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  • Tips on quiet leg practice pad construction?

    Hi, I'm looking for some tips on quiet leg practice pad construction. The shortage of rebound is ok, though it should be better than the bounce from the leg itself. The ones which are available (usually plastic or wood + rubber) are quite noisy. Furthermore, I'm intending to incorporate a piezo, but I'm sure I can do that with almost every design.

    Update:
    Something like this one
    Last edited by graph; 12-09-13, 09:51 AM.

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum, graph!

    Interesting idea! Here's my part of brainstorm:
    Even if this is a tad to big, maybe you could use a 6" hoop and a mesh-head, to fight noise?
    Make a small, flat shell, out of a cut octoban or maybe this works with a larger PVC tube.
    Bolt a strap to it, something velcro...



    HTH

    Happy drumming!


    "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

    http://www.vdrums.com/forum/core/cus...ar33631_4.jpeg

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    • #3
      If it where me, I would buy an orphaned tom tom in whatever size I wanted to use. Then I would cut the shell in such a way as to leave the top hoop, lugs and 3-4 inches of shell below the top lugs. Then I would make a template for an arc shape that would allow the drum to sit on my leg comfortably. I would apply the template on opposing sides of the shell and use a jigsaw to cut out the arc shapes. Then you could sand it smooth, apply a mesh head of your choosing, add a Quartz trigger harness and you are done.
      Roland TD12 module / DIY Kit in progress, Gretsch Blackhawk A (soon to be E) kit.

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      • #4
        You could just get a pedal and a Krigg:

        http://triggera.com/kick-pedal-trigger

        not perfect perfect but not bad.
        --
        West London, UK.
        TD-11 module | DTXplorer rack | 3 x tp65 | 12" millenuim mesh head snare | cy-5, pcy65s and pcy150 cymbals | fd8 hh | krigg kick trigger w/ mapex raptor pedal.

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        • #5
          Huh? Hold on...


          By 'Leg Practice' is OP meaning a bassdrum-pad?
          I was under the impression he is talking about a pad that can be strapped to your leg...


          "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

          http://www.vdrums.com/forum/core/cus...ar33631_4.jpeg

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          • #6
            Upon re-reading the original post - you are 100% correct - it seems that that is exactly what they were referring to.

            Ignore me.
            --
            West London, UK.
            TD-11 module | DTXplorer rack | 3 x tp65 | 12" millenuim mesh head snare | cy-5, pcy65s and pcy150 cymbals | fd8 hh | krigg kick trigger w/ mapex raptor pedal.

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            • #7
              Thank you, guys, I'm thinking on the mesh, but I'm not sure if it is good at these small sizes (I'm aiming at 4" or even less), and moreover, I guess that impact noise isn't an issue here, since human body is a pretty good damper.

              I've just discovered these products, and design looks plain and handy, but their patented low rebound material which seems to be simple porous rubber doesn't impress me, and they are noisy as well.
              http://www.shop.epadco.com/Kneepads_c3.htm

              As for Krigg, I'm already aimed at that one for feet. I guess I should have posted the pic in OP to make it clear.

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              • #8
                http://www.vicfirth.com/product/buyn...?button=SRH2CO

                all in one

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                • #9
                  Okay, these are not DIY-solutions, but close to the product you search for, I guess.

                  Ahead AKPP 5" Practice Knee Pad
                  http://www.thomann.de/gb/ahead_akpp_...e_knee_pad.htm

                  Rtom 7" Moongel Workout Pad
                  http://www.thomann.de/gb/rtom_7_moongel_workout_pad.htm

                  DW Steve Smith Backstage Series SMPADSS Knee Practice Pad
                  http://www.thomann.de/gb/dw_smpadss_...actice_pad.htm



                  Also, I don't know how this one performs in real-life, but I like the quite unique concept - like a cookie-dough that you can roll out, practice on, then put it back into the small container and put it in your pocket...

                  Remo Putty Pad
                  http://www.thomann.de/gb/remo_putty_pad.htm



                  HTH
                  Last edited by hairmetal-81; 12-09-13, 02:04 PM.


                  "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

                  http://www.vdrums.com/forum/core/cus...ar33631_4.jpeg

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                  • #10
                    Sorry for late reply. Thank you hairmetal-81 for the research. I've already checked most of knee pad products (if not all), and they seem to share the same construction. That putty thing is really cool and it has the right amount of rebound, though I would prefer to have something more solid and reusable in my pocket. I've been looking at moongel for some time, it's a pity it doesn't come in suitable size, I would give it a try otherwise. And rubber drumstick tips are indeed a good addition to a possible solution.
                    I think I will try thick porous rubber + thin soft foam or felt layer + thin rubber layer as soon as I will get my hands on materials. Mesh would be fine also, but the lack of pre-made hoops of that tiny size scares me away.

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                    • #11
                      Well, I'll eat my hat, but Gibraltar, while offering anything imaginable in hardware, precicely *DON'T* offer a 6-inch hoop!

                      http://www.gibraltarhardware.com/?fa...d=665&pid=1787





                      Then again, octobans are around for close to 35 years. Tama must have some sort of 6" octoban spare-hoop... - If you wanted a 6" mesh-pad for practice, I would start there!



                      HTH


                      "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

                      http://www.vdrums.com/forum/core/cus...ar33631_4.jpeg

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                      • #12
                        Thank you, unfortunately they don't make anything smaller than 6. I will take a look at tama's and gretsch's stuff.
                        Great sig btw. That buddy keeps spamming me all the time.

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                        • #13
                          Dupe.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by graph View Post
                            Thank you, unfortunately they don't make anything smaller than 6. I will take a look at tama's and gretsch's stuff.
                            Great sig btw. That buddy keeps spamming me all the time.
                            Yeah, I hate that guy with a passion! Hehehehe...


                            I'm sure you are aware that the two attributes "mesh head" and "smaller than 6 inches" will not compute well.
                            This would mean you would have to sewn your own mesh head, and bend your own metal-rim of some sorts... - very complicated!



                            But then, you've mentioned you would like to add a piezo to the mixture!
                            So here would be yet another idea: How about strapping a small Koby Nano-Pad e-drum pad to your leg?

                            It has a 4" external diameter and just begs to be mentioned! It has an internal M8 thread on the underside, which you could use in some way to DIY something to strap/mount it to your leg.


                            http://www2.kobydrums.co.uk/








                            Here's the best pic I could find of the playing surface; two Koby pads in mounted state:





                            They come in about six different colors and are somewhere between 15-20 pounds used, per piece.


                            HTH
                            Last edited by hairmetal-81; 12-27-13, 12:38 PM.


                            "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

                            http://www.vdrums.com/forum/core/cus...ar33631_4.jpeg

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                            • #15
                              Thank you, you're very helpful, these ones look very good, I will take a closer look at them.

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