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  • First pics of my first DIY

    Well, guys... here are the first pics of my kit. As you can see it's still a little way from completion. I'm an acoustic guy, but have been forced to e-drums for practice in my apartment. They're a lot of fun. I'm running them through my d4 for the time being.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/MRaverty/EDrums

    I made the crossbars out of metal. I was thinking that it would be a little flimsy when I first put it together, but it's actually REALLY sturdy! With only one bolt to adjust, it's very easy to make changes to the cone height, too.

    I still haven't found a good rubber for my cymbals yet, either. I put the 1/4" jacks through the cymbals (facing downwards), because I was having trouble attaching the jack to the bottom securely. I still need to find something to hide the jack on the top (some kind of plastic project box, or something).

    When all is said and done, I'll have a 13" snare and two 12" toms. I still have to:
    - Paint the insides of the shells white
    - Re-wrap the shells (I'm looking at a abalone pearl oyster something wrap)
    - Finish the cymbals (rubber on top and foam tubing on the edges)
    - Install all jacks (the Parts Express guitar jacks are in the mail)
    - Make my hi-hat controller.

    It's been a lot of fun so far. Thanks so much to everybody on this forum! I'll post more pics as I get more done.

    -Mike

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    looking good Mraverty. keep up the good work. hope to see a completed kit soon. What module are you planning on using?

    Dave
    Remo practice pad mesh conversion, Pearl Export A2E mesh, Pintech and TKO A2E cymbals, Roland TD-8, 1.5 eDrum trigger to midi converters (edrum.info), Alesis DM5's, Tama Iron Cobra double bass pedal. 6 200watt EV SH1502 speakers, 200watt Crate Bass amp, ASUS P5Q Mobo, 8Gb ram, q6600 Core2 Quad, 3 TB's of hard drives, ATI 3870 video, dual 22" monitor's. This stuff is FUN!

    one of my kits http://vdrums.com/forum/showthread.p...hlight=zdavesf

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    • #3
      Nice work.

      Re-wrap the shells (I'm looking at a abalone pearl oyster something wrap)
      I just rewrapped my A-to-E conversion and I am in the process of putting the hardware back on and re-assembling the innards. I chose the "Dark Abalone Pearl" from JamminSam's and it looks fantastic. I'll be posting some updated pictures in a few days once it is complete so you can see what the finish looks like on drums.

      Dan

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      • #4
        I've got the pintech cymbals too. What's with the "pringle effect"? Do they all curl up that way?

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        • #5
          Yikes! Get a carpet so don't scratch up that hardwood floor!
          www.ShadowDemon.us

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          • #6
            Nice job, you going to cobver up the bottom of the snare? Looks clean. Congrats.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Demon Drummer View Post
              Yikes! Get a carpet so don't scratch up that hardwood floor!
              He's got a point, your landlord may not hesitate to keep your deposit if that floor gets scratched up.

              Glad it is fun so far. I too, would like to see your kit when it is complete.
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              • #8
                Egads those Pintech practice cymbals really warp. That's crazy.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cheapthrill View Post
                  He's got a point, your landlord may not hesitate to keep your deposit if that floor gets scratched up.
                  Oh, man... let's not even get into my landlord. She's a terrible, terrible person, and based on the testimonials of a few other people in my building, she's going to keep my security deposit no matter what I do (I've actually put MY OWN money into this place). Luckily, I'm dating/live with a lawyer

                  I do have a rubber mat on the bottom of my kick pedal, and the studs are all up on the hi hat stand, though.

                  As for those Pintechs - yeah, it came warped like that. I was pretty disappointed. I've read about a lot of other people having the same problems... I don't understand how it ever made it past quality control. Then again, I've never tried to contact them about it, so I can't complain too much. I'll probably get a replacement for the crash, or try something else.

                  Thanks for all the encouragement!

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