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Old 10-13-2007, 08:19 AM
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Default Converting chains to straps

I have a couple of DW5000 chain pedals I'm using for foot percussion. I'd like to covert them to straps. After I unpack them, the chains have always come off the cam in transit. If I don't remember to put them back on the cam, the action is bad. If I put them back on the cam, I get black oil residue on my fingers.

Is it possible to convert from chains to straps? Seems like all you'd need would be straps and toothless cams for the straps.
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Old 10-13-2007, 01:23 PM
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Default Re: Converting chains to straps

DW shows a nylon strap in their accessories section for the 5000 http://www.dwdrums.com/fa/pacc.htm but yeah I'd think you'd need to buy a cam as well. Might be worth a phone call on monday to see if it's possible to modify a chain drive to a strap. One other thing you could do would be go to walmart or your local drug store and pick up a box of latex exam gloves, similar to what Dr's use, they aren't that expensive. Keep a pair in your gig bag so if you do need to reset the chain it will keep your hands from getting the oil on them.
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:35 PM
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Default Re: Converting chains to straps

Ah yes, the dreaded DW oil-finger. I usually always have a 1.5 liter bottle of water with me and a towel (gym type) at gigs. Wet corner of towel, clean fingertips, that worked good for about 5 years. Latex gloves? Geez, I'm a drummer, not a proctologist. The DW site does show strap driven 5000 pedals http://www.dwdrums.com/pedals/5000Pedals.htm so one would "think" such a part(s) could be ordered, but this being not such a perfect world, might want to check with your local DW dealer if such an idea could be made reality. I'd give Shane a holler http://www.justdrumsonline.com/ ya know, support a brother drummer and all that rot.
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