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Starting The Drum Build

Getting Started:

The first thing to do is to decide exactly what size and how many lugs each drum will have. You need to choose things like lug style and rim type. You need to either buy all this hardware or remove it from the set you re-building. You have to gather the hardware for each drum. What I do is get a large plastic freezer Zip-loc (tm) freezer bags and count out all the lugs, rods, and other hardware needed for each drum and make a hardware bag for each drum I'm going to build.

Finally you need to buy a blank shell for each drum. Check the Links page for lists of suppliers of these parts.

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Drum Building Parts

Drumset drums: The parts.

Drumset drums are really rather simple devices. They consist of only a few parts see our glossary website Drumbits.com. These are the

  • heads, the
  • rims, the
  • tension rods, the
  • lugs and the
  • shell.
In addition to these, the tension rods usually come with metal washers and the lugs have mounting screws with washers. Also each drum should have a vent hole (with some kind of grommet for trim. A snare drum will also have a snare strainer device as well as a "butt" which holds the other end of the snare cords. Toms also may also have a mount if you do not use a RIMS-style mount.

 

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Drum Build

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Ben Jacoby

Many drummers with moderate woodworking/refinishing skills have seriously thought about drum building. It seems like it should be something a person could do themselves with a little effort and it IS something you can do yourself. I did!

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