This Instructable will show you how to modify any acoustic drum and make it an electronic drum with the option to reverse back using very simple items.
Step 1: Making the Mesh heads.
The first item needed is mesh.
Regular window mesh is too weak to handle continuous drumstick abuse... Pet proof mesh is the answer.
For about $ 17 a roll, it's enough to make heads for a 6 piece kit, maybe more.
One layer is more than enough to make a very decent head.
Step 2: Making the mesh heads continued.
Plastic tubing (found in the plumbing section of your favorite hardware store) about 1/4 inch thick. slightly bigger than a pencil.
The tubing will be used to make the rim that will hold the mesh in place.
Step 3: Tools and Materials
Double sided tape, it doesn't have to be clear it just needs to be double sided.
This will be used to secure the piezo sensors to their respective locations.
Step 4: Tools and Materials
Sand Paper block. (The cheapest you can find) it will be used to make the blocks located between the sensors and the heads.
Step 5: Tools and Materials
A cheap box knife will be needed to cut the sanding block as well as the tubing, double sided tape, and more.
Step 6: Tools and Materials
The screws, nuts, washers, locking washers and L brackets are all suggested sizes, you can use different ones. The sizes shown actually worked pretty well. Too long screws and you might run into problems, too short.. you might run into problems.
Step 7: Tools and Materials
Leather punch or some other object that can be used to make holes in the mesh for the tubing to go through.
Step 8: Tools and Materials
Heat Shrink tubing (optional) better looking and more durable connections are created using it.
Step 9: Tools and Materials
Solder, Soldering Iron, Soldering iron base (optional but highly recommended) Black and Red wire.
Really thin speaker wire will work as well, as long as you have gold and silver. (Must have 2 colors to distinguish the different leads)