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wackjob

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I'm on a roll. Ha ha.........

Latest insane drum building idea coming out my wacky brain is inspired by the A&F single tension drums. I can get hold of copper sheet cut to size in a variety of thicknesses. They can supply lengths that are long enough to create a 22" bd with one sheet and only one joint required. The thickness of the sheet could be 1mm or less and that is very easy to bend without machinery into a cylinder. Following so far ?

The length of the sheet dictates the circumfrence and hence the diameter. I would make them slightly undersized like the 90's premier genista. No lugs and have not decided onmounting method. A sleishman type of mount or inde style. As the sheet is thin then no bearing edge needs to cut (yay) but i may need reinforcement rings making out of wood. I am thinking of 12", 14", 16", 22" (depths on the shallower side) and a 14 x 6" snare. I have enough heads a hoops laying around to do it. Might be the best kit ever or a huge disaster.

Am i insane ?
 

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No, you are not insane. This would be cool, the wood reinforcement rings are a good thought. How do you keep them adhered to the copper? Robert Spizzichino made a few sets. He had at least one set in copper. It certainly looks beautiful.
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This has been done. Q Drums also makes this metal drums with wood reinforcement rings; I understand Dunnett did the same for Ludwig's latest SS iteration. I haven't heard any complaints about how either sound.

If you do it well it, it should sound great. Getting the hardware might be the tricky part; I tried ordering Sleishman fittings some years ago and they wanted to send shells too. Business was not done.
 

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Dude, this would be killer! I'd gotta have a 12/14/18, though.......very interested in seeing this play out, especially a wood ring with a metal shell????

You are brilliant, not wacky, and this is a very good safe idea......now go forth and build, my friend!
 

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I tend to think things through for a long time(too long) before starting things like this. The things i design get changed from one minute to the next so eventually i have to draw the line or else nothing gets built.

The wood rings may be tricky for me to do myself unless i cut them from ply somehow rather than bending ply into round. If all else fails i guess i can get somebody else to make them. Try first without any rings at all. My outlay for this is just for the copper sheet and any re-rings if needed. I have hoops, heads, tension rods and mounting hardware already. Obviously if i go the inde mounting way i will have to buy those.

I think about this stuff too much.

Stu
 

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I'm thinking that you might want to make the re-rings first. For one thing, it's probably easier to get the fit right. Then wrap and cut the material around to match the rings.
 

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I love this idea. I built a steam box for bengingbsome maple rerings. Havent had a chance to use it yet.
You could get an HVAC shop to crimp the ends like they do on duct work
Soldering the seam could be a cool touch as well
 

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