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Old 03-17-2007, 09:32 PM
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Default Brake drums

So I was at the dump today dropping off a dead riding lawnmower and picked up a couple of brake drums from the scrap metal pile. I remembered using them back in the school band and figured they would be fun to play around with at home and in my bands.

For those of you who have never heard of a brake drum, it's an actual brake drum off a car, that when struck, gives a metallic sound with short sustain similar to that of an anvil.

So basically, lets start a discussion about this fun percussion instrument.
Any pictures of brake drums in your kit or creative ideas for using them?

Oh, and just for the record, i searched and found no threads like this, and if this belongs in the gear discussion forum, please move it over =].
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:46 PM
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Sounds neat. I've never played one but a percussionist for Tom Waits plays a brake drum in Sixteen Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six.

I've played hubcaps and for many years played a heavy steel fire bell, which also gave a strong, clear sustaining tone.

Someone here put sawblades on their kit and those can also sound neat.

Why don't you post some pictures of the brake drum in your set?
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:18 PM
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Default Re: Brake drums

on the vic firth site there's video of Dafnis Pietro and he's actually using a frying pan in one of the clips. i've taped an empty beer bottle to my kit before for that glassy ping. it didn't last long though...
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Old 03-17-2007, 11:37 PM
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Brake drums = too heavy. Icebells sound better.
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Old 03-18-2007, 12:33 AM
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I remember reading the liner notes of an album (those 12 inch vinyl things) back in the early 70's that listed the players and one player played a Buick brake drum.
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Old 03-18-2007, 01:49 AM
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Most fun I've had playing with an orchestra... The director just couldn't get enough of the brake drum in one song. I tried hitting it with everything in my arsenal including the heaviest marching sticks I've ever owned. In the end he brought in a claw hammer and I got to beat the crap out of that brake drum with overhand smashes. Good times.
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Old 03-19-2007, 10:40 PM
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People talk about trashy....

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Old 03-26-2007, 04:18 AM
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Default Re: Brake drums

i've thought about having one of those on a set, i've played them in concert bands before and had fun. and i was listening to a song by the clash a while back where the backbeat switches to something other than a snare (or a really strange sounding one), and i thought it might sound good on a brake drum
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Old 03-26-2007, 04:36 AM
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Default Re: Brake drums

Originally Posted by Deathmetalconga View Post
Someone here put sawblades on their kit and those can also sound neat.
something tells me that wood sticks, papery/plasticy heads, thin wraps, delicate laquers, and sawblades don't mix... pretty bad*** nonetheless though. I've used a brake drum before, it is a lot of fun- puts the cowbell to shame.
Its amazing what you can find that makes cool sounds- pots, pans, different sized plates, taking a hammer to paint cans, etc!!! get creative (famous last words of a drummer...)
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