Picture of Floppy Disk Percussion
This is a modern version of a traditional Japanese instrument called the kokiriko or bin zasara. It's often sold with the generic name of "Latin percussion instrument." Instead of rope and wood, I'm using paracord and floppy disks. The sound isn't quite the same, but it's still fun to play with and put to use a pile of floppies we had lying around the office. Check out the video for an example of how it looks and sounds in action.

Step 1: Supplies

For this I used:
  • 34 floppy disks
  • 200 washers
  • 2 bolts
  • 4 nuts
  • 4 feet of paracord
skreutz21 year ago

I made this exactly like the instructions with different colored floppy discs and those big screw handles. But it put too much stress on the end discs and it broke after like 2 or 3 playings. So I modified it and put two wood blocks on the ends with drawer knobs screwed into the ends with lock tight and they have held up well. It needs the added reinforcement of the wooden ends. I preform in children's comedy music and magic shows. I love this instrument. It is so colorful with the different colored floppy disks.

cool......i think ill use sumother stuff lying round the hous..........bring it to skool so we dont hav 4 or 5 peepol playin on the same drum!
vomajeff5 years ago
Finally!  A good use for floppy's.  Nice instructable, I'll have to give it a try!!
gmjhowe5 years ago
 There is something very aesthetically pleasing about a stack of floppy disks. I think I may make a version that turns the floppys into a melodeon of sorts.
lemonie5 years ago
Neat. Nice addition to the contest.

fungus amungus (author)  lemonie5 years ago
It was originally planned for the dead computer contest, but I wasn't going to win anyway and didn't rush it.
It fits this contest better I think. I agree on not rushing things.

gmjhowe lemonie5 years ago
 I think I originally started my vintage mac for a laser cutter contest.. or something along those lines!
zascecs5 years ago
 Very cool.

Now, if only you could add a small microphone and an amp to it...
zascecs zascecs5 years ago
By the way, congratulations on your 101st Instructable! 
fungus amungus (author)  zascecs5 years ago
Thanks! But since that number also includes guides I still have a little ways to go before I crack 100. This puts me at 88.
I see... 
Chromatica5 years ago
kcls5 years ago
Cool! I will vote for this!