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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!

There are a number of reasons for drum building. One is to "save" money. Actually you are exchanging work for money since you are not paying someone else to build the drums you are in effect paying yourself to do it. Still for many students and other people without money to burn this can mean the difference between a really top notch sounding drumset and crappy "student" drums.

Another reason is to experiment and learn about why drums do what they do. Another is to be able to have drums in sizes, finishes, woods, shell thickness etc. that nobody sells. And yet another is to have a drumset totally unlike the dime-a-dozen factory kits where yours looks exactly like the one the drummer down the street owns. And finally, there is a "spiritual" aspect rather reminiscent of the tribal rite thing where there is this very special "kick" you get out of playing an instrument that you put together with your own hands.

drum building construction shell lugs rods construction Good Luck!

Ben






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