Using Old Drum Cymbals to Play Music From the Rain

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Introduction: Using Old Drum Cymbals to Play Music From the Rain

I found a set of cymbals at the thrift store for $10.  Hmmm... Let's see... we could attach them to a doorbell hammer... That would be fun the first two or three times someone rang the bell.  I decided to let the rain dripping off my roof to play a tune on them.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

All you need are:
  • A few cymbals
  • Threaded rod
  • Nuts and washers
  • Wrenches
  • Bolt cutters
For each cymbal you will want to have a length of threaded rod (cutting with bolt cutters is quick but sloppy on the threads), two washers, and two nuts - perhaps one of those two as a nylock nut.

Step 2: Put It Together

This isn't rocket science.  It isn't even model rocket science.  Just put a nut on the threaded rod, a washer, the cymbal, another washer and the final nut.  I'm embarrassed that you even made me type that all out.  Sheesh.

Step 3: Stick It in the Ground

Now jab the threaded rod into the earth where thick drops of rain are likely to drop.  If you don't have roof gutters this works great.



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    Sounds like they could get reeeeeeaaaaaaaaallllllly annoying. =p

    Not at all. For the most part I'm not outside hanging out much when It is raining. And you can't really hear them inside. So it's just a nice sound when I come or go in the rain. I think much more soothing than many windchimes!

    Haha, okay. :)

    Still, i'd put symbols like that on a kit. =p

     Can you hear them at night?

    Not where i sleep!

    hey man :) amazing idea :) you could try putting the cymballs at angles or loose the nut a little bit to make the sound a more clean sound :) just an idea deffo gonna do this at home :) xx

    It's weird how that sounds almost Japanese to me. I wonder why?

    Possibly because there are no felts? It is metal on metal contact. Great idea, I wanted to make some sort of drumming wind chime with my extra what nots.

     That's sorta like hyped out wind chimes!

    What a great idea for re-purposing cymbals! Nice job :)