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Old 12-15-2011, 07:49 AM
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I had this low-quality 10-inch cymbal laying around so last year I turned it into a clock for the music room.

There's a lot of discussion about using non-drum items in a drum set. But I'd like to see examples of drums, cymbals, hardware, sticks, heads, etc., being used for non-drumming and non-musical things. Anyone else do this?
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:03 AM
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I have a old Star (Tama) 14x14 cheesewood floor tom ... that makes the most awesome waste paper basket. As a floor tom, it kinda sucked.
I also have a hi-hat cymbal (bottom), on a pole out back of my house ... makes a wonderful bird feeder.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:57 PM
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Nice anyone have any ideas for an old bass drum?
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:17 PM
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Coffee table would be cool
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:24 PM
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I am currently looking for an old floor tom to make an end table out of. I want to place a piece of white plexiglass as the "batter head" and then put a small light bulb inside.
I think it would look cool!
I like the clock, btw!
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There's a lot of discussion about using non-drum items in a drum set. But I'd like to see examples of drums, cymbals, hardware, sticks, heads, etc., being used for non-drumming and non-musical things. Anyone else do this?
My mom uses my broken drum sticks to light the fire in the chimney, she basically collects my broken sticks during the year and uses them in winter...
Apart from that, I think that most drum hardware I have is used in my kit (broken/cheap cymbals = stacks). Nevertheless, there's Mario Duplantier (Gojira) who paints on his broken heads, I find that pretty clever.
Does the clock go "clanggggggg" every hour? ;)
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:44 PM
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I've used a drum stick to make a paper towel holder in the kitchen. Also, I used to have a remote hat with a 9' cable that came in handy for making things "move" on Halloween. SKB drum cases make good suitcases for tour. My wife has used my drum hardware for hanging laundry to dry (I came home and found my kit "buried" under damp laundry...I wasn't too happy about that one. She has also used my vibraphone to dry out our comforter. Ugh!)

I imagine if our pizza slicer broke, putting a dowel through a splash cymbal hole would be an acceptable substitute.
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I've used a drum stick to make a paper towel holder in the kitchen. Also, I used to have a remote hat with a 9' cable that came in handy for making things "move" on Halloween. SKB drum cases make good suitcases for tour. My wife has used my drum hardware for hanging laundry to dry (I came home and found my kit "buried" under damp laundry...I wasn't too happy about that one. She has also used my vibraphone to dry out our comforter. Ugh!)

I imagine if our pizza slicer broke, putting a dowel through a splash cymbal hole would be an acceptable substitute.
Wow, lots of cool ideas there.
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I have a old Star (Tama) 14x14 cheesewood floor tom ... that makes the most awesome waste paper basket. As a floor tom, it kinda sucked.
I also have a hi-hat cymbal (bottom), on a pole out back of my house ... makes a wonderful bird feeder.
OK, now you have to show us pictures. These are cool ideas.
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My mom uses my broken drum sticks to light the fire in the chimney, she basically collects my broken sticks during the year and uses them in winter...
Apart from that, I think that most drum hardware I have is used in my kit (broken/cheap cymbals = stacks). Nevertheless, there's Mario Duplantier (Gojira) who paints on his broken heads, I find that pretty clever.
Does the clock go "clanggggggg" every hour? ;)
HA! No, the clock is quiet. Just an off-the-shelf battery movement. The whole project, not counting the value of the cymbal, was under $10 for the movement and the stick-on black jewels to mark the hours. Took about a half-hour and a protractor. I also buffed the cymbal to be very bright. You need to take the cymbal to the craft store and try several movements to make sure you get one with the right neck length, not too short and not too long.

I once got a gift for a bandmate of a cheap Chinese junk clock with musical instruments on every hour. It was supposed to make the sound of that instrument every hour, but just made weird garbled electronic tones.

I got another one with a bird at each hour and it was supposed to play each bird's particular chirp, but just made the exact same garbled tones as the music clock.

I have heard a lot about people using broken drum sticks for fires. That sounds like a great idea - they're hard wood, which burns well.
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:40 PM
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The most I do is put clothes down in my room ontop of cymbal stands and my mounted tom.
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:15 PM
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I'm fond of staining my drums, so I'll take off the wrap and my wife uses it to make funky jewelry. The wrap can be molded with a lighter to make interesting pieces and can be painted with nail polish or any paint just about to glam it up. She calls her line "Drum Wrap Glam". The wrap is so light that many ladies buy it because it's so light and it doesn't pull their hair or clothes down. Great use for old drum wrap!
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I took a Paiste 14" Stanople cymbal and made it into a clock.

My youngest son, when in the 5th grade, took a spare kick pedal I had to demonstrate all the "simple" machines involved in it's construction.....but that doesn't count in this situation.

I'm not inventive enough I guess...
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:20 AM
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I guess this would fit the definitinon of re purposing gear. an old 18" Tama Imperial star tom ( stewart copeland's kit ) is now a holding bin for unused golf clubs. Sacriledge!

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Old 12-16-2011, 12:40 PM
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I saw a great coffee table made froma marching bass drum on its side with a round glass top. Really cool looking and the drum was not altered in any way.
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I took a Paiste 14" Stanople cymbal and made it into a clock.

My youngest son, when in the 5th grade, took a spare kick pedal I had to demonstrate all the "simple" machines involved in it's construction.....but that doesn't count in this situation.

I'm not inventive enough I guess...
Yeah, a clock seems like a pretty obvious thing to do with a cymbal. But using the pedal for demonstration is a neat use too.
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In the summertime, I walk around with an 18" crash cymbal for a hat. 19" is a little too heavy, and a 17" isn't shady enough. The 18"er makes great shade.The hole in the top gives the moisture a place to go.
An old ride cymbal makes for a superior sled for a little kid.
You could make a fish tank from a clear acrylic drum.
An old foot pedal with a 5 foot beater makes a novel door knocker.
You could make a faux picket fence with old drumsticks.
An old bass drum with both heads intact makes a superior, airtight (plug the vents), smell proof place to stash your murder victims. Clear heads add to the visual, that keeps getting better with age.
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:21 PM
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You could make a fish tank from a clear acrylic drum.
...I've actually seen that done! It was a non-drilled shell, caulked to a piece of plexiglass.

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An old bass drum with both heads intact makes a superior, airtight (plug the vents), smell proof place to stash your murder victims. Clear heads add to the visual, that keeps getting better with age.
They only keep this way for about 4-5 months. During that time, the chemical reaction inside causes a gas build-up, causing the heads to inflate until they emit a little "burp" to release the pressure (We called them "Bill-burps", named after Bill, our victim...). A couple Glade Plug-In™ freshners will cover up those smells quite nicely. After a while, the putrescence will begin to eat away at the shell, causing it to warp, and thus breaking the odor-proof "seal" the heads provide. Oh, and be sure to put a plastic sheet underneath for when it finally gives...Ugh! I should've used an acrylic shell. Next time, though...
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L-ing OFL at that Caddy....Bill burps....Soundclips and pics please?
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L-ing OFL at that Caddy....Bill burps....Soundclips and pics please?
That's called evidence, Larry. Nice try.

...in a related note, I'll be in Bucks County next week--you gonna be around? I just got this 28" acrylic drum I want to show you...
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After a while, the putrescence will begin to eat away at the shell, causing it to warp, .........
Nah, not true. The decomposition acts much like Gretsch's silver sealer......only better!! Gives the drum an added resonance that just can't be achieved with old fashioned fence paint.

At least, that was my observations last time I stuffed a body into a bass drum......
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Really Caddy? You're gonna be in Bucks County? Cool! Yea bring the drum, and we'll meet up and.....Hey...wait just minute here....you're not really thinking of...OMG...is this my first death threat? Cool! I never had one of those before. I'm honored sir that you would consider me above all others...You just made my day...

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wow this is OT. so good...
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I have draped a black cloth shower curtain over my two over head mic stands for temporary photographic back drops.
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My 1936 playable Leedy bass drum coffee table. :)

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How many other members can say that they got death threats? Na Na!
Not really a death threat, per se...more like a friendly invitation to be, um, a centerpiece.....er, um......spectacle.......I mean, um........."household name". Yeah, that's it! You'll be famous, but in a secret, not-admissible-as-evidence-in-a-court-of-law sort of way!

Tell only your close friends about this, Larry. If any of them sound jealous, send me their contact info so I can fly them out to join......er, um......SEE you!
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Although not old gear (this is made for purpose) the O2 Academy Sheffield (I dunno about the others) has sets of stools made out of three toms bolted into a trangle with rack piping with seat padding sat on top.

Flight cases with padding on are also laying around the place.

Very cool idea.

My mate did convert is entire 14piece into a coffee table and chairs.
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All the emergency drum sticks I keep in my car in case of a gig while I'm on the road are used as grabbers for bags on chips on the passenger side floor or to grab my go-bag in the back seat. Things of that sort...
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Disney Hollywood studios uses old music stuff as props for the park and hide the ride control box.
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Infact, the body in the bass drum is a brilliant idea.

Acts better than a pillow in terms of muffling, cool visions of blood spray with each bass hit now and also looks awesome!
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I think it would be totally badass to get bass drum pedal footboards and use them on a car - mount an iconic DW5000 footboard, for example, as an accelerator or brake or clutch pedal.
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Im in the process of making a 32" bass drum into a coffee table. I am planning on having a 32" copy of sgt peppers logo on the head.
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Im in the process of making a 32" bass drum into a coffee table. I am planning on having a 32" copy of sgt peppers logo on the head.
Cool! Let's see some photos of your work. Don't be shy.

I once saw some conga shells that had been turned into barstools. They upholstered pads on the tops in place of heads.
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My 1936 playable Leedy bass drum coffee table. :)

That is such a cool idea. So you can just take the glass off and play it whenever you want?
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Crazy! A drum set light. See more here.

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I have been trying to find uses for broken drum sticks for quite a while and finally decided to design some things to give them a second use. Basically, I wanted some sort of wall installation so I designed several clips to attach them to the wall... See link for details!

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/SometimesIDesignThings

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I have been turning old drumsticks into floating minnow fishing lures and they are selling pretty well at craft fairs we have been attending.
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I have been turning old drumsticks into floating minnow fishing lures and they are selling pretty well at craft fairs we have been attending.
Whoa, that's a cool use for old sticks. Most people just burn them. Got any photos?
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Table bottom + crap cymbal = bird feeder.
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I recently sold a cheap bass drum to a guy who was planning on using it as a coffee table.
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