BBQ grill into a Timpani?

passbyguy

Junior Member
Is it possible to convert a BBQ grill into a timpani?

They're relatively shaped alike, with the bowl and support structure. Has anyone seen something in the likes of this?

Hopefully this is the right section of the forum to be asking.
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
I'm dubious as to the sound quality. There is just too much involved with making a timpani that is ignored in forming a bbq. But it's just the kind of harebrained scheme I'd love to see someone have a crack at. Why not give it a go for a giggle and see what happens? I'm not expecting much, so the potential upside is huge. :)
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
I betcha it would sound awesome. Ever see those galvanized trash cans made into floor toms? They weren't designed for sound originally either. I think your idea is amazing, but then again, I'm nuts. I don't know about the pedal tensioning part, but I bet you could find a head and a hoop to fit it, just have to lug it somehow. So what, it would be tuned to one awesome note. Between used Ebay drum parts and Home Depot I betcha you could get the parts you need to do it for less than $75.00 USD.
Plus when you're done playing, you can grill some dogs!
 

passbyguy

Junior Member
larryace - I like how you're thinking! haha. cook up some beats, then cook up some dinner after practice.

Pocket-full-of-gold - I actually started with an even more absurd idea, cause I saw a picture of a water tower, and it also reminded me of the shape of a timpani... but that pedal'd have to be the size of a Ford Pickup. Imagine rolling on something outrageously huge as a Timpani made out of a Water tower?

Imma try to look into making one when I manage to scrounge up the funds. For now, I just wanted to throw the idea out there, see if it peaks anyone's interest.
 

passbyguy

Junior Member
So far, the sizes that are available with the biggest potential for a timpani are 22.5" and 26.5"

I also started looking into Copper/Brass fire pits and Industrial Copper Mixing bowls used for candies and kettle corn. Has anyone had experience with these?
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
I'm dubious as to the sound quality. There is just too much involved with making a timpani that is ignored in forming a bbq. But it's just the kind of harebrained scheme I'd love to see someone have a crack at. Why not give it a go for a giggle and see what happens? I'm not expecting much, so the potential upside is huge. :)
Agreed - it sounds dubious, but no one will ever know unless they try. Who knows, it might sound surprisingly good!
 

larryace

"Uncle Larry"
So far, the sizes that are available with the biggest potential for a timpani are 22.5" and 26.5"

I also started looking into Copper/Brass fire pits and Industrial Copper Mixing bowls used for candies and kettle corn. Has anyone had experience with these?
If you're talking about making these into drums, I'm pretty sure you're the first here on DW. Unless Henri digs up some obscure thread, you never know what that guy will find next lol. Love your work Henri lol.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Acoustically, in theory, it would probably be fine. I'd be more concerned about the flatness and profile of the edge. For a drum that must make a pure note with long decay, that's crucial.

Bermuda
 

tfgretsch

Junior Member
Is it possible to convert a BBQ grill into a timpani?

They're relatively shaped alike, with the bowl and support structure. Has anyone seen something in the likes of this?

Hopefully this is the right section of the forum to be asking.
No, it makes the timpanist hungry
 
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