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    I don't know if anyone has attempted this or not, but looking at the prices of kick drum pads compared to tom pads, they seem to be a lot more expensive, whilst I assume the basic principles of the hardware are the same, surely it'd be possible to fabricate a frame to take, say, a PD-85 or 100, and attach a bass drum pedal to it?

    I haven't got any immediate need to do this or anything, its just most of the low end kick pads seem to have small surface areas, and are more wobbly, whilst the higher end ones look more appropriate, but they are 3-4 times more expensive, if not more.

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    I did this with a cutted small tom, 2 floor tom brackets, 1 cowbell pedal mount and my drum unused pedal as auxiliar left bass drum to use as 'digital cowbell/tamburine'.
    Roland TD-12 module, DIY DareStone CLDRUMWH A2E drum conversion, DIY rack using Dixon clamps, Pearl P-932 double pedal.

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    • #3
      Brilliant!

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      • #4
        Thank you! The fact is that AFAIR it was very cheap since half pieces was leftover drum pieces and the kd pedal mount cost was under 20. In this case I did also the mesh head myself, but if you try to make something like this yourself it will not cost much. Ebay has some interesting used stuff too.
        Roland TD-12 module, DIY DareStone CLDRUMWH A2E drum conversion, DIY rack using Dixon clamps, Pearl P-932 double pedal.

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        • #5
          what is expensive ? 18" or 20" kick cheap brand are fine for e- kick, that's 60-70,- https://www.musicstore.de/nl_NL/EUR/...RUMS-DRUAKUBAS
          jobeky bridge trigger 60,- .. and a mesh head 30,- .. that's below 200,- for a kick drum 'real size' ..

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          • #6
            Ericdrumz I think there is a bit of confusion here... he was talking about commercial e-pad ones, I replied with a DIY A2E solution instead, but maybe he wants to use a commercial, cheapest e-pad in a DIY solution.
            Roland TD-12 module, DIY DareStone CLDRUMWH A2E drum conversion, DIY rack using Dixon clamps, Pearl P-932 double pedal.

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            • #7
              I converted a 16" floor and shortened it. Triggers with no issues, just heavy. I am considering an even smaller one for less weight.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Metalmarvin View Post
                but looking at the prices of kick drum pads compared to tom pads, they seem to be a lot more expensive, low end kick pads seem to have small surface areas, and are more wobbly, whilst the higher end ones look more appropriate, but they are 3-4 times more expensive, if not more.
                no, misunderstanding redtide.. and your solution looks nice .. if i needed a left cowbell or tamb, that's what i would do .. but. . for main kick it seems everybody thinks the price needs to go up by the inch.. i only show this is not the case.. ..an 18" kick can be cheaper than a snare pad .. (the shell wood is not that important with e-drums..) i played KD-120 long time .. but imo a bigger kick feels and looks much better..

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ericdrumz View Post
                  no, misunderstanding redtide.. and your solution looks nice .. if i needed a left cowbell or tamb, that's what i would do .. but. . for main kick it seems everybody thinks the price needs to go up by the inch.. i only show this is not the case.. ..an 18" kick can be cheaper than a snare pad .. (the shell wood is not that important with e-drums..) i played KD-120 long time .. but imo a bigger kick feels and looks much better..
                  You're right. About size it's a matter of taste, I would like to replace my 22" kd with something smaller (not much), say a preferred size of 16 or 18". In my personal taste I don't like any of commercial kd pads, including kd120, they looks to me like sieves with legs (just like my e-tamburine/cowbell ).
                  Roland TD-12 module, DIY DareStone CLDRUMWH A2E drum conversion, DIY rack using Dixon clamps, Pearl P-932 double pedal.

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                  • #10
                    Hi Redtide, you are right, I was looking at commercial Roland Pads. The prices for Snare/Tom pads are way cheaper than their Kick pads.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Metalmarvin View Post
                      I don't know if anyone has attempted this or not, but looking at the prices of kick drum pads compared to tom pads, they seem to be a lot more expensive, whilst I assume the basic principles of the hardware are the same, surely it'd be possible to fabricate a frame to take, say, a PD-85 or 100, and attach a bass drum pedal to it?

                      I haven't got any immediate need to do this or anything, its just most of the low end kick pads seem to have small surface areas, and are more wobbly, whilst the higher end ones look more appropriate, but they are 3-4 times more expensive, if not more.
                      Technically it is possible - see this thread.
                      My e-kit, photos and details

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for that Randy! I liked ThePods conversion of a KD-8 to a KD-80 as well. It's given me some food for thought.

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                        • #13
                          Kick is the easiest of all DYI builds. Because the beater always hits the same spot, you don't typically do a bunch of quick hits, buzz rolls, etc. Lots of great trigger options for under 100 bucks. You can add a mesh head and trigger to an old kick drum, tom, snare, etc. Or buy a raw shell like I did and add the hardware.

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                          TD50 Digital Pack, TD30 and TD9 Modules, custom made pads, Gen16 crashes, and hats plus a few other things that I'm not sure what to do with or why they're still in my kit. Bands: Espada http://www.musicaespada.com/ and JamCo https://www.facebook.com/JamcoEntertainment, https://www.jamcoband.com/

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                          • #14
                            Here's a good place to buys shells. Very easy to drill the hardware holes and you'd save a ton of money.
                            DrumMaker.com Drum Supply House is THE SOURCE for custom drum builder's worldwide, huge selection of custom drum parts, Drum shells, hardware parts, and wraps and finishing.
                            TD50 Digital Pack, TD30 and TD9 Modules, custom made pads, Gen16 crashes, and hats plus a few other things that I'm not sure what to do with or why they're still in my kit. Bands: Espada http://www.musicaespada.com/ and JamCo https://www.facebook.com/JamcoEntertainment, https://www.jamcoband.com/

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                            • #15
                              4 years on and it's still going strong. Only change I made was to a thicker more permanent baseplate.
                              So this all started out because I scored this sweet piccolo snare and stand for $60. Which I'm going to convert to a mesh snare. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3880
                              Last edited by ThePod; 05-18-18, 04:12 PM.

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