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How to make a great pedal strap - cheap

09 April 2018 - 09:09 PM

Sometime back in the 70's I needed a pedal strap and my local music store said they would have to order one...what do you do?  What I did then is exactly what I still do today, I made one out of a dog leash.


A 3/4" dog leash makes the perfect strap and it is far better than leather...it doesn't stretch out, it doesn't get hard, and it doesn't change with the weather.  It's sort of like comparing plastic heads to calfskin.  It just makes a pedal feel lighter and faster.


Here is  a quick pictorial  on making one...a 6 foot leash will make 8 or 9 straps.



Finally Finished My Swivo Gen 3 Project

09 April 2018 - 01:47 AM

Backstory:  I've been restoring and modernizing Swivos for a while but it's a TON of work and I've only done one for another drummer...(that would be red66charger on DFO).  It would be way too expensive to make these conversions commercially, so I decided to just post it as a "how to" article with pics.  Since it could get quite lengthy I'm looking for suggestions.  It also includes a "how to" on making your own straps.


This is what the finished product looks like:


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I was inspired to build this after seeing the the "new swivo" that Rogers put out recently...I was anticipating so much more that I felt what they gave us was a step backwards.


My pedal features a stable foot pan that is angle adjustable plus it conforms to uneven floors.  It accepts the classic style hoop clamp, and uses the Gibraltar SC15F spring.  The bushings have been replaced with the Torrington needle berings.  I chose the Gen 3 because I had one, and they had done a few things to beef up the weak points.  One thing I noticed was that the quality of the aluminum used was lower than that used in previous models as it did not polish as well.


I have a lot of pics to post so maybe the mods have a suggestion...or should I just go for it!???

OT - Looking into Harmonizers

24 March 2018 - 12:42 PM

I'm not much of a techie, but a fellow musician demoed this compact harmonizer he had hooked up on his pedal steel.  It's really straight forward and simple to use but I'm wondering if it will  for vocals.  Since it is unbalanced, ( 1/4" in/out ),I would use it as an effects device off of my Berringer mini mixer.


https://www.amazon.c...line harmonizer


My real question is, will this work for vocals?...  any thoughts or suggestions?

Drum Solo During Set-Up

22 March 2018 - 10:14 AM

This may have been posted before but worth seeing again...


Getting Old...the Pros and Cons...and HNY

28 December 2017 - 10:02 PM

Ok, lets just start with the elephant in the room...the big "con".... yeah, getting closer to "goin' up to the spirit in the sky" and more sooner than later, so with that out of the way...


Pro - I'm older and wiser,  Con - I'm set in my ways,

Pro - I have years of practice and experience,  Con - I have arthritis and artificial joints,

Pro - I have a deep musical catalogue,  Con - I don't recognize the names of today's pop musicians,

Pro - I make good money playing,  Con - I'm collecting my Social Security,

Pro - I do music full time,  Con - I'm finally using my college degree.


So, after 70 years, have I really gone anywhere?...if I examine the record has it been "one step up and one step down"?  That sounds depressing soI had to go and look at some recent posts and other things that have revealed how age has it's benefits.


A lifetime of dedication to Regal tip has led me to Vic Firth,

My adversity to Gen 3 Swiv-o's has inspired my new Super Swiv-o project.

In the last few years:

Evans heads might just be alright but Aquarian thin patch is as far as I'm willing to go,

Zildjian = classy, Sabian = trashy, but thats good when you want a trashy sounding China,

Best part of it all:

Finding DFO and all of the great friends here.


Happy New Year to all DFO Brothers and Sisters!