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How to Convert any acoustic drum into an electric drum step by step guide

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Sand Paper block. (The cheapest you can find) it will be used to make the blocks located between the sensors and the heads.

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A cheap box knife will be needed to cut the sanding block as well as the tubing, double sided tape, and more.

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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.

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Leather punch or some other object that can be used to make holes in the mesh for the tubing to go through.

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Heat Shrink tubing (optional) better looking and more durable connections are created using it.

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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)

 
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doggyd69b (author) 5 months ago

If you want to hear my heavy accent trying to explain this look here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwGL6UyPv0U

doggyd69b (author) 5 months ago

You are correct Squozen, but it think it is cheaper to buy the piezos by themselves than to buy a card and get them from it. unless grandma sends a lot of those to you...

squozen5 months ago

A little tip: those annoying, audible greeting cards often have a piezo very similar to this inside them. I've been using them since the early 1980s in my own electronic drums as replacements to the triggers when they go out. Enjoy!

Wow, thanks for posting this! It's so well documented! Also, you should post that video in the body of the instructable :)