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  • The Legally-Blind Drummer's V-Drum Adventure

    As the title says, I decided to take youguys on a little history of my v-drumming.

    Inspired by Tazed's thread, I decided to start from the beginning and will update as days go by, or at least until my eyes kick the bucket (that's actually due any time, however I'm not too scared by it).

    To begin, V-drumming, for me started out with Rhythm games. I started in 1999 before they became popular here in the US. The game I played was DrumMania, which is a Japanese drum simulator. I got that down pretty good and when Guitar Hero and Rock Band came out with drums, I was already very well familiar with the concept...

    After a while, I put down the game and started collecting the games' gear, including drum kits...

    All Xbox 360, aside from 2 guitars
    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m...trollers-1.jpg

    Throughout the summer of 2009, I would hook up the drums to my computer and use them to trigger Fruity Loops. Eventually I got back into RB/GH and found out about mesh heads and how closed-circuit pieos worked. This actually inspired me to buy a set of GoodWoodMods drums, and built my first every DIY drum. It is a kick tower usng a Rock Band pad for the drum head.

    My first ever DIY kick drum
    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/HPIM1264.jpg

    The Goodwoods with the DIY kick
    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m...s/HPIM1274.jpg

    it actually worked flawlessly
    http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m...July-24043.jpg


    In October, 2009, I started reading around for a more stable kick trigger and came across the Yamaha KP-65 Kick Towers. So, I bought 2 of them and connected them to my kit.

    GWM's and KP-65's


    I, then, started searching around and watching YouTube videos of people using V-Drums to play GH/RB. I thought that would be neat, and I wanted a set of V-Drums since I could use them for practice. My budget, being very minimal, forced me to buy in parts, so I started by buyng a TD-3 Module in January of 2010, In March of 2010, I found this forum and met some sellers. On that note...

    March of 2010, I had this setup for ROck Band and Frets On Fire.


    April 2010, I met a seller on here who helped me out on a deal for some more PD-8 and CY-8 pads. My pad setup was complete.

    PD8's PD6, PD9's KP-65 and CY-8's


    I still needed a drum rack. Cue Adam Cooney. In May, 2010, I finally had a complete TD-3 setup!

    There she was!


    August 2010, I did some hunting and decided I wanted to convert my old Tama A-Kit to an E-Kit. I also wanted an upgraded module from the TD-3. I searched around and found some helpful people that are willing to wok with me. I also changed up my MDS-3 and set up for 4 toms. My Ride cymbal bell was trigged on the rim of Tom 3.

    Rebuilt MDS-3


    When I finished the DIY snare, I added it in to the mix

    DIY Snare.


    Kit with DIY Snare and HH


    August, 6, 2010, I have completed the rest of the kit, however, I do not have heads for the drums, yet. I ran the 1/4" Stereo TRS jacks through the vent holes, keeping the Tama logo on the kit just because it looks better,

    The rest of the shells



    August 14, 2010, I purchased a TD-10 with TDW-1 from a user on here. Also, I rebuilt my kit to further accent the use of more inputs. I also added a PD-6 as tom 1 replacing my PD-8, whcih is now an extra cymbal between the two toms.

    Redesigned kit with TD-10:

    To Be Continued...
    Last edited by G-Rad; 08-14-10, 07:03 PM. Reason: Cleaning it up
    THE KIT
    Roland TD-15, MDS-20, CY-15R, CY-12R/C, CY-8 x3, PD-8+FD-8
    DIY Tama Rockstar: 22" kick, 14" Dual Zone Snare, 10", 12" & 14" Dual Zone Toms

    MODULE HISTORY:
    TD-3 > TD-10E > TD-20 > TDW-20/X > TD-15

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  • #2
    All look great
    as said before i admire that you have done all this even legally blind !

    but man your drums and room are even more dirty than mine
    Ex E-kits:
    ''Lernean Hydra'' ( a bounche of roland pads with a td-6 module)
    ''Lucy'' (Diamond electronic drums with a td-12 module)
    current E-kit
    ''Cherry Gretschy Lady'' (Gretsch Catalina Ash 6 piece A to E kit-Roland td20 module-A to E cymbals)

    A-kit
    " Mrs.Catalina'' (Gretsch Catalina maple 6 piece kit-Paiste signature+Masterwork custom made cymbals)

    check out a few videos http://www.youtube.com/user/hampisdrums

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    • #3
      looking good, G....can't wait for the next instalment



      and dude - make your bed!
      E-kit: TD-9KX, VH-11, SPD-S, SPD-30, VEX
      A-kits: Gretsch Catalina, Whitney nesting drums, 50s Vintage Premier Jazz, Gretsch 10" Snare, various Zildjian As, 2x1950s Avedis Zildjian 18" Crash/Rides

      Videos

      The Dust Revival Band

      Spinifex Rose

      Kristy Lewis and the Wretched

      Wayfaring Strangers

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      • #4
        Haha.

        I'll definitely keep you all posted.
        THE KIT
        Roland TD-15, MDS-20, CY-15R, CY-12R/C, CY-8 x3, PD-8+FD-8
        DIY Tama Rockstar: 22" kick, 14" Dual Zone Snare, 10", 12" & 14" Dual Zone Toms

        MODULE HISTORY:
        TD-3 > TD-10E > TD-20 > TDW-20/X > TD-15

        Personal Pages
        Facebook Youtube

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        • #5
          Hey, great progress! Keep us up to date.

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          • #6
            Great progression pics! Keep on Rockin'!!!
            8 piece DIY Acrylic http://www.quartzpercussions.com/, 2x2Box DrumIt5, Gen16 4xDCP, Acrylic&Gen16 Conversions http://stealthdrums.com/Home_Page.html, Sleishman Twin-QuadSteele hybrid http://drumagination.com/ , Gibraltar&DrumFrame rack, DW9502LB, Midi Knights Pro Lighting http://jeredsystems.com/index.php
            http://www.airbrushartists.org/DreamscapeAirbrushRealm

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            • #7
              thatīs a cool guitar collection on the first pic...
              Dual td-8 setup. all diy pads. (drop pan)

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              • #8
                Why exactly didn't you keep the Iron Cobra's and dual KP-65's? If they were at your jam spot i'm sure it wouldn't be a lot of trouble to just snag them off the floor when you left.
                The Best V-Drum Kit Evar: TD-3, MDS-3, PD-85, (4) PD-8, (2) CY-8. DW 3002, FD-8
                The Best A-Drum Kit Evar: Pearl Forum Series, 10,12,14 (unknown kick size, probably something like 20), DW 3000, Pearl Cymbals (Hell ya!)

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                • #9
                  Not enough cables to run double bass.
                  THE KIT
                  Roland TD-15, MDS-20, CY-15R, CY-12R/C, CY-8 x3, PD-8+FD-8
                  DIY Tama Rockstar: 22" kick, 14" Dual Zone Snare, 10", 12" & 14" Dual Zone Toms

                  MODULE HISTORY:
                  TD-3 > TD-10E > TD-20 > TDW-20/X > TD-15

                  Personal Pages
                  Facebook Youtube

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                  • #10
                    love how you re-designed the MDS-3!

                    when you took the two horizontal bars and joined them to make one-uber bar, how did you connect them? is it still reasonably stable?
                    TD3 cranked up with 2xPD125,PD105,PD80R,PCY135,VH-11 iron cobra+clutch, roc'n'soc nitro and plenty of bon jovi

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                    • #11
                      I used one of the T-Clamps that holds the horizontal barto the upright. I just set it sideways, and stuck the two horizontal parts in half way each and tightened it down. It's pretty stable actually.
                      THE KIT
                      Roland TD-15, MDS-20, CY-15R, CY-12R/C, CY-8 x3, PD-8+FD-8
                      DIY Tama Rockstar: 22" kick, 14" Dual Zone Snare, 10", 12" & 14" Dual Zone Toms

                      MODULE HISTORY:
                      TD-3 > TD-10E > TD-20 > TDW-20/X > TD-15

                      Personal Pages
                      Facebook Youtube

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Added info regarding m y DIY adventure.
                        THE KIT
                        Roland TD-15, MDS-20, CY-15R, CY-12R/C, CY-8 x3, PD-8+FD-8
                        DIY Tama Rockstar: 22" kick, 14" Dual Zone Snare, 10", 12" & 14" Dual Zone Toms

                        MODULE HISTORY:
                        TD-3 > TD-10E > TD-20 > TDW-20/X > TD-15

                        Personal Pages
                        Facebook Youtube

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          New TD-10 and kit setup...
                          THE KIT
                          Roland TD-15, MDS-20, CY-15R, CY-12R/C, CY-8 x3, PD-8+FD-8
                          DIY Tama Rockstar: 22" kick, 14" Dual Zone Snare, 10", 12" & 14" Dual Zone Toms

                          MODULE HISTORY:
                          TD-3 > TD-10E > TD-20 > TDW-20/X > TD-15

                          Personal Pages
                          Facebook Youtube

                          Comment

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