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  • Convert tambourine to drumpad

    I would love to play the drums. Never played the drums before so I would like to build a simple DIY E-kit. But, lets get to the questions.


    Is it possible to convert a tunable tambourine into a drumpad?
    Would a mesh or normal head fit if I wanted to (re)place one?
    Can a tambourine handle the beating?

    I found this tambourine on the thomann website. The Sonor website has a better picture.
    The tambourine has a 10'' head.


    If possible it would be an easy to build a drumpad. You don't have the saw a shell in two. And the tambourine already comes with a head.
    The only thing I wonder about is the hight. It might be to low for the cross-bar and cone.
    My kit: Yamaha DD-75.

  • #2
    That is not a tambourine, it is some sort of a frame drum. A tambourine has jingles built into the shell.

    You should be able to make a trigger out of a tambourine - any reason why you'd be using a tamb as a trigger?

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    • #3
      A tambourine without bells is called a tambour. I had thought about this as well. Basic reason - it's cheap and provides everything one would need in a shell - the right size, hoops and standard head size. In fact I'm still considering one as a snare, if it takes a 12" Roland basket. Let us know how you go..
      . digitalDrummer
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      • #4
        And how do you plan to mount it on the rack? It seems to have a very narrow shell to acomodate the well known tom leg mount.

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        • #5
          @ Mraverty
          It would be more easy to build a drumpad with a tambourine. Because you don't have to saw this in two. (And it's a bit cheaper.)

          @ allanjohn
          Why should I use a Roland basket?
          A wooden crossbar should work fine, I guess.

          @ elrules
          You could use this mount.
          Or make something based on this design.
          My kit: Yamaha DD-75.

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          • #6
            Simple and cheap

            I was surprised that I had forgotten the whole Tunable Hand Drum option.
            Range in price from $15 to $75 USD.



            Remo, Pearl, and many others out there.

            Thanks

            OB Jim

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Oldblindjim View Post
              I was surprised that I had forgotten the whole Tunable Hand Drum option.
              Range in price from $15 to $75 USD.



              Remo, Pearl, and many others out there.

              Thanks

              OB Jim
              This looks to be a great option. The rim shoot my feel a little different since it sits below the shell line, but it should still work. I agree with CyberFly about the mounting. I believe that site, with that mount, was done by mikejl46.
              alesisDRUMMER.com

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              • #8
                With the tambor or tunable hand drum, I would be concerned about the thickness of the shell and how well it would stand up to the stresses placed on it when wailing away at full tilt. The shallower the shell, the less area for the stress to spread out through. I think you would be better off buying a couple of cheap toms and cutting them in half. At least that way you will have some mounting hardware in the deal.

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                • #9
                  [QUOTE=CyberFly;[email protected] allanjohn
                  Why should I use a Roland basket?
                  A wooden crossbar should work fine, I guess.[/QUOTE]

                  I'm not suggesting you must, but it may be a neat solution because you might not have enough depth for a cross bar - plus it takes some of the stress off the shell. I have a Roland basket mounted on a tom and it doesn't actully fit properly (not all 12" toms are actually 12"!!).
                  . digitalDrummer
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                  • #10
                    I also wonder about the strength of the hand drum.
                    But I guess it should hold with a good mount. One that is more wide than a standard one. (The mount takes all the stress, doesn't it?)
                    My kit: Yamaha DD-75.

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