I’ve been looking for a portable bass drum for busking for month now and I finally have a solution. I had some spare 18″ bass drum hardware and figured if I went to the hardware store I could find something to act as a drum shell. Armed with my tape measure I found the perfect candidate – the 32 Gallon 28×22″ BRUTE trash can!
First I measured an 8″ band around the trash can and used a dremel to cut off the top. Then I mapped out holes for the hoop mounting hardware and legs, cleaned up the edges and installed the drum head. [Check out the handles!] The sound is deep and loud and without much sustain because there is no resonant head. Works great for the streets!