Epic post. Will be building one of these very soon, thanks to this DIY.
These buckets are also used in food service in N America for things like icing and pickles for high volume cafeteria type restaurants. I got a few of these types of buckets for free by asking my local mega mart grocery store bakery for some icing buckets. I would assume there has to be a European equivalent, though I bet they are 20 liter buckets rather than our 5 gallon buckets. ;^)Only just joined this particular forum so only just read this post. This drum rise you built for your son is absolute genius. Clever, cost effective, portable and light....brilliant. I'm from the UK which as you're probably all aware likes to charge everyone as much as possible for everything. Unfortunately our DIY stores don't sell these buckets and to get them on line would cost around £125 ($197) including shipping. Whilst this still makes for a very cost effective drum riser $200 for plastic buckets is just stupid! Thanks England!! I'll probably make one anyway and wince when I pay for the buckets, still way better than £1000 for a purpose built one. Anyway your riser is brilliant well done.
I haven't built a riser yet (thinking about it soon, though), but if you drill holes in the bottom of the buckets, suction won't be an issue when removing the lids.This is such a cool idea. My question/concern is - how difficult is it to unsnap the buckets from the lids after the show? Mos of the buck/lids I've used (paint, pickles, etc) seem to need the lid pried off, of do the lids really just snap off?
Do you recall how he did it? It seems Likely that the BD case alone could do the conversion if the 4 sides folded down. The front and top would detach for the left/right of the throne.Guy up above with the Peavey Radial kit did just that. Those big road cases are not an option either these days for me.