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    A very modest new project

    I don't build much any more - don't do it as a business, and don't really need any more drums for myself. That being said, I'm finally taking a shell off the shelf and getting started.

    14x3 Keller maple - a scrap left over from an AIT order. Eight or ten ply, I can't recall which - I think it's ten. (It has been sitting on the shelf for over two years).

    I can't think of a specific need for this drum - I already have piccolos for drum set and orchestral work - so I think I'm just going to have some fun building it up. No clue yet what I'm going to choose for hardware.

    Shown here with "dark mission brown" dye and a couple of applications of gloss polyurethane.
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    “A lot of people make really good instruments, but they’re not musical instruments. The woodworking will be really fine and really detailed, but it won’t be like a musical instrument that you can play, you know what I mean? You can get lost too much in the woodworking.” - Danny Ferrington

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    a "soft" timbale?
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    I've got it.

    I'm going to do a variation on one of these - but with better snare cord.

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    “A lot of people make really good instruments, but they’re not musical instruments. The woodworking will be really fine and really detailed, but it won’t be like a musical instrument that you can play, you know what I mean? You can get lost too much in the woodworking.” - Danny Ferrington

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inigo Montoya View Post
    a "soft" timbale?
    That was on the short list as well. I also thought about getting another shallow shell and making a split-shell drum. (Yeah, I know - I'd be about 14 years out of fashion on that one.)
    “A lot of people make really good instruments, but they’re not musical instruments. The woodworking will be really fine and really detailed, but it won’t be like a musical instrument that you can play, you know what I mean? You can get lost too much in the woodworking.” - Danny Ferrington

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_Walker View Post
    That was on the short list as well. I also thought about getting another shallow shell and making a split-shell drum. (Yeah, I know - I'd be about 14 years out of fashion on that one.)
    Just makr sure to add some 2" vent holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwsedens View Post
    Just makr sure to add some 2" vent holes.
    All I know is, my Space Tone knockoff (pictured here far right) has made me a believer, and I'm game to build a shallower orchestral drum (4-5" deep) with a very modest built-in gap of no more than 1/4".
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    Finally got it up and running this week. I need to get a new (not used) snare side head - hopefully, that'll solve the bottoming-out issue. Either that, or get some longer tension rods so I can use one of the Ludwig snare sides I have sitting on the shelf.

    I may put up the microphone(s) and do a sound file later this week. So far, I like it - a great little drum for samba grooves, if nothing else.
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    Might try one of those 'ambassador clear' heads that hardly has a collar...
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    Got a Ludwig snare side head on it (top hoop in this photo, the drum is upside down). Much happier.
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    Got a Ludwig batter side head as well. Not as shallow as the snare-side Ludwig, and not much shallower than the Evans head I tried, but every little bit helps.
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    “A lot of people make really good instruments, but they’re not musical instruments. The woodworking will be really fine and really detailed, but it won’t be like a musical instrument that you can play, you know what I mean? You can get lost too much in the woodworking.” - Danny Ferrington

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