome. :-)



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Old 02-25-2007, 07:43 PM
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Very cool stuff, I really like the idea of using those pedals so you can play bass guitar at the same time. Thats something I've actually thought about before but gave up the idea
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Drill two holes then cut out the rest with a hand held sabre saw with a metal cutting blade. Some may call it a jigsaw.
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:10 AM
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Damn man...$30 and you can buy some....there are just some things that aren't worth the effort..IMO
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:53 AM
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Damn man...$30 and you can buy some....there are just some things that aren't worth the effort..IMO
That may be true but when I made this rim for my Gretsch tom, the Rim system was new technology at the time and they were roughly $100 bucks a rim and not available in my local area music store. Now they are definetly cheap to buy
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:57 AM
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somehow....i knew the second i saw the name of this thread it involved a canadian...its just so obvious! lol im from whitehorse. random things arnt new to me. i totally love what u did with this its sweet. and your kit already looks hella nice
Thanks AK-49.. I think our winters help Canucks in the creative process. Thinking up Gizmos like this is far more entertaining than shovelling snow.. |0|.
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