Bass drum upgrade

When we were playing in a three-piece with 2 guitarists, it was OK to have an 18″ bass drum.  However, when you add a bass player into the mix that 18″ just doesn’t have room in the mix.  Time for a new drum!

Luckily, Starving Musician had a sweet 22×16 Tama Swingstar in black wrap to match the rest of my Tama Stagestar toms.  The most important part is that Jasper likes it!

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For my kit I’ve been using a cymbal stand coming out of the bass drum, so any new drum is going to need to be modified.  Also, what’s up with the knobby hardware on this drum?

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For the new design, I had to drill two new holes into the top of the drum and transfer my hardware over from my 18″ bass drum.  The 22″ bass drum had a huge cut-out in the wrong spot, so I filled in the extra holes with spare boards and dowels.  When mounting so much hardware to the top of the drum, I wanted to add as much strength as possible!

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Here we go – the new kit!

  • Full size rock 22″ bass drum
  • 14″ floor tom (on the floor now) with mounted 12″ tom
  • 14″ snare and 14″ hats
  • Now with 3 cymbals!

I’ll be playing this configuration for a while….

 

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