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    i live in a country thats makes it very difficult for me to order online due to shipping concerns, now i made some DIY drums that needs some meshing too as i already made the triggers and such for it, what other substitute can i drop in there aside from mesh that would roughly hold out strong and wont give in..i read from some threads and forums to try and use leather? and i also read one that had a canvas that was starched and molded on to the drum body..can anyone suggest any? or brainstorm here? which ones the best one for a cheap price and can be available easily..i just need it to hit my triggers and maybe a bit bouncy =P thanks all!

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    Why where do you live?
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    • #3
      Why not use a regular drum skin? (Like on the Alesis DM5 pro pads)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by hacster View Post
        i live in a country thats makes it very difficult for me to order online due to shipping concerns, now i made some DIY drums that needs some meshing too as i already made the triggers and such for it, what other substitute can i drop in there aside from mesh that would roughly hold out strong and wont give in..i read from some threads and forums to try and use leather? and i also read one that had a canvas that was starched and molded on to the drum body..can anyone suggest any? or brainstorm here? which ones the best one for a cheap price and can be available easily..i just need it to hit my triggers and maybe a bit bouncy =P thanks all!
        Do you have a lowes close by. Buy some super screen. That is a great alternative to mesh heads.
        Roland TD-8 Mod, DIY burgandy Mapex drums 12" snare, 8" 10" and 12" rack toms, 14" rack floor tom, 22" Bass drum , 3 cy-15r cymbals, one for the ride 2 for the crashes and cy-14c for hi hat.

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        • #5
          hey guys thanks for the reply, i live in the philippines and sadly its hard to scavenge for even the simplest things sometimes. we do have them just that prices are so jacked up (e.g. a ferrari here cost double). ill be visiting a local homedepot where supposedly they have imported stuffs and yeah ive read about the superscreen and sun something mesh. online stores dont usually ship here just a few ones but they dont carry the mesh. =c i wanna get this project done but its hard to search for just the mesh! =-P

          lol on a side note i had some normal 2$ mesh lying around from the house and placed it in just to see the outcome and hey 10 secs after its ripped! crappy crappy crappy =P i wish i bought some during my vacation there in the us last year =c

          any more alternatives? so im guessing fabric is a no go? i keep thinking about that starch thing.... or could someone send me some =P a good soul perhaps?haha!

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          • #6
            How about fitting real drum heads and using one of those rubber head damping silencing kits that acoustic drummers use?

            Would that work? maybe u could cut your own rubber? and also maybe a foam ring just under the head?

            I know what you mean about the Phils i have some penpals there, u just can't get stuff ... and nobody wants to deliver there ... even Japan which is 2 hours flight time.
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            • #7
              exactly, whihc is kinda stupid but yeah i guess it is how it is lol anyway im trying to look for something cost effective and the prices for the drumheads are a little off for this project. i have a real drumset and maintaining that one already kills me lol =P hope someone could provide more info =P

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              • #8
                BTW, the drums i made are custom size (7.5in round) so id have to really get something i could customize, the drum head rings are round crosstitch plastics clamps (hehe fits peeerfectly and after painted not crappy looking)the kind that you stick the mesh in the middle and then the outer rim to hold the mesh tight..works just like the drum ring!. its just for home use anyway and well..i love to DIY!

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                • #9
                  Is acoustic noise an issue for you, or do you just need something that will reliably trigger? I experimented using some nylon fabric (Think like a nylon windbreaker-type jacket) - it worked great (triggering and feel), but was just too noisy for my situation. It was not nearly as loud as a real drum head, but quite a bit louder than my mesh heads. I just thought that might be something you could easily get your hands on...
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                  • #10
                    noise would not really be an issue for me to be honest. =P as long as there not as loud as real drums lol, nylon plastic fabric? raincoat you say? is that the same as the one they use for tents too? the waterproof thing thats thin but very strong? ill give it a go if youve tried it, but can you tell me though hows the toughness of the thing?im a heavyy beater and im worried bout making holes in it right away =P how many layers did you place?

                    it really does suck i cant get any good quality mesh here since ive tried mesh drum heads and it feel soooo good

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                    • #11
                      noise is not an issue for me as long as its not way to looud like a normal drum but my priority is the triggers =P thanks guys!

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                      • #12
                        Yes, it was nylon fabric which I would characterize as "water-reppellent," not necessarily water-proof (water-proof would likely have some other kind of coating or backing). I made a two-ply head, and it seemed very tough, although I must say I didn't use it that long given the higher noise level. I would think it would hold up nearly as well as the mesh heads. The beauty was the price: I bought two yards of it (approx. 72" x 56") for about $4.00 - enough to make heads for an entire set.
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                        • #13
                          hey bro, i tried the nylon fabric from an old hole-in-the-middle nylon tent that we had and your right it is quite loud =P for some reason i couldnt get it to simmer down lol and hampers the gaming too much (dtxmania), i went to the biggest home depot that we have here and guess what..not a single mesh in there. how low can that be? does anyone know if superscreen ships to asia? or another seller perhaps?

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                          • #14
                            I just found this in the UK

                            You really need rolls of tough aluminium powder paint coated pet/door screen, or PVC coated tough fibre glass mesh, they do loose rolls here at good prices, maybe email for specs and see if they ship to the Phils? You really need a continuous supply or a good large roll to last and justify the high cost of shipment, or maybe find a similar tough pet screen supplier there if possible, someone has got to be making them there ... just a case of surfiing the net for importers and manufacturers.

                            http://www.premier-env.co.uk/fly%20screens1.htm
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                            • #15
                              thanks for the efforts bro, sadly i emailed superscreen as it was surprisingly affordable, but sadly i didnt recieve any response =c

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