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If you use the May XLR vent adapter, you won't need any extra holes in the shell.
Yeah, but it only works if your vent is in an accessible location. And often that's dead center on the top of the drum.

And it doesn't fit in MANY vent holes.

I have 6 kick drums with internal mics installed, and the May no-drill wouldn't work on ANY of them. Due to either the vent hole being too small, or the vent hole being in an inaccessible location (often at the bottom of the drum, at 6:00).

I ended up just drilling a hole in my Sonor "Player" kit (import, similar to the last-generation "Safari", but with a 20" kick drum) to make it work, and would have strongly preferred a standard flush-mount XLR panel jack, but I didn't have any, and didn't want the May to go to waste.

Ludwig Revette, with Neutrik NA3MDF panel-mount XLR:

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Sonor Player, with May "No-Drill" adapter (with hole drilled :D)

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I didn't know that manufacturers put the vent holes in inaccessible places. I guess I was lucky.
 
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I didn't know that manufactuers put the vent holes in inaccessible places. I guess I was lucky.
Back in the day, drum manufacturers
never imagined that some day the
vent holes could be used for other
purposes besides venting air out of
the drum.

This type of internal mic system is
recently new, I don't know exactly
When this trend started and by Who.

May stepped in with the No-drill
rigging so that users wouldn't have
to drill any more holes through the
drum shell than the default holes
for the drum hardware.

But of course, many drummers on
a budget came up with their own
mounting ideas and the XLR panel
jack method seemed to be a
popular choice.

I like the XLR panel jack method.
But if I go that route I wanna make
sure that I solder the XLR terminal
wires correctly and properly insulate
the solder points to prevent RFI, hum,
buzz, and similar unwanted noise
that could Really aggravate the guy
running the sound board.

I've seen some No-solder XLR panel
jacks that use screws to attach the
wiring in place. I might try those.
 

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I just joined the club! I followed the manual on their website for standard mounting, including suggested cord length. Seems the final placement of the mic capsule is more flexible than I thought, with different positions on the Shu or or of the Shu itself. Looking forward to some experimenting.

One bass drum already has a re-soldered XLR cable through the vent hole, another has a Pearl tom mount an XLR should fit through, toms mounted off the bd.
 

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Tyler Greenwell and Isaac Eady using a pretty interesting application
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Back in the day, drum manufacturers
never imagined that some day the
vent holes could be used for other
purposes besides venting air out of
the drum.

This type of internal mic system is
recently new,
I don't know exactly
When this trend started and by Who.

May stepped in with the No-drill
rigging so that users wouldn't have
to drill any more holes through the
drum shell than the default holes
for the drum hardware.

But of course, many drummers on
a budget came up with their own
mounting ideas and the XLR panel
jack method seemed to be a
popular choice.

I like the XLR panel jack method.
But if I go that route I wanna make
sure that I solder the XLR terminal
wires correctly and properly insulate
the solder points to prevent RFI, hum,
buzz, and similar unwanted noise
that could Really aggravate the guy
running the sound board.

I've seen some No-solder XLR panel
jacks that use screws to attach the
wiring in place. I might try those.
The May system has been around since the mid-80's. That is 35 years.
Picture from ca 1985:
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Update,
The SHU system continues to work great.
This morning i needed to swap out bd heads so the logo is correct for next weeks gigs with the country artist I play for.
Took the opportunity to secure a couple rubber bands to hold the bd pillow in place so it isn’t flopping around during transport.
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I didn't know that manufacturers put the vent holes in inaccessible places. I guess I was lucky.
The vent hole on my '69 Rogers is on the bottom of the bass drum. Since that kit primarily stays in my home studio I just rant a mic cable through the vent by de-soldering it and re-soldering it once the cable was through. It's lifted up enough the cable has some slack so it doesn't get bent to sharply.
 


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