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zacker
09-06-2006, 01:45 PM
As some might have remembered me mentioning that, In a past life (pre- 2nd marriage, Post 1st.) I used to build Drums… Acoustic and Electronic. The other day I came across a few pics I had taken and figured I stick em up to show you all. Most, if not all were taken with my old Olympus 1.3 MP digital camera…lol

1.
A couple of Acoustic Snares... The bottom is a 6 x 14 6 Ply Maple shell that I had finished and thought very boring so I airbrushed some flames on it...lol On top is a 6 x 10 “Pop-Corn” snare, 6 ply maple shell with Brass Hardware, My nephew is now the proud owner of this loud little gem..lol
http://zacker.smugmug.com/photos/92856137-L.jpg
2.
6 ½ x 14 * ply “Stadium” or Split Snare” Maple Snare drum.. Very loud, loud crack and ear splitting rim shots! Based on the old Ludwig Stadium Snares which are making a comeback!
http://zacker.smugmug.com/photos/92856143-L.jpg

3.
The “Patriot” Snare..lol A buddy of mine who was making custom Lugs, gave me this set of white powder coated lugs after making them for someone and never hearing from them again.. so I decided on red, white and blue… It’s an 8 ply all maple 31/2 x 14” shell very nice and crisp sounding, loud too!
http://www.brokenfencephotography.com/photos/92856148-L.jpg

4.
One of my E-Drums… I made two of these Purple ones to sell on Ebay… they sold pretty quickly… prolly because Rolads drums go for about $300.00 each and I sold these for about $75.00 each!
Lol

http://zacker.smugmug.com/photos/92856136-L.jpg

http://www.brokenfencephotography.com/photos/92856140-L.jpg

5.
My first set… basically, took two old 9 x 12, Ludwig “Rockers” toms I got used at Daddy’s Junky Music” and cut them in half making 4 drums from two, A 14” kick drum from a kids set and some old Roland Pads. For a Hi Hat and bongos, a 13x 10 Pearl cut in half for a snare and White Roland Mesh Heads.. Two of the cyms are converted plastic practice cyms, one is a Yamaha and the other I found at a flea market..lol
http://www.brokenfencephotography.com/photos/92856139-L.jpg

6.
Random Shells, the first is a Zebrawood Stave shell, ¾ inch thick…lol its built like an old wine Barrel by cutting 24 Pieces of wood at a 9 degree angle ( if I remember correctly) and using a biscuit joiner and gorilla glue to glue it together..

Then, My first ply shell I ever made, I bought the bendable, 1/8” thick Birch ply off the net and bent it around a form I had made.. I used two plys making the shell ¼ thick! After about 6 months, I found out why you shouldn’t use wood made to bend rather than a lot of plys of a very thin wood NOT made to bend… it warped to an egg shape..lol

Lastly, the Maple 6 ply shells for my new kit (I never finished) all drilled and lacquered and ready to go! Ahhh, Maybe someday I will finish it.. its gonna be killer, it will have a 4 x 12 solid, one piece myrtle wood snare, the shell made by a good friend who ownes Oregon Drums co. www.oregondrums.com (http://www.oregondrums.com) I do have all the electronics in the shells now and just need to paint the rest of the hardware.. im too lazy and too into Photography now to do it though..lol
http://www.brokenfencephotography.com/photos/92856146-L.jpg

http://www.brokenfencephotography.com/photos/92856147-L.jpg

http://www.brokenfencephotography.com/photos/92856142-L.jpg

ATVinBarbie
09-06-2006, 01:51 PM
Very cool hobby... or should I say "talent". :tup :rock

convergent
09-06-2006, 01:57 PM
Wow... thats a whole lot of work in those images there. My son plays the drums... actually still learning. He has a Mapex - Venus Series set... I think they are silver on maple. He bought them from a college student that had them from when he was 14 and was now having a custom set made. He loves them and plays about every day, but hasn't ever played with other live people. I've been encouraging him to try that sometime. He's 14 and still has a ways to go, but definitely has the gift of rythym.

Irishpub3
09-06-2006, 04:40 PM
Very nice Craig... looks like you do some awesome work there!! And I really like #2 for picture value - awesome framing on that shot :happy

zacker
09-06-2006, 04:57 PM
thanks Barb, trish!
Mike, Playing with others is probably the best thing he can do... you learn allot from it. Timing is foremost the most important part of a drummers job, flash is just that, flash,,,sure its great to be a flashy drummer but timing holds all the music together, and unless you play with other other flashy type guys, its just kinda annoying IMHO. Also, a great way to get his timing down pat is to play to his favorite songs with a good set of head phones (the kind that cover the whole ear, not the little IPOD type ear buds)

zacker
09-06-2006, 05:04 PM
another thing Mike, ell him, he's got to learn and master his "Paradiddles" makes all the difference in the world.
http://www.tigerbill.com/drumlessons/masteringsingleparadiddles.htm

a great site from a great drummer and teacher.

JustinL
09-06-2006, 05:33 PM
VERY cool stuff Craig! How many bands you been in?

convergent
09-06-2006, 05:50 PM
thanks Barb, trish!
Mike, Playing with others is probably the best thing he can do... you learn allot from it. Timing is foremost the most important part of a drummers job, flash is just that, flash,,,sure its great to be a flashy drummer but timing holds all the music together, and unless you play with other other flashy type guys, its just kinda annoying IMHO. Also, a great way to get his timing down pat is to play to his favorite songs with a good set of head phones (the kind that cover the whole ear, not the little IPOD type ear buds)

Thats the way he plays... with headphones. He doesn't have good ones, but he does play that way. Sometimes he also plays with the music playing without headphones too.

zacker
09-06-2006, 10:48 PM
VERY cool stuff Craig! How many bands you been in?


none! lol
Actually, I used to play allot with my good bro who owns a recording studio here in wallyworld.. Trod Nossel Studios. We used to play alot when we were in school, and then, after HS, when he started working for his dad who owned the studio at the time, he bought a whole bunch of recording equipment for his basement recording studio and started doing stuff for some local guys (mostly rappers) at his home.
Never played out except for the occasional party jam but did some real studio stuff that went no where..lol Oh well, Photography is more fun for me now! Like I said, I have sold most of my stuff on ebay.. still have more to sell though.

Mike, Headphones work the best IMHO... They block out allot of the drums and let you hear the music you are trying to play through. you can convert his drums rather easily to e-drums.. or convert them to "convertable" drums by making the bottom heads e drums so when he wants e drums he just spins the drums around! Thats what I loved the most about mine, I would get home from a bar at 2 am and still be able to play as loudly as i wanted and no one was the wiser...lol Headphones on a good e-kit rock.. you hear your drums in stereo!