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Drumset drums: The parts.

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


In building a drum, from suppliers you will normally buy

  • heads,
  • rims,
  • tension rods and
  • lugs,
  • strainer,
  • butt and
  • vent grommet .

  • Also, since actually manufacturing a drum shell is a rather advanced process, you will also likely be buying a blank drum shell. 
  • Advanced builders do often make their own lugs. In "re-building" an existing drum kit you also can use the old lugs to save money. I rebuilt my Sunlites but I did buy new lugs mostly for looks.


Thus, the main operation in "building" a drum is to take a blank unfinished drum shell and size it, cut bearing edges, finish it with paint/varnish/lacquer/wrap, carefully drill the lug mounting holes and put the whole thing together.

"Drum building" therefore, really only amounts to shell drilling and finishing.

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