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  • El Cheapo DIY Mesh Heads for A to E

    I know there are versions of this and people are using special strong screen and thread. This is just with common off the shelf stuff and it works great!

    Keep your old heads!

    1.Cut the center out with a utility knife all around up against the head rim.

    2. Sand any sharp edges

    3. Pick up some black window screen from the hardware store

    4. Get 1 yard of cheap woven polyester black fabric and string black thread from a fabric store.

    5. Cut out two squares of screen and one square of fabric about 4-5 inches larger than the rim.

    6. Lay down one square of screen, rotate the second square of screen 45 degrees so that it is diagonal to the the first screen, now place it down on the first screen. Place the fabric down on that. You will have three layers 1st screen, diagonal screen and fabric. We will call this the mesh head.

    7. Place your head rim in the center. With a piece of chalk or silver sharpie, draw a circle about 2 inches larger than the rim. I like to use some straight sewing pins and pin the mesh head together in about 8 spots just inside the the rim so the layers do not shift. Cut along the circle you drew.

    8. Put a bottle cap under the mesh head in the center, this will prevent you from making the head too tight, on a large head use a deck of cards or wooden block. Fold the mesh head over the rim and pin along the inner circumference. Do not worry if it bunches up a little you with cut most of that off later.

    9. With the strong black thread, sew along the inner circumference of the rim, two times around.

    10. Trim off the excess but not too much!

    You now have a really cool, strong, black mesh head that feels better than any of the ones I have purchased and I have purchased allot!

    I have made 8 inch to 22 inch heads this way and they are fantastic!

    I do use a kick drum beater patch on the kick

    The cost per head is a few dollars and your time, I make them while watching movies. If you have a sewing machine and know how to use it, it would be much faster than hand sewing like I do.

    Note: I have replaced my purchased heads a few times, I have not had to replace my homemade heads yet this year
    Last edited by Ralis; 11-25-18, 04:52 PM.
    5 piece DDRUM A to E Kit: Roland TD-11 Module with DIY Triggers and Mesh Heads, Roland CY-8 Crash, Yamaha PCY-135 Ride and Roland CY-5 Hi Hat using GoEdrum Controller. Plus Two other Complete DIY kits. One mini and one micro

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    Hey Ralis, I did something likewise. I have a few toms that are not in the normal sizes for commercial available mesh heads, so I am convicted to DIY mesh heads.

    I started out with 2 layers of window screen, only to find out that that wasn't really durable. I tried some of the pet resistent screen, but the kind I used was to flexible, and felt way to bouncy on the drums. I now have a combination of sunscreen and pet screen, but I'm not convinced about the feeling yet.

    How are the noise levels of your heads?
    Can you post a picture of the "cheap woven polyester black fabric"

    Kind regards,

    Viper
    Brain: mega drum. 5 toms: DIY mesh head, side-mounted DIY triggers. Snare: 14" 682 head, DIY crossbar trigger. 2xDIY beaterless BD pedal. .Cymbals: Crash: 2x 16" brass: 2 zone. Ride: 20" brass: 2 zone. Hi-Hat: 14" 1 zone DIY Control pedal + Pearl H900 stand. + drum rack:

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    • #3
      Hi Viper,

      The second photo is the cheap black fabric, the inside of the head. If you walk into a fabric store and ask for a black polyester woven fabric they should have it. The same material a cheap polyester suit is made out of.
      5 piece DDRUM A to E Kit: Roland TD-11 Module with DIY Triggers and Mesh Heads, Roland CY-8 Crash, Yamaha PCY-135 Ride and Roland CY-5 Hi Hat using GoEdrum Controller. Plus Two other Complete DIY kits. One mini and one micro

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