THE DRUM MODIFICATION THREAD.

KenDoken

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Pearl export floor tom conversion
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I bought an old 13" tom from a junk shop mostly for the tom mount. Being a big fan of the artist Yinka Shonibare, I recovered it in Dutch wax resist fabric. I had some leg mounts lying around so I fitted them

I use this instead of my main floor tom when using my pedestrian carry kit as it's super light. Also it's got a hydraulic head on top which gives it a great modern thuddy sound
 

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K Chez

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It's a nice drum but cannot seem to shake the over excitable snares that fizz along to the bass floor and rack
I just had this same issue with a Pearl Sensitone brass shell snare, cleaned it up by making a zero ring and put it inside the drum on the reso head. It took some experimenting to find the right diameter and width (ended up being 13.5" od X 3/4) Changed tone to be a little warmer but not boxy and the sympathetic buzz is barely noticable. Snares are Puresound EQ.
 

GeorgiaPhil

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I just had this same issue with a Pearl Sensitone brass shell snare, cleaned it up by making a zero ring and put it inside the drum on the reso head. It took some experimenting to find the right diameter and width (ended up being 13.5" od X 3/4) Changed tone to be a little warmer but not boxy and the sympathetic buzz is barely noticable. Snares are Puresound EQ.
Sometimes you can just loosen the lugs immediately surrounding the strainer ends just a little bit, seems to work for me.
 

KenDoken

Junior Member
I just had this same issue with a Pearl Sensitone brass shell snare, cleaned it up by making a zero ring and put it inside the drum on the reso head. It took some experimenting to find the right diameter and width (ended up being 13.5" od X 3/4) Changed tone to be a little warmer but not boxy and the sympathetic buzz is barely noticable. Snares are Puresound EQ.
I'll try this. Thanks for the tip
 

K Chez

Member
Sometimes you can just loosen the lugs immediately surrounding the strainer ends just a little bit, seems to work for me.
I had tried that at first, but it didn't help as much as I would have liked. Another suggestion was to adjust the tom tunings, which I did a little, but I was really happy with their sound and didn't want to stray too far from that. I wasn't 100% in love with the snare tone to start with and the inside ring experiment got the sound closer to where I wanted it to be, but that's really dependent on what you're looking for & might not be for everybody, soundwise.
I'll try this. Thanks for the tip
One thing that I found out while experimenting with this was the closer the outside diameter of the ring was to the bearing edge was a WAY better starting point when trying different widths
 

K Chez

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Another floor tom conversion using a 20" bass drum...
What I'm starting with - an old 20" Ludwig Rocker

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Bearing edge on one side had a lot of dents and dings and a little delamination of the shell
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Now to get to work...
(to be continued)
 

KenDoken

Junior Member
A friend bought a beater kit from a charity shop and ask for some help doing it up

The bass drum is a 70's Premier Olympic 20x12 in black pearl. It had an old school double 7/8" mount fitted that was missing the catches. The original legs were missing and had been replaced with m10 threaded bar. The rest of the drum was in good condition and spruced up nicely with a clean, wax, lube and internal laquer

After replacing the tom mount with a newer pearl mount I found the flex in the shell around the mount a bit concerning. I installed a wooden plate made from a pre-international shell on the inside. This made the mounting point much sturdier

The threaded bar works fantastically for spurs so I sharped the ends and added retractable rubber feet using hot glue and a couple of nuts

Having used it at a rehearsal it was really really nice to play. Comfortable, very light, nice tone. I will be sad to return itIMG_20230110_085222362.jpg
 

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K Chez

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Did you repair the bearing edges?
Yes, I did, but forgot to take a photo in my zeal of putting it together. I used a mixture of the wood glue & some fine sawdust (scooped some out of my table saw and worked it through a screen to filter out the chunky stuff & get a baby powder consistency) Block sanded with 240 to even it out and then checked it on a big piece of glass.
 
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