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Hardware Weight Loss Program

15 September 2018 - 06:41 PM

After previous success in cutting some pounds from my throne base I decided to do the same for my other stands as well.  After a trip to Lowes for the aluminum and a few hours in my garage I have 2 cymbal stands done.  The net result is 1 1/2 lbs each in weight reduction, ( I use 4 cymbal stands so that is a reduction of 6 lbs.), and a cost of $15.00 each.  They are equally sturdy as the steel legs even with a 20" ride.


This is what got me started...the Throne base:


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Cymbal stand before the conversion:


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If I do the same  to my HiHat and Snare stand I can probably get cut 10lbs. off the load...that would be significant.

O.T. Is There a Doctor in the House?....Trigger thumb!

08 May 2018 - 12:50 AM

When I was in my 40's I had "trigger finger" and a hand operation that totally corrected it. so I am aware of the signs and symptoms.  I recently developed a lesion on either my lower thumb tendon or it's sheath.  Right now it only bothers me when I grip something large, but it arrived pretty quickly and I expect it to continue to grow larger.


I know things have come a long way in 30 years so does anyone know what would be involved in this surgical procedure?


I'm certain that, unchecked, it will grow larger and negatively affect my drumming.


Is there a doctor in the house???

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?