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    I took me about 7 months to complete. The drum pads were cut from MDF fiberboard with a router, the drum heads are mesh fiberglass window screen
    material and the cymbals were cut from sheets of acrylic. I had all the wiring running from the drum brains to the pads through the 5' circle base I made
    for previous sets, but now I just have all the cables running along the drum frame (all custom made) since I moved my drum brains over to the left side
    of the kit.
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    Last edited by MTClaymore; 08-09-08, 12:09 AM. Reason: Added photo

  • #2
    Oh, that's just KOOL!!

    I've already been considering a "rims only" type kit, and you've just provided the motivation to do it! Nice job! The blue trim--is that actually drum wrap material, or did you stumble on something else cool?

    Gratz!
    Disclaimer: The above was posted by a complete looney, and does not represent the opinion of the Management. Use at your own risk.

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    • #3
      One hell of an imagination! Awsome job!!

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      • #4
        I nominate you for the most impressive looking truly DIY kit in months!

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        • #5
          MTC,

          That is a very unique looking kit, from the cymbals right down to the platform. Good job!

          What did you make the cymbal bells out of?
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          • #6
            I have to agree with everyone else here. That is one VERY cool looking kit
            Looking forward to reading more about your build.

            ....and welcome aboard

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            • #7
              That is just as cool as it comes! I love to see DIY's like yours. Way different, and a cut above. Do you have any construction pictures? Maybe we need to start doing a DIY kit of the month. This one would get my vote!
              alesisDRUMMER.com

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              • #8
                Impressive. What kind of platform is your kit on?

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                • #9
                  My DIY kit

                  Thanks for all your nice comments.

                  The bells of the cymbals are made out of stainless steel kitchen ladels!

                  I cut the handle off and make notches all on the egde of the ladle's and then
                  bent up the material creating a lip around the whole perimeter.

                  The black plastic rings on the top and bottom of the cymbal surrounding the
                  "bell" hold it in place.

                  I just drilled a 1/2" hole in the middle of the bell. I'm using the aquarian
                  cymbal spring thingys on this new build, but the cymbal can pivot like real
                  cymbals on a regular stand as well.

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                  I brought a full sheet of blue onyx finish from a drum wrap company out of New Jersey and cut it myself into the strips.


                  I'll upload some of my "under construction" pictures in awhile.


                  Thanks


                  Matt
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                  • #10
                    I'm personally always interested in the actual cost of pure DIY kits such as this. Kitchen ladles included. Obviously you can't put a solid price on your time. If you're interested in sharing you can PM me or post here.

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                    • #11
                      My DIY kit - drum platform

                      Eric B - the 5 ft circle drum platform is just made out of 2 layers (4 sheets) of 3/4" plywood criss-crossed and cut out with a router and a homemade circle
                      cutting jig. I made it about 8 years ago with my 2nd DIY build and
                      have continued with it since. On a previous build, all the wiring was running
                      "through" the base and up and into the drum frame. But that was when
                      I had the drum brains on my right. When I moved the drum brains to the left
                      side of the kit, I wasn't able to use the old wiring.

                      It's heavy as ***, but you can turn it on the edge and "roll it". So it's
                      actually easy to move around if needed.

                      I just covered the top with some rubber tiles I found at a Home Depot.

                      Thanks man
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MTClaymore View Post
                        Eric B - the 5 ft circle drum platform is just made out of 2 layers (4 sheets) of 3/4" plywood criss-crossed and cut out with a router and a homemade circle
                        cutting jig. I made it about 8 years ago with my 2nd DIY build and
                        have continued with it since. On a previous build, all the wiring was running
                        "through" the base and up and into the drum frame. But that was when
                        I had the drum brains on my right. When I moved the drum brains to the left
                        side of the kit, I wasn't able to use the old wiring.

                        It's heavy as ***, but you can turn it on the edge and "roll it". So it's
                        actually easy to move around if needed.

                        I just covered the top with some rubber tiles I found at a Home Depot.

                        Thanks man
                        Are you using black iron pipe for your drum rack or at least the fittings? How often do you have to move that set-up? I'm just curious because it looks heavy.
                        alesisDRUMMER.com

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                        • #13

                          Welcome to the forum MTC...
                          Brilliant ideas and great execution...do you gig with it? A very nice Rollin' Kit
                          chris :D

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                          • #14
                            Really nice kit! Impressive. Congrats!

                            Stijn
                            'lectric drumma
                            Roland TD-20, Hart Dynamics 7.6, 2 x PD-7, extra PD-7 and Hart Snare laying around, Vic Firth Dave Weckl signature sticks, Axis A-longboards double pedal, Sony MDR-CD780 headphones and not enough inputs.

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                            • #15
                              My DIY kit - frame details

                              Hellfire

                              The rack is made of electrical conduit, bent with a (what else) conduit bender. So it's actually very light.
                              It's 1 1/2" diameter pipe. All the connectors are regular old plumbing tees and
                              elbows. If you grind off the threads of the fittings of a 1 1/2" plumbing fitting - they slide right over the conduit nicely.

                              I just drilled some holes and tapped some threads to lock the connectors
                              in place. Fully adjustable and won't move when locked in place.

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                              I have not gigged with this kit. It's just a in home practice set that pretty
                              much takes up a whole room.


                              Matt
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